Things to Do in Vancouver

Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre

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A Vancouver vantage point. This spaceship-shaped observation deck is perched on top of a skyscraper. This non-flying saucer slowly revolves, giving you a full panorama. Chatty guides are on hand to point out landmarks as they spin the Vancouver yarn. For a special evening, book a table at the restaurant and watch as the cityscape transforms into an ocean of twinkling lights.

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Science World

Attractions

This science museum gets inquisitive minds whirring. Through its array of hands-on exhibits, visitors of all ages engage with science while having rip-roaring fun! Connect your heartbeat to a bass drum, build your own skyscrapers out of wood and run on an energy-measuring kinetic wheel. Then sit down to an immersive experience at the on-site IMAX cinema.

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English Bay

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Reach for the beach. On sunny days, endorphin-seeking Vancouverites flock to this stretch of coastline. With food stalls and an all-round positive vibe, it’s one of the city’s best spots when the mercury starts to rise. Yet it’s at dusk that English Bay really comes into its own. The glowing sun casts its kaleidoscope colours across the sky, heightening many a romantic moment.

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Granville Island

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What a transformation! This dockside complex was once an industrial wasteland, destined for the scrapheap. Thankfully, in the 1970s, these old storehouses were reclaimed and turned into a buzzing waterside hub of shopping and culture. To the sound of buskers’ melodies wafting through the air, browse the boutiques for artisan jewellery, funky paper products or quirky artworks.

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Vancouver Aquarium

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The oceans are Planet Earth’s final frontier. This aquarium brings some of the mysteries of the deep to your doorstep. The creatures on display range from tiny jellyfish to cuddly otters, and everything in between. After a more intimate encounter? Book in advance for a hands-on Animal Encounter Experience, or pack your PJs for a sleepover!

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Stanley Park

Parks

A park with patrimony. The peninsula now known as Stanley Park used to be the traditional lands of indigenous peoples such as the Squamish and the Musqueam. Clusters of brightly coloured totem poles give a nod to the previous inhabitants and their culture. Hop on your bike and roll through the groves, and take a spin round the seawall, with the glistening bay at your side.

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Queen Elizabeth Park

Parks

Long live the “Queen E”! This city park sits on a hill that pokes above the skyline, making it a vista-seeker’s delight. If you’re into fun and games, take your pick from roller hockey, lawn bowls and even disc golf (don’t ask, just try it). If you prefer escapism to exertion, duck into Bloedel Conservatory, a glass-covered jungle paradise where exotic birds flutter overhead.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

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This isn’t your average walk in the park. The woodland around Capilano Canyon is slung with walkways. They wind through the forest canopy, across the ravine and jut out from the cliff-face. Experience nature from a new angle, surrounded by birdsong and the sweet scent of fir sap. Head up early to avoid the crowds and preserve the feeling of quiet forest immersion.

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  • 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:30 - 20:00
Lynn Canyon Park

Parks

Hiking heaven. Lynn Canyon Park is made up of 617 hectares of walkable woodland. There are trails for all levels, from rookie ramblers to hard-core hikers. Pop on your comfiest shoes and wander the woodland, among the thick, grizzled trunks of Douglas firs and Western red cedars. If you’re feeling particularly daring, head to the 30-foot pool and plunge into its icy waters!

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Grouse Mountain

Landmarks

On clear days, there’s no better place to gaze over the cityscape than this mountain lookout. Those with calves of steel should take on the Grouse Grind, the hike to the top that’s a rite of passage for any self-respecting Vancouverite. If you’d rather save your energy, hop on a gondola. From the top, the views sweep out across the Salish Sea.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Vancouver

Rosellen Suites at Stanley Park

8.5 Very good

Score from 711 reviews

$219

Average price per night
  • 2030 Barclay Street, West End, Vancouver
Rosedale on Robson Suite Hotel

8.6 Excellent

Score from 1251 reviews

$173

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  • 838 Hamilton Street, Yaletown, Vancouver
Robson Suites

8.9 Excellent

Score from 811 reviews

$159

Average price per night
  • 777 Bidwell Street, West End, Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver

8.7 Excellent

Score from 978 reviews

$287

Average price per night
  • 655 Burrard Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 823 reviews

$321

Average price per night
  • Suite 300-999 Canada Place, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
Blue Horizon Hotel

8.9 Excellent

Score from 5829 reviews

$181

Average price per night
  • 1225 Robson Street, West End, Vancouver
Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

8.7 Excellent

Score from 792 reviews

$226

Average price per night
  • 1180 West Hastings Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
Landis Hotel & Suites

8.4 Very good

Score from 815 reviews

$272

Average price per night
  • 1200 Hornby Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
Best Western Plus Chateau Granville Hotel & Suites & Conference Centre

8.3 Very good

Score from 683 reviews

$157

Average price per night
  • 1100 Granville Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver
Discover Vancouver

Popular Neighborhoods in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

103 properties

The centre of the action. Downtown is a whirlwind of bag-laden shoppers, natty businesspeople and wide-eyed tourists. Stage buffs take in matinées on Granville Street, and joggers zip round Stanley Park. Munch tip-top sushi at Guu Restaurant, then quaff a pint in this charming pub, Morrissey. Finish up sipping cocktails in swanky Venue Club.

Kitsilano

13 properties

“Kits” has undergone quite a transformation. Back in the ‘60s, it was the far-out focus for hippy happenings. It’s mellowed with age, though – nowadays, it’s classic suburbia, with a leafy charm and family-friendly sense of calm. The only remnant of past glories is Naam Restaurant, purveyor of veggie dishes and live guitar music. Freakin’ A, man!

Davie Village

4 properties

To get a sense of Davie Village’s vibe, just head to the area’s main intersection. Instead of a black-and-white pedestrian crossing, you’ll find rainbow colours painted on the street. This flamboyant road marking hints at Davie’s proudly inclusive outlook. People-watch over an ice cream at Sunset Beach, then flounce down to Celebrities nightclub.

Yaletown

4 properties

Yaletown loves lookin’ good. By day, yoga fanatics float between classes, rolled up mat and organic juice in hand. Joggers flash million-dollar smiles as they whizz effortlessly along the seawall. Come nightfall, it’s the turn of Yaletown’s classy cocktail crowd, who come dressed to impress. Toast the high life at OPUS Bar and the George Lounge.

Main Street

3 properties

Hipsters try to eschew the mainstream, but Main Street bucks the trend. This is where you’ll find Vancouver’s highest concentration of vintage clothes outlets and cult coffee shops. Ironic tattoos and vegan cuisine are the order of the day in Foundation Restaurant. Brassneck’s serious about beer, and The Fox Cabaret is a beacon of offbeat culture.

Commercial Drive

2 properties

Commercial Drive: full of high-street outlets and flashy cars, right? Wrong! This is one of the city’s most alternative areas, where the quirky, the nerdy and the downright strange find a home. Dig for vinyl at Audiopile, then swing by Café Deux Soleils for muffins and stand-up. If you’re into board games and sci-fi, seek out Storm Crow Tavern.

Hastings

2 properties

Hastings keeps it real. A strong sense of community binds the diffuse strands of this multi-cultural district together. Strike up conversation with a regular at The Brighton Pub, and tuck into a hearty brunch at the unfussy Red Wagon Bistro. Then max out on old-school adrenaline at PNE Fairground and Hastings Racetrack.

Gastown

1 property

An explosion of cool is detonating in Gastown. Once known as a rundown area, it’s currently swapping upstarts for start-ups, and moonshine for craft beer. Warm up with a taste of esoteric brews in Alibi Room or Portside. Then get your head-bang on at Hindenburg, where late-night happy hour and live rock music make for a wild night.

Local Tips for Vancouver

Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove
Emily by Emily

Born in Australia and raised in Vancouver, Emily loves hiking the North Shore with friends.

Outside of Vancouver is the town of Deep Cove where you will find Quarry Rock. It's a huge outcrop of rock that you can hike up to, and it gives you the most amazing view of the area. Traditionally, after the hike it's best to grab coffee and doughnuts at Honey's Cafe. You've earned it!

  • 2497 Panorama Dr, North Vancouver, BC V7G 1V7
Lazy Sundays in
Shawn by Shawn

Shawn is a writer and musician who's often to be found hanging out in Mount Pleasant.

On lazy Sundays I like to meet up with friends for brunch on Main Street, and then relax in the sun at "Dude Chilling" Park. The park is actually called Guelph Park, but it features a large wooden statue of a lounging man. It has since affectionately been renamed "Dude Chilling" Park.

Crab Park at Midday
Graham by Graham

Graham loves experiencing every aspect of British Columbia, including wrestling with tigers.

Down at the very Northern end of Main Street, you will find this awesome little beach park area. Crab Park overlooks part of the Port of Vancouver, the North Shore, and it's right next to Railtown and Gastown. But really it's just a little hidden oasis in the middle of the city.

Exploring Pacific Spirit Park
Jason by Jason

Sports enthusiast Jason has spent his entire life living in or around Vancouver.

Near the University of BC is an interesting plot of forested wet lands with walking trails throughout. I recommend going for a trail run or just getting lost among the immense natural beauty. There is always something new to discover there.

  • 5495 Chancellor Blvd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1E4
  • cfapp.vancouver.ca
  • Check website for details.
Saturday mornings at the Trout Lake farmer's market
Luis by Luis

Originally born in Brazil, snowboard fanatic Luis is right at home among BC's mountains.

Every summer the farmer's market at Trout Lake is the place to be on Saturday mornings. My wife and I like to go there and do all of our grocery shopping for the week, grab breakfast and coffee from a food truck and try out the unique homegrown samples.

  • 3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4M4
  • eatlocal.org
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Best of Vancouver

Booking.com asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Vancouver for food?

Oh yes I certainly would. I wish I could have tried all the restaurants on my list but sadly I ran out of time. Once again there truly is something for everyone. The options are endless and depending on your budget and your desires it's truly all there in lovely Vancouver!!

Locals were interested in your story, and in how you as a visitor perceived not just their city, but especially their neighbourhoods.

Walking around the city is much easier than driving. Traffic can get bad, and it can be tricky (and expensive) to find parking

we consistently find great little restaurants wherever we are in Vancouver. try anything!

people are friendly, the city sits in a truly beautiful area, many activities available

Use the public transit which can take you everywhere in the area .

Diverse and inexpensive quality goods and clothes.

Awesome. Peaceful and invigorating

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Transportation

Vancouver Transportation

Air - Vancouver International Airport

The cheaper of the two options to get from Vancouver Airport to the centre is by metro. The station is located just across the street from the main terminal, just follow signs marked "Canada Line". A single ticket costs CAD 9.00, and the journey takes 35 minutes. Alternatively, you can get a taxi from just outside the terminal. The journey to the centre takes around half an hour, and costs somewhere between CAD 30 and 40.

Bus

Vancouver's bus system is reliable and well organised, and it's integrated with the SkyTrain Metro and SeaBus networks. Tickets are valid for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and you can buy them on board or at machines at the stations. Remember that Vancouverites are serious about transport etiquette, so offer your seat to the elderly or disabled, take off rucksacks and move down the bus to make room for others!

Metro

Vancouver has 2 metro systems: the SkyTrain and Canada Line. Both function in much the same efficient way. Tickets are valid across all public transport networks. Each one lasts for an hour and 40 minutes, and price depends on the zones you're travelling to. You can buy them at any of the stations in the network. Stations are identifiable by the large "T" signs around the place.

Bicycle

Vancouver is an extremely bike-friendly city. Many people travel around on two wheels. There are lots of bike lanes, as well as entire streets that are designated exclusively for bicycles. There are also plenty of bike rental shops around the city.

Car

Travelling by car inside Vancouver can be tricky. Although traffic tends not to be too bad outside of rush hour, parking spaces are generally quite hard to come by, and there aren't many city car parks around. Street parking is usually around CAD 1 for 30 minutes. Always check parking meters before leaving your vehicle - many zones have a time limit, and rates differ depending on the area.

Boat

As a port city, Vancouver has a water-based public transport option (SeaBus). It connects Downtown with the North Shore, where you'll find the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Lynn Canyon. You can buy tickets from the machines at the stations - just look for a large "T" sign near the waterfront. Prices depend on the zones that you're travelling to and from, and each one is valid for 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Food in Vancouver

Top Restaurants in Vancouver

Upscale Dining
Grill
Hy's Encore
Upscale Dining
Gourmet
Hawksworth Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Shizen Ya
Mid-Range Fare
Moroccan
Cafe Medina
Mid-Range Fare
Japanese
Guu Original Thurlow
Upscale Dining
Italian
Lupo
Upscale Dining
Italian
Lupo
Cheap Eats
Middle Eastern
Saj & Co.
  • 813 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B7
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-21:00, Friday 11:00-22:00, Saturday 12:30-22:00
  • www.sajandco.ca
  • 001 6045592447
Mid-Range Fare
French
Twisted Fork
  • 1147 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1M1
  • Open Monday-Sunday 08:00-15:00
  • 001 6045680749
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
Scoozis
  • 445 Howe Street Vancouver, BC V6C 2X4
  • Open Monday-Thursday 07:00-21:30, Friday-Saturday 07:00-23:00, Sunday 07:00-14:30
  • www.scoozis.ca
  • 001 6046841009
Mid-Range Fare
Italian
The Parlour
Upscale Dining
French
La Brasserie
Mid-Range Fare
Malaysian
Banana Leaf
Cheap Eats
European
Fritz European Fry House
Cheap Eats
Italian
Basil Pasta Bar
Upscale Dining
Middle Eastern
Bin 941 Tapas Parlour
  • 941 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1B9
  • Open Sunday-Thursday 17:00-01:00, Friday-Saturday 17:00-02:00
  • 001 6046831246
Cheap Eats
Vietnamese
Baoqi Vietnamese Eateri
Cheap Eats
American
Joe's Grill
  • 1031 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1M5
  • Open Monday-Friday 07:00-16:00, Saturday-Sunday 07:00-17:00
  • 001 6046823683
Mid-Range Fare
American
The Fountainhead Pub
Mid-Range Fare
Cafe
Finch's Tea & Coffee House
Upscale Dining
Seafood
Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar
Upscale Dining
French
Brix Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
American
West Oak Restaurant
Mid-Range Fare
Grill
Romer’s Burger Bar
Mid-Range Fare
Nepalese
Gurkha Himalayan Kitchen
  • 1141 Davie Street Vancouver, BC V6E 1N2
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-22:00
  • 001 6045657965
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