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.
- CurrencyCanadian Dollar ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (-08:00)
- Country Code1
- Best time to visitAll year is great, due to the mild weather.
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What people are saying about Vancouver
It's a lot to do in one day and the van ride is long to the ferry, but if you have to do it in one day this was very enjoyable.
Had a nice time, exploring Gastown and some cool spots. Food was good and Houston was a great guide. Was an intimate and personalized tour, gave me great ideas about where to explore the city and some cool spots to visit again for some great food experience.
Austin was a great guide, he's set up a growing and evolving tour of the local history of Gastown, as well as a wide sampling of the food there is to offer in that part of town. He has a warm nature that makes you feel comfortable right away. You feel like you're hanging out with a friend of a friend that wants to show you around.
The tour was great. The pick up at the hotel was on time and the tour itself was excellent. It would have been nice to have had more time at the market, but the time at the Totum Poles and at the Capilano bridge and rain forest was perfect. It was a great option for a very wet day. Our guide Dave was very knowledgeable and courteous.
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!