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Hugged by white snow-capped mountain peaks and surrounded by the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is a universally agreed "must-see" destination. A trip to this coastal city will allow you to experience the best of both worlds; a modern city with its finger on the pulse in the midst of some of nature’s most spectacular scenery.

A perfect paradox of glittering skyscrapers and the tranquillity of lush landscapes, Vancouver will astound you from the moment you arrive. Make the most of the weather with its mild climate and explore the great outdoors. Ramble along the seawall – the world’s longest waterfront path – or meet the friendly locals while cycling or walking along the many paths. Get to know the wilder inhabitants of the city limits – visit mountain refuges for endangered wildlife or take a whale-watching excursion to spot orcas along the shoreline. You'll certainly not run out of things to do in Vancouver.

Vancouver prides itself on being an all-season city and is always ready to give you a warm welcome. If you visit in the summer, unwind on sandy beaches or take a picnic to one of the many parks. In autumn, watch the vivid colours change across the landscape and become acquainted with the city in a new light. In the frostier weather, Robson Square transforms into an ice rink. Alpine peaks provide the backdrop to the city, so why not visit in the winter and take on the slopes on Grouse Mountain?

A city renowned for its diversity, Vancouver is an example of global cultures living in harmony. The city is home to no less than a dozen vibrant neighbourhoods, each with its own strong roots, sense of style and eclectic attractions. Planning on exploring Vancouver on foot? You’re in luck – many of the districts are within walking distance from each other, meaning you can see many sides of the city in a short time. If you want to venture further afield there are plenty of great car hire options in Vancouver to choose from.

Vancouver hotels offer everything from five-star hotel suites with private rooftop plunge pools to world-class dining and champagne bars, Vancouver provides you with the opportunity to indulge in absolute extravagance. Shop ‘til you drop along the famous ‘Luxury Row’, giving your credit card a major workout as you browse designer fashion from Gucci to Dior. A plethora of deluxe sightseeing options are available within the city. Board a helicopter to Grouse Mountain for a private sunrise yoga session with a view or try a ‘Fly and Dine’ floatplane tour; build up an appetite as you take to the skies before indulging in an oceanfront seafood feast.

No matter what your taste, Vancouver’s cuisine will excite all of your senses. The reputation of the city’s culinary scene is world-renowned, and the multi-cultural options on offer seem never-ending. From fresh seafood to local produce, Vancouver’s chefs only use the very best, and ‘farm-to-table’ dining is more of a lifestyle than an evening meal. Pair your meal with acclaimed wines from lush Okanagan Valley and sample local delights at craft breweries – we promise you will be delighted by it all.

Are you ready to discover the delights of Vancouver? With direct flights from various UK regional airports, our Canada Specialists can tailor make your ideal holiday to include this beautiful city. Your own personal advisor can tailor-make your trip to suit your exact requirements, and if you prefer our holiday payment plans and low deposits mean your dream holiday can be just around the corner.

5 Top Places To Visit

Grouse Mountain - It’s time for an adventure at Vancouver’s highest point: Grouse Mountain. What activities you’ll take part in depends on the time of year you visit, but the must-visit Skyride is open 365 days a year. This will take you on a bird’s eye view of the vibrant evergreen trees below, while you look back on the cityscape of Vancouver.
Capilano Suspension Bridge - Suspended 110 feet above the forest floor, it provides magnificent views of Vancouver’s striking evergreens. If, however, you’re not feeling brave enough there’s also a treetops adventure, cliff walk, nature trails and guided tours in the wider park
Stanley Park - Found on the peninsula at the north-western edge of downtown Vancouver, this impeccably maintained garden attracts 8 million visitors a year. Home to numerous attractions including the Vancouver Aquarium, the heated outdoor Second Beach Pool and the Variety Kids Water Park, there’s plenty of day-time activities.
Granville Island - One of the main draws of this timeless island is the Public Market selling a wide range of culinary delights from Vancouver’s extensive culinary scene. In the background musicians strum away in the courtyards, creating a delightful ambience for a day out.
Skiing and Snowboarding - There’s not many urban centres that can claim to be a top ski destination. Vancouver however is bordered to the east and west by Cypress Mountain, Grouse Mountain and Mount Seymour – all of which offer a sublime variation of slopes.



Vancouver City & The Lookout Tour

Departing from individual downtown hotels The tour begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver

Vancouver Whale Watching

Every summer well over 80 Orca whales visit the waters south of Vancouver. Sighting chances are 90-95 per cent. Other marine wildlife you are likely to encounter include Humpback whales, Dall’s Porpoises, seals, sea lions, and bald eagles. On rare occasions Minke whales and sea elephants have been encountered. You travel protected from the elements in covered, comfortable, high-speed boats equipped with washroom facilities.

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Departing from individual downtown hotels This tour is all about adventure, as you take in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver. Begin with a traverse through the green urban oasis of Stanley Park, and across the historic Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, stand above an old growth cedar forest and the Capilano River. Experience the awe of natural surroundings, view First Nations Artwork, and feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk attraction. The Treetops Adventure walk showcases the beauty and diversity of the Capilano coastal rainforest. Continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to several species of BC salmon and trout. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river. Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering up ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak. Explore the wildlife refuge, awesome chainsaw carvings and learn about the local wildlife at the Theatre in the Sky. Be amazed and enchanted by the forests and mountains surrounding Vancouver on this memorable tour.

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When to Visit ...
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Currency Canadian Dollar ($)
  • Travel Time 12 Hours
  • Language English
  • Brits must have a full 10-year British Passport that's valid for six months after you return to the UK.
Vancouver is a very vibrant city and I loved every minute.
Ruth - Travel Consultant