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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

Holidays

Browse our amazing range of holidays in Vancouver

  • Yukon and Denali Cruise Holiday

    from £3,755

    This magnificent circular tour departing Vancouver encompasses Whitehorse, Dawson City in the Canadian Yukon and through to Fairbanks, the gateway to the ...see more

  • Vancouver & Celebrity Cruise Holiday

    from £1,454

    Choosing a Celebrity Cruise to Alaska allows you to be utterly spoilt in unspoilt surroundings... Sail away on this outstanding itinerary across the glistening ...see more

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    Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

    from £

    Situated in the heart of the theatre district, The Sandman Hotel has a contemporary style with many onsite facilities.

    The rooms are elegantly ...see more

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    Rosedale Hotel

    from £

    This all-suite hotel has a great location in downtown Vancouver. The rooms are classic and comfortable, all with a separate living area and kitchenette. ...see more

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    Sandman Suites on Davie Vancouver

    from £

    Set a little away from the bustle of the city, this all-suite hotel is a great base for those who would like more space or a longer stay in Vancouver. ...see more

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    The Sutton Place Vancouver

    from £

    One of our favourite hotels in Vancouver, The Sutton Place is an elegant five star boutique hotel with a sophisticated finish. The guest rooms are large ...see more

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    Coast Coal Harbour Hotel

    from £50

    Coast Coal Harbour is a modern urban hotel in a great location, away from the busy downtown areas, overlooking the harbour, but still within a stone’s ...see more

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    The Westin Bayshore

    from £54

    Enjoying an enviable position on the harbour, yet still only a few minutes’ walk from Vancouver’s busy downtown district, the Westin Bayshore ...see more

  • Deluxe Double Room

    Georgian Court Hotel

    from £52

    A beautiful luxury boutique hotel, The Georgian Court is in an excellent location just steps away from the popular Robson Street.

    Rooms are calming ...see more

  • Fairmont Room

    Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    from £119

    The Fairmont Vancouver is a luxury landmark hotel and enjoys a great location right in the busy entertainment and shopping districts.

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  • Deluxe Room

    Pan Pacific Hotel

    from £71

    Located in a unique position on Vancouver’s waterfront, and right on the cruise terminal, the elegant Pan Pacific has a real feel of a luxury ...see more

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    Coast Plaza Suites

    from £46

    The Coast Plaza is in a great downtown location just a few minutes from English Bay and its lovely beach.

    From the standard Comfort rooms to ...see more

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    The Fairmont Waterfront

    from £133

    The Fairmont Waterfront is an elegant luxurious hotel that sits on the city’s waterfront at Canada Place.

    The guestrooms have a contemporary ...see more

  • Superior Room

    Shangri La Hotel Vancouver

    from £113

    The Shangri-La is an elegant five-star hotel with a great location in the heart of vibrant downtown Vancouver.

    Rooms are stylish with a contemporary ...see more

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    Best Western Plus Chateau Granville

    from £48

    The Best Western Chateau Granville is a classic hotel which enjoys a good location in downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of fantastic shopping ...see more

  • King Room

    Best Western Plus Sands Hotel

    from £36

    Just steps from the Pacific Ocean at the beautiful English Bay, the Best Western Plus Sands is in a great position for your Vancouver stay.

    Rooms ...see more

  • Blue Horizon Hotel

    from £39

    The Blue Horizon Hotel is one of the tallest buildings in the area and has a great position on the bustling shopping and dining area of Robson Street.

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    Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

    from £40

    The Century Plaza is a lovely family-run hotel with excellent amenities and in a great position close to Vancouver’s shopping and entertainment ...see more

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    Comfort Inn Downtown Vancouver

    from £42

    The Comfort Inn is a charming boutique-style hotel with a great central location close to all the downtown attractions.

    Rooms are warm and welcoming ...see more

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    Days Inn Vancouver Downtown

    from £36

    The Days Inn is an excellent value hotel with a convenient location in the financial district, just a few minutes’ walk from the harbourfront ...see more

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    Delta Vancouver Suite Hotel

    from £47

    The Delta Vancouver Suites is a smart and contemporary hotel with a great location in downtown Vancouver, close to the waterfront and the charming neighbourhood ...see more

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    Executive Hotel Vintage Park

    from £39

    The Executive Hotel Vintage Park enjoys a great central position, close to many of the best downtown attractions and districts.

    Rooms are warm ...see more

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    Fairmont Pacific Rim

    from £159

    The Fairmont Pacific Rim is a stylish and luxurious hotel in a good location overlooking Vancouver Harbour.

    Accommodation is of the highest standard, ...see more

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    Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

    from £71

    The Four Seasons is a luxurious hotel connected to the Pacific Shopping Mall in the centre of downtown Vancouver.

    The large range of rooms and ...see more

  • Double Queen Room

    Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver

    from £54

    The Hampton Inn & Suites is a good hotel with an excellent location in the heart of the entertainment district, close to shopping and attractions.

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  • Indoor Swimming Pool

    Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown

    from £41

    The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suite Vancouver Downtown is in a great position between the shopping district and the beach.

    The good choice of rooms ...see more

  • Double Beds Guest Room

    Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre

    from £59

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    The Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre is an excellent budget hotel in a great central ...see more

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    Howard Johnson Hotel Vancouver

    from £31

    The Howard Johnson Hotel is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, with attractions, entertainment and shopping all within walking distance.

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  • King Bedroom

    Hyatt Regency Vancouver

    from £67

    The Hyatt Regency is a grand and stylish hotel with an excellent downtown location, close to the harbourfront and shopping districts.

    Rooms are ...see more

  • Loden Vancouver Hotel

    from £86

    The Loden Hotel is a stylish and luxurious boutique hotel with an excellent location in the exclusive neighbourhood of Coal Harbour.

    Rooms are ...see more

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    Lord Stanley Suites On The Park

    from £54

    The Lord Stanley is an all-suite hotel with a great location away from the bustle of the city with fantastic views over Stanley Park and Coal Harbour.

    There ...see more

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    Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

    from £58

    The Metropolitan Hotel is an elegant deluxe hotel in a fantastic central location, just across the street from the Pacific Shopping Centre.

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    Opus Hotel

    from £96

    The OPUS Hotel is a lovely boutique-style hotel in the centre of the trendy downtown district of Yaletown. 

    Rooms are individual and beautifully ...see more

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    Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

    from £50

    The Renaissance Hotel is a modern hotel with a fantastic location in the centre of downtown Vancouver, overlooking Coal Harbour.

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    Ramada Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver

    from £32

    The Ramada Inn & Suites is a modern hotel with a good location in the entertainment district of downtown Vancouver.

    Rooms are spacious and ...see more

  • Queen Queen Studio Suite

    Residence Inn By Marriott Vancouver

    from £54

    This all-suite hotel offers more space for your Vancouver stay in a convenient downtown location.

    Suites are large and inviting, with splashes ...see more

  • Deluxe Room

    Rosewood Hotel Georgia

    from £86

    A Forbes 5 star hotel, The Rosewood Hotel Georgia is an elegant establishment with a fantastic position close to the city’s best downtown shopping ...see more

  • Sheraton Wall Centre

    from £58

    The Sheraton Wall Centre is a luxurious hotel in lovely grounds with an excellent location in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

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  • Smart Double Guest Room

    St Regis Hotel

    from £50

    The St. Regis Hotel is a stylish boutique hotel in a great position just few minutes walk from great shopping on Robson Street.

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  • The Burrard

    from £39

    The Burrard is a trendy hotel with a retro feel and a good location in the heart of downtown Vancouver, close to beaches, shopping and attractions.

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    The Listel Hotel

    from £51

    The Listel Hotel is an unusual boutique hotel with strong artistic links and an excellent location on the popular Robson Street.

    There are a ...see more

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    Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Hotel

    from £48

    Located in a great position close to Coal Harbour and downtown shopping districts, the Marriott Pinnacle is an excellent hotel from which to explore ...see more

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    Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

    from £81

    The Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is a traditional and elegant hotel situated on Robson Square, in the heart of the downtown area.

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    Westin Grand Vancouver

    from £86

    The Westin Grand is an elegant all-suite hotel located in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

    Suites have a tranquil ambience with a natural decor ...see more

  • Canadian Family Discovery Holiday

    from £1,958

    This Canadian family holiday is the perfect outdoor adventure! Raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most amazing scenery that Canada has to offer. ...see more

  • Mountie Holiday

    from £2,076

    Explore British Columbia and Alberta in the wonderful Canadian Rockies with Trek America. Grand vistas and stunning wilderness awaits, so expect top-notch ...see more

  • Rail and Sail Holiday (Vancouver / Vancouver)

    from £3,528

    This itinerary takes you on a spectacular loop of the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains and northern British Columbia. You will see how diverse this region ...see more

  • Grizzly Bears & Pacific Shores Holiday

    from £2,409

    There is nothing better than seeing a grizzly bear in its natural environment, a visit to Knight Inlet lodge gives you the opportunity to do just that. ...see more

  • A Taste of Vancouver

    from £385

    This wonderful tour takes you on a journey to discover the best of the fabulous city of Vancouver, tasting your way through some of the most delicious ...see more

  • Coastal Passage Canadian Rockies Highlights Holiday

    from £3,252

    Embark on a journey of beautiful coastal cities and breathing mountain towns. Begin your journey in the American waterfront city of Seattle before boarding ...see more

  • Luxury Wildlife Adventure Holiday

    from £9,585

    Bring together two of the finest wilderness resorts in British Columbia, Clayoquot Wilderness resort and Nimmo Bay, and you have the ingredients for a ...see more

  • Rocky Roundup Holiday

    from £2,371

    Discover the unrivalled natural wonder of breath-taking British Columbia and Alberta. You’ll experience beautiful ocean vistas, soaring mountain peaks, ...see more

  • Vancouver City Break

    from £499

    Head to the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver, nestled perfectly between the Pacific coast and Coastal Mountain Range. This hotel is an ideal base ...see more

  • Whales, Bears and Vancouver Island Holiday

    from £2,251

    This self-drive offers lively urban centres, remote wilderness destinations, the unrivalled beauty of Vancouver Island’s scenery and fascinating aboriginal ...see more

  • Wonders of the Spirit Bear Holiday

    from £2,763

    In a land sculpted by the last ice age, where deep coastal fjords cut into the snow capped mountains and temperate rainforests lead to remote beaches, ...see more

  • Sonora Resort & Vancouver Island Holiday

    from £2,394

    Let the natural beauty of Vancouver Island and the secluded coves of the inside passage embrace you on this wonderful journey. Relax as hard as you like ...see more

  • Vancouver and Whistler Cuisines

    from £409

    This fantastically delicious tour takes you on a quest to indulge in some of British Columbia’s wonderful cuisine, whilst enjoying the vibrant city and ...see more

  • canadas west motorhome holiday

    Best of Canada's West Holiday

    from £955

    Western Canada is the best place to explore the great outdoors and nature’s wonders and this tour includes the heart of it all: the splendour of the Rocky ...see more

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    Great Parks of the West Holiday

    from £1,578

    Beautiful Vancouver is the starting point for this two-week circular tour that showcases the national parks of the Canadian Rockies. Eastbound from Vancouver, ...see more

  • Classic Rail Circle Holiday

    from £3,780

    A dramatic journey with four days of rail travel through the dramatic scenery of Canada’s West on three of Rocky Mountaineer's routes including the ...see more

  • Glaciers and Gold Rush Bonanza Holiday

    from £3,380

    Discover the fascinating history of the Klondike Gold Rush and the stark beauty of Alaska on a unique cruising and guided tour experience. Leaving Vancouver, ...see more

  • Grand Rail Circle Holiday

    from £4,298

    This is truly a grand rail circle, starting in Vancouver you board the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train service into the Canadian Rockies.  Staying ...see more

  • Vancouver and Whistler Adventure

    from £664

    This trip takes you to two of BCs most popular destinations, the energetic city of Vancouver and the exciting year round adventure town of Whistler. Enjoy ...see more

  • Vancouver and Victoria Hopper

    from £695

    This short break gives you the perfect balance between the fast paced and exciting city life in Vancouver and the laid back island life in Victoria, Vancouver ...see more

  • Vancouver and Victoria Short Break

    from £629

    This short break gives you the perfect balance between the fast paced and exciting city life in Vancouver and the laid back island life in Victoria, Vancouver ...see more

  • Taste of the Rockies Circle Holiday

    from £3,075

    Explore the two neighbouring provinces of Alberta and British Columbia, and enjoy the lively sights of Banff and Jasper National Parks, the interior of ...see more

  • Canadian Rockies Adventures Holiday

    from £2,600

    A week long adventure that is packed with highlights, starting in the stunning city of Vancouver take the world famous Rocky Mountaineer two day train ...see more

  • Canadian Rockies Getaway Holiday

    from £3,388

    A round trip journey that includes two of Rocky Mountaineers’ famous train routes. Firstly travel from Vancouver through the heart of British Columbia’s ...see more

  • Canadian Rockies & Pacific Northwest Tour

    Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast Holiday

    from £4,789

    A beautiful tour of Canada and the Pacific Northwest, discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks, sparkling turquoise lakes and gushing rivers of ...see more

  • Canadian Rockies at Leisure Holiday

    from £2,923

    This leisurely itinerary takes you from the beautiful city of Vancouver on to the Rocky Mountaineer day light train service through the Rockies to the ...see more

  • Glaciers and Grizzlies Holiday

    from £3,180

    This tour combines two of the most iconic trips into one. Start this epic adventure in the majestic coastal mountain city of Vancouver before setting sail ...see more

  • Golden Circle via Whistler Holiday

    from £3,983

    An amazing journey unfolds as you depart Vancouver by train travelling along the Sea to Sky corridor to the mountain resort town of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking ...see more

  • Mountain Country Holiday

    from £2,318

    A classic route, featuring breathtaking scenery in the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. From Vancouver, travel east through the Okanagan Valley ...see more

  • Pacific Rim Whales and Bears, Black Bear, Humpback Whales Holiday

    from £1,309

    This exciting 7-day tour is action packed full of wildlife searching and picturesque scenery around Vancouver Island. You will embark on a once in a lifetime ...see more

  • Trans-Canadian Grandeur Holiday

    from £5,245

    A luxury blend of transport showcases Canada's idyllic landscapes, as you embark on one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. From ...see more

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)


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We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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