As a sightseeing destination, Vancouver has it all. Bordering on Canada’s west coast and surrounded by mountains and beautiful public gardens, Vancouver is among the top places to visit in Canada. Here, you’ll experience culture, art, music and bustling nightlife, which can be all the more enjoyed thanks to Vancouver’s mild climate.
Picturesque Vancouver has a whole host of fantastic sights on offer. Here are some of the top attractions you won’t want to miss during your stay in this diverse city:
An oasis of tranquillity, Stanley Park features beautiful beaches, blooming gardens, around 500,000 trees and spectacular views of mountains, water, and sky. There are many trails to walk and an abundance of wildlife and historical landmarks to see. Stanley Park covers around 400 acres and is also home to Vancouver Aquarium, the largest aquarium in Canada.
If you love shopping and exploring artisan boutiques, you’ll be entertained for hours at Granville Island, which is located on a peninsula and is accessible via ferry across False Creek. One of the main places to visit here is the Public Market, where you’ll find delicious foods, including fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese, and pastries. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to try out, and you can also enjoy a tour of Canada’s oldest micro-brewery.
Queen Elizabeth Park
Located at Little Mountain, the highest point in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park is a must-see for nature and gardening enthusiasts. Formerly a quarry, this fabulous city park is filled to the brim with plants, flowers, and exotic and native trees. Also within the grounds is the spectacular Bloedel Conservatory, a domed tropical oasis containing hundreds of plants and flowers along with many exotic birds.
Vancouver’s Chinatown is a bustling, vibrant area located on the eastern side of Vancouver. Considered a National Heritage Site, you’ll find excellent authentic cuisine in the various restaurants here and several stores where you can buy Chinese food ingredients and spices. Covering around six blocks, this is the largest Chinatown in Canada!
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. Crossing the bridge and taking in the incredible surrounding sights will surely get your adrenaline pumping, and when you get to the other side, there’s even more to experience!
The bridge is set within a 27-acre park, where you can take part in the Treetops Adventure – seven different suspension bridges attached to eight 250-year-old Douglas-fir trees, allowing you to explore the thriving coastal forest from a squirrel’s eye view.
A recently added attraction here is the Cliffwalk; a thrilling cliffside suspended canopy which will take you through rainforest vegetation. It’s very high and narrow, and some parts of it are made from glass – an awe-inspiring experience, not for the faint-hearted!
Vancouver walking tours
Many of the sights can be experienced on foot, with a knowledgeable tour guide and storyteller who can share with you the extensive history of Vancouver’s top sights, along with little-known, yet fascinating facts. Additionally, you can explore Vancouver by bicycle, coach or even horse-drawn carriage.
We’re able to book Vancouver sightseeing tours on your behalf as a holiday extra. Just let us know which sights you’re interested in seeing, and we’ll do the rest!
What to expect while touring Vancouver
Vancouver is quite busy during daylight hours and is believed to be a safe city to visit, compared with other top travel destinations. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out as you can experience Japanese, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Korean and Chinese food here – and much more.
One of the main things to be aware of, as you plan your trip, is the climate. Vancouver, while being very mild, is also very rainy from October to March. The best time to visit is between April to September, as you’ll likely experience some sunny, warm weather and witness Vancouver coming alive. The weather can get chilly in the summer evenings, so be sure to pack a sweater or light jacket just in case.
Vancouver city tour
One of the most beautiful, modern cities in the world, Vancouver has much to offer. From this city, you can easily access Vancouver Island, Victoria, the Canadian Rockies, and Whistler Blackcomb, where you can do a little whale watching or bear spotting, as well as see the fantastic scenery around this region.
Did you know that we offer a city tour of Vancouver as part of our 21-day escorted motorhome tour in BC and the Canadian Rockies?