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.
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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.
One of the best day tours you can do is the Vancouver city tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge. You won’t believe the bridge until you see it. Amazing! If you don’t want to include the trip out to the bridge, this city tour will take you to all the best places in Vancouver.
Another tour you might like is the Granville Island Market tour. I can’t get enough of the Granville Island Market. The tour is a small group, so it’s easy to see and try things along the way.
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:
Shortcut Travel Guide to Vancouver, British Columbia
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- Weekend Trips from Vancouver (from Carpe Diem Our Way blog)
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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.