In this rainy west coast city, an umbrella and perhaps rain boots are all that's needed to overcome any weather in the name of a walk. And you'll join a strong local contingent: "I'd rather walk than drive a car," said actress Kristin Kreuk -- best-known for her role in the shot-in-Vancouver television series Smallville -- to The WB in a 2003 interview. "In Vancouver, where I am from, you can get to just about anywhere you need to go on foot. Even if it's raining, I'll go out for a stroll."

Networks of waterside seawalls, urban park trails, and tree-lined streets make Vancouver a world-class city to take a stroll. In fact, WestJet's Up magazine named Vancouver as Canada's most walkable in 2009 and 2010.

If you have directional problems, remember that the grid of streets basically runs northwest to southeast, rather than straight north-south, and that the mountains (which you can almost always see) are north. The best way to get acquainted with this unique city is to explore its various neighborhoods on foot. 

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