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

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥13,760 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Street and Robson Square. Vancouver Art Gallery and Granville Street are also within 5 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,492 reviews)
"Saw person ahead of us get early check in but we didn’t get it. Iron in room didn’t work it promptly got a new one. Great location of property."

Reviewed on Oct 17, 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 ¥15,709 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from Vancouver Waterfront and United States Consulate. Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Olympic Cauldron ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (2,788 reviews)
"Great location"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is ¥22,090 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Vancouver Waterfront and Canada Place. Granville Street and Vancouver False Creek Seawall are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,865 reviews)
"location"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 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 ¥14,494 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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! (1,069 reviews)
"The property was close to everything we needed within walking distance. Super accommodating and overall a nice stay."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
Located in West End, this vacation 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! (46 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 Oct 10, 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 ¥22,201 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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 Jul 27, 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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