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Hugged by white snow-capped mountain peaks and surrounded by the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island 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.

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 Travel 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.

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Things to do in Vancouver

1. Stanley Park

A natural oasis in the middle of the urban cityscape, Stanley Park is a 405- hectare park that is fondly regarded as the crowning jewel of Vancouver. Make sure you take the time to explore at your leisure – attractions include a collection of totem poles, a mini-train, a waterpark and a number of sandy beaches.

2. H.R. Macmillan Space Centre

Would you like to discover the wonders of space on planet earth? A visit to Vancouver’s space station is sure to inspire and amaze. Explore space-themed exhibits, watch interactive shows and get up close to rocket engines. Make sure you experience the universe in the Planetarium Star Theatre – it will take your breath away.

3. The Vancouver Aquarium

As Canada’s largest aquarium, a visit here will provide hours of fun for the whole family. The Vancouver Aquarium is located in the heart of Stanley Park and is home to over 50,000 species of aquatic life, from the Arctic to the Amazon. We suggest you add another dimension to your trip and take in one of the phenomenal 4D IMAX shows.

4. Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you are seeking adventure on your trip to Vancouver, look no further than the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Sitting 140 metres above a river in the midst of a lush rainforest, follow in the footsteps of millions before you and cross the bridge. A must-visit during your trip, this is the ultimate thrill!

5. Forbidden Vancouver

If you want to discover this coloured history of Vancouver with a unique twist, we suggest you embark on one of the famous Forbidden Vancouver tours. Think unsolved murders, mobsters and much more – the city’s past will come alive as you listen to the wisdom of your costumed guide.

Places to eat in Vancouver

1. Granville Island

Known as Vancouver’s gastronomic neighbourhood, Granville Island offers the widest range of delicious food in the city. No matter what you have a craving for, you will be able to find it here. Definitely check out the public market – the countless stalls offer the best local produce. Make sure you pick up an edible souvenir!

2. Ebisu

Vancouver has been dubbed the sushi capital of North America, so Ebisu a must on your visit. This unique eatery prides itself on being home to some of the best value food and drink in Vancouver – we suggest you go at lunch time and try the miso ramen.

3. Celebrity Chefs

The huge foodie scene in Vancouver has turned some of its chefs into real celebrities – so why not try out one of their restaurants? You can sample menus from Rob Feenie, Vikram Vij, Stefan Hartmann and many more.

4. Salmon and Bannock

If you would like to try Native Canadian cuisine during your time in Vancouver, this cosy restaurant is the perfect stop. The menu is full of local indigenous delicacies - try the salmon of course, but also sample traditional bannock bread with berry jam.

5. Take the Food Truck Tour

This 2-hour downtown tour will allow you to fill your belly and discover the food truck scene in Vancouver. Rated as Vancouver’s #1 tour company, the passionate guides take you on a culinary adventure to sample everything from fish tacos to grilled cheese – it is an unmissable experience.

Top tips for visiting Vancouver

1. Dine Out Vancouver

If you are a self-professed foodie who wants to explore Vancouver’s culinary scene, visit in the winter to take advantage of the ‘Dine Out Vancouver’ programme.  Over 250 of the city’s top restaurants participate and offer set menus with a fixed price of $20, $30 and $40, so you can indulge in high quality cuisine for less.

2. Try one of Vancouver's Farmer's Markets

Vancouver’s markets are your best opportunity to eat like a local, as the stalls will be full of produce from purveyors across the city. As well as stalls, there will be food trucks, handmade crafts and edible souvenirs.

3. Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival

If you can't make it to Japan for the Cherry Blossom Festival, then you must try Vancouver's! Walk through the trees and admire their pink blossoms, peruse the stalls at the Japanese fair and attend the famous downtown concert.

4. All About Wellness

Vancouver is a real 'wellness' centre – this covers from outdoor activities – walking, hiking and cycling -  to conscious vegetarian and vegan dining. Spas to unwind in can be found throughout the city and hosts around 1,500 yoga glasses a week. If you are looking for a break full of relaxation and revival, Vancouver can provide it.

5. Visit Okanagan Valley

Known as Canada’s ‘wine country’ Okanagan Valley is known for its lush scenery and, of course, it’s ripe vineyards. Located around 4 hours away from Vancouver and is an ideal stop if you are planning to explore British Columbia further.  Over 2 million cases of wine are produced there every year – we suggest you take a winery tour and try the Bordeaux-style blends.