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Whether you're after outdoor adventure or bustling city culture, Vancouver blends both into one fun bundle. Filled with unique districts like trendy Gastown to the largest Chinatown in Canada, Vancouver offers something for everyone. On top of that, just a short drive out of the city and you'll find yourself immersed in nature. What's not to like about that?

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The largest city in British Columbia, Vancouver is a diverse city on the western coast of Canada and a must-see on anyone’s bucket list. Put on a pair of comfy shoes and come hungry! You’ll easily be able to fill your days hopping from district to district in search of good food, great attractions, and impressive scenery. Easy to get around on foot, via public transportation, or by car, you’ll have many options to explore all that awaits you. Wake up your taste buds with some strong coffee in Gastown before hopping on a ferry over to Granville Island, where you can have your fill of delicious local cuisine from baked goods to specialty food items. For those with an appetite for international cuisine, be sure to swing by Chinatown – the largest of its kind in Canada. After lunch, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Stanley Park, home to the Vancouver Aquarium, a display of First Nation totem poles and more. Or take a quick trip out of the city to find even more adventures. A quick 20-minute drive out of the city will take you to the Capilano Suspension Bridge to test your fear of heights in the great Canadian outdoors. Grouse Mountain is also a short 30-minute drive and offers one of the best views of Vancouver at the end of either a hike or a quick ride to the top on North America’s largest aerial tramway. Vancouver is waiting for you with plenty to offer, no matter the season you choose to visit!

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: Canadian citizens must travel with valid government-issued photo identification (such as an enhanced driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for Public Safety Canada at Special travel documents are required for children traveling with or without their parents. If you are traveling with children, please check with the airline or cruise line prior to departure. If you are not a Canadian citizen, you must contact the consulate of the country you are visiting.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or licence for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring your marriage documentation with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Minors: If a minor (under 18) is traveling, please provide the appropriate travel documents for the trip. Review required documents here,

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to Canada the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit for more information.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or for advice and advisories.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers' tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Government of Canada official website at

Average Celsius Temperature:
  • December through February: 7° to 4° (Winter)
  • March through May: 5° to 19° (Spring)
  • June through August: 24° to 27° (Summer)
  • September through November: 23° to 8° (Autumn)

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink.

Tipping: A 15 - 20% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: CAD

Currency Information: Banks and most hotels have currency exchange facilities. Major credit cards are also accepted.

Electricity: 110 volts, North America Standard

Time Zone: Pacific Daylight Time

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, private transfers, ridesharing services, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules for public transportation, please inquire at your hotel.

Top Experiences

  • Stanley Park : Surrounded by the Burrard Inlet and English Bay, this park is so huge they offer a hop-on, hop-off trolley to get around. While the park has over 17 miles of trails to keep you healthy, there's also a heated, outdoor pool, water park, the Vancouver Aquarium and even an exhibit of First Nation totem poles to check out.

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge : Spanning 459 feet long and 229 feet above a scenic river valley, Capilano Suspension Bridge is an outdoor haven waiting for the brave and adventurous.

  • Granville Island : Located near Downtown Vancouver, this tiny island is most famous for its farmer's market filled with local baked goods, produce, and everything in between. It's also home to Granville Island Brewing, Canada's first microbrewery. Don't worry these islands are not just for adults, there's a fun Kids Market too where the little ones can enjoy an indoor play area and stalls selling cool toys and treats.

  • Grouse Mountain : Open year-round and worth the visit in any season, Grouse Mountain has plenty of activities to offer. During the winter, you'll be able to carve your way down the mountain on skis or snowboards. In the summer, enjoy a game of disc golf or paraglide down the mountain for the daring. Year-round, you'll be able to visit the wildlife refuge, experience the thrill of zip lining, and take in the magnificent view at the Eye of the Wind, a large wind turbine with an observation deck.

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