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Visit Vancouver

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!(335 area reviews)

Amble along the waterfront at Vancouver Harbour and visit theaters, shopping avenues and museums in the heart of one of Canada’s largest cities.

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

Gastown

4/5Very Good!(10 area reviews)

The birthplace of Vancouver is full of old-world charm with cobbled streets, Victorian buildings, and a unique steam-powered clock. 

Gastown
Kitsilano featuring a city and street scenes

Kitsilano

Ethnic food, fashionable shops and one of Vancouver’s best beaches are all part of this bayside neighborhood.

Kitsilano
Yaletown showing street scenes, a city and night scenes

Yaletown

This trendy residential neighborhood and nightlife destination on the False Creek waterfront was once a neglected warehouse district. 

Yaletown
West End featuring signage, a city and street scenes

West End

Home to Vancouver’s gay village, this neighborhood is one of the city’s most densely populated and liveliest, with popular cafés, shops and nightclubs.

West End
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 Granville Street or Olympic Cauldron 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
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
Rs7,702
per night
Dec 30 - Dec 31

Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is situated in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of United States Consulate, Robson Street and Canada ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,442 reviews)

"Great location, close to water and convention center. Hotel a little dated... But good staff, well looked after."…"

Reviewed on 13 Dec 2019

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
773 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
Rs7,487
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is situated in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of BC Place Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Theatre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,864 reviews)

"Great hotel to stay in & well appointed with amenities you will enjoy"…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
1041 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC
Rs6,179
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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! (4,612 reviews)

"Rooms were clean, efficient front desk assistance. Shuttle service was great"…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2019

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel

Popular things to do in Vancouver

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(170 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.

Granville Island Public Market
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Granville Island Public Market

4.5/5(134 reviews)

This vibrant market is a colourful mix of crafts, delicious fresh food, scrumptious bakery goods and gourmet cheese, a playground for foodies and shoppers alike.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(137 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.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(80 reviews)

Exhilarating walkways with stunning views of nature at its finest, make this one of Vancouver's most visited attractions, just minutes away from the city.

University of British Columbia
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University of British Columbia

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Explore the campus of University of British Columbia, a top university in Vancouver. Visit the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Cypress Mountain
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Cypress Mountain

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Ascend the peak that hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.

Reviews of Vancouver

4.5

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 6, 2019

Amazing city.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 13, 2019

Weather is just like London so easy to predict 

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 2, 2019

Plenty of small breweries / brewpubs.

4/5 - Good

Neil

Oct 28, 2019

It would be helpful if there was a direct rail link between Vancouver centre and the ferry to Vancouver Island.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 24, 2019

Whatever you do, a trip to Vancouver is not complete without visiting the stunning Stanley Park. Hire a bike, cycle round the sea wall of the park; takes around an hour at a leisurely pace. Simply stunning with some amazing and beautiful views.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 20, 2019

Vancouver is a fantastic metropolitan city with a great history to explore in its numerous museums and galleries.

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