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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

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is $107 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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! (2,500 reviews)
"We really enjoyed the outside deck dining as restaurants or shut down during the time we were there. Overall the staff both at the front desk, D room service and the serving staff were very nice and accommodating."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $67 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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! (1,922 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and beautiful, the location was perfect and the staff were friendly."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2021

The Burrard
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is $127 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. Granville Street and English ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,049 reviews)
"Amazing staff so kind and helpful. Went above and beyond"

Reviewed on Apr 10, 2021

Hyatt Regency 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.
Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
Langley, BC
Situated in Langley, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newlands Golf and Country Club and Cascades Casino. Canadian Museum of Flight and Langley ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
In short this place was absolutely great. What made it amazing was the hosts of the property.
"The hosts greeted me with smiles. Made sure there was nothing needed and if there was they would get. The place was clean and well laid out and perfect for 1 or 2. Being able to cook saved me alot of money. And where the property was located I felt that my vehicle and property was safe. More importantly ..."

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2020

Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
Coquitlam, BC
Situated in Coquitlam, this condo building is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lougheed Town Centre and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Simon Fraser University. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver ...
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
Burnaby, BC
Situated in Burnaby, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deer Lake and Metropolis at Metrotown. Burnaby Hospital is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Royal Oak Station ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Very comfortable
"This home was a great place to come home to each evening. Lots of room, clean and very responsive host."

Reviewed on Apr 5, 2021

Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
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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Reviews of Vancouver

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 30.084299262381453%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 4.899894625922023%
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4/5 - Good

Jaden

May 24, 2020

Tell all hotels to try cash/debit options? Maybe they will make a little if not more money. Because not everyone has a credit card. Like I know u don’t care about this but I was willing to pay double the actual hotel price in cash but got turned down

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 4, 2020

Such a world class city with beautiful neighbourhoods right on the water. Very clean. Great food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 16, 2020

Vancouver is beautiful and so close to Seattle. I plan to visit fairly regularly.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 19, 2020

Love Vancouver but couldnt enjoy it due to Covid19.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Very friendly, safe city. I loved the juxtapositioning of mountains right by the seal. Lovely! Stanley Park is a MUST!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 14, 2020

Really enjoy my holidays in Vancouver

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