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 $109 per night from Jan 9 to Jan 10
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! (1,738 reviews)
"Very nice hotel to stay in"

Reviewed on Dec 29, 2021

EXchange Hotel Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is $188 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
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! (2,879 reviews)
"Enjoyed the room, good location and friendly staff! Wish there had been free wifi for the rooms but otherwise great!"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is $126 per night from Jan 16 to Jan 17
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! (2,982 reviews)
"I liked the location but the room and everything inside needs a BIG upgrade looks like a room of the 70's"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 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 $129 per night from Jan 6 to Jan 7
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! (1,090 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
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is $159 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (158 reviews)
"So much space! Comfortable bed. Very well- equipped kitchen. Good location"

Reviewed on Dec 27, 2021

Level Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"Excellent choice of a place to stay and explore Vancouver. Very conveniently located, close to many attractions Van city has to offer. Very modern, sleek and practical interior of the apartment we've stayed in. It has everything you need for an enjoyable stay in the city. Would definitely recommend ..."

Reviewed on Dec 20, 2021

Sonder at Revival
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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