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Surrounded by ocean and mountains, and with a wealth of outdoor adventure on offer, the Pacific city of Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the best in the world.

Canada isn’t short of epic natural landscapes, and these aren’t confined to the wilderness. With beautiful beaches, mountain backdrops and swathes of green spaces, oceanfront Vancouver is a delight to explore. An eco-friendly city and one of the greenest in the world, turn one way and you'll see the Pacific Ocean, turn the other and it's all snowcapped North Shore mountains. Soaring skyscrapers give you majestic city views and a multitude of hiking trails lure the fitness-loving locals who have a passion for the great outdoors. Seafood restaurants serve up fresh from the sea bounty, microbreweries keep the hip set happy and a variety of science-led and art-filled museums ensure the keenest of culture vultures are satisfied. You might find yourself dodging rollerbladers along the seawall, strolling South Granville’s the heritage buildings, dipping in and out of downtown’s swanky shops or brunching along the cobblestoned streets of Gastown. Colourful, energetic, buzzy and beautiful, Vancouver is a city that leaves a lasting impression.

Fancy a city that sizzles with natural scenery and cosmopolitan vibes? We offer handpicked inspiration and carefully curated Vancouver holidays.

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Vancouver Hotels

Our recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver

Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel by APA

With a prime spot in the neighbourhood, The Coal Harbour area is an excellent base in Vancouver,...

Fairmont Waterfront

The perfect location to explore Vancouver and for a pre-cruise stay.

Delta Vancouver Suites Hotel

As an all-suite hotel, this hotel is perfect if you are looking for a bit more space - perhaps fo...

Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

Both welcoming and in a convenient location at the heart of Downtown

Pan Pacific Vancouver

The Pan Pacific is an unmissable icon on Vancouver’s waterfront.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Step back into the 1920s in the heart of Downtown Vancouver.

L'Hermitage Hotel

Centrally located and elegantly contemporary in style, this charming hotel is a hidden city gem.

OPUS Hotel

The chic and contemporary style of this independent hotel reflects its cool Yaletown setting.

Hotel Belmont, Ascend Collection

A distinctive and playful hotel that honours its location in Vancouver’s entertainment district b...

Georgian Court Hotel

Smart digs in a central location.

Hotel BLU Vancouver

Located in the heart of the entertainment district, Hotel BLU is a forward-thinking hotel that ch...

EXchange Hotel

Housed in Vancouver’s former Stock Exchange, the elegant EXchange Hotel resulted from a successfu...

The Douglas, Autograph Collection Hotel

Sitting smugly at the luxe end of Vancouver’s hotel scene, everything about The DOUGLAS wants to...

The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

In the mood for pampering? Plump for a stay at the super-posh Wedgewood Hotel & Spa.

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Granville Island market tour

Granville Island is Canada's second most visited destination and Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Offering fresh, local seasonal produce, it's where you might see Vancouver's chefs shopping for their menus. During the tour, you'll savour a variety of foods from independent farmers and food artisans from Vancouver and beyond. Award-winning charcuterie, local cheeses, artisan bread, melt-in-your-mouth donuts, and world-class coffee and chai.

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Victoria Day Trip by Floatplane

Depart Vancouver Harbour by seaplane for an exciting flight over the Gulf Islands to beautiful Victoria. A coach tour to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and the famous Butchart Gardens, a privately owned 55-acre floral display garden, is included in your trip. While you're in Victoria, you can also take time for shopping and visiting museums. After returning to downtown Victoria, depart on the flight of your choice back to Vancouver.

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Hop-on hop-Off Sightseeing Vancouver - 48hr Classic Pass

The Classic Pass is a fun and flexible way to see the best of Vancouver. This ticket gives you unlimited access to all of the highlights and stops available along the route - 14 in total. The tour will provide you with commentary, lending a local's authentic take on the magic that makes Vancouver great. The clear-top buses are equally special. Your view of the city will be like no other as you tour the streets with the wind in your hair.

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Vancouver City Tour & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Ride and relax with guided commentary through Vancouver's vibrant downtown. See spectacular waterfront landmarks including the sails of Canada Place and the bustling Robson Street shopping strip. Then soak in the view over Lions Gate Bridge as we venture to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Here you'll be thrilled with both the natural surroundings and all the park has to offer. Take a stroll on the Cliffwalk, or saunter with the clouds in the Treetops Adventure. Next up are the sandy shores of English Bay on the west side of Stanley Park, and then a stop to tour the wonders of Granville Island. Finally, a scenic drive through the historic neighbourhoods of Chinatown.

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Vancouver Scenic Seaplane Flight (Classic Panorama)

Harbour Air Seaplanes' most popular tour of the North Shore Mountains. This ideal introduction to seaplane aviation departs from downtown Vancouver's bustling Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial view of the city. Photographers will especially enjoy a bird's eye view of Horseshoe Bay, English Bay and Deep Cove. The sensation of landing on water is always a memorable.

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Get to know Banff, Lake Louise & Jasper and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.


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Downtown Vancouver
As the beating heart of the city, Downtown Vancouver plays host to the main arts, entertainment, sport and commercial venues. At the north of Downtown you’ll find the ever-evolving harbour front, which overlooks Burrard Inlet, and Canada Place, which is both an entertainment complex and the departure and arrival point for many Alaska and Pacific Coast cruises. To sample the city’s nightlife, you should head to the neon-lit Granville Street. Lined with numerous bars, restaurants and clubs, the area really comes to life once the sun has set.

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Next to the ultra-modern Downtown there’s an area with a distinctly different atmosphere. The National Historic Site of Gastown is the oldest part of the city, growing from a single tavern, owned by revered story-teller ‘Gassy’ Jack Deighton, to a thriving centre of Victorian warehouses in the late 1800s. Today it is one of the most stylish neighbourhoods with boutiques, galleries and independent eateries. Two of the most photographed sights include the steam clock and the statue of Gassy Jack in Maple Tree Square.

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West End & English Bay Beach
Wander west from Downtown and you’ll reach upmarket West End, a largely residential neighbourhood centred on Robson Street – the city’s main shopping throughfare. One of the most popular spots, particularly at sunset, is English Bay Beach. Keep walking (or cycling) west and you will reach Stanley Park, a vibrantly green oasis just minutes from Downtown. Miles upon miles of trails circle and criss-cross the park past First Nations artworks and family attractions.

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Granville Island
Most easily reached by a short boat ride across False Creek, Granville Island is a fantastic spot for those looking for a more laid-back way of life. The major attraction here, particularly for foodies, is the Public Market. The colourful stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, catch-of-the-day seafood, baked goods and gourmet dishes are best discovered on a walking tour during which you can sample some of the produce. Other highlights on the island include numerous theatres, art galleries and souvenir shops.

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North & West Vancouer
Backed by the North Shore Mountains and located across the Burrard Inlet, North and West Vancouver act as a gateway to the great outdoors. The region’s most popular attraction here is the Grouse Mountain, which is reached by the Skyride gondola. Keen hikers can take the alternative route up the mountain – the 1.8 mile-long Grouse Grind trail. The views from the top are well worth the effort. Those with a head for heights and a love of nature should head for the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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Along with it's American neighbour Seattle, Vancouver is the departure point for many Alaska cruises. One of our most popular stay and cruise itineraries is an overland trip from Calgary to Vancouver – travelling part of the way on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train – prior to a cruise with Celebrity Cruises. You'll make you way through the breathtaking Inside Passage and past glaciers to the Alaskan cities of Juneau and Ketchikan before returning to Canada. We can't think of many better ways to explore western Canada and the northern Pacific coast.

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Getting around
The city of Vancouver itself relatively flat and very bike friendly, making it perfect to explore on two wheels. You reach visit any of the parks and beaches with ease and enjoy the fresh sea air and wonderful green spaces. Getting around by foot is also an option here as the city is relatively compact. If walking or cycling does not sound like your thing there is an extensive bus network, as well as the SkyTrain which connects the city and its suburbs, and the SeaBus which takes you across Burrard Inlet to North Shore – all of which are operated by TransLink.

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