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This thriving Pacific Northwest city offers an alluring mix of cosmopolitan culture, an excellent restaurant scene and craft beer bars as well as wonderful natural scenery.

Located on Canada's west coast, Vancouver is wrapped by water on three sides, making it one of the best places in the world to spot migrating whales, including the magnificent killer whale. A stone's throw from the sparkling waters, you’ll discover a city surrounded by stretches of sandy beaches and rugged mountains, boasting more than 200 parks in between.

While officially incorporated in 1886, the city's history spans much further back, having been home to indigenous people for thousands of years. Vancouver was founded by a character known as “Gassy Jack” because of his talkative nature and ability to tell a good story. He put together a makeshift drinking tavern for local sawmill workers, today, the historic Gastown neighbourhood. The lumberjacks are now long gone, but it’s still a great place for a drink. Amble along the cobbled streets to check out at the unusual steam clock, browse a few shops or enjoy a wild night out at one of the many nightclubs.

Today’s cosmopolitan Downtown is Vancouver’s business district, and at its heart, lies the city's most famous shopping destination, Robson Street. A short stroll away is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and the historic Yaletown, where you’ll find more great places to eat, drink, shop and party.

Visit Stanley Park where you can see Native American artwork and totem poles, hop on the miniature train to explore the coastal rainforest, or trek to beautiful lakes and beaches. The pod of beluga whales and touch pools at the Vancouver Aquarium provide hours of family fun. For a view of the sea, walk or pedal along the Seawall, a 22-kilometre path lining Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront. Continue south along this path and you’ll catch sight of the breathtaking English Bay and Granville Island, well-known for its Public Market, colourful array of shops, art galleries and studios. Pedestrians can stroll along as far as Kitsilano Beach Park on the Seawall, but cyclists can pedal further to the University of British Columbia. At the university, visit the Museum of Anthropology, an architectural masterpiece showcasing indigenous art from around the world.

Ten minutes north of Downtown Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you can cross a deep canyon on suspension bridge towering 70 metres above the Capilano River, or traverse the lush forests through the many walking trails. Venture upwards onto Grouse Mountain for panoramic views of the city and unparalleled photo opportunities. Scale the skies in the Skyride Gondola which whisks you 1,100 metres above forested mountains for a bird's eye view of Vancouver.

Despite having a warmer climate than most of Canada, the city is still a haven for snow sports. Ski the slopes at Sun Peaks Resort in the morning and be back in time for dinner in Chinatown or a concert in the historic Orpheum Theatre. Finish off with a nightcap in one of Yaletown’s bars before calling it a day in one of the most liveable cities in the world.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

Top hotels in Vancouver

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
2.5 out of 5
8640 Alexandra Rd, Richmond, BC
The price is Rs3,960 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Richmond City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Aberdeen Centre and Richmond Centre Mall. Richmond Night Market is 1.4 mi ...

4.1/5Very Good! (2,086 reviews)

"Located in a Chinese restaurant row. Easy to get food."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2021

La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Vancouver Airport
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs7,232 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,673 reviews)

"The staff was really friendly and accommodating. The room was clean. They had good measures in place for Covid-19. There were slight issues with our bathroom door, but we reported it to staff, and overall the stay was enjoyable."…"

Reviewed on 12 Jan 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs13,142 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canada Place and Vancouver Waterfront. Granville Street and Vancouver Convention Centre are also ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,143 reviews)

"Everything was as expected. Clean rooms and good hotel service."…"

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2021

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Vancouver

LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs8,838 per night from 24 Jan to 25 Jan

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (149 reviews)

"Although I found the photos on the website misleading (it looked much better on the website), the suite was very nice,"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs6,026 per night from 2 Feb to 3 Feb

Located in West End, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and English Bay Beach. Robson Street and Stanley Park are also ...

5/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"I honestly only have good things to say about our Sonder stay. Checking in was easy and efficient with our code, the hotel lobby is super stylish, room was pristinely clean and also beautifully designed. The bed was comfy, TV easy to use, bathroom clean with a decent shower and the kitchen had all ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Dec 2020

Sonder at Revival
Embarc Vancouver
Embarc Vancouver
4 out of 5
1001 Hornby Street, At The Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC

Located in West End, this romantic condominium resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver Waterfront, Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre. Granville ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (265 reviews)

"Nice views Comfortable home like dwelling Enjoyed the stay"…"

Reviewed on 14 Jun 2020

Embarc Vancouver
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

My wife and I particularly enjoy Stanley Park

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Amazing city! You can walk everywhere, great food options. Would recommend to anyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

The Aquarium was great (3 adults spent 4 hours there) and i also enjoyed the normal/space museum. There are plenty of places to eat and lots of variety too. Capilano suspension bridge is my must see recomendation

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Jan 2020

Great place for a short or long holiday, public transport is efficient and cheap

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Dec 2019

A really welcoming city

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Dec 2019

Amazing city.

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