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Vancouver
Travel Guide

Stanley Park showing a city and a river or creek

A North American destination that truly offers something a little bit different, Vancouver BC is the ideal city for people who like to do it all.

From the bustling city itself to winter sports and even whale watching, Vancouver has a plethora of exciting activities to experience – all delivered with that customary all year round Canadian welcome!

A fantastic example of a big city in touch with its natural roots, Vancouver is a city of incredible contrast that is ideal for people who love both the great outdoors and the indoor cosiness you’d expect in a cooler climate. Comprising just over 600,000 people in the city itself, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most diverse cities where speakers of English and French mix with ease.

Set amongst the lush, green natural splendour of Western Canada, Vancouver is a paradise for those that enjoy the outside lifestyle. Winter sports are always on the agenda in this city, with popular ski areas like Cypress Mountain to the west and Grouse Mountain located as little as fifteen minutes from the city itself. However, many winter sports enthusiasts prefer the Winter Olympics experience of Whistler Blackcomb – situated just two hours from Vancouver and offering some of the best snow in the world.

Being outside though doesn’t always mean skiing. With the breath taking Canadian Rockies themselves in touching distance, high point adventure is never far away. Perhaps one of the most famous high walks in the world, the Capilano Suspension Bridge north of the city offers 140m metres of awe inspiring fir-lined views 70m above the ice cold waters of the Capilano River – a wonderful way to experience the Canadian landscape on foot.

Height lovers needn’t feel left out in the city, however. Standing over 130m tall, the Vancouver Lookout at the Harbour Centre offers incredible views of its very own. Indeed, the harbour itself is a great source of interest for anyone interested in nature thanks to the Vancouver Aquarium. For an even wilder look at the sea, why not join one of the ocean catamaran cruises to view the area’s stunning whale population in even closer detail. Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

Whilst it’s hard to ignore the call of the Canadian outdoors, Vancouver is also home to many fine museums and arts institutions. Ranging from the internationally acclaimed Vancouver Art Gallery to the superbly interactive exhibits of the city’s famous Science World museum or even the H. R. Macmillan Space Centre, there’s sure to be something to please all the family.

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Where to stay in Vancouver

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is £93 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Coal Harbour, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from United States Consulate and Vancouver Waterfront. Robson Street and Canada Place are also ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,473 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
The price is £60 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,910 reviews)
"The property was close to the hospital. Room was ok."

Reviewed on 12 May 2021

The Burrard
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is £102 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in Downtown Vancouver, this luxury hotel is steps away from Robson Square and Robson Street. Granville Street and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (1,320 reviews)
"Accommodated special requests. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Comfortable beds."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
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.
Self-isolate From Covid-19 in Luxury With Panoramic Views
Self-isolate From Covid-19 in Luxury With Panoramic Views
1372 Seymour St, 3203, Vancouver, BC
This family-friendly Vancouver condo is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street and Sunset Beach. St. Paul's Hospital and Orpheum ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great overall experience
"Clean, great location and property manager is quick to respond to any issues"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2020

Self-isolate From Covid-19 in Luxury With Panoramic Views
Quite house near Vancouver Airport
Quite house near Vancouver Airport
3 out of 5
10691 Rochdale Dr, Richmond, BC
The price is £91 per night from 18 May to 18 May
Located in the heart of Richmond, this holiday home is 4.9 mi (8 km) from Great Canadian Casino, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Queen Elizabeth Park and Tsawwassen ...
3.3/5 (34 reviews)
Not a great review from me.
"Well when i got there i had the wrong code for the door and she wasnt answering the cell numbers she gave me for 3 hours.caretaker that lives in the back room let us in didnt know what room was ours or didnt tell us where the keys were for the rooms.it was acward and weird that we had to sit there ..."

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2020

Quite house near Vancouver Airport
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
1023 east 17th avenue, Vancouver, BC
Located in East Side, this romantic holiday home is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Mount St. Joseph's Hospital and within 3 miles (5 km) of Vancouver General Hospital ...
The Best Cozy Apartment in Heart of Vancouver
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.

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Reviews of Vancouver

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

My wife and I particularly enjoy Stanley Park

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Amazing city! You can walk everywhere, great food options. Would recommend to anyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

The Aquarium was great (3 adults spent 4 hours there) and i also enjoyed the normal/space museum. There are plenty of places to eat and lots of variety too. Capilano suspension bridge is my must see recomendation

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

Great place for a short or long holiday, public transport is efficient and cheap

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

A really welcoming city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

Amazing city.

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