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Downtown VancouverVancouver

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.


Popular places to visit in Downtown Vancouver

Robson Street
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Robson Street

4.5/5(1,728 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(412 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(302 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 things to do in Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour
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Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour

CA $154
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
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The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

CA $32
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing
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Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing

CA $51
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler Sightseeing Tour
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Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler Sightseeing Tour

CA $99
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Vancouver Aerial Tour
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Vancouver Aerial Tour

CA $139
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Victoria Whale Watching Adventure with Seaplane & Cruise
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Victoria Whale Watching Adventure with Seaplane & Cruise

CA $479
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend

Top Hotels in Downtown Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $151 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 27

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! (2,659 reviews)

"Good hotel, great location. Had a nice view from the hotel room of the harbour as well. Would stay again for the price and location!"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $238 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 15

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! (3,138 reviews)

"Very friendly staff. Very clean room. Loved the location on the harbour."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 18, 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $152 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

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! (1,410 reviews)

"Good location, great oysters restaurant at the lobby."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 22, 2020

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $174 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street, Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. English Bay ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,015 reviews)

"Staff were very accommodating and room was spacious and fully equipped. Wonderful"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2020

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $87 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 7

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! (1,885 reviews)

"Good basic affordable accommodation in a good location. The staff were really nice, the place was clean. The pillows were not that comfortable, and while we had a coffee machine we were not provided with coffee pods. You can tell this was a tired looking place that had a modern freshen up in recently, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2020

The Burrard
Hotel Blu Vancouver
Hotel Blu Vancouver
4 out of 5
177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $159 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver Central Public Library and Rogers ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,659 reviews)

"Very friendly staff, helpful and nice environment. Beautiful room"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 24, 2020

Hotel Blu Vancouver

Other areas in Vancouver

West End featuring a city, street scenes and signage

West End

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of West End. Make a stop by Robson Street or Stanley Park while you're exploring the area.

West End
Yaletown which includes a city, night scenes and street 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
Gastown showing café lifestyle, street scenes and a city

Gastown

3.5/5Good!(190 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
Granville Island showing a high-rise building, a river or creek and a bay or harbour

Granville Island

4.5/5Wonderful!(100 area reviews)

Travelers come to Granville Island for its abundant dining options, and you can see top attractions like Granville Island Public Market and False Creek while you're in town.

Granville Island
Chinatown featuring heritage architecture

Chinatown

You'll enjoy the restaurants and gardens in Chinatown. You might want to make time for a stop at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden or Rickshaw Theatre.

Chinatown
Kitsilano which includes street scenes and a city

Kitsilano

4.5/5Wonderful!(2 area reviews)

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

Kitsilano

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