The Guardian chooses Vancouver for its top 20 places to visit in 2020

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      As activists have increasingly raised concerns about travel that contributes to climate change, travel recommendations have been shifting towards eco-conscious forms of travel or destinations.

      In a list of recommended travel destinations described as the “alternative hotlist” published on January 4, the Guardian chose our fair city among 20 hot spots to visit in 2020.

      The selected destinations are described as places that celebrate “inspiring conservation and community projects that are making a difference to people and the planet”.

      The entry for Vancouver not only describes the city as the “birthplace of Greenpeace” but also takes stock of the carbon emission–reducing Greenest City Action Plan.

      The description also notes that nature is easily accessible. In addition to green spaces like Pacific Spirit Park or the well-known Stanley Park, it also cites Vanier Park where the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare festival is held. The entry also states that Vancouver calls itself the “20-minute city” due to the 20-minute travel time to the beach, mountains, or airport.

      Noting that the 100-mile diet came from Vancouver, several restaurants that have incorporated this philosophy are included, such as Forage, Chambar, the Acorn, and Edible Canada.

      Similarly, back in October, Lonely Planet chose Vancouver as one of its top 10 picks for places to visit in 2020 for almost identical reasons: the Greenest City Action Plan, the birthplace of Greenpeace, and being a natural playground.