Vancouver Island was once considered as "The Place" where Mormons would gather before Utah became that place. It wasn't until 1875 that the first Mormon family settled on the island. Reasons they settled there are still unknown. In 1902, British Columbia was added to the Northwestern States Mission and missionaries arrived in 1903, but didn't end up staying long. Missionaries were reintroduced several times and withdrawn several times. The growth of the Church in this area was very slow, but work pressed on and the first branch in Langley was organized in the 1950's. The Vancouver Temple is the first built in British Columbia and the seventh temple in Canada. It's a gorgeous temple set in Brazilian granite atop an elevated plateau with one single spire reaching towards heaven. Decorative windows beautify the granite further. As members in BC had to travel elsewhere to attend the Temple, (Seattle) this was a much needed Temple in this area.
Vancouver and Vancouver Island are popular destinations and easily reachable from Seattle, Washington (2 1/2 hour drive). Beautiful areas are abundant for exploring. Take in all the scenery and have some adventures on land or sea. There are numerous attractions here. A dream for the outdoor and nature lover. If you want to take it easy and stroll along the seawall, or ride bikes, visit Stanley Park. For a little more adrenaline, Capilano Suspension Bridge gives you the chance to climb through a series of suspended tree bridges and walk out onto a cantilevered bridge. Grouse Mountain & Tram takes you up the mountain to explore, see wildlife and watch lumberjack shows. If you want to see and learn about art from different cultures, you'll love the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. To get a birdseye view of the city, get to the top of the Vancouver Lookout. If you have more time, take a ferry to Vancouver Island where you can enjoy the beautiful Butchart Gardens, parks and Victoria's inner harbor.
Vancouver has many good eats. From classic diner food at Hilltop Diner, car-hop service and comfort food at White Spot (Walnut Grove) to more upscale dining experiences at Absinthe Bistro's with their French cuisine or the eclectic, seasonally changing menu at Ignite Cafe. Find fresh fish and seafood in Stanley Park at The Fish House. If you like Indian food or want to try it, stop by An Indian Affair. Whatever type of cuisine you're looking for, you can find it in Vancouver.