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A great harbour city, clean, green Vancouver not only attracts nature lovers and gourmands, but also pods of orca whales.

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.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver showing a city, a high-rise building and modern architecture

Downtown Vancouver

4.5/5Wonderful!(351 area reviews)

Granville Street and Robson Street are a few top attractions in Downtown Vancouver. Hop around the city on the metro at Vancouver City Center Station or Burrard Station and check out the area's captivating waterfront views, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries.

Downtown Vancouver
Gastown which includes a city, café lifestyle and street scenes

Gastown

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Gastown, you might enjoy attractions like Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Waterfront Metro Station to see more of the city.

Gastown
Yaletown showing street scenes, a city and night scenes

Yaletown

When in Yaletown, check out the abundant dining options and consider stopping by Vancouver False Creek Seawall. If you want to see more of the area, you can catch the metro at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station.

Yaletown
Kitsilano featuring a city and street scenes

Kitsilano

Kitsilano is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kitsilano Beach and Sunset Beach.

Kitsilano
Richmond City Centre, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada

Richmond City Centre

3.5/5Good!(47 area reviews)

Known for its first-class casinos and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Richmond City Centre. Check out top attractions like Richmond Centre Mall and Richmond Night Market, and jump on the metro at Lansdowne Station or Richmond-Brighouse Station to see more of the city.

Richmond City Centre
Gastown showing street scenes, a city and outdoor eating

Coal Harbour

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are a few things travellers love about Coal Harbour. Check out Vancouver Waterfront or Granville Street while you're visiting, and jump aboard the metro at Burrard Station to get around town.

Coal Harbour

Top hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
Rs12,143
per night
Mar 8 - Mar 9

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,817 reviews)

"The view and room decor was great. I was happy to stay in the room and work with the comforts it provided. The restaurant and bar downstairs was great also. Id like to return."…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
1041 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC
Rs5,164
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Vancouver South, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Main Street, Richmond Night Market and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Aberdeen Centre ...

3.6/5Good! (4,872 reviews)

"Comfortable bed. Nice bathroom. Nice TV. Walls are a bit dinged up in the room. More so in the hallways and lobby. Ceiling in the lobby was dripping water. Elevator doors were vandalized by a key quite noticeably"…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
4.5 out of 5
3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC
Rs13,771
per night
Feb 24 - Feb 25

Situated in the suburbs, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Richmond Night Market, Aberdeen Centre and Richmond Olympic Oval. Richmond Centre Mall ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (4,378 reviews)

"This beautiful hotel is extremely convenient for early morning flights."…"

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2020

Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel

Popular things to do in Vancouver

Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal
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Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal

4/5(98 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Vancouver with a trip to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(176 reviews)

Recognised as one of the greatest parks in the world, well-loved for its forested walking trails, bustling beaches, manicured gardens and variety of wildlife.

Rogers Arena
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Rogers Arena

4/5(24 reviews)

Catch an event at Rogers Arena during your trip to Vancouver.Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art galleries in this vibrant area.

Vancouver Waterfront
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Vancouver Waterfront

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Explore Vancouver Waterfront, a popular spot to commune with nature in Vancouver, and enjoy the mountain views. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(140 reviews)

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4/5(102 reviews)

Browse fashion stores, independent outlets, and souvenir shops in one of the country’s premier shopping districts.

Reviews of Vancouver

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 12, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Feb 3, 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

Verified traveller

Jan 30, 2020

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

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 30, 2019

A really welcoming city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 6, 2019

Amazing city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Nov 13, 2019

Weather is just like London so easy to predict 

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