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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.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

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.

BC Place

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.

Canada Place

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.

Stanley Park

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.

Vancouver Art Gallery

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.

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

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.

Vancouver Aquarium

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.

Planning Your Vancouver Visit

How to pack

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.

When to visit

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.

How many days to visit

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.

Take a trip to Victoria

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    1
  • Best time to visit
    All year is great, due to the mild weather.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Wonderful experience! TOTALLY WORTH IT!!

The guide (Gabriel) was wonderful. High energy; very knowledgable about the area and sites. He was able to guide us but gave us the freedom to adjust as we wanted. Would definitely recommend this!

Vancouver Shore Excursion 8-Hour Private Tour Reviewed by Muhammas, 04/09/2019

Excellent way to see Victoria Island in a day

One suggestion would be to tell customers with regards to pick up after trip via seaplane to exit gate and wait right there for your driver. We were a bit confused as to where to stand. Just needed a little more clarification on that.

Victoria Helicopter Tour in a Hurry Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 04/08/2019

Our guide was very knowledgable and I have learned new things in this

I appreciated very much our guide. He was very informative I enjoyed every minute of the tour.

It was a fun, festive evening to get into the holiday spirit.

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.

Trolley Karaoke Christmas Lights Tour Reviewed by Lauren, 12/19/2018

The best option for a quick Vancouver overview

Guide was excellent. The tour itself worked perfectly. Great planning and everything taken care of. Totally worth it