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Photo provided by Tourism BC/Albert Normandin
Photo provided by Tourism BC/Albert Normandin
Love art, dining out, and museums? Get away to Vancouver!

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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Shopping, Dining and Culture

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Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver
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Downtown Vancouver

Urban, Biking, Walking

4.5/5 (3,881 Ratings)

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

Gastown
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Gastown

Chinatown, Urban, Dining

3.5/5 (112 Ratings)

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

Yaletown
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Yaletown

Known for Shopping, Dining, Walking

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

Granville Island
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Granville Island

Islands, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5 (61 Ratings)

Visit the art galleries, boutiques, brewery, farmers market and theaters of this buzzing island across False Creek from central Vancouver.

Kitsilano
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Kitsilano

Beaches, Sunsets, Sea

5/5 (4 Ratings)

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

West End
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West End

Known for Beaches, Dining, Sunsets

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.

Top Hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
¥22,678
per night
Oct 11 - Oct 12
4.6/5Wonderful! (3,162 reviews)

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Canada Place and Granville Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,162 reviews)

"They upgraded me ... I love everything about the pan pacific! Decor and the appearance and facing out toward the harbour was a nice treat! Cheers jandy"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Pan Pacific Vancouver
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River Rock Casino Resort
4 out of 5
8811 River Road, Richmond, BC
¥10,209
per night
Oct 14 - Oct 15
4.2/5Excellent! (2,883 reviews)

Located in Richmond City Centre, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aberdeen Centre and Richmond Night Market. Richmond Centre Mall is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) away. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,883 reviews)

"I stayed in the hotel tower opposite the casino. Friendly and efficient staff. Free tea and coffee and bottled water in the room, with no worry about being charged. Just one thing. The shower is one of those setups that is totally inscrutable. How do you start the shower? Here's a hint: pull down ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 16, 2019

River Rock Casino Resort
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Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
4.5 out of 5
3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC
¥22,137
per night
Oct 4 - Oct 5
4.7/5Exceptional! (3,766 reviews)

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (3,766 reviews)

"A wonderful place to stay over and relax on a long trip home. Walk to the hotel entrance while remaining in the YVR airport. First class treatment from all of the staff. Room was large, quiet, and very comfortable. If you can spring for a C$700 room, this is definitely the place to stay."…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2019

Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel

Popular things to do in Vancouver

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5 (2,188 Ratings)

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Granville Island Public Market
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Granville Island Public Market

4.5/5 (1,664 Ratings)

Shop with the locals and tourists at this bustling market located near Vancouver’s city center.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5 (1,307 Ratings)

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 (1,124 Ratings)

One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.

University of British Columbia
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University of British Columbia

4.5/5 (517 Ratings)

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

Cypress Mountain
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Cypress Mountain

4/5 (108 Ratings)

Zip down slopes that were on show to the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.

Top activities in Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

¥4,629

Take a walk on Vancouver's wild side as you stand 230 feet (70 m) above the waters of the Capilano River on a breathtaking 450-foot-long (137-m) suspension bridge.

Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket
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Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket

¥3,261

Immerse yourself in the magnificent marine world of the Vancouver Aquarium with skip-the-line tickets. Come face-to-face with playful otters, lovable walruses, and adorable sea lions at this 91,480 square-foot (8,498-sq m) facility in the heart of Stanley Park.

Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver Small Group
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Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver Small Group

¥17,569

Cruise between islands crowned with thick forests, snap photos of gorgeous Chateau-style architecture, and explore one of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Your tour of Victoria and Butchart Gardens showcases Vancouver Island’s elegant cities and rich natural beauty.

City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery
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City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery

¥11,032

Spend a day getting the lay of the land in Vancouver and scoping out the city's must-see neighborhoods and landmarks. Visit Stanley Park and Granville Island, take in the view from the Vancouver Lookout, and experience the beauty of the temperate rainforest at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Vancouver Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Vancouver Sunset Dinner Cruise

¥7,983

Indulge in an exquisite dinner while enjoying a breathtaking view of Vancouver on this 2.5-hour cruise. This experience is a great combination of fine dining and sightseeing during the day’s most magical moment.

North Shore Capilano Bridge & Grouse Mountain Tour
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North Shore Capilano Bridge & Grouse Mountain Tour

¥13,892

Explore the Capilano Suspension Bridge—one of the world's longest suspension bridges—and gain unparalleled views of Vancouver's lush rainforest. Led by our knowledgeable tour guides, this adventure is complete with an exciting walk on the park's cliffside walkway and scenic Skyride at Grouse Mountain.

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