Vancouver, British Columbia is a beautiful city that offers green spaces, mountain and water views, and an urban environment. It's a fun place where travelers feel like they have everything that a city offers (from amazing cafes and restaurants to shopping) but they can also spend some real time in nature.
Interested in booking a few days or a week in this Canadian city? From the best neighborhoods and hotels to base yourself out of to some incredible restaurants, this guide will help you plan your vacation.
Here is a travel guide to Vancouver: 10 things to know while planning your trip.
Visit The Richmond Night Market and the Sea to Sky Gondola
Time Out suggests that you go to The Richmond Night Market, which has Asian cuisine and is a really fun activity in Vancouver between the months of May and October. In 2019, Daily Hive says the market had Mac-A-Roti & Cheese with Bacon & Jalapeno and Pho Fries.
The website also recommends that you check out the Sea to Sky Gondola. It's 2,800 feet above Shannon Falls, and it's going to be a memorable way to see Vancouver.
Plan A Trip From The Spring To October
Frommers suggests going to Vancouver anytime between the months of April and October as the weather will be really nice.
The website does mention that the wintertime in Vancouver isn't going to be super freezing, so as long as you're okay with some rain, that would be a good option as well.
Stay At The Opus Hotel
Opus Hotel is going to be a perfect hotel to stay at as it's close to public transportation and also 13 minutes from Granville Island. Located in the Yaletown area of downtown, it's close to the water and the views are going to be gorgeous.
Guests can enjoy breakfast in the hotel for $23 and there's also Italian food at a restaurant called La Pentola. People rave about the location in online reviews, which is good to know.
Stay In Yaletown
What area of Vancouver is the best to stay in? The Crazy Tourist mentions that Yaletown is part of downtown, and it seems like a good place to base yourself out of.
Tourism Vancouver calls it "one of the city’s chicest neighbourhoods" and mentions that there are many parks, places to grab coffee, stores, and different kinds of restaurants.
Eat At Forage And Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant
Eater.com recommends two awesome Vancouver restaurants. The first, Forage, will appeal to diners who love local and sustainable food. Just a few of the delicious-sounding menu items include "local artisanal cheese board with crackers, stewed fruit, honey, hazelnuts" and "farmer green salad, fresh cheese, hazelnut streusel, radishes, lemon verbena vinaigrette."
Tourists also want to dine at Golden Paramount Seafood Restaurant, which has Cantonese food and also a dim sum menu.
Any Kind Of Transportation Is Available (But The SeaBus And SkyTrain Are Particularly Cool)
Tourists have their pick of public transportation in Vancouver. According to Info Vancouver, there's the bus system and tourists can take cabs or rent bikes.
What's unique to this city are two kinds of transportation: Water Taxis and the SeaBus. You can hop on the SeaBus in the downtown area and go to the North Shore. Tourists can take Water Taxis, which can be taken through two companies, Aquabus or False Creek Ferries. There's also the SkyTrain which is the prettiest way to travel through the city.
You Have To See Stanley Park And Granville Island
One of the famous Vancouver landmarks is Stanley Park. According to Trip Savvy, you can walk through the Stanley Park Rose Garden, see the famous Totem Poles, and rent a bike to explore the Seawall (which is 8.8 km). Vancouver has so many green spaces and this is iconic, so you won't want to miss out.
Another beautiful landmark is Granville Island. You'll find places to get some food, stores, and also The Granville Island Public Market. Enjoy a sweet treat at Lee's Donuts where you can order fun flavors such as Peanut, Honeydew, and Chocolate Mint. Other cool shops include Benton Brothers Fine Cheese and Blue Seas Gallery.
The Currency Is CAD And Tipping Is Definitely Expected
You'll have to exchange some money for Canadian dollars when traveling to Vancouver. Just like when traveling to other big cities, it'll be a good idea to bring a mix of cash and credit cards as these will be accepted at hotels and restaurants.
According to Trip Savvy, tourists traveling to Canada will want to leave the same kind of tip they would when traveling through the U.S. 15 to 20 percent is what is expected. The website also shares that when taking a cab, 10-20 percent is an acceptable tip.
Grab A Great Flight Deal In January
Cheap Flights says that January is the time of year for a great flight deal to Vancouver. Leave on a Wednesday and make sure to book a flight that takes off at 12 p.m.
Vancouver Travel Tips shares that January is going to have some cooler temperatures, with rain and not a lot of sun. Right now, Vancouver has a lot of rain, but it's such a beautiful place that you will definitely still enjoy your trip.
Explore This Canadian City Like The Residents Do
When you go to Vancouver, you can't miss out on landmarks like Stanley Park, but it does help to get some information about how the people that live there enjoy the city.
World Nomads recommends that tourists spend some time in the neighborhoods of Yaletown and Mount Pleasant. They suggest heading to Purebread for some treats, grabbing coffee at Pallet Coffee Roasters, and dining at Tacofino in the area of Gastown/Railtown.
Tacofino has many locations in Vancouver, including food trucks. Check out the Yaletown Burrito Bar and order Lemongrass Chicken or Crispy Squid tacos.