If you’re ever visited Vancouver, you already know about the vast beauty of this area and the heaps of charm the city has to offer. It’s a great place for adventure travelers who like to hike, bike, fish and, well, do just about anything outdoors. Foodies will love the city’s street food and markets, like the one on Granville Island, plus the many cocktail bars and craft breweries.

There is no “best time” to visit Vancouver. The weather is a bit drizzly in the winter, but it never really gets too cold or two hot. Summer are downright incredible, and there are plenty of things to do in winter too. You’ll also find many day trips nearby, including Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver Island.

What to Do in Vancouver

Want to plan ahead and book a few of the things we’ve mentioned to do below? It’s always a good idea to pre-book for popular tours. They sell out fast.

Where to Stay in Vancouver

We always choose to stay somewhere in downtown Vancouver, because of the easy walking proximity to just about everything. You can park your car and use your legs instead. Popular areas include Gastown, Yaletown and Downtown. No matter which area you choose, you’ll find some really great restaurants and bars within a block or two that exemplify the neighborhood.

Here are our recommended hotels:

Sutton Place Hotel

4.5-star hotel in downtown Vancouver (West End), stellar location, great restaurant.

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Listel Hotel

Comfortable 4-star hotel with a spa, restaurant, and free wifi in downtown.

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Shangri-La Hotel

5-star luxury hotel with beautiful, well-appointed rooms and an outdoor pool.

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Shortcut Travel Guide to Vancouver, British Columbia

Shortcut Guide to Vancouver BC Canada
Shortcut Guide to Vancouver BC Canada

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Laura Lynch, creator and writer of Savored Journeys, is an avid world traveler, certified wine expert, and international food specialist. She has written about travel and food for over 20 years and has visited 70+ countries.

Shortcut Travel Guide to Vancouver British Columbia

20 thoughts on “Shortcut Travel Guide to Vancouver British Columbia

  1. Erin says:

    What a great guide! I have only been to Vancouver once so this is really helpful. Now there is Japadog poutine?!?! I definitely missed out!

  2. Cherri Megasko says:

    What a useful compilation! I’ve been to Vancouver a few times, but it’s never been an actual destination. I would love to visit these markets and that suspension bridge looks awesome!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      It’s definitely worthy of visiting it as a tourist. There are so many things to do and see there. I really love it.

  3. Julius from Traveltipy says:

    I have never been to Vancouver but I already heard so many about and seen so many pictures, that I should really come and visit it finally. 🙂

  4. Jema says:

    I really want to visit and try out that suspension bridge too! I really like this visual guide. It is so nice to just see what my choices are for fun and food!

    • Laura Lynch says:

      We really do too. Hopefully we’ll call it home sometime in the future. It’s a great place to live.

  5. Tatiana / The Happy Jetlagger says:

    May I just say… Your shortcut guides are so useful!! Everything you need for a quick visit. Good work!

  6. Mel Jones @ Footsteps on the Globe says:

    Laura I love the way you have presented this, perfect for printing off and sticking in your bag when you’re on your travels (or the fridge in the meantime!). So useful! A great all-round guide as well, something for everyone, everything from food to where to go…Vancouver I’m coming for you 😉

    • Laura Lynch says:

      Thanks Mel. I want them to be as useful as possible. It’s pretty easy to take a one-page printout with you.

  7. Meg Jerrard says:

    Great guide Laura! We especially loved Stanley Park while in Vancouver – there’s so much to do, that we can’t wait to head back.

  8. Dawn Kealing says:

    I love Vancouver! Grew up about two hours, give or take depending on traffic, you know what I mean, from the city. The Richmond night market and China town are certainly places you wouldn’t want to miss while visiting! 🙂 Ps, love the infographic!

  9. Adelina // Pack Me To says:

    I’m from Vancouver and love dawdling over a good meal out. You’ve picked some really great restaurants.

  10. Crystal says:

    Great list, but I have to point out that Kitsilano beach is spelt incorrectly. I think also, highlighting other areas locally would be a great addition. I much rather prefer White Rock Beach or Crescent Beach, but it’s also a fair distance from downtown Vancouver so I can see why people wouldn’t travel that distance.

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