Vancouver Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Things to Do, and More

Welcome to your ultimate Vancouver travel guide! Vancouver is a city that’s got it all: stunning ocean views, towering mountains, and a vibrant urban scene. Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a culture buff, or just looking for some family fun, there’s something here for everyone. In this guide, you’ll find all the fun things to do, the best times to visit, great places to stay, and easy ways to get around.

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I jumped off the cliff in Whistler, British Colombia

Fun Things to do

My top 5:

  1. Flyover Canada: This flight simulation ride takes you on a breathtaking aerial journey across Canada. Located at Canada Place on Vancouver’s waterfront, making it easy to combine with other nearby attractions. Get Ticket to Flyover Canada
  2. Capilano Suspension Bridge: Walk across the iconic suspension bridge, explore the Treetops Adventure, and brave the Cliffwalk for thrilling experiences among the treetops. Get Ticket Online
  3. Day trip to Whistler: This was where I did the Bungee jumping, my only problem is the adrenaline rush didn’t last long enough. It’s just a few hours away from Vancouver, Whistler offers world-class skiing, mountain biking, and a charming village to explore.
  4. Seaplane Tour of Vancouver Island: It was my first time getting on a seaplane or even seeing one. The scenery from the top was so beautiful and the exhilarating. Get Ticket Online Here
  5. Stanley Park: This was perfect for a slow day or evening walk. You can book a walking tour that will include Stanley Park or go on a self-guided tour. Vancouver Aquarium is also located here if you’d like to stop by.

Others:

  1. Vancouver Aquarium: Located in Stanley Park, it’s home to a wide variety of marine life and offers interactive exhibits and shows.
  2. Skyride at Grouse Mountain: Visit to Grouse Mountain is a must, it’s within walking distance from the Vancouver Capilano Suspension bridge. Take the Skyride aerial tram for panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains. Get Skyride ticket
  3. Walking Food tour in Gastown: Enjoy tasty delights from different cuisines in bite sizes. While you wander through this historic neighborhood with its cobblestone streets, unique shops, trendy restaurants, and the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Book Food Tour
  4. Vancouver Lookout: Hop into a glass elevator and ride up 168 meters (533 feet) to soak in a stunning 360-degree view. You’ll see Stanley Park, historic Gastown, the North Shore mountains, and the lively downtown core spread out before you. Get Entry Ticket Online
  5. Sightseeing bus pass: This 24 hrs or 48 hrs Hop-on-Hop-off tour allows you access to a pass to see the Olympic Village, Stanely Park, English Bay Beach, Chinatown, and more

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Where to stay

There are different places to stay for all budgets and group sizes.

My recommendation will be to go with family or 2-3 of your friends so you can all split the cost of accommodation. You should consider staying closer to downtown if you plan to use public transport.

When to go

Vancouver is the warmest and gloomiest city in Canada. Though they don’t have snowfalls like the rest of Canada it rains quite a lot. Summer is usually the busiest and most expensive period to visit. Fall is still warm and would be relatively cheaper. Though I went in July, it was still raining. Overall, between April – June or September – November will be a good time to visit, Jun – Sep will be peak season but if you can afford the cost, it will be the best time to visit.

How to get around

Moving around in Vancouver might seem chaotic but for someone like me from Toronto it wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle because TTC is definitely worse

  • Public Transport: You can use public transit in Vancouver, it’s very reliable and they have an efficient train system. You can get the Compass card, load it with money, and use it for both buses and trains or just tap with your credit card.
  • Rideshare: You can also use Uber, Lyft, or other ride-sharing apps. Taxis are a good choice those could be a little pricy
  • Rent a car: My friends and I rented a car on Turo for a few days which we used for our long drive to Whistler. You can also rent a car through Rental Cars or Expedia for an average of $50/day

How much to Budget

Most of your travel budget will likely be spent on flight costs and accommodation. If you stay in a mid-range, luxury hotel or share with friends, you could spend anywhere from $150 to $400 per day with food and tours included in this budget. Depending on your travel style it could be more or less. Cash, debit, and credit cards are all acceptable means of payment.

Conclusion

Vancouver truly has something for everyone, from its breathtaking natural landscapes to its rich cultural tapestry and bustling urban life. Whether you’re hiking through Stanley Park, exploring the historic charm of Gastown, savoring the diverse culinary scene, or simply soaking in the stunning views, your time in Vancouver will be filled with unforgettable experiences. With this Vancouver travel guide, you’re well-equipped to make the most of your visit, no matter your interests or travel style. So pack your bags, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to discover all that Vancouver has to offer.

Safe travels!

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