Believe it or not, travellers have expressed their love for a certain West Coast city in Canada for 16 years running.
Travel Weekly announced the winners of its 2018 annual Readers Choice Awards in New York City on December 13 in 78 categories, including airlines, hotel chains, tour operators, theme parks, and more.
In the section for best destinations, Vancouver took top honours for Canada.
Vancouver managed to beat other Canadian finalists such as Banff, Montreal, Quebec City, and Toronto, and it’s the 16th consecutive year that Vancouver has won this title (in other words, the city has won the category every year since the inception of the awards).
The entry for Vancouver as a finalist described our West Coast locale as this:
"Vancouver offers a bustling, sophisticated city within reach of world-class skiing and other outdoor adventures. Vancouver serves as homeport for many Alaska cruises and is consistently rated as one of the best cities in the world in which to live. Its spectacular scenery, Stanley Park, the Lions Gate Bridge and the Gastown quarter are some of Vancouver's main attractions. The city is home to the Dine Out Vancouver Festival, Canada's largest food and drink event."
Meanwhile, Vancouver-based Rocky Mountaineer—described as one of the largest privately owned tourist trains in the world and offering over 65 Canadian vacation packages on four rail routes in B.C, Alberta, and the Pacific Northwest—was named the winner of the best rail vacation category.
Prior to Vancouver's win at the Travel Weekly awards, our city also was named one of the top 20 large cities in the world in Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards in November.
Sitting at number 10, the travel publication described Vancouver thusly:
"Seaport Vancouver has a competitive and creative arts scene, rugged natural beauty, and no shortage of things to do. As one of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities, it’s also one of the country’s best food cities: After you’ve taken a cable car up Grouse Mountain, return to the city for Indian fare at Vij’s, a French bistro experience at Farmer's Apprentice, or tagine at Moroccan-inspired Medina."
Vancouver was the sole Canadian city to crack the top 20.
Meanwhile, Victoria came in at number 14 in the best small cities category, with Québec City in at number 18.