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One of the great harbor cities, clean, green Vancouver is a magnet for nature buffs, foodies and orca whales. 

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.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver which includes a city, modern architecture and a skyscraper

Downtown Vancouver

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,643 area reviews)

Known for its captivating waterfront views, popular shops, and acclaimed art galleries, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Vancouver. Top attractions like Granville Street and Robson Street are major draws. Catch the metro at Vancouver City Center Station or Burrard Station to see more of the city.

Downtown Vancouver
Gastown featuring a city, street scenes and cafe scenes

Gastown

3.5/5Good!(144 area reviews)

Visitors often come to Gastown for its abundant dining options, but many stay to explore sights like Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. Getting around the area on the metro is easy if you catch a ride at Waterfront Metro Station.

Gastown
Yaletown showing a city, street scenes and cafe scenes

Yaletown

If you're in Yaletown, take some time to enjoy the ample dining options. Consider a stop by Vancouver False Creek Seawall, and you can hop on the metro at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station to see more of the area.

Yaletown
Kitsilano featuring a city and street scenes

Kitsilano

4.5/5Wonderful!(7 area reviews)

Kitsilano is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kitsilano Beach and Sunset Beach.

Kitsilano
#Golden Photo Contest

Richmond City Centre

4/5Very Good!(935 area reviews)

Known for its first-class casinos and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Richmond City Centre. Check out top attractions like Richmond Centre Mall and Richmond Night Market, and jump on the metro at Lansdowne Station or Richmond-Brighouse Station to see more of the city.

Richmond City Centre
Gastown showing signage, street scenes and outdoor eating

Coal Harbour

The captivating waterfront views and popular shops are a few things travelers love about Coal Harbour. Check out Vancouver Waterfront or Granville Street 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
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
¥21,596
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,821 reviews)

"Good location, handy to Granville Island , Gastown and mid city. Clean , club room refurbishment very nice Excellent Friendly staff in club lounge"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
1041 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC
¥7,950
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

Located in Vancouver South, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Main Street, Richmond Night Market, and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Aberdeen Centre ...

3.6/5Good! (4,886 reviews)

"Basic, clean, I would say it is a budget hotel. Shuttle driver dropped a passenger luggage and the handle broke, didn’t even apologize"…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2020

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel
4.5 out of 5
3111 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC
¥21,102
per night
Mar 3 - Mar 4

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! (4,390 reviews)

"Convenient location when arriving late. Easy to get there through airport."…"

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

Fairmont Vancouver Airport In-Terminal Hotel

Popular things to do in Vancouver

Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal
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Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal

4.5/5(1,091 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Vancouver with a trip to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,436 reviews)

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

Rogers Arena
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Rogers Arena

4.5/5(342 reviews)

Catch an event at Rogers Arena during your trip to Vancouver. Discover the top-notch restaurants and acclaimed art scene in this vibrant area.

Vancouver Waterfront
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Vancouver Waterfront

4.5/5(35 reviews)

Explore Vancouver Waterfront, a popular spot to commune with nature in Vancouver, and enjoy the mountain views. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in this vibrant area.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,490 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.

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,108 reviews)

Browse fashion stores, independent outlets, and souvenir shops in one of the country’s premier shopping districts.

Top activities in Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
¥4,693
Per adult
Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket
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Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket

92% of travellers recommend
¥3,479
Per adult
City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery
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City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery

96% of travellers recommend
¥11,184
Per adult
Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

84% of travellers recommend
¥5,132
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

82% of travellers recommend
¥4,059
Per adult
Tours from Vancouver to Victoria
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Tours from Vancouver to Victoria

¥22,914
Per adult

Reviews of Vancouver

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
2404
5 - Excellent 64.2952661139342%
4 - Good
1122
4 - Good 30.008023535704734%
3 - Okay
183
3 - Okay 4.89435677988767%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 0.5081572612998128%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 0.2941963091735758%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 25, 2020

Had a great time in your beautiful city!

5/5 - Excellent

Virginia

Feb 25, 2020

Vibrant city surrounded by harbors and mountains!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Vancouver is great, minus the garbage everyone and crazy, sketchy characters that come out after dark.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

Still discovering.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Loved Vancouver people are friendly ! It’s a beautiful city !!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 22, 2020

Enjoyed our Vancouver visit very much. It is a great place for a vacation any time of the year.

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