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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.

Tonight

From $347 per night

Next weekend

From $544 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency CAD 10 = $7.74
Language French
Average weekend price $176 per night
Average weekday price $175 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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8.0

Beautiful city with very nice people.

July 1, 2022

Beautiful city with very nice people. They've fallen prey to what many blue cities in the States have... homelessness and crime. There are areas toward downtown that should be avoided completely. However, Waterfront Centre, the area around the cruise terminal is well-kept to promote tourism (I suspect). We splurged and stayed at The Auberge, which was amazing! It's very nice there, and the hot tub and pool are part of the fitness complex there. Nice, large, comfortable rooms are part of the appeal there, too. After we checked out, they even let us keep our luggage there while we tooled around the area. There are places to eat, including a McDonald's in a little food court if the kids are picky (mine can be). There's also sushi, Vietnamese, salads, and a Tim Horton's! This local favorite is so good, and some of the best coffee and doughnuts I've had in a while. We also ate at The Lion's Pub, across from the food court and around the corner from Mink Chocolates. The Lion's Pub has good food and sports on the TVs. Mink has many flavors of mostly dark chocolate, chocolate drinks, etc. It's really good if you have a sweet tooth. Oh, and there's a truck with "Chimney Cakes" loaded with dark/milk chocolate ice cream, sweet cream with pistachio, and a few other flavors. Highly recommend it, and it's usually parked not too far from The Lion's Pub. The train goes between the airport and the cruise terminal if you're looking to save a few bucks. Just be mindful of the "zones" you will cross when you buy your ticket. Otherwise, you'll have to add money at your destination to be able to exit the station. The train was clean and felt safer than most, these days. It's a nice town. We'll visit again someday, especially if Tim Horton's doesn't expand to the States!

Sallye
Sallye United States of America
10

Vancouver has plenty to offer visitors.

June 29, 2022

Vancouver has plenty to offer visitors. Make use of the public transit as it saves both driving headaches and jams on weekend and busy nights. Check out where you are and take a walk around the neighbourhood as many attractions and scenic views are within 15-20 min walks. Pack a rain jacket and/or umbrella as the weather does change as you are close to water and the mountains are not far away! We tried several restaurants from Himalayan to standard north American fare - excellent cooks and reasonable prices when compared to Toronto. The suspension bridge, Canada convention centre, waterfront and Art Gallery are all worth a look. Plus Sunset beach walk and nearby local streets/harbour. As a Torontorian, I would say that Toronto also offers excellent korean, japanese and oriental food choices and great value when I compare these with our location's nearby eateries. Best to read reviews! The Capilano Suspension Bridge was a definite highlight of this first leg of our Western Canada, Planes, Trains and Automobiles trip that included: Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Icefields Parkway, Rocky Mountain, Edmonton, Calgary, Drumheller and finally Medicine Hat.

Nicolle
Nicolle Canada
10

VANCOUVER IS AMAZING, WE HAVE TRAVELLED AROUND THE WORLD,...

June 27, 2022

VANCOUVER IS AMAZING, WE HAVE TRAVELLED AROUND THE WORLD, AND WE CAN SAY THAT VANCOUVER IS IN OUR TOP 5 BEST CITIES WORLD WIDE. BEAUTIFUL, SO MANY THINGS TO DO. WE DID SEAPLANE, EXCURSIONS, BIKE TOUR, WALKING, CONCERT, FOOTBALL GAME, WE NEVER LAID BACK, ALWAYS BUSINESS WITH SO MANY FUN ACTIVITIES. REALLY WANNA GO BACK AND ALSO WANNA TRAVEL ALL THROUGH CANADA. FAVOURITE PLACE, GROUSE MOUNTAIN, STANLEY PARK, GRANVILLE ISLAND, IN DOWNTOWN MOST THINGS ARE WALKING DISTANCE. I WOULD AVOID RUDE CAB DRIVERS. THEY ARE NOT FRIENDLY.

JUAN ADOLFO
JUAN ADOLFO Guatemala
10

Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world -- greener...

June 24, 2022

Vancouver is one of the best cities in the world -- greener and cleaner with many sights to see and enjoy. Enjoy Shopping at Robson, dine at Gastown, enjoy the park and beach at Stanley Park, enjoy the adventure in Capilano and be close to other attractions in Victoria.

Stanley Martin
Stanley Martin Philippines
10

It has been one of the best vacations.

June 16, 2022

It has been one of the best vacations. The city's beauty, fantastic nature, flowers - it is definitely rhododendron heaven in June, fresh seafood, you name it. We visited Whistler, Sea to Gondola, and Shannon Falls, which was an unforgettable experience, as well as white water rafting and sailing. We even met a black bear in the ski village. Luckily he was interested more in dandelions than us. We also rented electric scooters and explored the city and the Sea Wall, which seems one of the best ways to cover long distances. Freshest oysters, very tasty sushi, and multiple other great food options.

Natalia
Natalia United States of America
10

Vancouver is a great city to visit!

June 8, 2022

Vancouver is a great city to visit! So many options for outdoor activities- a highlight for me was biking around the seawall, English Bay Bikes were very affordable to rent from. Also lots of great walking around the city, just pick a neighbourhood and stroll around for the day. Main Street has good shopping, especially vintage/consignment stores. And transit is easy to navigate, always a bonus!

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