Province/Territory: British Columbia

BC's Sea-to-Mountains City

  • 10 beaches
  • 220 parks
  • 03 ski resorts 30 minutes away

Walk, run or cycle along the seawall circling world famous Stanley Park and spot the Girl in a Wetsuit statue on the way.  Visit the Vancouver Aquarium to peer up close to octupus and anenomes, native to BC's waters. Linger with friends over organic coffee on a patio at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Head for friendly Kitsilano or colourful Commercial Drive for noodle houses, sushi bars and authentic Italian eateries. Shop Main Street boutiques for one-of-kind fashions by local designers. Go upscale in über-urban Yaletown to celebrity spot at award-winning bistros. Shop at Granville Island Market for artisan cheeses and duck fat french fries. Take a skyride to Grouse Mountain to night ski gaze or skate on an outdoor pond at Christmas. Learn to wind surf in English Bay, right downtown.

Outdoor adventure

  • Take off on a tandem paraglide or soar high on Grouse Mountain’s five-line circuit zipline.
  • Stand inside the Eye of the Wind, the world's only glass ViewPOD in a wind turbine
  • Step onto a cantilevered Cliffwalk following a nearly one-km path into space, at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
  • Hike from downtown into bear country on a guided Vancouver Coast Rainforest Adventure
  • "Flightsee" with the locals on a seaplane Aero-Mail Run from Vancouver Harbour to the quaint villages of the Gulf Islands.
  • Drive 15 minutes to ski in the shadow of the Olympians on Cypress Mountain
  • Rollerblade to Prospect Point on the seawall around Stanley Park.

Urban adventures

  • People watch and window shop along the Robson Street stroll.
  • Get a pedicure at a day spa in the trendy Kitsilano or South Granville Street shopping districts.
  • Take the Aquabus to visit artists’ studios and the Public Market at Granville Island.
  • Visit Chinatown for dim sum and to enjoy the serenity of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.
  • Play blackjack at a downtown waterfront casino at the Plaza of Nations, once home to Expo '86.

Arts & Culture

  • Watch live theatre under the stars at Stanley Park's Malkin Bowl.
  • Stare up at 10 full-scale First Nations totems at the BC Museum of Anthropology.
  • Tour the permanent collection of Canada’s celebrated painter, Emily Carr, part of 10,000 works on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery.
  • Enjoy outrageous comedy with your meal at Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre.

Food & Drink

  • Learn a professional chef's insider secrets on a grand tour of Granville Island Public Market; sample the duck fat french fries.
  • Try local Granville Island Crazy Raven Pale Ale at the bar and grill on Cypress Mountain.
  • Dine high above Vancouver's city lights at the Observatory on Grouse Mountain.
  • Dig into fish and chips from the city-view deck at Jericho Beach Sailing Centre.
  • Rub elbows with celebrities at ultra-chic city restaurants and bistros in Yaletown.

Nature & Wildlife

  • Get a bird's eye view of a Douglas fir forest on a Treetops Adventure in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
  • Watch orphaned grizzlies play in a five-acre alpine sanctuary on Grouse Mountain.
  • Go au naturel at Wreck Beach, where clothing is optional.
  • See alligators basking in the tropical Amazon Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Weather

  • Warm summer months extend from mid-June through September, with average daily July temperatures of 17.5 degrees Celsius in Vancouver.
  • Winter, from December until March, brings cool, wet weather. January in Vancouver averages 3.3 C. Expect snow in the mountains.
  • Spring lasts from March until early June, and brings mild temperatures. April's Vancouver’s average is 9.2 C.
  • Fall, from late-September to November, brings mild, cool weather. In October, Vancouver averages 10.1 C.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Normals Website.
Quick facts

Area: 115 sq-km (44.4 sq mi)
City Population: 603,000
Metro Population: 2.3 million
Size: Largest city in BC, eighth largest in Canada; North America's third largest Chinatown.
Popular languages: English (50%), Chinese (25%), Tagalog, Punjabi and Vietnamese.

When to go
  • Ski season at Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour runs from December until April.
  • VanDusen Botanical Gardens' Festival of Lights, and the Festival of Trees downtown are highlights from late November to early January.
  • Summer to skimboard at one of Vancouver's friendly urban beaches.
  • Fall for the Vancouver's International Film Festival and more than 500 performances at the International Fringe Festival.
  • Vancouver Festivals & Events.
Getting Here

Vancouver is located at the southern tip of BC's West Coast and is accessed by air, road train, and ferry service, including:

Getting around
  • Catch taxis, shuttles or the CanadaLine from the airport.
  • Vancouver's transit system includes buses, skytrains, the SeaBus and WestCoast Express.
  • Find general information on Getting Around Vancouver by transit.
  • Check transit schedules at Translink.