Vancouver tailor-made holidays
The west coast city of Vancouver is where your Canadian adventure truly starts. Its green spaces, beach shores and historic architecture create a hub that's all eclectic shops, sensational art galleries, trendy streets and cosy forest trails, all framed by snow-capped, steely mountains and the glorious views we've come to expect of Canada.
Much of Vancouver’s allure lies in its old-age buildings and innovative architecture, from the iconic wonder of Canada Place to dynamic Gastown’s streets peppered with 19th century buildings, unique art galleries and boutiques. Over in the West End, public art and sculptures dot colourful streets, while historic Yaletown is all charm, with charming shops and buzzy bars lining picturesque oceanfront walkways.
Vancouver's population is sparklingly diverse, reflected in its endlessly varied food and drinks scene, from street food to restaurants even impressive to the most seasoned culinary connoisseur. Don't miss the, perhaps surprisingly, excellent Japanese eateries and trendy coffee shops of Gastown before checking out Granville Market, where fresh produce and local wines are showcased in a sprawling indoor fair.
But it’s Vancouver’s outdoors that really shines. It’s been mentioned many a time, but there's certainly a unique beauty in being able to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Not merely satisfied with the mountains that lie moments outside the city, Vancouver is also filled with forest trails and gardens, particularly beautiful between March and April when the city blooms in cherry blossoms. There's also the serene Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, the third largest outside of China, and Stanley Park, which plays host to acres of water-lined greenery and forest. The Capilano Suspension Bridge, the world's longest and highest of its kind, is a wonderful way to absorb the surrounding woodland and waterfalls, or the craggy rocks of Lighthouse Park provide a gorgeously scenic place to while away the hours. Vancouver also acts as a starting point for tours to the surrounding archipelago, including the national parks of the Sunshine Coast and wonderful whale watching opportunities of Vancouver Island.
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Between expert-led tours, handpicked hotel stays and, yes, an ultra-scenic rail journey, this curated itinerary showcases Canada’s dramatic landscapes in style. Along the way, you’ll step out onto glaciers, sweep alongside rushing rivers and summit national-park peaks.
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This tailor-made itinerary contrasts Vancouver's natural wonders with city-slicking in Tokyo, exploring Alaska and Japan's epic landscapes in between. Stay in luxury hotels and on the spectacular Silver Shadow, where you'll enjoy opulent suites, endless amenities and all-inclusive dining.
Top itineraries in Vancouver
Make the most of Canada’s national-park drama with this superb-value trip that combines impossibly scenic drives with plenty of included excursions. Enjoy everything from glacier walks and hot spring dips to gondola trips into Banff and Jasper’s snow-capped mountains.
Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.
Sweep through the Canadian Rockies on a truly legendary rail journey, stopping off for scenic helicopter flights, gondola rides and guided tours of Banff and Yoho National Park. You'll even stay right on the shores of Lake Louise.
Top places to stay in Vancouver
Accessed by float plane or helicopter from either Port Hardy or Port McNeill - towns located an hour's flight from Vancouver at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, Nimmo Bay is as remote as it is beautiful.
Synonymous throughout Canada for their traditional and elegant hotels Fairmont have introduced a new level of luxury and style with the Pacific Rim.
Harking back to the elegance and style of the Twenties, this hotel is a Vancouver landmark and has been sympathetically restored to offer every creature comfort.
When to go to Vancouver
Travel in style with the ultimate collection of train journeys, chosen by our rail experts reporting back from the tracks. There’s everything from such old favourites as the Orient Express to new classics as Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.
Our specialists have put together the ultimate in cruise inspiration, from Greek island hopping in style to an exploration cruise into the glacial wilds of Alaska. As always, it’s all based on first-hand knowledge.
Winter is Canada's longest season. However, rather than shut down the country comes alive with opportunities for activities and festivities. Essentially the country is one big winter playground.
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