Vancouver

Travel Guide
Stanley Park showing a city and a river or creek

This thriving Pacific Northwest city offers an alluring mix of cosmopolitan culture, an excellent restaurant scene and craft beer bars as well as wonderful natural scenery.

With its sophisticated urban center, coastline of sandy beaches and surrounding forested mountains, Vancouver appeals to visitors seeking big-city entertainment and outdoor pursuits. Explore neighborhoods filled with artsy shops, multicultural restaurants and historic architecture. Cycle through a scenic park, enjoy an invigorating hike and relax on a beach.

Take your time discovering Vancouver’s diverse neighborhoods. Window shop along Robson Street, which features a variety of mid-range shops as well as luxury retailers like Gucci and Tiffany & Co. Head to Gastown to admire historic architecture and dine in some of the city’s top restaurants. Take photos of Chinatown’s famous Millennium Gate and then stroll through the exquisite Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden.

No visit to Vancouver would be complete without a stop in Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre (405-hectare) expanse of semi-wild parkland. Walk, bike or jog along the Seawall, which runs along the park’s coastline, offering lovely views of the city and the Lions Gate Bridge. Head to English Bay Beach on the edge of the park for swimming and sunbathing.

Grouse Mountain, located north of downtown, is another favorite destination for visitors interested in getting active. It offers excellent skiing and snowboarding in the winter and picturesque hiking in the summer.

Explore the city’s cultural side with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, home to an exceptional collection of Northwest Coast First Nations’ art. View the exhibitions of Canadian and West Coast art housed at the Vancouver Art Gallery, including notable works by modernist painter Emily Carr.

Take the ferry across False Creek to visit Granville Island. Browse fresh produce, seafood, meats and baked goods at the Granville Island Public Market.

Most visitors arrive at the city by plane at Vancouver International Airport. Vancouver is also well connected by bus and train to most major Canadian cities, as well as by bus to the U.S. Get around easily within the city on its extensive public transportation system, which includes electric trolley and diesel buses, the light-rail SkyTrain and the SeaBus ferry.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

EXchange Hotel Vancouver
EXchange Hotel Vancouver
4 out of 5
475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $115 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Granville Street and Vancouver Waterfront. Canada Place and Vancouver Convention Centre ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,770 reviews)
"This was a very clean, safe hotel to stay at. Beautiful rooms and the amenities were amazing. I was able to use my phone as my remote control for the TV and log into my Netflix account. The room rates were very reasonable and all staff were extremely friendly. I would highly recommend this hotel ..."

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2022

EXchange Hotel Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $189 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Canada Place and Vancouver Waterfront. Vancouver Convention Centre and Granville Street are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,884 reviews)
"Fabulous customer service. Great ocean view. Outdoor pool and hottub. 5 sails restaurant was really good too!"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is $127 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (3,028 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2022

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
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.
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $103 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, and Robson Street. Queen Elizabeth Theatre and Granville Street ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,092 reviews)
"Close to shops and restaurants along Robson and elsewhere downtown. Room with kitchenette worked out well. Found that fellow guests were following COVID health guidelines for public areas, had no concerns."

Reviewed on Dec 30, 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
Located in West End, this vacation home is within a 5-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and English Bay Beach. Robson Street and Stanley Park are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
"Loved the modern space and kitchen and if we needed anything, I sent a text and the items were left at the door for us. It was beside a grocery and liquor store store and such a convenient location to walk anywhere! Really enjoyed our stay at Sonder! Would recommend to everyone!"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2022

Sonder at Revival
Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park
Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park
3 out of 5
2030 Barclay St, Vancouver, BC
The price is $104 per night from Feb 24 to Feb 25
Located in West End, this eco-friendly aparthotel is steps from Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Stanley Park. Robson Street and English Bay Beach are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (632 reviews)
Good place for the price.
"This was a good value for the reasonable price. Our unit was quite worn and dated, but there was enough room to sleep 8 adults comfortably. Very good location."

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2022

Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park
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.

Getting around Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is small and easy to walk around. Make use of the public transportation system to explore further afield. As well as a decent network of buses, options include the SkyTrain light rapid transit system and the SeaBus ferry system. Buy a DayPass for unlimited travel for one day, buy a single-use ticket or invest in a reusable Compass Card, which can be topped up to pay for all your travel. Visit the TransLink website. Browse Vancouver rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Vancouver in spring, between March and May, or in fall, between September and November, and you’re likely to have good weather. Although the warmest months are actually June, July and August, the combination of moderate temperatures, fewer crowds and affordable accommodations makes fall and spring a great time to travel. Keep in mind that a winter visit is best avoided if you aren’t fond of rain.

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