0.4 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $106 a night
0.6 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $87 a night
0.7 miles from downtown
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.
Places to stay from $28 a night
2.3 miles from downtown
“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!
Places to stay from $132 a night
2.5 miles from downtown
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.
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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.
Places to stay from $28 a night
The list of things to do in Vancouver runs quite long, with a plethora of activities to indulge in. The mountainscapes of the city are best viewed while soaring through the sky on a zip line. Whale watching tours – where you can spot migrating orcas, humpbacks and other ocean wildlife – are quite popular too. For a day trip, consider driving down the Sea-to-Sky Highway that passes through lush forests and along the picturesque Howe Sound coast.
Proximity to the mountains and ocean is the hallmark of Vancouver tourism. You can go skiing at Grouse Mountain and hiking or camping at the Coast Mountains. Vancouver's North Shore neighbourhood is renowned for its mountain biking trails, while kayaking can be enjoyed at False Creek. If you like fishing, you’ll find both freshwater and saltwater fishing spots off the city’s coast.
On your Vancouver trip, head to the sprawling Stanley Park to explore its landscaped gardens, historical landmarks and First Nations monuments. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, you can wander across its bridges and walkways passing through dense vegetation and savour scenic views from tree-top platforms.
The food, wine and beer scene of Vancouver is burgeoning with delectable options. And Granville Island Public Market is a great place to sample everything that the city has to offer – from fresh seafood like sushi to maple syrup-based snacks and treats. A glass of British Columbia’s famous icewine or a mug of local craft beer is the ideal accompaniment to any meal.
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|Most popular time to visit||October-December|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||CAD 10 = $7.40|
|Average weekend price||$270 per night|
|Average weekday price||$269 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Vancouver is a relaxing city with a cool climate which encourages a lot of going outdoor. Sitting by the beaches or walking / jogging / cycling along the waterfront paths makes for great outdoor exercises and activities.
Vancouver is a vibrant and beautiful city full of life and colour. Plenty to do and see and many amazing attractions. You can do as much or as little as you like. Public Transport is relatively cheap and easy to navigate. Plenty of food options. I loved Grouse Mountain and the bears there, and Stanley Park was a great place to spend an afternoon exploring - could have spent a couple of days there just to see it all. However Vancouver is expensive so make sure you budget for it. I would happily return to spend more time there. We went to see Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains which were breathtakingly beautiful though I just wish we had spent more time in Vancouver. It is well worth it.
We opted for 48 hours in Vancouver BC, but we live in Oregon and it's only an hour flight from PDX. The other travelers at the B&B (met them at breakfast table) were from Maine, Germany, Australia and England. They were staying longer, renting cars and traveling beyond Vancouver BC.
Vancouver is a beautiful harbour city, a very diverse community with great restaurants, shopping and going out. An easy city to walk around with fair priced taxis. A great place to start or end a trip to Canada, great options to travel out on day trips to surrounding sites including Victoria Island via sea plane. A very relaxed feel to the city area. I look forward to returning in the future.
Great food, we ate twice at the Hydra restaurant. Very good and easy to use public transport Service very good in hotel, restaurants and on public transport Super day out in Stanley Park including a visit to the Aquarium We caught the Sea Bus from the Waterfront to North Vancouver - very pleasant short trip with great views back across to the city The area we stayed in felt very safe
As Vancouver is my old " Hometown" I may be a bit biased here!!. Always enjoy visiting and checking out new ( to me) Hotels which to stay at.. Summer rates are usually the highest of the year..This past Summer, seemed to have outrageous prices at ALL the hotels which we stayed at.. Inflation factured in the prices were EXTREMELY HIGH!! As well as transit , meals out, groceries etc, etc.. NOT very affordable vacation for most folks..just sayin'...
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