The city of Vancouver – buzzing with culture and a fabulous food scene – is surrounded by ocean, mountains and old-growth forest, with stunning Vancouver Island just across the Georgia Strait. Here are a few ideas for your stay, whether you only have time for the must-see sights, or can explore Greater Vancouver and beyond.
Hire a bike to explore the green lungs of the city, Stanley Park, and visit its mind-blowing Aquarium. Follow the Seawall as it snakes around the edge of the park to take in views of Burrard Inlet and English Bay, and then ride the Aquabus to Granville Island.
Follow the activities in the two-day Vancouver itinerary.
Take the SeaBus from Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay and its market in North Vancouver. Don’t miss the West Coast rain forest and the dizzying views from the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Afterwards, return to the city, where 20 minutes from downtown, Northwest Coast First Nations art and culture is celebrated at the unparalleled Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Combine your visit with a walking tour of the campus.
Explore Whistler Village and ride the gondola up Whistler Mountain where you’ll find picturesque hiking trails and the PEAK 2 PEAK gondola to Blackcomb Mountain for superb alpine sightseeing. Drive down to Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver for the ferry to Nanaimo.