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Vancouver

Known for Shopping, Dining and Culture

This charismatic harbor city is equal parts natural wonder and cosmopolitan gem. 

How do you get to Vancouver?

When it comes to city planning, you can’t do much better than Vancouver. This western city is surrounded on all sides by earthly delights. Snowy mountains tower in the distance, beaches perch along the Strait of Georgia, and verdant parks dot the central districts. If you’ve spent hours flipping through a travel guide in search of Vancouver trip ideas, this treasure trove of scenery is a relatively effortless place to start.

Despite the area’s natural beauty, however, Vancouver vacation packages can be decidedly cosmopolitan. Because the thriving downtown area is bordered by an ocean, developers have had to be creative with how they plan and build. The result is skyscraper-studded central district that’s easy to navigate by foot and pretty enough to support hours of leisurely strolling.

Kick off your Vancouver vacations at the Harbor Center Lookout. This retro spot offers panoramic views of the entire city, and it’s the best way to catch a glimpse of the area before you start exploring. Then, head to the Vancouver Art Gallery to browse the collections, or snap a few photos of architectural marvels like Canada Place and the Marine Building.

Dive a little deeper into Vancouver’s culture with a trip to the West End. This locally loved district is near both historic Gastown and Chinatown, and you’ll discover charming cafes, hip eateries, and eclectic boutiques located on its residential streets. The neighborhood’s primary draw, however, is Stanley Park. Vancouver travel aficionados often consider this seaside space to be the city’s heart and soul thanks to its network of beaches and attractions. Visit the Vancouver Aquarium, take your family to the Miniature Railway, or soak up the sun on Sunset Beach. You’ll even find cheap Vancouver deals and discounts on bike rentals and kayaking amenities.

Once you’ve had your fill of Stanley, make your way to Yaletown for some of the city’s best boutiques. Pacific Center is another top spot for shopping holidays, but budget a little time to explore Granville Island. This artsy district is home to a marina, public market, and brewing company, and you’ll find several galleries and craft studios just waiting to inspire your creative side.

Things to do in Vancouver

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.

Zip down slopes that were on show to the world at the 2010 Winter Olympics at this popular ski resort in West Vancouver.

This popular year-round attraction is a hub of culture, nature and activities just 15 minutes from downtown.

The site of world records and world-class hockey, this is one of Vancouver’s most significant stadiums. Catch a game and explore the surrounding park.

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Immerse yourself in the magnificent marine world of the Vancouver Aquarium. 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.

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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.

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Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55 acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver.

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Grouse Mountain is Vancouver’s most visited year-round attraction located just minutes from downtown Vancouver.. Enjoy panoramic views as you travel to the alpine aboard the iconic Skyride.

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Enjoy convenient shared coach transportation between select Vancouver locations and the Seattle International Airport or select Seattle locations via coach bus. The pick-up and drop-off locations in Vancouver, British Columbia are: Vancouver City Center Select this option for hotels located in Vancouver city center.

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Explore Vancouver's seaside sights and forested parks at your own pace from the comfort of an open-air bus. With up to 30 stops around this Canadian city, you can ride to within walking distance of tops Vancouver attractions like the brick buildings of historic Gastown.

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