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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.

Vancouver is on Canada's west coast and is surrounded by water on three sides. It’s one of the best places in the world to see migrating whales, including orcas. On land, you’ll find a city framed by miles of beaches and rugged mountains, with more than 200 parks in between.

Although the city was officially incorporated in 1886, Vancouver was home to indigenous people for thousands of years. The city was founded by a character known as “Gassy Jack”. He built a makeshift drinking house for local sawmill workers in what is now the historic Gastown neighborhood. These days the lumberjacks are gone but it is still a good place to enjoy a drink. Wander the cobblestone streets to see the famous steam clock, do a spot of shopping or have a big night out at one of the many nightclubs.

The modern Downtown is Vancouver’s business district and home to the famous shopping destination of Robson Street. Nearby is one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, and the historic Yaletown, where you’ll find more restaurants, cafes, bars , boutiques and nightclubs.

Discover the city's scenic landscape and indigenous heritage in Vancouver's largest and oldest park, Stanley Park. See Native American artwork and totem poles, ride the miniature train through the coastal rainforest or visit lakes and beaches. Families shouldn't miss the pod of beluga whales and touch pools at the Vancouver Aquarium. From there, walk or cycle along the Seawall, a 14 mile (22 kilometer) path following Vancouver’s waterfront. Head south along this path and you’ll pass scenic English Bay and Granville Island, which is known for its Public Market, art galleries and studios. Pedestrians can walk as far as Kitsilano Beach Park on the Seawall, but cyclists can continue further along to the University of British Columbia. Stop at the University to visit the Museum of Anthropology, an architectural masterpiece which features indigenous art from around the world.

At the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, ten minutes north of Downtown Vancouver, cross a deep canyon within lush forests and explore the network of walking trails. Venture further for magnificent photo opportunities from Grouse Mountain. Here a Skyride Gondola takes you 3,700 feet (1,100 meters) above forested mountains for a panoramic view of the city.

The Skyride is one of the many things you can do in Vancouver anytime of the year. While the city has a warmer climate than much of Canada, it’s still a great destination for snow sports. Ski the slopes at Sun Peaks Resort in the morning and return by evening and grab a meal in Chinatown or see a concert in the historic Orpheum Theatre. Finish the night with a cocktail in one of Yaletown’s popular bars and toast the town regularly named one of the most livable 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 ¥11,017 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within ...
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥7,246 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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! (1,921 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and beautiful, the location was perfect and the staff were friendly."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

The Burrard
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥13,831 per night from Apr 19 to Apr 20
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! (1,047 reviews)
"Amazing staff so kind and helpful. Went above and beyond"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 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.
Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
Langley, BC
Situated in Langley, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newlands Golf and Country Club and Cascades Casino. Canadian Museum of Flight and Langley ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
In short this place was absolutely great. What made it amazing was the hosts of the property.
"The hosts greeted me with smiles. Made sure there was nothing needed and if there was they would get. The place was clean and well laid out and perfect for 1 or 2. Being able to cook saved me alot of money. And where the property was located I felt that my vehicle and property was safe. More importantly ..."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
Coquitlam, BC
Situated in Coquitlam, this condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lougheed Town Centre and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Simon Fraser University. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver ...
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
Burnaby, BC
Situated in Burnaby, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deer Lake and Metropolis at Metrotown. Burnaby Hospital is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Royal Oak Station ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Very comfortable
"This home was a great place to come home to each evening. Lots of room, clean and very responsive host."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
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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