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Vancouver
Travel Guide

Stanley Park featuring a river or creek and a city

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.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $118 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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! (1,893 reviews)
"The Burrard Hotel was excellent. They tried to help me with an exorbitant cancellation fee from Expedia. I chose the word cancel instead of modify when I tried to cancel one of the nights I was booked for. Impossible to get help from Expedia. They say they will charge me $176.00 to cancel a $135.00 ..."

Reviewed on Jun. 20, 2021

The Burrard
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $166 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within ...
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 Jun. 18, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is CA $168 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,326 reviews)
"the hotel and location were amazing, I can not thing of something I didn't like"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 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.
Pprm Alloy Brentwood Centre 2BD & 2bath Condo6
Pprm Alloy Brentwood Centre 2BD & 2bath Condo6
Burnaby, BC
The price is CA $300 per night from Jun 25 to Jun 25
This family-friendly Burnaby condo building is within 3 mi (5 km) of British Columbia Institute of Technology and Burnaby Hospital. Burnaby Village Museum and ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
10/10 would recommend
"best place i've ever stayed in"

Reviewed on Jun. 22, 2021

Pprm Alloy Brentwood Centre 2BD & 2bath Condo6
Stylish Executive Condo
Stylish Executive Condo
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 Mar. 24, 2020

Stylish Executive Condo
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
Located in East Side, this vacation home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mount St. Joseph's Hospital and within 3 mi (5 km) of Vancouver General Hospital and Rogers ...
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of 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.

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