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Vancouver
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Vancouver

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is $118 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

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! (1,334 reviews)

"Great location and great staff. Will definitely go back next time I’m in the city."…"

Reviewed on Feb 22, 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is $110 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

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! (2,531 reviews)

"The staff at the P2B lounge were amazing!!! Will stay there again for sure."…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is $121 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

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! (1,030 reviews)

"Good location, friendly staff, overall an excellent experience"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 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.

Vacation Rentals in Vancouver

Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $88 per night from Feb 28 to Mar 1

Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Central Public Library, BC Place Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Granville ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,015 reviews)

"Love how clean how friendly. Wish we had a different room and a garbage in the living room"…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Sonder at Revival
Sonder at Revival
4 out of 5
1771 Comox Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $104 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (12 reviews)

"Property was well kept/clean, my girlfriend and I had an amazing stay. Guest services were fast in any inquiries we had. Big shout of to guest services agent Steven, was always there when we needed help! Area was super convenient, multiple restaurants and places to do groceries. Thanks once again ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 25, 2021

Sonder at Revival
Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
Vancouver, BC

This family-friendly Vancouver condo building is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street and Sunset Beach. St. Paul's Hospital ...

5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great overall experience

"Clean, great location and property manager is quick to respond to any issues"…"

Reviewed on Nov 1, 2020

Self-Isolate from COVID-19 in Luxury with Panoramic Views
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.

Popular places to visit in Vancouver

Top things to do in Vancouver

Reviews of Vancouver

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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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