Vancouver

38°
37° - January
40° - February
43° - March
47° - April
54° - May
59° - June
63° - July
63° - August
58° - September
50° - October
43° - November
38° - December
Dec avg
$145
Avg Hotel
$286
Est. Airfare

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Description

Some of the best things are green--shamrocks, mint chocolate chip ice cream, money, and most importantly, Vancouver, Canada. Not only is it green in Al Gore’s definition of the word, Vancouver is one of the most beautifully, vibrantly green, tree-filled places you’ll ever see. And for that reason, some of the best things to do in Vancouver are outside. Whether you rent a bike or bring your own, Vancouver’s best gardens, beaches,and parks can be explored from its bike trails. Even if you choose to go indoors at the aquarium, you’ll still see glimpses into that deep blue sea and a wide array of creatures. And as if on a mission to prove that it’s more than a pretty face, Vancouver’s arts and performance scene has the wits and soul to complete the package. But, it doesn’t matter how beautifully, interestingly, uniquely entertaining a place is if your belly isn’t full and your appetite isn’t satisfied. Once again, you’re in for a treat when it comes to cuisine in Vancouver. In Vancouver, international cuisine mixes with deliciously fresh seafood, and it’s all washed down with homemade wines. And best of all, you can get it all for a shockingly low price, especially compared with other world capitals.
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
Photo Credit: Thomas and Leslye Ashworth
Photo Credit: Thomas and Leslye Ashworth
Vancouver is an amazing city that is at once quaint and cosmopolitan. The city is ruled by pedestrians. The people are both friendly (a bus driver waived my fare when I was short) and beautiful (like LA, without the aspiring actors). Rent bikes and explore Stanley park, then stop at the beach and play some beach volleyball. The local cuisine is not to be missed.
Nicole
Despite my preference for quaint, out-of-the-way destinations, Vancouver is one of my favorite places in the entire world. No other city I've ever visited manages to blend big city bustle with small town charm better than this jewel of the North. The city itself is nothing short of stunning, but best of all, it's easy to find a quiet space to relax and enjoy nature's bounties. If you love good food, pleasant company and gregarious local populations, Vancouver is the place for you. Go for the exquisite seafood dishes if nothing else!
Stacy
Vancouver, in addition to being the home of the best ham sandwich I ever ate, is a beautiful, modern city, with the charm of its long, traditional history. Stately mansions are not far from Chinatown buildings that date back to the gold rush era. Lots of shopping is available, and it's a great city for people-watching, a great place with lots of cultural diversity.
Marilyn

Cruise Port of Departure

Large cruise lines use this as a "Port of Departure" or beginning of itineraries.

Vancouver Aquarium

Home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures including beluga whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, sea otters, harbour seals and sea lions!
Cost: Adults $21, Child $13, Seniors/Youth/student $16
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5 Great Hikes

Sparkling waterways, lush rainforests and dramatic mountains surrounding Vancouver.
Cost: Just the cost to get there.
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Water Activities

Scuba Diving, Sea Kayaking, Swimming, White Water Rafting, Windsurfing, Jet Skiing
Cost: Varies
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Free Activities in Vancouver

• Scenic Hikes: Numerous parks provide miles of free biking and hiking trails. Head to the Baden Powell Trail in the vast Lynn Canyon Park for a scenic hike, or to take a refreshing dip in its swimming hole. The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is free and usually low on crowds, an added bonus. • Outdoor Public Art: In the Downtown Core near the Vancouver Convention Centre, Digital Orca is a sculpture of a "pixilated" killer whale. A-maze-ing Laughter is worth seeking out, in Morton Park on Vancouver's West End. Its fourteen smile-inducing bronze sculptures each measure 8.5 feet tall and depict a man in a fit of merriment.
Cost: FREE

Language

English

Currency

[CAD] Canadian Dollar

Airports

Vancouver International Airport [YVR]