The Ultimate Travel Guide to Vancouver, British Columbia


Blending ocean and mountain views with a futuristic glass skyline that’s straight out of a sci-fi film, Vancouver is catnip for urban explorers and lovers of the outdoors. In a single day here, you can get lost in the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, sample Canada’s best beer culture at one of the city’s many microbreweries (we like 33 Acres) and feast on fresh seafood pulled straight from the nearby Pacific Ocean. It’s no wonder the country’s third-largest metropolitan area frequently tops those “best places to live” lists.

travel tips

When to go

Expect lows in the mid-40s°F and highs in the mid-60s°F. In April, some 40,000 cherry trees throughout the city bloom pink and white, a spectacle celebrated at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

Though high temps only reach the 70s°F, summers in Vancouver are dry and sunny and a great time to check out events such as the fireworks-heavy Celebration of Light (late July) and Skookum, a local-favorite music festival (September).

As temps cool down into the 50s°F and 60s°F, the city ramps up for the annual Vancouver International Film Festival in late September.

Winters are mild and wet, with lows in the mid-30s°F and highs in the low-50s°F. If you can stand all the rain, spend a day or two in the city before heading north for world-class skiing at Whistler Blackcomb.


TransLink operates metro Vancouver’s public transportation with a network of bus, ferry and train lines. Cyclists might want to try the city’s Mobi bike share.

Insider tips

  • History buffs should explore Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood.
  • In 2014, the city began allowing bars and restaurants to host happy hours for the first time. Take advantage by stopping one of the city’s excellent cocktail rooms, like perennial favorite The Keefer Bar.
  • Vancouver diners are generous tippers: 18 percent is standard, while 20 percent or more is often given for great service.

top attractions

Stanley Park + Vancouver Seawall

The jewel of Vancouver is a 1,000-acre green space with a massive seawall built to hold it in place.

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Granville Island

A must-visit neighborhood known for its public market and bustling shopping culture.

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Learn about British Columbia’s rich First Nations traditions at Vancouver’s top museum.

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featured properties

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

The Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport offers 200 recently redesigned guest rooms for your stay. The hotel also boasts a complimentary airport shuttle, indoor pool and hot tub, restaurant and lounge, self-service check-in kiosk for the YVR airport, and sightseeing tour packages.

Park Inn & Suites by Radisson Vancouver, BC

The Park Inn & Suites by Radisson Vancouver, BC location on West Broadway offers unique views from each individual suite’s private balconies. With the Vancouver International Airport only four blocks from our location, guests can enjoy stress-free travel to and from the airport.

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