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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Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.
Shop with the locals and tourists at this bustling market located near Vancouver’s city center.
Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.
One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.
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.
Zip down slopes that were on show to the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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