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Vancouver

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Stanley Park showing a city and a river or creek

This thriving Pacific Northwest city offers an alluring mix of cosmopolitan culture, an excellent restaurant scene and craft beer bars as well as wonderful natural scenery.

With its sophisticated urban center, coastline of sandy beaches and surrounding forested mountains, Vancouver appeals to visitors seeking big-city entertainment and outdoor pursuits. Explore neighborhoods filled with artsy shops, multicultural restaurants and historic architecture. Cycle through a scenic park, enjoy an invigorating hike and relax on a beach.

Take your time discovering Vancouver’s diverse neighborhoods. Window shop along Robson Street, which features a variety of mid-range shops as well as luxury retailers like Gucci and Tiffany & Co. Head to Gastown to admire historic architecture and dine in some of the city’s top restaurants. Take photos of Chinatown’s famous Millennium Gate and then stroll through the exquisite Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden.

No visit to Vancouver would be complete without a stop in Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre (405-hectare) expanse of semi-wild parkland. Walk, bike or jog along the Seawall, which runs along the park’s coastline, offering lovely views of the city and the Lions Gate Bridge. Head to English Bay Beach on the edge of the park for swimming and sunbathing.

Grouse Mountain, located north of downtown, is another favorite destination for visitors interested in getting active. It offers excellent skiing and snowboarding in the winter and picturesque hiking in the summer.

Explore the city’s cultural side with a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, home to an exceptional collection of Northwest Coast First Nations’ art. View the exhibitions of Canadian and West Coast art housed at the Vancouver Art Gallery, including notable works by modernist painter Emily Carr.

Take the ferry across False Creek to visit Granville Island. Browse fresh produce, seafood, meats and baked goods at the Granville Island Public Market.

Most visitors arrive at the city by plane at Vancouver International Airport. Vancouver is also well connected by bus and train to most major Canadian cities, as well as by bus to the U.S. Get around easily within the city on its extensive public transportation system, which includes electric trolley and diesel buses, the light-rail SkyTrain and the SeaBus ferry.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is $114 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,413 reviews)
"Clean and good service"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is $193 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Canada Place and Vancouver Waterfront. Granville Street and Vancouver Convention Centre are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,912 reviews)
"Pool was cold. Group of people hogged the hot tub. Had the harbor view room which was amazing for 2 little kids when the cable tv didnt want to work"

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is $143 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also within ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,662 reviews)
"Nice clean hotel with friendly staff."

Reviewed on Sep 5, 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
838 Hamilton Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is $141 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Central Public Library, BC Place Stadium, and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Granville ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,057 reviews)
"Kitchen only had plastic plates, and no oven, so it is more like a kitchenette. TV in the bedroom is a bit small. Location is very convenient. The room was comfortable."

Reviewed on Sep 1, 2021

Rosedale Condominiums
Embarc Vancouver
Embarc Vancouver
4 out of 5
1001 Hornby Street, At The Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
The price is $207 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Located in West End, this romantic aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver Waterfront, Canada Place, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Granville Island ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (277 reviews)
"Excellent hotel. Our only concern was my wife used the members lounge on the 29th floor to get caught up on some work. The consierge showed up and started playing music. The music was loud enough to effectively chase her out of the lounge."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

Embarc Vancouver
LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is $208 per night from Sep 7 to Sep 7
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (155 reviews)
"Great service from the 24 hour front desk and very accommodating. Perfect location and amenities. Would definitely stay there again!"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver is small and easy to walk around. Make use of the public transportation system to explore further afield. As well as a decent network of buses, options include the SkyTrain light rapid transit system and the SeaBus ferry system. Buy a DayPass for unlimited travel for one day, buy a single-use ticket or invest in a reusable Compass Card, which can be topped up to pay for all your travel. Visit the TransLink website. Browse Vancouver rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Vancouver in spring, between March and May, or in fall, between September and November, and you’re likely to have good weather. Although the warmest months are actually June, July and August, the combination of moderate temperatures, fewer crowds and affordable accommodations makes fall and spring a great time to travel. Keep in mind that a winter visit is best avoided if you aren’t fond of rain.

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