Abundant in natural beauty and renowned for its striking landscape, this Canadian gem is a must-visit – from its thriving local art scene and exceptional culinary offerings to its hip neighbourhood hotspots. Jog, bike or walk your way through the national parks, take in a game of hockey or indulge in some of the tastiest dishes this region has to offer – you’ll love the diversity and variety of Canada that comes with embarking on your Vancouver holidays.
If you’d rather head to a quieter spot in the city, pay a visit to the beautiful setting of Stanley Park and the West End. One of the most popular places to be on your holidays, this area boasts glorious sandy beaches to revel in, as well as plenty of little shops and eateries.
Keen shopaholics will be in their element here, with the Pacific Centre allowing you to escape the elements with its underground mall and the quaint area of Gastown hosting a myriad of independent boutiques and shopping opportunities. Culture vultures should pay a visit to Granville Island to take in the thriving arts scene while September sees the arrival of the annual International Film Festival. In the summer months, time your holidays to Vancouver with the Celebration of Light festival, taking in the spectacular firework displays that light up the city’s skyline.
Of course, despite this veritable urban playground, you’ll still find plenty of beaches in Vancouver. Compete in a game of volleyball, skim board along the Pacific coast of simply linger over drinks while you watch the sun go down over the ever popular Sunset Beach.
If you’d rather take your trip in the winter months, you’ll be greeted with an exceptional winter wonderland. Dustings of snow on the Canadian Rockies, alpine scenery that wouldn’t look out of place on a postcard and a wide variety of snow-sports to engage in for adrenaline junkies are the order of the day. Vancouver is the gateway to the Whistler Blackcomb Mountains where you can enjoy skiing and boarding in this beautiful mountain paradise in British Columbia.
There are plenty of places in Vancouver to keep active visitors busy, such as Stanley Park, which is one of the most popular parks in the city. With cycling paths, tennis courts, a swimming pool and a miniature train, there is plenty to keep you entertained in this urban space. Visit the Whistler Backcomb Mountains during the summer or the winter for a range of activities, from skiing and snowboarding to go karting, mountain biking and hiking.
The city is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts, offering everything from skiing and snowboarding to snow shoe tours, glacier walks and ice skating. You can try skimboarding across the water, with a school ready to teach you the sport, or you can relax with a round of golf on one of the fine courses found in and around the city.
The Fairmont Waterfront is found just a short walk from Stanley Park, with views across the harbour and the North Shore Mountains. It’s ideally located for those who wish to make the most of the city and the activities it offers. With a health club featuring a fully equipped fitness room and an outdoor heated pool, active guests will be at home with a stay here.
Vancouver boasts some beautiful sights and attractions that give you the perfect opportunity to enjoy some romantic moments during your stay. The Bloedel Conservatory is a tropical garden found indoors, and is home to around 100 free flying birds as well as fish, exotic flowers and plant life. You can catch a show at The Orpheum theatre, or you can get lost in the Elizabethan maze at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden.
Take in some truly phenomenal sights from the Vancouver Lookout, which boasts 360 degree views of the harbour, downtown area and the city’s mountainous backdrop. You can delve into a completely different world in Chinatown, home to historical Chinese buildings, as well as some superb restaurants and shops. Granville Island is a small peninsula found across the Granville Street Bridge, and is where you will find a vibrant market, street performers, musical shows and art exhibitions.
You will find a wealth of places where you can enjoy the nightlife of the city, whether you spend it relaxing over a candlelit dinner or dancing in a late night club. You can enjoy a play or a musical show in the city’s theatres, or you can try your luck at one of the casinos.
If you wish to treat yourselves to a stay in the lap of luxury, the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver offers just that, with opulent interiors and elegant rooms. Found at the heart of the city, the hotel has a luxury spa and fitness centre as well as a traditional style and feel which is ideal for those wishing to get a real taste of Vancouver.
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The city’s West End is a great place for explorers, as it is home to many parks and beaches, such as the huge Stanley Park. The Seawall encloses the park, and is the ideal path to trace if you wish to enjoy a bicycle ride or a walk. The Kitsilano district is an upmarket neighbourhood where you will find Greektown, as well as organic markets and chic cafes.
For a delve into the life and culture of the Chinese, head to the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is where you will find a peaceful retreat that echoes the Ming Dynasty, with striking architecture and beautifully landscaped surrounds. The Grouse Mountai is the place to head to for some activities, whether you visit for skiing and snowboarding in the winter, or for hiking and water sports during the summer.
There are plenty of activities to choose from in and around the city, a lot of which enable you to take in the stunning natural area surrounding Vancouver. Water sports such as kayaking and boating give you the chance to see the sights from a different perspective, and ice skating and skiing are popular during the winter months. Hiking is a great way to explore the area throughout the year.
The Best Western Plus Sands By The Sea Hotel is the ideal choice for those who wish to make the most of the city, as it sits in the West End, just a short walk from Stanley Park and the English Bay Beach. Guests can enjoy comfortable rooms with modern amenities, and striking views from the Bayside Lounge, which overlooks the beach.
Vancouver boasts some amazing family attractions, such as the Queen Elizabeth Park, which features some of the most superb and well preserved gardens in the world. Animal lovers will enjoy a trip to the Vancouver Aquarium, which is home to over 50,000 animals and some unique up close experiences with underwater life. Visit the Roundhouse Community Centre and you can see Engine 374, the first passenger train to visit the city in the late 1800s.
One of the most unique ways of exploring the city is to take a horse drawn tour, where you can ride in an old fashion carriage and see some of Vancouver’s most famed sights. Both adults and children will love a trip to the Playland Amusement Park, which boasts over 50 rides and attractions, as well as shows and events.
The city’s nightlife offers a blend of lively venues and relaxed bars, cafes and restaurants, with plenty of child friendly places to enjoy some food and drink. You can spend the evening racing across the go karting track, enjoying some free live entertainment at the Waterfront Courtyard or enjoying some hearty American cuisine in one of the many restaurants on offer.
If you wish to stay in the heart of the city, the Delta Vancouver Suites are the ideal destination. Found just moments from some of Vancouver’s most popular attractions and sites, it offers convenience and ease when travelling with children. These serviced suites give you the chance to enjoy a home from home during your stay.