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

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs9,012 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Street and Robson Square. Vancouver Art Gallery and Granville Street are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,511 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel in a perfect location. Friendly staff. Room was clean."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs10,230 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Vancouver Waterfront and United States Consulate. Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Olympic ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,796 reviews)
"Great view. Overall the room was comfortable. Restaurants and bars nearby. Available parking."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs14,951 per night from 2 Nov to 2 Nov
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Vancouver Waterfront and Canada Place. Granville Street and Vancouver False Creek Seawall are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,857 reviews)
"Beautiful view close to many restaurants and Pacfic centre mall"

Reviewed on 23 Oct 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.
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs9,377 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Vancouver Central Public Library. Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Vancouver ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,071 reviews)
"The property was close to everything we needed within walking distance. Super accommodating and overall a nice stay."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
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 English Bay are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (48 reviews)
"We had a wonderful stay at Sonder Revival! Everything was efficient, from check-in to check-out. The mini apartment style had a practical layout, fully equipped and well maintained. The cleanliness was on point, especially during the pandemic (felt very safe). It was in a fantastic location, making ..."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Sonder at Revival
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is Rs14,575 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (155 reviews)
"Great service from the 24 hour front desk and very accommodating. Perfect location and amenities. Would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2021

Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
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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