Vancouver effortlessly combines the excitement and energy of a modern city with the invigorating appeal of the great outdoors. From spring’s abundance of cherry blossoms and summer’s sparkling waterfront days, through to the city’s fall cultural festivals and the snowy winter wonderland on the mountain peaks, Vancouver offers its visitors year-round adventures in this laidback urban metropolis right on the edge of a spectacular natural landscape. Explore diverse neighborhoods, decadent dining, outdoor pursuits and multicultural attractions - in Vancouver, you won’t have to choose between city and nature.
Fun for Families
Vancouver has plenty to delight families looking for fun, whether in the heart of the city or exploring wild nature on the edge of town. Don’t miss Granville Island’s Kids Market packed with toys, games and crafts with plenty of family-friendly activities. Inquisitive kids will love Science World with two floors of hands-on exhibits in an iconic geodesic dome on the water by the Olympic Village. Immerse yourselves in First Nations culture at the UBC Museum of Anthropology or explore Chinese culture at Dr. Sun YatSen Garden in Chinatown. Blow off some steam peddling a tandem bicycle around Stanley Park or whizz above the forest canopy with a view of the city on a pulse-racing zipline adventure on Grouse Mountain.
From five-star hotel suites with private rooftop plunge pools to world class dining and glitzy Champagne and dessert bars, visitors seeking the finer things in life will find plenty of ways to indulge while in Vancouver. The locals might be known for keeping it casual but they have a stylish side too: sip $1,500 an ounce Louis XIII at Hawksworth Restaurant’s bar (the only place you can do this in Canada) after flexing your credit card along Robson and Alberni – the city’s ‘Luxury Row.’ Along here, you can browse the diamonds at De Beers, designer fashions at Gucci and Dior, or head for Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom luxury department stores. Experienced concierge staff can create magical experiences: a helicopter ride up to Grouse Mountain for a private sunrise yoga session in the pod of their wind turbine, a private tour of the Vancouver Art Gallery followed by a private dining experience cooked by one of city’s finest chefs, or driving a Lamborghini up the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler.
Health & Wellness
Vancouver is a city that prizes the concept of wellness, taking a balanced approach to work and play. Stretch your limits by running your first marathon, or just stretch your hamstrings with one of 1,500 weekly yoga classes on offer! A city on the edge of spectacular nature, Vancouver offers the space for you to escape, breath and recharge. The city’s healthy approach extends to what’s on your plate – choose sustainably-sourced seafood, or indulge in lauded vegetarian cuisine. Bring a sense of balance to your trip with corrective massage with a Registered Massage Therapist, traditional Thai remedies or unique body treatments using local ingredients. Whether you’re looking for some “me time,” or for an active vacation with conscious choices, Vancouver has plenty of options that are good for the mind and the body.
Some 800,000 passengers pass through Vancouver’s Canada Place cruise ship terminal each year, usually on their way to or from Alaska. Whether you add on a few hours or couple of days in the city and you’ll discover the charms of the Vancouver lifestyle. Explore the North Shore, experiencing the beauty of the temperate rainforest on an interpretive walk with a knowledgeable guide. Jump aboard a city highlights tour for a round-up off Vancouver’s “must-see” sites including Stanley Park’s hand carved totem poles, Granville Island’s fabulous public market and artisan studios, and a view of the city from 169 metres (553 feet) up at the Vancouver Lookout. .
Have a bit more time to discover British Columbia? Vancouver is the perfect launch pad to explore other parts of the province. Along the gloriously scenic Sea to Sky Highway you’ll find incredible outdoor adventures just 45 minutes away in Squamish or in the nearby town of Whistler, host mountain resort to the 2010 Olympics Winter Games. Take a ferry, helicopter or floatplane across to Vancouver Island to visit the charming provincial capital, Victoria, or hang ten in Canada’s surfing capital Tofino. Or head inland to discover B.C.’s lakeside wine growing region, the Okanagan Valley.