Vancouver
Travel Guide

Stanley Park showing a city and a river or creek

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

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs7,562 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr
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! (2,498 reviews)
"On booking a third night, I received free parking (in lieu of free breakfast (because of lockdown), which was a great perk, as on-site parking can rack up on longer stays. Overall, this is a great choice for any trip to Vancouver. The location can't be improved upon and almost anything you want to ..."

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs4,974 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,920 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and beautiful, the location was perfect and the staff were friendly."

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2021

The Burrard
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs9,493 per night from 17 Apr to 18 Apr
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. Granville Street and English ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,046 reviews)
"Amazing staff so kind and helpful. Went above and beyond"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2021

Hyatt Regency 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.
Quite house near Vancouver Airport
Quite house near Vancouver Airport
3 out of 5
10691 Rochdale Dr, Richmond, BC
The price is Rs3,762 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr
Located in the heart of Richmond, this holiday home is 4.9 mi (8 km) from Great Canadian Casino, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Queen Elizabeth Park and Tsawwassen ...
3.3/5 (34 reviews)
Not a great review from me.
"Well when i got there i had the wrong code for the door and she wasnt answering the cell numbers she gave me for 3 hours.caretaker that lives in the back room let us in didnt know what room was ours or didnt tell us where the keys were for the rooms.it was acward and weird that we had to sit there ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Quite house near Vancouver Airport
Capricorn Palace
Capricorn Palace
4 out of 5
89 Nelson Street, Burnaby, BC
The price is Rs19,106 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Situated in Burnaby, this condo is within 3 miles (5 km) of Metropolis at Metrotown, Deer Lake and Burnaby Village Museum. Central Park and Queensborough Landing ...
Capricorn Palace
Arundel Mansion
Arundel Mansion
3 out of 5
48 Begbie Street, New Westminster, BC
Situated in New Westminster, this apartment building is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Douglas College and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Queensborough Landing. Holland Park and Hard ...
3.4/5Good! (141 reviews)
"Unique, spacious and comfortable accommodations. Close to shopping and transportation. Historic building."

Reviewed on 7 Mar 2021

Arundel Mansion
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

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28 Feb 2020

My wife and I particularly enjoy Stanley Park

5/5 - Excellent

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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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