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VANCOUVER TRIP? NO TROUBLE.

British Columbia’s biggest city, Vancouver combines urban living with the great outdoors. The cosmopolitan streets are abuzz with trendy bars, top restaurants and cultural museums, while the parks and beaches offer space to relax. And, when you fancy an adventure, the nearby mountains serve up all sorts of activities. With so much variety on a Vancouver holiday, it’s easy to see why this place is regularly named one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Vancouver has a fantastic arts and culture scene, which reflects the city’s Chinese, Indian, Japanese and First Nations influences. You can browse fascinating exhibitions and galleries, where you’ll find indigenous artefacts, modern art and everything in-between. And the food scene is just as diverse. On Granville Island, you can try delicious local produce, feast on fresh seafood, and sip Canadian craft beer. Prefer cocktails? Yaletown’s bars have got you covered.

You’ll plenty of things to do in Vancouver, too. You can cycle around the gardens and trails of Stanley Park. Watch a hockey game, go zip-lining at Grouse Mountain, or test your nerve as you walk over Capilano Suspension Bridge. Go along to one of Vancouver’s festivals to celebrate food, wine and music. And, when you want to relax, you can spend a day on one of the city’s powdery beaches. Kitsilano Beach and English Bay Beach are two of our favourites.

Not quite ready to go home? Vancouver holidays can easily be extended into a bigger Canadian adventure. You can spend a few days exploring the city, then sail over to Vancouver Island to go surfing and bear-watching. Or hire a car and drive north to Whistler. This alpine town is world-famous for its skiing in winter, but loads of thrilling activities are also available in the warmer months. However you want to travel, our team will help you plan the perfect trip to Vancouver.

Things to do

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Vancouver’s dining scene

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Things to do in Vancouver

Vibrant Vancouver offers all sorts of exciting things to do. At the top of the list, Stanley Park is a must-visit. Bigger than New York’s Central Park, this sprawling green space boasts botanical gardens, dozens of trails, and some colourful First Nations totem poles. To cover as much ground as possible, why not hire bikes and cycle through the park and along the seawall?

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Downtown, meanwhile, you can see the famous Gastown Steam Clock, which ‘toots’ on the hour and shoots out steam every 15 minutes. Cheer on the Vancouver Canucks at a hockey match at the Rogers Arena. Chill out on one of Vancouver’s blonde beaches. Or, if you want to see some local wildlife, go on a whale-watching trip in search of wild orcas.

For sweeping vistas over the city, head to Vancouver Lookout. Or get your heart pumping on a hike to the top of Grouse Mountain – known as the “Peak of Vancouver” – for sweeping panoramas. If you’d prefer to look out over ancient rainforest, head north of the city to Capilano Suspension Bridge.

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Cultural attractions

Culture-seekers will be in their element on a Vancouver holiday, as this city has many brilliant museums, markets and galleries. The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a must. Built on the traditional territory of the Musqueam people, this museum has thousands of First Nations artefacts, including masks, textiles and totem poles. If you’d like a souvenir of your trip, browse the Pacific Arts Market for handcrafted ceramics, jewellery and paintings.

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The Vancouver Museum guides you through the city’s history, while Vancouver Art Gallery showcases a variety of modern art. Alternatively, if nature’s more your thing, visit Beaty Biodiversity Museum to learn about Canada’s flora and fauna. This natural history museum has exhibitions on whales, dinosaurs, indigenous communities, and more.

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Vancouver’s dining scene

Vancouver holidays are a delight for foodies. You can browse market stalls piled high with local produce, hop between lively bars, and dine in world-class restaurants. And the city’s calendar is packed with festivals celebrating food, wine and beer.

Granville Island is a must. Lying southwest of Downtown, this peninsula is crammed with places to eat. In the market itself, you can pick up fresh breads, cheeses and meats, then have a picnic by the water. Alternatively, tuck into fresh fish at one of the seafood restaurants. Then wash it all down with a local beer at one of Granville Island’s craft breweries.

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Downtown Vancouver, meanwhile, is a hubbub of fantastic restaurants and bars. The city’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, is home to wine bars and beer halls. Yaletown is all about swanky cocktail bars. And then there’s Granville Street. Effectively ‘the strip’ of Vancouver, this neon-lit area is where you’ll find energetic clubs, pubs and live music venues.

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Best time to go to Vancouver

Summer is the best time to visit Vancouver, as you can look forward to dry, warm days. Temperatures hover in the low-to-mid-twenties – ideal weather for sightseeing and outdoor activities. A lot of festivals also take place in summer, such as the International Festival of Jazz and Vancouver Craft Beer Week. July and August tend to be Vancouver’s busiest months, so consider travelling in June or September if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds.

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Generally speaking, Vancouver’s winters are very cold and wet. November and December, in particular, see a lot of rain. But, if you’re happy to wrap up, you could plan your Vancouver trip for January to coincide with the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Ideal for foodies, this 17-day event celebrates the city’s dining scene with tastings, classes and special menus. Late-February also sees one of the world’s biggest wine events, Vancouver International Wine Festival.

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Things to do

Things to do in Vancouver

Vibrant Vancouver offers all sorts of exciting things to do. At the top of the list, Stanley Park is a must-visit. Bigger than New York’s Central Park, this sprawling green space boasts botanical gardens, dozens of trails, and some colourful First Nations totem poles. To cover as much ground as possible, why not hire bikes and cycle through the park and along the seawall?

Show More
Show Less

Downtown, meanwhile, you can see the famous Gastown Steam Clock, which ‘toots’ on the hour and shoots out steam every 15 minutes. Cheer on the Vancouver Canucks at a hockey match at the Rogers Arena. Chill out on one of Vancouver’s blonde beaches. Or, if you want to see some local wildlife, go on a whale-watching trip in search of wild orcas.

For sweeping vistas over the city, head to Vancouver Lookout. Or get your heart pumping on a hike to the top of Grouse Mountain – known as the “Peak of Vancouver” – for sweeping panoramas. If you’d prefer to look out over ancient rainforest, head north of the city to Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Show More
Show Less

Cultural attractions

Cultural attractions

Culture-seekers will be in their element on a Vancouver holiday, as this city has many brilliant museums, markets and galleries. The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) is a must. Built on the traditional territory of the Musqueam people, this museum has thousands of First Nations artefacts, including masks, textiles and totem poles. If you’d like a souvenir of your trip, browse the Pacific Arts Market for handcrafted ceramics, jewellery and paintings.

Show More
Show Less

The Vancouver Museum guides you through the city’s history, while Vancouver Art Gallery showcases a variety of modern art. Alternatively, if nature’s more your thing, visit Beaty Biodiversity Museum to learn about Canada’s flora and fauna. This natural history museum has exhibitions on whales, dinosaurs, indigenous communities, and more.

Show More
Show Less

Vancouver’s dining scene

Vancouver’s dining scene

Vancouver holidays are a delight for foodies. You can browse market stalls piled high with local produce, hop between lively bars, and dine in world-class restaurants. And the city’s calendar is packed with festivals celebrating food, wine and beer.

Granville Island is a must. Lying southwest of Downtown, this peninsula is crammed with places to eat. In the market itself, you can pick up fresh breads, cheeses and meats, then have a picnic by the water. Alternatively, tuck into fresh fish at one of the seafood restaurants. Then wash it all down with a local beer at one of Granville Island’s craft breweries.

Show More
Show Less

Downtown Vancouver, meanwhile, is a hubbub of fantastic restaurants and bars. The city’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, is home to wine bars and beer halls. Yaletown is all about swanky cocktail bars. And then there’s Granville Street. Effectively ‘the strip’ of Vancouver, this neon-lit area is where you’ll find energetic clubs, pubs and live music venues.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Vancouver

Summer is the best time to visit Vancouver, as you can look forward to dry, warm days. Temperatures hover in the low-to-mid-twenties – ideal weather for sightseeing and outdoor activities. A lot of festivals also take place in summer, such as the International Festival of Jazz and Vancouver Craft Beer Week. July and August tend to be Vancouver’s busiest months, so consider travelling in June or September if you’d prefer to avoid the crowds.

Show More
Show Less

Generally speaking, Vancouver’s winters are very cold and wet. November and December, in particular, see a lot of rain. But, if you’re happy to wrap up, you could plan your Vancouver trip for January to coincide with the Dine Out Vancouver Festival. Ideal for foodies, this 17-day event celebrates the city’s dining scene with tastings, classes and special menus. Late-February also sees one of the world’s biggest wine events, Vancouver International Wine Festival.

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