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Visit Vancouver

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

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.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver
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Downtown Vancouver

Known for Urban, Biking, Walking

4.5/5(5,819 reviews)

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

Gastown
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Gastown

Known for Chinatown, Urban, Dining

3.5/5(171 reviews)

The birthplace of Vancouver is full of old-world charm with cobbled streets, Victorian buildings, and a unique steam-powered clock. 

Kitsilano
Kitsilano which includes street scenes and a city

Kitsilano

Known for Beach, Sunset, Sea

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Ethnic food, fashionable shops and one of Vancouver’s best beaches are all part of this bayside neighborhood.

Yaletown
Yaletown which includes a city, night scenes and street scenes

Yaletown

Known for Shopping, Dining, Walking

This trendy residential neighborhood and nightlife destination on the False Creek waterfront was once a neglected warehouse district. 

West End
West End featuring a city, street scenes and signage

West End

Known for Beach, Dining, Sunset

Home to Vancouver’s gay village, this neighborhood is one of the city’s most densely populated and liveliest, with popular cafés, shops and nightclubs.

Granville Island
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Granville Island

Known for Island, Shopping, Dining

4.5/5(83 reviews)

Visit the art galleries, boutiques, brewery, farmers market and theaters of this buzzing island across False Creek from central Vancouver.

Top Hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
CA $159
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2

Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of United States Consulate, Robson Street, and Canada Place. Vancouver Convention ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,426 reviews)

"I was in general very happy. In the last day I received the invoice of my stay and surprisingly I was charged for watching movies which I didn’t! Anyways my husband dealt with it we but I was not happy about them making the mistake!"…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
773 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC
CA $159
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,856 reviews)

"Excellent staff. Clean comfortable room. Great location."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 8, 2019

Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel
3 out of 5
1041 SW Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC
CA $114
per night
Dec 15 - Dec 16

Located in Vancouver South, this eco-friendly hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Main Street, Richmond Night Market and VanDusen Botanical Garden. Aberdeen Centre ...

3.6/5Good! (4,597 reviews)

"Free airport shuttle. Excellent front service. Bed comfy."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Coast Vancouver Airport Hotel

Popular things to do in Vancouver

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,375 reviews)

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Granville Island Public Market
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Granville Island Public Market

4.5/5(1,880 reviews)

Shop with the locals and tourists at this bustling market located near Vancouver’s city center.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,474 reviews)

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(925 reviews)

One of Vancouver’s most popular attractions offers a unique perspective on nature and is just a few minutes from the city center.

Cypress Mountain
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Cypress Mountain

4.5/5(179 reviews)

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

Grouse Mountain
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Grouse Mountain

4.5/5(522 reviews)

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

Top activities in Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

CA $57

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.

Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket
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Skip-the-line Vancouver Aquarium Ticket

CA $40

Immerse yourself in the magnificent marine world of the Vancouver Aquarium with skip-the-line tickets. Come face-to-face with playful otters, tropical fish, and adorable sea lions at this 91,480 square-foot (8,498-sq m) facility in the heart of Stanley Park.

City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery
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City Delights Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge Park & Fish Hatchery

CA $135

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.

Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

CA $62

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.

Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

CA $49

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.

Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport to Downtown Vancouver ( Any Hotel )
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Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport to Downtown Vancouver ( Any Hotel )

CA $23

International Arrivals: Proceed to immigration, collect you luggage at the baggage carousels, proceed through customs and you will enter the International Reception Lobby (IRL). Follow the signs to the Exits/Greetings Area to the right.

Reviews of Vancouver

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 53.02431926834338%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.284971939305755%
3 - Okay
323
3 - Okay 6.713780918727915%
2 - Disappointing
31
2 - Disappointing 0.6443566826023696%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.33257119102057786%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 9, 2019

Great city, even in the winter (with rain and snow) Except all the homeless people and beggars.

4/5 - Good

Luis

Dec 9, 2019

Vancouver is a very beautiful city. Definitely the Lotus Flower of the Pacific.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

Wow! Too many things to list! But whatever your interests are day or night..,Vancouver city has it ALL!! Shopping, restaurants, concerts, sports, hiking, biking, golf, parks, cultural districts .... just to name a few!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 8, 2019

Had a fantastic visit to the city for a Canucks game. The fan culture is vibrant and fun. The city feels safe.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Dec 7, 2019

Yaletown was very quaint. East Vancouver had a lot of Homeless, seems like there are little pockets to discover. Highly recommend Kind Cafe for plant based zero waste options.

5/5 - Excellent

Cath

Dec 3, 2019

I enjoyed walking and going into coffee shops. I went to see the Cirque du soleil.

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