Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver City

Often mistaken as the capital of Canada, Vancouver is on everyone’s must-see list when visiting British Columbia.

Located on the Burrard Peninsula and sheltered from the Pacific Ocean by Vancouver Island, Vancouver is a relatively compact, scenic metropolis with a mild climate boasting an extraordinary mix of environments. Visitors can be enjoying a drink harbour-side, exploring downtown or within half an hour be skiing or hiking in the wilderness of the North Shore Mountains.

The North Shore Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the city of Vancouver and are visible from most areas in the city. Whether winter or summer there is an infinite number of activities to enjoy. Hiking trails provide hours of walking and mountain biking during the summer months while skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, tubing and tobogganing are all on offer during the winter. Cyprus Mountain was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics freestyle skiing events and is just 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver.

Granville Island rose out of the sand bars in the creek around Vancouver city in the mid-nineteenth century, which was then just a small sawmill town. Today, Granville Island is a cultural hotspot for arts and foodies. Day and night festivals, theatre, street performers and music shows take over the island. Food is a big attraction, and visitors can choose from waterfront cafes, stylish restaurants or national snacks from the famous public market or abundant colourful stalls.


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Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, Canada

Capilano Suspension bridge

Visit this incredible walkway which is 110 feet above the forest floor, crossing through the cedar-scented rainforest.

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Humpback whale near Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Visit Vancouver Island

Take a floatplane out to Victoria on Vancouver Island.

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Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Stanley Park

Mame the most of the 1000 acres of green oasis, perfect for rollerblading and cycling.

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Gastown, Vancouver, British Columbia

Visit Gastown

Explore Vancouver’s best-known district for design, culture, food and fashion.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Explore Vancouver

Discover downtown Vancouver City with its cosmopolitan boutiques and restaurants.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy’s love for Canada is limitless and she has returned on an almost yearly basis since her first visit as a child. From hiking the high alpine trails, riding with local cowboys to kayaking with humpbacks, she has likely been there and done it.

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Paul Bird

Watching bears interacting without any care of his presence was fascinating for Paul, and being a privileged onlooker in their natural habitat created a lifelong fascination with Canada.

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