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.
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- All year is great, due to the mild weather.
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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.
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.
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!
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!
Our guide Noah was brilliant. He was informative and also funny. The tour it’s self was great we saw everything we wanted to see. We had a good amount of time at all places and it was great to skip the queues!