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, V6E3T3
The price is $132 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 4
$132
per night
Jan 3 - Jan 4
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (3,344 reviews)
"Great central location. Free wifi. Friendly and helpful staff. Rooms are well kept."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
River Rock Casino Resort
River Rock Casino Resort
4 out of 5
8811 River Road, Richmond, BC, V6X 3P8
The price is $135 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$135
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 4-star spa resort in Richmond. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities in ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,678 reviews)
Need more earth friendly options.
"Need to have more recycling options."

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

River Rock Casino Resort
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
4 out of 5
773 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC, V6B2M4
The price is $138 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8
$138
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8
Stay at this 4-star luxury hotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,717 reviews)
"Close to downtown, and arena!"

Reviewed on Dec 1, 2022

Georgian Court Hotel BW Premier Collection
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Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park
Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park
3 out of 5
2030 Barclay St, Vancouver, BC, V6G 1L5
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a business center. Our guests praise the WiFi and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (722 reviews)
"Wonderful location just down the street from Stanley Park. Large, comfortable rooms not upscale but decent quality. Great staff! Solved a problem within 15 minutes of calling staff after hours! Parking is secure but getting into a parking spot in garage can be a bit tricky in some sections. Loved ..."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

Rosellen Suites At Stanley Park
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6A2
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, a health club, and valet parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,221 reviews)
"Loved it! Great for attending nearby event/concert."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2022

Rosedale Condominiums
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, V6B 0G1
Stay at this 4-star apartment in Vancouver. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (163 reviews)
Great experience
"Great location! Easy in and out access. Walking distance to everything we need. Will definitely come back and stay again."

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2022

Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
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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