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Welcome to Vancouver

While exploring this western seaport city in Canada’s British Columbia, don’t be surprised if you stumble onto a film set. Nicknamed Hollywood North, Vancouver has become the backdrop for countless films and television shows. For observation of a different kind, the Museum of Anthropology houses exhibits featuring First Nations artifacts, while bay views are best seen from the urban rain forest of Stanley Park. And for those seeking the slopes, venture north to Whistler, home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America.

Top 10 attractions in Vancouver

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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens, established in 1904, treat visitors to an enchanting floral show that changes with the seasons. Covering 55 acres (22 hectares) on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the botanical space is intricately laid out into separate themed gardens with landscaping that impresses and inspires gardeners and nature lovers alike.More
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Stanley Park

Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park enjoys a stellar natural setting, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it offers a combination of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience.More
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.More
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Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.More
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Granville Island

Granville Island

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Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.More
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Gastown

Gastown

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One of Vancouver’s oldest and buzziest districts, Gastown is packed with Victorian architecture and cobbled streets. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, an English mariner who opened a saloon in the area in the 19th century, the district is filled with heritage buildings now hosting boutiques, coffee shops, hip restaurants, and bars.More
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Sea to Sky Gondola

Sea to Sky Gondola

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During the 10-minute ride to the 2,900-foot (884-meter) summit station, passengers of the Sea to Sky Gondola are treated to sweeping views of some of British Columbia’s most epic landscapes. The floor-to-ceiling windows of the gondola cars reveal the sky-piercing peaks of the Coast Mountains and the glittering fjords of Howe Sound.More
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Canada Place

Canada Place

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Opened in 1986, Canada Place is hard to miss: The complex was built to look like a ship, and its five large fiberglass “sails” are visible above the Vancouver waterfront. This is the city’s main cruise ship terminal, and the complex is also home to a convention center, a hotel, and FlyOver Canada, a flight-simulation ride.More
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Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge

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The impressive Lions Gate Bridge spans the Burrard Inlet, connecting North and West Vancouver with the downtown area. This suspension bridge originally opened in 1938, and is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. At the bridge’s south end is leafy Stanley Park, another major attraction in Vancouver.More
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Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park

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Perched 545 feet (167 meters) above sea level, this well-kept park affords wonderful views over downtown Vancouver. A sunken quarry garden, a 1,500-tree arboretum, a rose garden, floral displays, and public artworks make this 128-acre (52-hectare) recreational space one of the most pleasing outdoor hangouts in the city.More

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How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Vancouver

How to Get Off the Beaten Path in Vancouver

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Vancouver

Top Spots for Art Lovers in Vancouver

Must-See Museums in Vancouver

Must-See Museums in Vancouver

Top activities in Vancouver

Vancouver Seaplane Tour
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Vancouver to Victoria Seaplane Flight
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Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing
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Vancouver to Victoria by Seaplane and Ferry
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Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
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Granite Falls Zodiac Tour

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Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver
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Vancouver Lost Souls of Gastown Walking Tour
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Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Overview of Vancouver and exercise at same time!
JohnStephen_H, Jul 2021
Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand Tour
Got to see complete over view of Vancouver and getting exercise to boot!
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Touring Vancouver
Dennis_H, Jul 2021
Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver
Causing us to see Vancouver in a different way!
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10/10 highly recommend
Lexi, Jul 2021
Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour
Cool way to see more of Vancouver's beauty& a taste of some history too!
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Book this now
Fooch, Jul 2021
Whistler Sightseeing Tour from Vancouver
It’s a full day, which will give you a lot of time to see Whistler.
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Beautiful Vancouver
Frank_K, Dec 2020
Vancouver Sightseeing and Photography
He took us to all the “must see” Vancouver attractions.
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Amazing
Tara_H, Oct 2020
Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand Tour
The circuit is perfect and you get to see and learn about Vancouver.
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Shore line prospective
Bruster, Sep 2020
Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
Interesting way to see the shore line in Vancouver & 20+ kilometres beyond.
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Great tour and experience
Bradley_G, Mar 2020
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
The island is a really cute area of Vancouver to visit.
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Beautiful
chorkmoua, Feb 2020
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
Beautiful place to visit.
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good guide and itinerary
iwpkang, Jan 2020
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Winter is not the best season for visiting Vancouver Island.
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"C" bridge walk
dave4622019, Oct 2019
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
Showed us where to visit, where to eat and where not to.
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Day trip
sandysouthern, Oct 2019
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
Got to see a bit of Vancouver with the capilano suspension bridge being the highlight of the day.
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Service with a Smile
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Private Transport from Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Downtown Vancouver
How happy we were to see our driver (as promised) in the waiting area of the Vancouver airport.
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Wendy and Gary
Traveller5154, Oct 2019
Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver
This tour is everything that you want to see from one end of town to the other.
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Amazing
kingmas211, Sep 2019
Grouse Mountain Admission
Included in our admissions was the cable car, chair lift, a fantastic Lumberjack show and of course the bears, just to mention a few of the things to see and do whilst there.
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Grouse Mountain
tinker402019, Sep 2019
Grouse Mountain Admission
By the time we finally got through the traffic in Vancouver and out to the park some of the attractions had closed.
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Beautiful!
elizabethstephen2019, Aug 2019
Vancouver Seaplane Tour
Highly recommend if you want to see Vancouver & the Howe Sound in a spectacular way!
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Exactly what we wanted
Tim T, Aug 2019
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
My wife was recovering from a broken foot so the hop on hop off your was a perfect way to see all of the Vancouver areas and attractions.
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Great Orientation
Prof46, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing
This tour allowed us to see the places we wanted to explore on our own.
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Vancouver 2018
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Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Guides were helpful, so much to see in Vancouver!

All about Vancouver

When to visit

Vancouver bursts into color in spring, when the annual Cherry Blossom Festival heralds the arrival of the powder-pink blooms. April and May are best for spotting migrating whales, and in winter, the city makes an ideal base for exploring British Columbia’s best skiing spots, which include Whistler and Fernie.

A local’s pocket guide to Vancouver

Rosie Boosey

Rosie's sister lives in Vancouver and she visits whenever she can. Find her exploring the city’s best hangouts, cycling endlessly up and down the tree-lined avenues, and skiing on Cypress Mountain.

The first thing you should do in Vancouver is...

rent a scooter from Cycle BC to zip around the city and get familiar with all the sights.

A perfect Saturday in Vancouver...

starts with brunch at Heirloom, before riding around the False Creek seawall and stopping at Granville Island Market for Lee’s donuts. In the evening, play Spike Ball on Kits beach or take a brewery tour.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

Stanley Park. There are lots of trails, a shrinking lake, and even a city beach where drum circles gather on sunny Tuesday evenings.

To discover the "real" Vancouver...

head down Commercial Drive in East Van and explore the many bars, restaurants, and local shops.

For the best view of the city...

go to Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver with lots of lovely gardens. For a closer view, visit Vanier Park instead and make sure to walk across Burrard Bridge.

One thing people get wrong...

is not realizing Vancouver's weather is actually pretty lovely in the summer—there are even days with no rain.

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