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Vancouver
Travel Guide

Stanley Park showing a river or creek and a city

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.

Located on Canada's west coast, Vancouver is wrapped by water on three sides, making it one of the best places in the world to spot migrating whales, including the magnificent killer whale. A stone's throw from the sparkling waters, you’ll discover a city surrounded by stretches of sandy beaches and rugged mountains, boasting more than 200 parks in between.

While officially incorporated in 1886, the city's history spans much further back, having been home to indigenous people for thousands of years. Vancouver was founded by a character known as “Gassy Jack” because of his talkative nature and ability to tell a good story. He put together a makeshift drinking tavern for local sawmill workers, today, the historic Gastown neighbourhood. The lumberjacks are now long gone, but it’s still a great place for a drink. Amble along the cobbled streets to check out at the unusual steam clock, browse a few shops or enjoy a wild night out at one of the many nightclubs.

Today’s cosmopolitan Downtown is Vancouver’s business district, and at its heart, lies the city's most famous shopping destination, Robson Street. A short stroll away is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and the historic Yaletown, where you’ll find more great places to eat, drink, shop and party.

Visit Stanley Park where you can see Native American artwork and totem poles, hop on the miniature train to explore the coastal rainforest, or trek to beautiful lakes and beaches. The pod of beluga whales and touch pools at the Vancouver Aquarium provide hours of family fun. For a view of the sea, walk or pedal along the Seawall, a 22-kilometre path lining Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront. Continue south along this path and you’ll catch sight of the breathtaking English Bay and Granville Island, well-known for its Public Market, colourful array of shops, art galleries and studios. Pedestrians can stroll along as far as Kitsilano Beach Park on the Seawall, but cyclists can pedal further to the University of British Columbia. At the university, visit the Museum of Anthropology, an architectural masterpiece showcasing indigenous art from around the world.

Ten minutes north of Downtown Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you can cross a deep canyon on suspension bridge towering 70 metres above the Capilano River, or traverse the lush forests through the many walking trails. Venture upwards onto Grouse Mountain for panoramic views of the city and unparalleled photo opportunities. Scale the skies in the Skyride Gondola which whisks you 1,100 metres above forested mountains for a bird's eye view of Vancouver.

Despite having a warmer climate than most of Canada, the city is still a haven for snow sports. Ski the slopes at Sun Peaks Resort in the morning and be back in time for dinner in Chinatown or a concert in the historic Orpheum Theatre. Finish off with a nightcap in one of Yaletown’s bars before calling it a day in one of the most liveable cities in the world.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$146 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
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! (1,898 reviews)
"Delightful little Hotel...will be back."

Reviewed on 17 Jun. 2021

The Burrard
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$186 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,477 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay at the Pinnacle, the location is perfect, hotel was clean, beds comfortable which was all we were looking for as we didn’t plan to be in the hotel too much (only to sleep). Did not use the amenities. Due to covid you must call for towels and garbage collection, rooms are not cleaned ..."

Reviewed on 18 Jun. 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$224 per night from 21 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,331 reviews)
"Great location close to everything. Excellent swimming pool. Staff friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - 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.
Stylish Executive Condo
Stylish Executive Condo
1010 Howe St, 608, Vancouver, BC
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Orpheum Theater and St. Paul's Hospital. Robson Street ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (67 reviews)
good location
"the location is good to the stadiums, restaurants, shopping. We found that being so close to Granville St. that is was noisy at night. The apartment was very clean. It is getting a bit rough around the edges, blinds partially broken, kettle rusty. That being said it had all that we needed and we ..."

Reviewed on 24 Mar. 2020

Stylish Executive Condo
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
1023 east 17th avenue, Vancouver, BC
Located in East Side, this holiday home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mount St. Joseph's Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vancouver General Hospital and Rogers ...
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
1372 Seymour St, 3203, Vancouver, BC
This family-friendly Vancouver condo is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street and Sunset Beach. St. Paul's Hospital and Orpheum ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great overall experience
"Clean, great location and property manager is quick to respond to any issues"

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2020

Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
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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