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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver

Epic outdoor playground, city sophistication

Vancouver tailor-made holidays

Introduction

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. 

Historic architecture

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.

Culinary delights

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. 

Natural world

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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Special offers in Vancouver

Seton Lake on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

7-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £2,605 pp incl. flights

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2020 Early booking offer - Get 2 free perks per booking – Save up to £175 pp
Book by: 25 October 2019

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.

Morants Curve - Rocky Mountaineer

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Rail Circle

14-day luxury rail journey from £4,435 pp incl. flights

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3 Perks Special offer – Save up to £250 pp
Book by: 25 October 2019

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.

Vancouver Skyline

Luxury on the Frontier on Regent Seven Seas

11-day cruise from £5,365 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive - Receive $300 Spa or shipboard credit per suite
Book by: 31 October 2019

Take advantage of special fares and on board credit for you to use in the spa, gift shop or that special vintage bottle of wine.

Sun Peaks

Sun Peaks: Coast, Wine & Mountains

12-day tailor-made journey from £1,995 pp incl. flights

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British Airways Sale – Save up to £190 pp
Book by: 30 September 2019

This tailor-made adventure will see you explore British Columbia's lesser-known alpine village of Sun Peaks, alongside vineyard tastings in acclaimed wineries, ultra-scenic road trips and visiting fascinating gold-rush towns.

Top itineraries in Vancouver

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Vancouver, Whistler and the Rockies‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,695 pp incl. flights

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.

Killer whales

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,555 pp incl. flights

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.

Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Rockies & Rainforests of Western Canada self-drive

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,550 pp incl. flights

Take to the open road on this tailor-made fly-drive as you link the cities of Vancouver and Calgary via stops in Vancouver Island, Whistler and the Banff and Jasper national parks.

Tofino, Vancouver Island

Canada's Pacific Coast Fly-Drive

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,770 pp incl. flights

This tailor-made fly-drive pairs Vancouver and Victoria's city highlights with the natural wonders and wildlife of Whistler, the Sunshine Coast and Pacific Rim National Park.

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Top places to stay in Vancouver

Nimmo Bay

Nimmo Bay Resort

Guide price from £4,965 pp incl. flights

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.

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Fairmont Pacific Rim

Contemporary hotel

Synonymous throughout Canada for their traditional and elegant hotels Fairmont have introduced a new level of luxury and style with the Pacific Rim.

Rosewood the Georgia

Rosewood Hotel Georgia

Historic hotel

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.

The Loden

The Loden

Designer hotel

Located in Coal Harbour, The Loden is inspired by the surrounding mountains and is a very peaceful place to stay, with central connections.

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When to go to Vancouver

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    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.

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    Best of Canada's Winter Destinations

    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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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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