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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

Everything about the cruise was excellent. Everyone had a great time.

We went with our kids and our grandkids and a couple of their girlfriends. We were celebrating our 57th Anniversary. Great food and beautiful trip. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. What a Perfect day. ,

Beautiful scenery, great views of the port, interesting narrative.

The staff on board are friendly and helpful and served us drinks often. The views of the port along Burrard Inlet up close was so interesting.. Natural, fantastic scenery along Indian Arm is unforgettable. The weather was very agreeable.

Indian Arm Half-Day Lunch Cruise from Vancouver Reviewed by SANDRA, 06/12/2019

Sophia was an amazing guide . Absolute recommendable !

All sightseeing s point and al lot of interesting information . Sophia knew so much . We enjoyed the tour with her so much !! We even rented bikes again the day after !!

Vancouver Highlights Guided Bike Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/05/2019

Wow! Great tour. Guide Gordie was great!

Collection point was not great (on this or the other tour I did) as no pick up from an AirBnB. That said, I was collected early & brought to a central location to join the rest of the group & meet with driver/ guide Gordie. He was great. So knowledgeable, so amenable. Gave us loads of time at the various locations & we even got to see bears! Well recommended.

Sea to Sky Gondola and Whistler Day Trip Reviewed by Emer, 06/02/2019

One of the most fun and engaging tours I've ever been on

This tour was excellent and exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide Glenn (with 2 N's haha) was awesome!!! It was so unique of an idea, our guide knew so many facts and so much history, he was funny, engaging, took us to so many places I never would've been to, he had pictures and it was just awesome!

Vancouver: City Secrets Guided Tour Reviewed by Alessia, 05/30/2019