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

Downtown Vancouver is a vibrant and intriguing area with bright lights, skyscrapers and an eclectic port area. Many of the city’s main attractions and cultural highlights line the shores of the Vancouver Harbour and False Creek, which borders the city center. Experience the country’s diverse terrain with the FlyOver Canada simulator at Canada Place.

Arrive in the downtown area via the historic Waterfront Station, an example of the city’s impressive architecture. Admire its neoclassical style, red-brick façade and white columns. A few blocks southeast is Gastown, the oldest part of Vancouver’s downtown area. Enjoy the romantic ambiance here as you stroll down cobbled streets lined with Victorian houses.

For a more modern part of downtown Vancouver, visit the iconic shopping avenue of Robson Street. Browse upscale boutiques and immerse yourself in the fashionable setting. Dine in style at a sushi restaurant or enjoy an abundance of international cuisine along the street.

Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery to discover local artists and established international names. Peruse its collection of landscape paintings and modern photo exhibits. Another artistic highlight is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which hosts the Vancouver Opera and Ballet British Columbia. Watch a performance in the auditorium, which seats almost 3,000 people.

Spend some time in Chinatown to see the Sam Kee Building, which is known as the world’s narrowest commercial edifice. Visit the Chinese Cultural Centre and enjoy Chinese food from one of the many restaurants. Relax in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden for some peace and quiet in the middle of the bustling city.

Downtown Vancouver is the sports hub of the city, with stadiums home to many of the city’s most popular teams. Attend an ice hockey match at Rogers Arena, where the Vancouver Canucks play. Watch Canadian football and soccer matches at BC Place Stadium.

Immediately north of the downtown area is one of the city’s highlights, Stanley Park. Follow nature trails for views of the mountains that surround the city, the expansive English Bay and dense forests.

Downtown Vancouver is a major transport hub for British Columbia and can be easily reached by bus, SkyTrain and on foot from surrounding Vancouver neighborhoods.

Top Hotels in Downtown Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
CA $260
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,833 reviews)

"Excellent location. Great amenities.very walkable. Amazing view. Friendly staff. Truly 5 Star service"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
CA $173
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,663 reviews)

"This hotel ended up being great. This was our first real visit to Vancouver and we wanted a water view. I was booking through Expedia and was really struggling between this, and the Pan Pacific. I chose this hotel because, though the rate was a little more, I could not see what the resort fees the ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
CA $142
per night
Feb 29 - Mar 1

Located in West End, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Robson Square and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (7,242 reviews)

"top floor king suite was really nice. a foot spa is a nice touch."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 23, 2020

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa
Moda Hotel
Moda Hotel
3.5 out of 5
900 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC
CA $99
per night
Mar 9 - Mar 10

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this romantic hotel is steps away from Commodore Ballroom, Granville Street and Orpheum Theater. Robson Street and Vancouver Art ...

3.9/5Good! (2,425 reviews)

"Great location but the amenities were outdated. The staff was great."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Moda Hotel
Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre
Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre
3 out of 5
180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
CA $105
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville ...

3.6/5Good! (3,526 reviews)

"The room was good, we had a great view in a corner room. Only issue we had was the elevators are very slow and only 2 for the north building. Room was in an excellent location to attend the hockey game. Only a 2 block walk."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 25, 2020

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
4 out of 5
475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
CA $169
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Vancouver Waterfront and Harbour Centre. Canada Place and Vancouver ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,328 reviews)

"Great location. Convenient for walking to convention center, downtown etc"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 26, 2020

EXchange Hotel Vancouver

Popular things to do in Downtown Vancouver

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,665 reviews)

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

Granville Street
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Granville Street

4/5(334 reviews)

This colorful street gives off a dazzling energy after dark when its restaurants and bars fill with revelers drawn in by the bright lights and party atmosphere.

Vancouver Art Gallery
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Vancouver Art Gallery

4.5/5(298 reviews)

Join a guided tour of Vancouver’s major art institution to see modernist landscapes and photo exhibits. Learn about the region’s important art movements along the way.

Top activities in Downtown Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

94% of travellers recommend
CA $57
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
CA $135
Per adult
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

82% of travellers recommend
CA $49
Per adult
Best of Vancouver City Half Day Tour
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Best of Vancouver City Half Day Tour

94% of travellers recommend
CA $85
Per adult
Half-Day Whale Watching (Vancouver, BC)
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Half-Day Whale Watching (Vancouver, BC)

96% of travellers recommend
CA $185
Per adult
5hr Bike Rental
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5hr Bike Rental

CA $37
Per adult

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