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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

Randi Is an Excellent Tour Guide and Driver

She really got to know us by name. Her driving was impeccable during rush hour. Loved all the spots in Vancouver that we hit. Not too much or tool little time spent at each. The bus was comfortable (although cup holder could be an improvement), it was always warm, which felt great after exposure to the cold and rain. I honestly didn't know if we'd figure out how to get back to the bus after our Granville stop. That place is confusing. She herded us cats with humor and grace. I have to say The Capilano Bridge park was my favorite part of the tour. So many ways the woods are highlight. Great picture taking opportunities. Overall, I'd highly recommend.

Vancouver Delights: 7 Hour City Tour Reviewed by edith, 10/10/2019

Vivid storytelling brings old Vancouver alive

Super cool, in-character storyteller provides tour around old town Gastown, Vancouver. Our storyteller we friendly, funny, and flexible when plans needed to be adjusted. The only heads up is that the tour starts up the hill at Cathedral Square, but ends down the hill on Water Street (about 4 blocks away). If you are going to drive and park, park near the main drag of Gastown to avoid a nightime uphill walk through some sketchy neighborhoods.

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour Reviewed by Alyssa, 08/18/2019

Alex is the BEST guide I have experienced EVER!

I have gone on many tours with Greyline, but never have I had a guide as intelligent, articulate, or entertaining as Alex. He never stopped giving us interesting information about whatever was just outside the window. His vocabulary and diction (including word choice) was far above any other guide we encountered on our cruise/land trip. My only criticism is that I wish we had had more time to spend in Butchart Gardens.

Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Reviewed by Anonymous, 08/12/2019

Great tour and excellent tour guide Basil

We had a wonderful time on this tour. Very well organized, comfortable bus, short tides from one attraction to another, perfect time management. And our tour guide Basil was jusr amazing, very knowledgeable and informative, was raking a great care of all of us. This tour is a perfect way to do sightseeing of Vancouver, highly recommended.

Vancouver Delights: 7 Hour City Tour Reviewed by Irina, 09/01/2019

Had a great trip by floatplane from Vancouver

Good whale watching and seal experience only criticism was the boat very full. The staff on the boat were very knowledgable regarding the sea life.Also trip allowed a good time in Victoria which was a bonus before flying back to Vancouver.