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Vancouver

There is simply nowhere in the world quite like it

Overview

Vancouver is a coastal gem, nestled in an idyllic setting between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountain range. This is far from your average holiday destination: nowhere else enables you to sail in the morning and ski in the afternoon, shop in world-class shopping districts and indulge in out-of-this-world culinary adventures. There are few places in the world where you can have so many different types of experiences in one trip. And the perfect holiday to Vancouver includes them all.

Voted the best place in the world to live, you won’t want to leave when you visit Vancouver! The biggest city in British Columbia, it's the perfect choice for a city break with a twist. Think glamorous city chic meets the outdoor adventure enthusiast and you might have an idea of how active yet uber-cool the city is. Spend your days sailing on the Strait of Georgia, shopping on Robson Street, hiking Cypress Mountain, cycling the seawall, exploring Granville Market, indulging in Chinatown...the list of things to do and see is endless.

Vancouver has a golden reputation for friendly locals, clean public areas and safe streets, which all add up to a very warm welcome to this popular city. Diverse and multicultural, it caters well for a range of visitors from families and groups of friends to gay and lesbian travellers. It's also a gateway city with easy access to the Rockies, Vancouver Island and other vibrant BC cities, as well as the port where Alaska cruises depart during the warmer months. With that in mind, a fly drive holiday is an excellent option.

A short but incredibly scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway brings you to Whistler, the year round mountain resort town. The pedestrian village means that you don’t need the hassle of driving as everything is on your doorstep, from dining, shopping and bars to outdoor and adventure activities. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, so you will want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Explore the endless hiking trails, go mountain biking, or enjoy the view from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

A trip to Victoria kicks off with a short 90-minute ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia, where you can look back and view Vancouver from a different angle. Once you arrive in Victoria make the most of its boast to having the mildest climate in Canada. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the Inner Harbour towards Fisherman’s Wharf, where you'll find floating houses and shops. And if you fancy adding an Alaska cruise to your holiday, the port will be here waiting for you.

Things to do

Calling all foodies; Vancouver is the place to indulge your taste buds in some of the most incredible culinary experiences and cultures. Visit Chinatown, America’s third largest, for incredible authentic Chinese cuisine and street food. Venture to Granville Island and enjoy a day wandering the Public Market and tasting the local delicacies of freshly baked bread, freshly caught seafood and the aromas of ground coffee and spices. Be sure to visit with an appetite, and for the ultimate foodie experience book a Vancouver Foodie Tour, where you will enjoy the knowledge of a local expert guide.

If you have any time to unwind on your holiday, be sure to hire bikes and cycle Stanley Park and the sea wall, stopping at English Bay to watch the sail boats coming in and out of the harbour. This is also the perfect spot to enjoy one of Vancouver’s famous sunsets, with your favourite drink in hand soaking in the city vibes before topping off your night in one of Vancouver’s best nightclubs or comedy clubs.

Popular things to do in Vancouver

  • Capilano Canyon Suspension Bridge and Park Admission

    £22pp

    Breathtakingly suspended 230 feet above and 450 feet across the Capilano River, Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you into towering evergreens, serene trails and the Treetops Adventure attraction. Seven suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet, take you high into the treetops for this adventure. Located on Vancouver’s North Shore this makes an excellent day out for the whole family.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25

  • Granville Island Market Tour

    £40pp

    Vancouver’s destination for lovers of food, art and culture, offering local, seasonal product you will see Vancouver’s top chefs shopping for their menu’s. Around 20 tastings is included within this tour from duck confit, cheeses, melt-in-your-mouth donuts, world class coffee and chai to name but a few.

    Departures: daily Jan 2 to Dec 30, 2015 (with the exceptions of Jan 5 to 7, 12, 19 and 26, Jul 1, Dec 24 to 26)
    Duration: 2 hours

  • Hop on Hop off Big Bus tour of Vancouver – 2 day pass

    £25pp

    See Vancouver from a vintage double decker or retro open top bus. Explore at your own pace over two days, with over 20 localities around the city where you can hop on or hop off, including a free ferry ride over to Granville Island.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25
    Duration: 2 day pass

  • Vancouver City Tour & Capilano Suspension Bridge

    £54pp

    Departing from individual hotels across the city, you’ll enjoy a narrated tour picking out all the major downtown attractions and districts. The tour stops in Stanley Park before heading over to Cleveland Dam and Capilano Suspension Bridge in the North shore Rainforest. The tour includes a stop on Granville Island with its public market. Departures: Apr 1 to Mar 31 Duration: 5 hours

  • Vancouver Trolley Attraction Tour and Look Out Tower – 2 day pass

    £31pp

    Climb aboard a San Francisco style trolley for a fully commented city tour. Sightsee at your own pace as you hop on and hop off at 34 of Vancouver’s main attractions. Make sure you enjoy the incredible views at the top of the Harbour Centre Tower as the admission is included. You have two days to make the most of this pass and so many highlights to enjoy!

    Departures: daily except Dec 25
    Duration: 2 day pass

  • Victoria day trip from Vancouver

    £89pp

    Departing Vancouver you’ll enjoy the 95 minute ferry ride to Vancouver Island. You’ll experience the exhilarating scenery and picturesque charms of historic Victoria ‘Capital city of British Columbia’. An insightful commentary is provided by the driver and admission to spectacular Butchart Gardens is included. You’ll have free time to wonder the quaint streets of Victoria and the Inner Harbour.
    Departures: daily from May 1 to Oct 14, 2015 and May 1 to Oct 16 2016
    Duration: 13 hours

  • Whale Watching in the Strait of Georgia with transfers (Explorathor)

    £91pp

    Embark on an exciting whale watching excursion on the new Explorathor. Your trip will take you through the Gulf Islands region and professional wildlife guide will explain all there is to know about the majestic killer whales, porpoises, sea lions, seals, bald eagles and other wildlife.
    Departures:Daily from May 12 to Sept 14 2015 and May 15 to Sept 15, 2016
    Duration: 4 hours

  • Whale Watching in the Strait of Georgia with transfers (Express)

    £91pp

    Embark on an exciting whale watching excursion through the Gulf Islands region with a professional wildlife guide who will explain about the majestic killer whales, porpoises, seals and sea lions. Travelling on an open air zodiac vessel this is an exhilarating experience.

    Departures:Daily from May 12 to Sept 14 2015 and May 15 to Sept 15, 2016
    Duration: 4 hours

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Top tips

Top tips for visiting Vancouver

Top Tip 1

• Hire a bike: cycle around the beautiful Stanley Park and the sea wall, and stop at English Bay to watch the sail boats drift in and out of the harbour at sunset


Top Tip 2

• Try a Vancouver Foodie Tour: for the ultimate food experience while enjoying the knowledge of a local guide


Top Tip 3

• Be adventurous: paraglide or zip-line in Grouse Mountain in the summer


Top Tip 4

• Visit Chinatown: this is the third largest Chinatown in the world and serves up some of the most authentic cuisine and street food in the country


Top Tip 5

• Visit Granville Island: wander around the Public Market and taste some of the local delicacies; Granville is famous for its freshly caught seafood


Top Tip 6

• Take a day trip: to Victoria and Vancouver Island. A short ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia will take you to the magical capital of BC, Victoria. Stroll along the Inner Harbour towards Fisherman's Wharf and see the charming floating shops and houses


Top Tip 7

• Vancouver Island is a great place for spotting wildlife, especially Orca Whales and Harbour seals – try one of our amazing Wildlife Packages!


Top Tip 8

• Get fit: Take the scenic drive to the beautiful mountain village of Whistler, which is an outdoor playground offering the very best hiking and mountain biking opportunities


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At a glance


  • This vibrant city is perched on the Pacific Ocean
  • Dramatic mountain backdrops
  • Fly direct from London, Manchester and Glasgow in approximately 10 hours.

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At a glance


  • This vibrant city is perched on the Pacific Ocean
  • Dramatic mountain backdrops
  • Fly direct from London, Manchester and Glasgow in approximately 10 hours.

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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