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Travel Guide

Whether you're seeking the energy of a modern city or the appeal of the great outdoors, Vancouver’s got it covered whatever the season. Downtown skyscrapers are framed by the beaches of English Bay and the rainforest of Stanley Park, all set against a backdrop of snowy mountain peaks. Explore colourful neighbourhoods, gorge on street food, lounge by the waterfront and admire the effortless combination of nature and city.

Top things to do in Vancouver

  • Stanley Park
    Stanley Park is a huge forest-filled park on the edge of Downtown Vancouver. It's almost totally surrounded by water and is home to Vancouver Aquarium and the First Nations totem poles.
  • Granville Island
    Artsy Granville Island is a must-do for anyone wanting to buy something unique and unusual. Be sure to hit the bustling public market, full of fresh and instagram-worthy foods!
  • FlyOver Canada
    Fly high from the East coast of Canada to the West coast, taking in awesome views of 17 different landscapes and all four seasons.
  • Vancouver street food
    The food truck phenomenon has hit North America by storm and Vancouver has a thriving street food culture. Grab a cheap bite to eat from one of the many trucks and sample the variety of food on offer, from French snails to lamb kebabs.
  • North Shore
    Looking across Vancouver Harbour from Downtown, you'll spot the mountainous peaks of North Shore. This outdoor playground is a great place to go hiking, cycling and plenty more adventure sports.
  • Floatplane Flightseeing
    The thrill of a floatplane ride is a novelty in itself as you experience your first watery take-off and landing! For a seriously jaw-dropping view fly north from Coal Harbour up to Howe Sound fjord, spot wildlife on a sea safari and round off with dinner on the waterfront.

Vancouver neighbourhoods

Despite being known for its beautiful backdrop, Vancouver has a lot to discover within its diverse neighbourhoods.  From Coal Harbour on the waterfront, to historic areas like Gastown and Chinatown, right through to the hip hangouts of Yaletown, you’ll experience a wide range of urban vibes with roots in many different cultures.
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Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown’s heritage buildings have recently been converted into cool designer stores and some of the city’s best bars and restaurants. Take a walking tour to hear the district’s history, browse Water Street’s boutiques or grab some modern Asian food washed down with a craft beer.

Granville Island

Technically a sandspit and not an island, Granville Island draws in lots of locals and tourists, partly because of the colourful buzz of the Public Market. Pick up some fresh picnic supplies from the market and chill near the water for a cheap lunch.


The city’s original warehouse district; Yaletown is now a busy residential neighbourhood, filled with sidewalk cafes, trendy restaurants and a vibrant nightlife scene. After strolling the brick-lined streets, pick up lunch from a local café and head to the waterfront for an impromptu picnic.
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The West End & Stanley Park

Stretching from Coal Harbour to English Bay, from Stanley Park south to Burrard Street, the West End’s tree-lined boulevards and waterfront location are great to explore by bike. This densely populated neighbourhood is diverse, laidback and also the focus for the city’s GLBT community.

Tours and Activities in Vancouver

World's Food Truck Tour

Eat your way through the heart of downtown at Vancouver’s best food trucks! From Japanese hot dogs to Mom’s Grilled Cheese, you'll discover gourmet flavours from around the world and dig in to a delicious four-course meal.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Climb the Capilano Suspension Bridge! Encounter the Cliffwalk; a heart-stopping 215 metre long walkway weaving along the Cliffside of the river's canyon on a series of bridges, platforms and stairways.

Bowen Explorer Sea Safari Tour

Speed over to Bowen Island on this half-day tour from Vancouver. Expect exhilaraition and amazing views of Anvil Island's cliffs, Horseshoe Bay and Bowen Island's caves. Look out for seals!

Stanley Park Cycle tour

A perfect mix of trail riding and seawall cruising, whilst getting savvy on Stanley Park’s 125-year history, hidden treasures and biodiversity of the rainforest.

Our favourite Vancouver Hotels

HI Hostel Vancouver

Looking for a serene backpacker base for your Vancouver vacation? The HI Vancouver Downtown is in a quiet residential location near Stanley Park and close to the sights of the city centre, and offers budget accommodation and a range of facilities.

Samesun Vancouver

On top of free Wi-Fi and brekkie, there's also a spacious common room, a theatre room and an all important pool table. Daily activities include walking tours and pub quiz nights.

YWCA Vancouver

This downtown YWCA hotel is a safe and affordable option for all travellers. Comfortable, clean rooms range from singles to quads and come with air con, mini-fridges, free Wi-Fi and most have TVs.

When is the best time to visit Vancouver?

You can visit Vancouver at any time of year and have a great time in the outdoors. The peak time to visit is during July and August, with lots of tourists from around North America visiting for outdoor activities and events. However, Spring and Autumn is a better time to visit for affordable deals and quieter streets. Winter sports enthusiasts should definitely visit the slopes between December to February, but the city is generally a lot quieter and wetter.

Beyond Vancouver

You've officially ticked off your must-see list in Vancouver and now's the time to get amongst those mountain views, catch a glimmer of that fresh pow in Whistler, spot orcas at sea and hike amongst towering trees! Book a ride from the city and get ready for the next canadian adventure!

Canada & the Rockies tour

Chill out & challenge yourself in Canada's dynamic duo of provinces: Alberta & British Columbia. Take a hike or ride a bike along the many scenic, wildlife-laced trails. Better yet, we'll put you on a gondola, horseback, helicopter, or whatever improves your view points.

Island Explorer tour

This 500km route takes you to the major highlights of Vancouver Island! You get to experience the natural "wild" west coast of Pacific Rim National Park and the picturesque city of Victoria - all in one great trip. Keep your eyes peeled for energetic orcas!

National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound tour

Beginning in Vancouver, travellers will hit the ocean in search of whales before heading east into the mountain wilderness of Banff and Jasper national parks, where sulphur springs, canoeing excursions, and glaciers older than time abound. And since we camp out most nights, you're guaranteed maximum natural contact at a minimal price!

The Powder Rush tour

Love the mountain life, but love exploring too? This small group adventure is a holiday plus ski or boarding trip all rolled into one epic trip. Carve it up!
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