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Things to do in  Vancouver

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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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 laid out against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it’s a mix of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential part of experiencing Vancouver.More
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Get your fill of Vancouver's famous natural landscapes at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. Travelers are drawn to the park to walk out onto the the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest trees over the rushing Capilano River below. Other highlights include kid-friendly guided nature walks; several First Nations totem poles; the 700-foot-long (213-meter) Cliffwalk; and the TreeTops Adventure, a swinging network of smaller, open-ended suspension bridges strung between eight towering Douglas fir trees.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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English Bay

English Bay

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Situated between Kistilano and Stanley Park, English Bay is one of Vancouver’s best spots for water sports, such as swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Two popular beaches—Kitsilano Beach and English Bay—face out onto the bay, as does part of the Stanley Park seawall, a waterside promenade used by cyclists and walkers.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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Gastown

Gastown

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One of Vancouver’s oldest and buzziest districts, Gastown is packed with Victorian architecture and cobbled streets. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, an English mariner who opened a saloon in the area in the 19th century, the district is filled with heritage buildings now hosting boutiques, coffee shops, hip restaurants, and bars.More
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Canada Place

Canada Place

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Opened in 1986, Canada Place is hard to miss: The complex was built to look like a ship, and its five large fiberglass “sails” are visible above the Vancouver waterfront. This is the city’s main cruise ship terminal, and the complex is also home to a convention center, a hotel, and FlyOver Canada, a flight-simulation ride.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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Lions Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge

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The impressive Lions Gate Bridge spans the Burrard Inlet, connecting North and West Vancouver with the downtown area. This suspension bridge originally opened in 1938, and is designated as a National Historic Site of Canada. At the bridge’s south end is leafy Stanley Park, another major attraction in Vancouver.More
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False Creek

False Creek

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An inlet dividing downtown Vancouver from the rest of the city, False Creek borders some of Vancouver’s busiest shoreside neighborhoods, from chic Yaletown to Granville Island. The inlet hums with the activity of ferries, kayaks, and other boats, while the water’s edge is lined with scenic paths.More

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Must-See Museums in Vancouver

Must-See Museums in Vancouver

Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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Beautiful Vancouver
Frank_K, Dec 2020
Vancouver Sightseeing and Photography
He took us to all the “must see” Vancouver attractions.
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Amazing
Tara_H, Oct 2020
Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour - The Grand Tour
The circuit is perfect and you get to see and learn about Vancouver.
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Shore line prospective
Bruster, Sep 2020
Granite Falls Zodiac Tour
Interesting way to see the shore line in Vancouver & 20+ kilometres beyond.
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Great tour and experience
Bradley_G, Mar 2020
Food Walking Tour of Granville Island Public Market
The island is a really cute area of Vancouver to visit.
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Beautiful
chorkmoua, Feb 2020
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
Beautiful place to visit.
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good guide and itinerary
iwpkang, Jan 2020
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Winter is not the best season for visiting Vancouver Island.
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Vancouver tour
mchan833, Nov 2019
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout
I was misunderstanding the departure time but very appreciated for Landsea tour will come back to pick me up, I’ve a wonderful time to see Vancouver in a day, very impressive!
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"C" bridge walk
dave4622019, Oct 2019
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
Showed us where to visit, where to eat and where not to.
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Day trip
sandysouthern, Oct 2019
Vancouver City Tour Including Capilano Suspension Bridge
Got to see a bit of Vancouver with the capilano suspension bridge being the highlight of the day.
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Service with a Smile
Eileen G, Oct 2019
Private Transport from Vancouver Airport (YVR) to Downtown Vancouver
How happy we were to see our driver (as promised) in the waiting area of the Vancouver airport.
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Wendy and Gary
Traveller5154, Oct 2019
Grand City Small Group Tour of Vancouver
This tour is everything that you want to see from one end of town to the other.
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Amazing
kingmas211, Sep 2019
Grouse Mountain Admission
Included in our admissions was the cable car, chair lift, a fantastic Lumberjack show and of course the bears, just to mention a few of the things to see and do whilst there.
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Grouse Mountain
tinker402019, Sep 2019
Grouse Mountain Admission
By the time we finally got through the traffic in Vancouver and out to the park some of the attractions had closed.
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Satisfied Customer
mitamaj, Aug 2019
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Vancouver Lookout
We got to visit all the important attractions that Vancouver has to offer including Capilano suspension bridge, lookout point & Granville Island.
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Beautiful!
elizabethstephen2019, Aug 2019
Vancouver Seaplane Tour
Highly recommend if you want to see Vancouver & the Howe Sound in a spectacular way!
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Exactly what we wanted
Tim T, Aug 2019
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
My wife was recovering from a broken foot so the hop on hop off your was a perfect way to see all of the Vancouver areas and attractions.
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Excellent
2realstars, Jul 2019
Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Vancouver Lookout
I would recommend this tour to any of my friends or family that want to visit Vancouver.
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Good overall city overview
Sunshine799660, Jun 2019
Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout Admission
Our guide was great and I was very pleased with all we were able to see and do.
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Private Guide Tour Best
Bob M, Jun 2019
Private Group Tour: All the Best Sights
As a Vancouver native he showed us exactly the things we wanted to see and a few extra we loved.
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Great Orientation
Prof46, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Vancouver Sightseeing
This tour allowed us to see the places we wanted to explore on our own.

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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