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Top 7 things to do 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.

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

Incredible gardens, good guide, terrible buses.

The garden was beyond belief and very worth the time in getting there. Our bus driver and guide, Shapoor, gave us a wonderful narration of what we were seeing. The bus tour of Victoria was interesting but I would rather have spent the time in the gardens instead of the 2 hours we had in Victoria. The gardens are the star of this tour and 2 hours there is not enough time. The only disappointing part of the day was the terrible suspension of the small bus we were on. It made for a very uncomfortable time on the bus.

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Carol, 06/21/2019

Fantastic experience- one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

Everything about the tour itself was great. Our guide was knowledgeable as well as personable. The bus was clean and comfortable. My only criticism is that the transport for picking up at the hotel to meet the tour bus was very poorly organized and confusing. Our driver did not have explicit information on passengers nor any contact info which caused confusion and delay.

Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Margaret, 06/27/2019

Extremely knowledgable, truly charming guide...

Michael was a font of information -- from first nations to gay and LGBTQ community, the Jewish community, opioid addiction, the homeless. We had a delightful, exhilarating trip through every corner of the city. Easy cycling, easy on the eyes. Stanley Park, The ferry to Granville Island, Canada Center. No part of the town left out. Absolutely wonderful trip.

Vancouver Bicycle Tour Reviewed by Daniel, 07/02/2019

Great views, great food! Well worth the money!

What a beautiful cruise! The views were stunning, the staff very friendly and attentive, I was travelling alone so it was much appreciated. The food was excellent, you could even go up for seconds! The salmon and peach cobbler were especially delicious. Saw seals and bald eagles, and a pretty waterfall. Well worth the money. Thank you!

Indian Arm Luncheon Half-Day Cruise with Lunch Reviewed by Krissy, 06/26/2019

A must do tour while staying in Vancouver!!

We loved this 5 hour tour.........our guide Ferdinand, was fun and knowledgeable and a great driver! We especially liked the time we spent on Granville Island and the time in Capilano Park. Could have spent much more time there and will do just that if we ever Return to Vancouver!