Bordered by mountains and ocean, Vancouver is a truly modern and multicultural city that’s inherently intertwined with nature. Explore it all on your Vancouver holiday, and discover the city’s funky neighbourhoods, coastline, urban parks, and stunning scenery.
Vancouver holidays are an invitation to explore a diverse city, full of nature and culture, with dynamic neighbourhoods ready to be explored. Head to the historic cobbled streets of Gastown for incredible shopping, art galleries and Victorian buildings, then let Chinatown impress you with its vibrant culture, dim sum restaurants, and the koi ponds and stunning flora of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. South of downtown Vancouver you’ll find Granville Island, home to the beloved Public Market, with stalls offering up incredible food and handcrafted delights.
Vancouver’s Unique Balance of Nature and Urbanity
Find a place to escape in Stanley Park, the scenic heart of Vancouver. The serene forest waits to be explored, with stunning sea views from the park’s Seawall, and totem poles that offer a glimpse into the stories and legends of the region’s First Nations tribes. A short drive out of the city takes you to Capilano Suspension Bridge, a 450 foot long bridge that takes you over Capilano River. Feel the thrilling sway of the bridge and take in the breath-taking views around you. Nearby lies Grouse Mountain where you can skim the rising treetops on a gondola ride up to the top. Find a whole range of mountaintop activities and stunning scenery awaiting you.
A Vancouver holiday is a great place to start exploring the rest of British Columbia. Hop on a ferry or seaplane and head over to Vancouver Island, with its untouched nature, boundless adventure and breath-taking vistas. Explore Victoria, the capital of BC, or venture north of the city to the Pacific Rim National Park.
Great sample itineraries
When it comes to Vancouver holidays, there’s so much to see and do. Take a look at some of our sample itineraries below, then give us a call and let us plan your ideal holiday.
Whales Bears Vancouver Island Self-Drive
Vancouver and Yukon Multi Centre
Known as the city in the great outdoors. Vancouver has so much to offer, you'll easily fill up your time with a different adventure each day. With many wildlife encounters to be had or whether you are looking for hiking trail, biking trails even skiing during the winter months it is all accessible from Vancouver.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Take a trilling adventure across the Capilano Suspension Bridge and into the treetops. Walk across the suspension bridge as it swings from side to side 450 feet above the Capilano River, you can feel every spring and bounce from of the other visitors footsteps. Then explore the Treetop Adventure, with walkways and seven suspension bridges above the coastal forest.
Start your adventure on the Grouse Mountain Skyride, for the best views over the city. Just 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver and you'll be in the magnificent wilderness know as the peak of Vancouver. With countless nature trails, bike trails and a zipline through the trees, there is certainly plenty for you to do. Grouse Mountain is also the refuge for Grinder and Coola, Vancouver's famous grizzly bears.
See Canada from coast to coast on Flyover Canada, this flight simulation ride takes you soaring east to west over some of the most stunning scenery. You will feel like you are flying as you feel the wind against your face, the mist from cascading waters and the scent of prairie fields.
Head to waters to spot some of the most iconic wildlife found off of Vancouver. The best whale watching is in British Columbia, home to one of the worlds highest populations of ocras as well as grey, minke, and humpbacks.
Ariel views of Vancouver
From Vancouver Harbour enjoy a birds eye view of Coal Harbour, English Bay and Horseshoe Bay by seaplane. This is a memorable way to see some of the best sights and maybe even spot some whales.
“Vancouver has a thriving Asian community and is full of great sushi restaurants. Our friends took us to ‘Tokyo John’ on Cambie Street and I had an amazing bento box with teriyaki chicken and California rolls.”
“If you stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver then be sure to meet Beau, the gorgeous yellow labrador. He'll be waiting at the concierge desk to welcome you.”
Talking Stick Festival
The Talking Stick is an Aboriginal Arts festival celebrating indigenous art and brings together both established and up-and-coming artists. Held for two weeks each February at various venues across the city, you can expect music and workshops, as well as talks by the artists and panel discussions.
Cherry Blossom Festival
With the welcoming of spring, Vancouver sees it’s Cherry Blossom Festival every April. Lasting most of the month, the city hosts a whole range of events in celebration of the beautiful blooming of cherry blossom trees. Witness the stunning flora across the city and take part in events, ranging from painting sessions to guided bike rides.
Vancouver Fringe Theatre Festival
For 11 days in September, the Vancouver Fringe Theatre Society hosts its annual festival, which aims to make theatre more accessible to everyone. By day, theatres in and around Granville Island fill with theatrical performances and, by night, everyone involved is invited to Phillips Fringe Bar to enjoy live music and performances.
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