Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- CurrencyCanadian Dollar ($)
- Time ZoneUTC (-08:00)
- Country Code1
- Best time to visitAll year is great, due to the mild weather.
Things to Do in Vancouver
Top Attractions in Vancouver
- 1Vancouver Chinatown
- 2Vancouver Downtown
- 3Museum of Vancouver
- 5Canada Place
- 6Granville Island
- 7Stanley Park
- 8English Bay Beach
- 9Stanley Park Totem Poles
- 10Robson Street
- 11Centre A
- 12Capilano Suspension Bridge
- 13Lions Gate Bridge
- 14Vancouver Lookout
- 15Gastown Steam Clock
- 16Vancouver Art Gallery
- 17Jack Poole Plaza
- 18BC Place
- 19The Birds, Vancouver
- 20Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
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What People Are Saying About Vancouver
This tour was great and our tour guide was super helpful and had a lot of great information and history that made us really appreciate Vancouver. Highly recommended!
Very thorough way to get the big picture of the entire town and help decide where you might want to spend more time. Drivers very helpful in suggesting how to get the most out of our visit.
This great tour let me see the sights I wanted to see without having to cobble together transportation. We had 2 great drivers who didn't add anything to the recorded commentary, but had 2 that were wonderful, naming favorite restaurants, sights, etc. We could hop off, look around, then hop back on. We got to see all of Stanley Park and never could have done that without a vehicle. Loved this and the price we paid was much better than you pay if you just walk on and buy your ticket on the bus.
The ground staff did not provide any information on which trolley goes where(park or city) . All the tourists waiting in line for boarding needed to run around to ask each driver. Moreover, the staff did not even let us know that the trolley which we were queneing would be out of service. We had to run to the other trolley which was aboit to leave to check if it was in service. Also we had waited for 40mins for trolley service. During this period, no ground staff offered any information at all. Lastly, we purchased the tickets online but the staff did not give us the trolley map not coupon booklet unless we asked for them. This was a very terrible customer service
I am glad that I booked the tour the night before the trip. Taking the tour ensures that I won't waste anytime worrying how to get to Victoria. Public transport to Victoria isn't so easy.