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A great harbour city, clean, green Vancouver not only attracts nature lovers and gourmands, but also pods of orca whales.

Located on Canada's west coast, Vancouver is wrapped by water on three sides, making it one of the best places in the world to spot migrating whales, including the magnificent killer whale. A stone's throw from the sparkling waters, you’ll discover a city surrounded by stretches of sandy beaches and rugged mountains, boasting more than 200 parks in between.

While officially incorporated in 1886, the city's history spans much further back, having been home to indigenous people for thousands of years. Vancouver was founded by a character known as “Gassy Jack” because of his talkative nature and ability to tell a good story. He put together a makeshift drinking tavern for local sawmill workers, today, the historic Gastown neighbourhood. The lumberjacks are now long gone, but it’s still a great place for a drink. Amble along the cobbled streets to check out at the unusual steam clock, browse a few shops or enjoy a wild night out at one of the many nightclubs.

Today’s cosmopolitan Downtown is Vancouver’s business district, and at its heart, lies the city's most famous shopping destination, Robson Street. A short stroll away is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world and the historic Yaletown, where you’ll find more great places to eat, drink, shop and party.

Visit Stanley Park where you can see Native American artwork and totem poles, hop on the miniature train to explore the coastal rainforest, or trek to beautiful lakes and beaches. The pod of beluga whales and touch pools at the Vancouver Aquarium provide hours of family fun. For a view of the sea, walk or pedal along the Seawall, a 22-kilometre path lining Vancouver’s picturesque waterfront. Continue south along this path and you’ll catch sight of the breathtaking English Bay and Granville Island, well-known for its Public Market, colourful array of shops, art galleries and studios. Pedestrians can stroll along as far as Kitsilano Beach Park on the Seawall, but cyclists can pedal further to the University of British Columbia. At the university, visit the Museum of Anthropology, an architectural masterpiece showcasing indigenous art from around the world.

Ten minutes north of Downtown Vancouver is the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, where you can cross a deep canyon on suspension bridge towering 70 metres above the Capilano River, or traverse the lush forests through the many walking trails. Venture upwards onto Grouse Mountain for panoramic views of the city and unparalleled photo opportunities. Scale the skies in the Skyride Gondola which whisks you 1,100 metres above forested mountains for a bird's eye view of Vancouver.

Despite having a warmer climate than most of Canada, the city is still a haven for snow sports. Ski the slopes at Sun Peaks Resort in the morning and be back in time for dinner in Chinatown or a concert in the historic Orpheum Theatre. Finish off with a nightcap in one of Yaletown’s bars before calling it a day in one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Where to stay in Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver showing a city, modern architecture and a high-rise building

Downtown Vancouver

4.5/5Wonderful!(354 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 a city, street scenes and café lifestyle

Gastown

3.5/5Good!(11 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 showing café 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

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

Kitsilano
West End showing signage, a city and street scenes

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 bay or harbour, a city and a high-rise building

Granville Island

5/5Exceptional!(5 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
The price is SG$147 per night from 2 Oct to 3 Oct

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! (2,662 reviews)

"Good hotel, great location. Had a nice view from the hotel room of the harbour as well. Would stay again for the price and location!"…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep,2020

Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Pan Pacific Vancouver
Pan Pacific Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$246 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

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! (3,143 reviews)

"Clean, great area with lots to do within walking distance."…"

Reviewed on 25 Sep,2020

Pan Pacific Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver
4.5 out of 5
The price is SG$166 per night from 4 Oct to 5 Oct

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! (1,412 reviews)

"Good location, great oysters restaurant at the lobby."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep,2020

The Sutton Place Hotel - Vancouver

Holiday Rentals in Vancouver

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rosedale Condominiums
Rosedale Condominiums
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$143 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in Yaletown, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Central Public Library, Granville Street and BC Place Stadium. Queen Elizabeth Theatre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Great well appointed room in a great location. Comfortable beds and lots of room."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug,2020

Rosedale Condominiums
LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
4 out of 5
1022 Seymour Street, Downtown Vancouver, Vancouver, BC
The price is SG$205 per night from 8 Oct to 9 Oct

Located in Downtown Vancouver, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Queen Elizabeth ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (142 reviews)

"I really enjoyed the location, I must admit when checking in i was slightly upset as the pool closed due to a maintenance issue, however the staff saw my irritation and upgraded me and gave me free parking. The pool was fixed and running by the next morning so they really worked on things fast. The ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul,2020

LEVEL Vancouver - Yaletown Seymour
Quite house near Vancouver Airport
Quite house near Vancouver Airport
3 out of 5
The price is SG$52 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in the heart of Richmond, this holiday home is 4.9 mi (8 km) from Great Canadian Casino, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Queen Elizabeth Park and Tsawwassen ...

3.4/5 (31 reviews)

"The room was great. We enjoyed our stay a lot. Definitely recommend this to anyone"…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec,2019

Quite house near Vancouver Airport

Popular places to visit in Vancouver

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(142 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(177 reviews)

Recognised as one of the greatest parks in the world, well-loved for its forested walking trails, bustling beaches, manicured gardens and variety of wildlife.

Capilano Suspension Bridge
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

4.5/5(84 reviews)

Exhilarating walkways with stunning views of nature at its finest, make this one of Vancouver's most visited attractions, just minutes away from the city.

Top things to do in Vancouver

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

SG$59
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

SG$63
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

SG$59
Per adult
Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler Sightseeing Tour
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Vancouver, Shannon Falls & Whistler Sightseeing Tour

SG$103
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour
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Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour

SG$158
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
5hr Bike Rental
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5hr Bike Rental

SG$38
Per adult

Reviews of Vancouver

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 6.428571428571429%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

My wife and I particularly enjoy Stanley Park

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

12 Feb 2020

Amazing city! You can walk everywhere, great food options. Would recommend to anyone

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Feb 2020

The Aquarium was great (3 adults spent 4 hours there) and i also enjoyed the normal/space museum. There are plenty of places to eat and lots of variety too. Capilano suspension bridge is my must see recomendation

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Jan 2020

Great place for a short or long holiday, public transport is efficient and cheap

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

30 Dec 2019

A really welcoming city

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

6 Dec 2019

Amazing city.

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