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.
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 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.
“There is so much to do in Vancouver and it is an amazing city to explore on foot. My favourite part was Granville Island which an incredible food market and multiple breweries. We also loved exploring Stanley Park – if you can, hire a bike and cycle the 10km seawall.”