Things to do in

Vancouver

Enjoying adventurous activities doesn't always have to mean missing out on city life. Not in Vancouver, anyway.

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Top 7 things to do in Vancouver

Vancouver is an unusual mix of big city culture and laid back West Coast style. Surrounded by towering evergreens and the North Shore Mountain range, the view alone makes flying into Vancouver International Airport worth the visit.

  • 1. Capilano Suspension Bridge

    There is nowhere else in the world you can see a First Nations performance following a walk 70 meters above the Capilano river. Take a shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge from downtown for free.

  • 2. BC Place

    Live like a local and catch a BC Lions or Vancouver Whitecaps game. This giant waterfront multifunction stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games.

  • 3. Canada Place

    Built to look like a ship, Canada Place is one of the city's most iconic buildings. Take in the view of the port and city skyline.

  • 4. Stanley Park

    Bike, run, or simply wander the winding trails of Stanley Park, a natural paradise almost entirely surrounding by water right in the heart of the city. Save on parking and take public transit.

  • 5. Vancouver Art Gallery

    The Vancouver Art Gallery offers ever-changing exhibitions, lectures and public events, as well as works by the region’s most celebrated painter, Emily Carr. Entry is free Tuesdays after 5:00PM.

  • 6. Museum of Anthropology at UBC

    Featuring artifacts from all over the world, the museum is best known for its collection of totem poles, jewelry and pottery of the Pacific Northwest Coast’s First Nation peoples.

  • 7. Vancouver Aquarium

    Deep in Stanley Park is the gigantic Vancouver Aquarium. Get a sneak peak of the action by visiting their website for the Beluga Cam or Sea Otter Cam.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to pack

    Temperatures in Vancouver are mild and rarely drop below freezing with average temperature sitting at 51. Pack layers, a windbreaker or raincoat, depending on the season, and a comfortable pair of shoes for hiking.

  • When to visit

    The only downside to the coastal climate is the rainy season, which can start in October and last all through March. The city will provide no shortage of indoor activity, but spring and summer in Vancouver are ideal. In fact, during the summer months it is the second driest city in Canada.

  • How many days to visit

    Spend at least four days in Vancouver - you won’t be able to fit in all the attractions, but it's enough to gain a sense of the city's character.

  • Take a trip to Victoria

    Not far from Vancouver is British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, located on Vancouver Island. Strikingly different to Vancouver, it’s filled with quaint cafes, antique shops, and an overall British feel. The ferry is 90 minutes and getting to the port from each city can take from 45-75 minutes, so it may be worth staying overnight.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-08:00)
  • Country Code
    1
  • Best time to visit
    All year is great, due to the mild weather.

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What people are saying about Vancouver

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3,294 reviews

Was a great trip, just the right amount of time. We went to the tour late afternoon when the tide was higher, I recommend choosing an earlier timeslot so you have a better chance to see the seals on the rocks rather than just their heads popping out of the water. Our guide Greg was awesome, very knowledgeable and funny.

The guide had such a good sense of humour. He explained everything in details. He even offered to take photos. Best Guide! Even tho i don't know if his name was Steve Or Greg.

It was one of the best things we did while in Vancouver. Raphael and Jeremy were faboulous. Lots of information and entertainment. Raphael was especially full of knowledge.

We were only in Vancouver for one full day and this tour was a great way to get a sample of what the city has to offer. Our tour guide, Kim, was outstanding!

Great tour, easy to bike, lots of information by experienced guide. Very nice way to discover Vancouver city. Beautiful weather and fun group!