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Vancouver
Travel Guide

Stanley Park showing a river or creek and a city

The British Columbian city of Vancouver is bursting with a wealth of urban entertainment, cultural pursuits, outdoor adventure and fun for all the family.

Famed for its natural beauty, top-class attractions and laid-back vibe, Vancouver consistently tops the list of the world's best places to live. If you are not in a position to pack up your life and move to this vibrant city, then do the next best thing and schedule a visit into your holiday plans. The sheer number of things to do is mind-boggling. While the city is home to excellent museums, art galleries and aquariums, as well as quality shops, bars, clubs and restaurants, what sets it apart from other city destinations is the diversity of the other attractions on offer. Few other cities boast ski resorts, suspension bridges and warm sandy beaches in one breath. But Vancouver doesn’t just pay lip service to its tourism – it really does tick every box.

Set in the heart of the city centre, Robson Street is the premier shopping destination in Vancouver. Here you will find upmarket, fashionable boutiques, indulgent spas and a wealth of gourmet dining options. If you're looking for something a little more casual, make your way over to Granville Island Public Market. Overflowing with wonderful sights, sounds and smells, this bustling market is a treat. Pick up some fresh local produce at the farmers market or bag a bespoke gift at one of the artisan craft stalls.

As well as being home to a variety of fish and aquatic mammals, the family-friendly Vancouver Aquarium is a great place to learn about marine research and conservation around the shores of the Pacific. Get up close with African penguins at Penguin Point, watch out for deadly piranha and sharks, and don’t miss the chance to participate in interactive sessions with Beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters and seals.

Multiculturalism and diversity are two staples of this Canadian city and you don’t have to scratch too deeply beneath the surface to see clear evidence of this. Wander around Stanley Park and gaze up at the jaw-dropping totem poles and wood carvings of the First Nations. Then follow this with a trip to the Museum of Anthropology to contemplate the spell-binding creativity conveyed by over 500,000 indigenous artefacts that sit alongside a fascinating collection of global artwork.

With a host of outdoor adventure activities on the city's doorstep, adrenaline junkies don’t have to look far to get their thrills. Head up to Grouse Mountain and zipline across the peaks of giant Douglas Firs on a five-line circuit, try your hand at night skiing on Cypress Mountain, or test your mettle 70 metres above the roaring Capilano River as you totter across the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

If all this action has left you exhausted, make your way to the warm golden sands of English Bay Beach and let the sun’s rays ease out your aching bones. Keep an eye on the horizon for orca whales while you sit back and enjoy the spectacular sunset. There is simply no better way to unwind at the end of a busy day of enjoying yourself!

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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 NZ$176 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.
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! (2,500 reviews)
"We really enjoyed the outside deck dining as restaurants or shut down during the time we were there. Overall the staff both at the front desk, D room service and the serving staff were very nice and accommodating."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
The Burrard
The Burrard
3 out of 5
1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$109 per night from 26 Apr. to 27 Apr.
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! (1,922 reviews)
"Hotel was clean and beautiful, the location was perfect and the staff were friendly."

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2021

The Burrard
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
655 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$208 per night from 22 Apr. to 23 Apr.
Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery. Granville Street and English ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,049 reviews)
"Amazing staff so kind and helpful. Went above and beyond"

Reviewed on 10 Apr. 2021

Hyatt Regency 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.
Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
4970 208 St, Langley, BC
Situated in Langley, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Newlands Golf and Country Club and Cascades Casino. Canadian Museum of Flight and Langley ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
In short this place was absolutely great. What made it amazing was the hosts of the property.
"The hosts greeted me with smiles. Made sure there was nothing needed and if there was they would get. The place was clean and well laid out and perfect for 1 or 2. Being able to cook saved me alot of money. And where the property was located I felt that my vehicle and property was safe. More importantly ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul. 2020

Boutique Studio With Full Kitchen and Full-bath bed
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
652 Whiting Way, Coquitlam, BC
Situated in Coquitlam, this condo is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Lougheed Town Centre and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Simon Fraser University. Hard Rock Casino Vancouver and ...
sub Penthouse Large Balcony 2 Bedroom & 2 Bathroom
Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
6373 Pearl Ave, Burnaby, BC
Situated in Burnaby, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Deer Lake and Metropolis at Metrotown. Burnaby Hospital is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away. Royal Oak Station ...
5/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Very comfortable
"This home was a great place to come home to each evening. Lots of room, clean and very responsive host."

Reviewed on 5 Apr. 2021

Pearl House - Amazing Location Close to Metrotown
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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4 - Good 38.65030674846626%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2020

Easy to get around. Good stopover for Whistler vacation.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Feb. 2020

Quite good. But avoid Eastside of Downtown near East Hastings St, Japan Town and Chinatown. Absolute Dickensian scenes of homeless drug addicts

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb. 2020

Beautiful friendly clean city with great food and wonderful people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Jan. 2020

A fantastic city!!!!!!!!!

4/5 - Good

Philip

26 Dec. 2019

Overall, it is a nice city to visit for holiday. Worth to visit again.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

23 Dec. 2019

Raincouver, is a good place to stay before heading to Whistler.

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