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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!

Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver showing a skyscraper, modern architecture and a city

Downtown Vancouver

4.5/5Wonderful!(406 area reviews)

Granville Street and Robson Street are a few top attractions in Downtown Vancouver. Hop around the city on the metro at Vancouver City Center Station or Burrard Station and check out the area's captivating waterfront views, popular shops and acclaimed art galleries.

Downtown Vancouver
Gastown which includes street scenes, café lifestyle and a city

Gastown

3.5/5Good!(10 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Gastown, you might enjoy attractions like Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. You might also enjoy the neighbourhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Waterfront Metro Station to see more of the city.

Gastown
Yaletown which includes street scenes, a city and night scenes

Yaletown

When in Yaletown, check out the abundant dining options and consider stopping by Vancouver False Creek Seawall. If you want to see more of the area, you can catch the metro at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station.

Yaletown
Kitsilano featuring a city and street scenes

Kitsilano

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

Kitsilano is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Kitsilano Beach and Sunset Beach.

Kitsilano
West End which includes street scenes, a city and signage

West End

The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of West End. Make a stop by Robson Street or Stanley Park while you're exploring the area.

West End
Granville Island showing a high-rise building, a city and a bay or harbour

Granville Island

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Granville Island is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Granville Island Public Market and False Creek while in the area.

Granville Island

Top hotels in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
4 out of 5
1133 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$195 per night

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! (2,649 reviews)

"Amazing customer service with the perfect view!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2020

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$324 per night

Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps away from Canada Place, Vancouver Waterfront and Granville Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,151 reviews)

"Hotel staff friendliness and overall facility re: outdoor pool, lobby, rooms are good not modern. Location. Location. Location. World class water front restaurants within walking distance. Ethernet, Wifi & HDMI connectivity issues hindered the experience—- disappointing."…"

Reviewed on 13 Aug. 2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
The price is NZ$245 per night

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! (1,474 reviews)

"Such comfy beds and soft bedding! Close to everything Vancouver has to offer."…"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2020

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

Popular places to visit in Vancouver

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(154 reviews)

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(174 reviews)

A favourite spot with locals, wander along forest trails, join in with beach activities or simply enjoy the beautiful gardens in this popular park.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(123 reviews)

Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the rainforest from the dizzying heights of the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Top activities in Vancouver

Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

NZ$73
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

NZ$67
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
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The Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour

NZ$36
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

NZ$68
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
FlyOver Canada - Virtual Flying Experience Tickets
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FlyOver Canada - Virtual Flying Experience Tickets

NZ$37
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Tours from Vancouver to Victoria
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Tours from Vancouver to Victoria

NZ$1,571
Per adult

Reviews of Vancouver

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
183
5 - Excellent 56.13496932515337%
4 - Good
126
4 - Good 38.65030674846626%
3 - Okay
15
3 - Okay 4.601226993865031%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.6134969325153374%
1 - Terrible
0
1 - Terrible 0%

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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