Top 10 sights
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.
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.
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
- Canadian Dollar ($)
- Time Zone
- UTC (-08:00)
- Country Code
- Best time to visit
- All year is great, due to the mild weather.
Other Sightseeing Options in Vancouver
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What people are saying about Vancouver
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!