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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


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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 are a hive of activity, that's all eclectic shops, sensational art galleries, trendy streets and cosy forest trails. Everything here is 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 both in its old buildings and innovative architecture, from the iconic Canada Place to the streets of Gastown,  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 abuzz with charming shops and bars lining picturesque oceanfront walkways.

Historic Steam Clock, Gastown, Vancouver
Historic Steam Clock, Gastown

Culinary delights

Vancouver's population is sparklingly diverse, reflected in its endlessly varied food and drinks scene, from street food to restaurants that impress even the most seasoned culinary connoisseur. Don't miss the 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. 

Sushi chef at the Fairmont, Vancouver
Dining at the Fairmont

Natural world

Despite the city's charms, it's the great outdoors that really shines here. 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. Apart from 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, while the craggy rocks of Lighthouse Park provide a gorgeously scenic place to spend some time. 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

Orca in Vancouver, Canada
Killer whale off Vancouver


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Top itineraries in Vancouver

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Vancouver, Whistler and the Rockies‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,515 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.

Tofino, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,715 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.

Seton Lake on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

9-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £2,855 pp incl. flights

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 Lake Louise.

Spirit Island, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Rockies & Rainforests of Western Canada self-drive

17-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,435 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.

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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.

Hotel Rosewood 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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