Top attractions in Vancouver
Vancouver is an unusual mix of big city culture and laid back West Coast style. Surrounded by towering evergreens and the North Shore Mountain range, the view alone makes flying into Vancouver International Airport worth the visit.
There is nowhere else in the world you can see a First Nations performance following a walk 70 meters above the Capilano river. Take a shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge from downtown for free.
Live like a local and catch a BC Lions or Vancouver Whitecaps game. This giant waterfront multifunction stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games.
Built to look like a ship, Canada Place is one of the city's most iconic buildings. Take in the view of the port and city skyline.
Bike, run, or simply wander the winding trails of Stanley Park, a natural paradise almost entirely surrounding by water right in the heart of the city. Save on parking and take public transit.
The Vancouver Art Gallery offers ever-changing exhibitions, lectures and public events, as well as works by the region’s most celebrated painter, Emily Carr. Entry is free Tuesdays after 5:00PM.
Featuring artifacts from all over the world, the museum is best known for its collection of totem poles, jewelry and pottery of the Pacific Northwest Coast’s First Nation peoples.
Deep in Stanley Park is the gigantic Vancouver Aquarium. Get a sneak peak of the action by visiting their website for the Beluga Cam or Sea Otter Cam.
Temperatures in Vancouver are mild and rarely drop below freezing with average temperature sitting at 51. Pack layers, a windbreaker or raincoat, depending on the season, and a comfortable pair of shoes for hiking.
The only downside to the coastal climate is the rainy season, which can start in October and last all through March. The city will provide no shortage of indoor activity, but spring and summer in Vancouver are ideal. In fact, during the summer months it is the second driest city in Canada.
Spend at least four days in Vancouver - you won’t be able to fit in all the attractions, but it's enough to gain a sense of the city's character.
Not far from Vancouver is British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. Strikingly different to Vancouver, it’s filled with quaint cafes, antique shops, and an overall British feel. The ferry is 90 minutes and getting to the port from each city can take from 45-75 minutes, so it may be worth staying overnight.
- CurrencyCanadian Dollar ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (-08:00)
- Country Code1
- Best time to visitAll year is great, due to the mild weather.
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What people are saying about Vancouver
I wish the tour had included more information on where to park. Not being from Vancouver, we drove around to compare rates (up to $22 for an evening to park). The underground lot inside Canada Place has an underground lot for $13 for evening, which I think is reasonable. Otherwise, I enjoyed the trolley which made getting to the different sites a breeze.
Guide was excellent. The tour itself worked perfectly. Great planning and everything taken care of. Totally worth it
Nathan was a great guide. He was funny and very knowledgeable. We got a great introduction to the city of Vancouver BC and hope to come back again!
We had a great trip. The flight was amazing and the whale watching great. However the airline was not expecting us and were very good at fitting us in. Thank goodness we checked the day before our booking!
Easy, enjoyable way to see lots in one day. Loved it! The guide was an absolute wealth of information! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!