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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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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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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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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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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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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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VanDusen Botanical Garden

VanDusen Botanical Garden

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Meandering paths weave through this tranquil green retreat in the heart of Vancouver, where more than 7,500 plant varieties grow in themed displays, ranging from a Canadian heritage garden and a Japanese garden to a formal rose garden. Wildlife species, including blue herons, ducks, and turtles, live within the garden limits.More
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Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain

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The summit of Grouse Mountain features some of the best views in all of British Columbia—from Vancouver’s downtown towers to the green expanse of Stanley Park and the entirety of Fraser Valley. Visitors can ride the Skyride aerial tram or hike up to the 3,642-foot (1,110-meter) peak for panoramic vistas and a variety of outdoor activities.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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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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Vancouver Aquarium

Vancouver Aquarium

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Vancouver Aquarium is one of the city’s most popular family-friendly attractions, with many visitors coming as part of a day out in Stanley Park. More than 50,000 living creatures—from sharks to sea otters to sea stars—dart, dive, and splash around the nonprofit aquarium, the largest in Canada. As well as marine life exhibits, the aquarium also stages shows, feedings, animal encounters, and trainer talks.More

Trip ideas

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

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Amazing!!
Paridhi_J, Dec 2021
Vancouver Seaplane Tour
It was a great experience to see Vancouver from above the skies.
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Totally Epic !
Peter_E, Oct 2021
Epic Electric Bike Tour of Vancouver
A very safe, great way to see the city !
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We love the ride, it was...
Penny_M, Oct 2021
FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Ride
Great spot to visit
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Enjoyed seeing Vancouver...
ToniBailie, Oct 2021
Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
It was awesome to see the landscape in the Indian arm.
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New experience and...
Petros_E, Sep 2021
Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing
Recommend people to visit and enjoy this experience!
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Epic Experience
JULIE_V, Sep 2021
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver
We were amazed to see a pod of 3 & 5 hump back whales.
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Great way to see Vancouver
SELENA_W, Sep 2021
Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand Tour
You get to see a good portion of Vancouver on this tour.
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Memorable day
Dany_R, Sep 2021
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
Summer time, 4 hours in whistler is to much but winter time must be amazing.
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Tons of fun and highlight of Vancouver
Keith_J, Sep 2021
Sea Vancouver Waterfront Sightseeing
Rafael had a lot of great knowledge and insights about Vancouver and gave great recommendations on things to do when I come back!
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A one-of-a-kind experience!
Iryna_Z, Sep 2021
Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour
A wonderful way to see Vancouver from the water!
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Perfect tour to see amazing spots
Leonora_C, Sep 2021
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
Great way to see some beautiful highlights by Vancouver.
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Beautiful scenery and lots of seals - would 100% recommend!
Laura_O, Sep 2021
Vancouver City and Seals Scenic Boat Tour
We got to see some beautiful scenery and lots of seals!
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So worth it!
Laura_O, Sep 2021
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver
We were able to see orca whales, humpback whales, and seals too!
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The Capilano suspension thrill
Chuks_A, Aug 2021
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
Great tourist attraction with fun activities and history as well as informative sessions.
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Fantastic views of the city!
Rachel_S, Aug 2021
Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
We definitely wouldn't have had the opportunity to see these views without being on the boat.
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Victoria and bouchat gardens
Diane_B, Aug 2021
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
It was also interesting to see the downtown Victoria.
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Awesome!!!
Diane_T, Aug 2021
Epic Electric Bike Tour of Vancouver
We got to see all the highlights of 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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5 hours of pure joy
Elena_K, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing
My youngest kids fall in love with Erik and everyone enjoyed the tour very much.

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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