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Downtown Vancouver skyline and False Creek.

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48 Hours in Vancouver

Merging the laid back vibe of the Pacific Northwest with the urban energy of the Pacific Rim. Explore neighbourhoods that range from historic to beachside, cruise world-renowned Stanley Park or take to the North Shore mountains for a day of adventure.

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Gastown

Wander through Victorian nooks, crannies and hidden courtyards in Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. One of the city’s trendiest districts, Gastown’s cobbled streets are alive with hip nightclubs and chic restaurants. There’s also a wealth of independent interior design and fashion boutiques to check out.

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Granville Island

Hop a mini foot-passenger ferry from Yaletown, False Creek or the West End to art-filled Granville Island. This unique blend of shops, galleries, restaurants, theatres, artists, cafes and food is a Vancouver favourite. Mix with art students, buskers and locals on this pedestrian friendly island. Head to the island's famous public market for a delicate artisan pastry and a steaming espresso, or savour a long lunch with marina views at one of the waterfront restaurants.
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Kitsilano

Explore funky new age shops and sidewalk cafés in laid-back Kitsilano (“Kits” to the locals), then spend some relaxation time on Kits Beach before taking in a show at Bard on the Beach, an outdoor Shakespeare festival held every summer at Kits’ Vanier Park.
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Vancouver's Chinatown

In Chinatown, browse the herbalists and tea shops then find zen at the serene Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a traditional Ming-Dynasty-style garden. Shop for Asian styles, sip bubble tea and enjoy crisp barbecue pork, fragrant steamed buns and exotic produce along Keefer and Pender Streets. For more culinary treats head south for a delicious adventure at one of Richmond’s popular Chinese night markets.
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Museum of Anthropology

The Museum of Anthropology feature one of the best collections of First Nations and world art to be found anywhere. See towering cedar poles and Bill Reid’s iconic “The Raven and the First Men” sculpture. Stroll the lakeside pathways at the Nitobe Memorial Garden, a traditional Japanese garden near the museum; explore the rainforest canopy on the Greenheart Canopy Walkway at the UBC Botanical Garden; or see a full blue whale skeleton at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum.
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Vancouver Art Gallery

Art Makes Us Curious. Discover the power of art at the Vancouver Art Gallery! Immerse yourself in ground breaking historical and contemporary exhibitions and encounter artworks by Canadian and internationally acclaimed artists, with special attent...
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Robson Street

A great mix of big international chains, home grown favourites, and one-of-a kind independent shops makes Robson Street a top choice for a spot of retail therapy. This vibrant shopping street is also home to a great choice of eateries, from coffee bars and noodle shops to some of the city’s better known restaurants.
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Food Trucks

Some of Vancouver tastiest globally-inspired treats are sold on street corners from the... Read more city’s many food trucks. You’ll find them parked downtown any noon hour from spring through fall; some even operate year-round. Just look for the queue of hungry locals. Local favourites include offbeat Pan-Asian creations at The Roaming Dragon; made-from-scratch Tex-Mex fare at Tacofino and fresh, local seafood at Feastro the Rolling Bistro. Locations are subject to change, check websites or get updates through Facebook or Twitter for current locations and hours.

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Stanley Park

Jog, bike or just walk the scenic Stanley Park seawall, and take in views of the downtown skyline, the North Shore mountains and English Bay. Stop at the Vancouver Aquarium to see otters, penguins, beluga and dolphins, plus a re-created tropical rainforest.Cool down at Second Beach Pool, or the Variety Kids Water Park or take a horse-drawn carriage tour through Stanley Park.

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Cycle City Tours

Cycle City Tours is a boutique, locally owned & operated company offering amazing Vancouver experiences by bicycle. With a small group & an expert local guide, guests learn the unique stories behind the sights, discover hidden gems & experience th...
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Siwash Rock - Stanley Park Seawall

As you stroll along the Stanley Park Seawall, watch for Siwash Rock just north of Third Beach. Also known by its Squamish name, Skalsh or Slhx̱i7lsh, this 15-metre tall, 32-million-year-old, sea stack just offshore is the focus of a Squamish legend about a young man transformed into stone as a reward for unselfishness.

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Vancouver Aquarium

Penguins, sea otters & 50,000 other aquatic creatures await your arrival at Canada's largest aquarium. Enjoy dolphin show, sea otter feeds, shark dives & the free-roaming animals of the Amazon Gallery.

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Grouse Mountain Resort

Located 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain's Super Skyride whisks you high above the city to a mountaintop of adventure including hiking trails, ziplining, helicopter tours, paragliding, live entertainment, lumberjack shows, a wil...
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Lynn Canyon Park

This lush park in North Vancouver is a fantastic place for a hike in the forest. Well-marked trails lead to swimming holes, waterfalls, and to the park’s well-known 1912 suspension bridge, which swings 50m/164ft above Lynn Creek’s thickly forested mountain gorge. Visit the Ecology Centre to learn about the park’s history. 

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

Suspend your breath at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, swinging and swaying 70m/230ft above the raging Capilano River. Want more excitement? Stroll high above the river on Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered platforms attached to the canyon wall, or explore the Treetops Adventure, a network of walkways in the forest canopy. All three, plus historic displays and First Nations art and culture, are at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada is an amazing virtual flight ride in which you will "take off" into a huge domed screen to enjoy a breathtaking flight across Canada's most spectacular sights. You will be seated in a suspended chair, with your feet suspended, in fr...
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Places to Eat

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Vancouver Dining

Vancouver's dining scene is famous for fresh seafood, top Asian cuisine and a wealth of locally... Read more sourced fare (the 100 Mile Diet was invented right here). Indulge in West Coast cuisine at West or Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar. For legendary sushi, grab a seat at Tojo’s. Chinese food is serious business in a city where a third of the population can claim Asian roots. Kirin Restaurant and Sun Sui Wah Seafood Restaurant are top Vancouver choices, or enjoy a taste of Hong Kong cuisine in Richmond, the heart of BC’s Asian food scene. For cheap eats sample some global street food from a thriving downtown food cart scene.

Bridges Restaurant

Lat: 49.2726343
Lon: -123.1361216
Granville Island/False Creek
Seafood, American (Traditional)
190 reviews
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L'Abattoir

Lat: 49.2831869855333
Lon: -123.104450140894
Gastown, Downtown
French, Canadian (New)
375 reviews
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Roaming Dragon

Lat: 49.2831339782054
Lon: -123.122912943363
Downtown
Asian Fusion, Food Trucks
70 reviews
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Salt Tasting Room

Lat: 49.2833019455415
Lon: -123.106055259705
Gastown, Downtown
Wine Bars, Tapas/Small Plates
415 reviews
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Teahouse

Lat: 49.3011719151891
Lon: -123.157158550614
West End
Seafood
245 reviews
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Places to Shop

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Shopping in Vancouver

On Robson Street, cafés and people-watching mix with boutiques and chain stores. For local... Read more designs and great deals, fashionistas like Main Street around King Edward Avenue. For designer goods and art galleries try Granville Street between 5th and 16th avenues. Don't miss the indie culture of Commercial Drive, north of Broadway. The city’s original Italian neighbourhood, the “Drive” is a great spot for eclectic shops, Italian and Latin American imports, coffee shops and globe-spanning eateries.

8th & Main

Lat: 49.2635252782039
Lon: -123.101196622982
Mount Pleasant
Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing, Accessories
29 reviews
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Granville Island

Lat: 49.2721126
Lon: -123.1357822
Granville Island/False Creek
Farmers Market, Shopping Centers
237 reviews
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MEC Vancouver

Lat: 49.2629338
Lon: -123.1084966
Mount Pleasant
Sports Wear, Outdoor Gear, Bikes
122 reviews
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Kalena Shoes

Lat: 49.270809
Lon: -123.0694651
Grandview-Woodlands, The Drive
Shoe Stores
10 reviews
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Mintage

Lat: 49.2694562
Lon: -123.0695151
Grandview-Woodlands, The Drive
Used, Vintage & Consignment, Men's Clothing, Women's Clothing
23 reviews
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Barefoot Contessa

Lat: 49.2516522
Lon: -123.1011877
Riley Park
Accessories, Women's Clothing
17 reviews
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Eugene Choo

Lat: 49.25202
Lon: -123.10131
Riley Park
Accessories, Women's Clothing, Men's Clothing
15 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Coast Coal Harbour

The Coast Coal Harbour Hotel welcomes you to refresh, enjoy & experience the best of what Vancouver has to offer. Our central location provides easy access to some of the city's finest shopping, entertainment & dining facilities; not to forget its...
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Opus Hotel Vancouver

Welcome to the only boutique hotel in Vancouver to receive the coveted Forbes Four-Star rating from 2013 through 2015. Named "Top 25 Hotels in Canada 2015 Travellers' Choice Award" by TripAdvisor, OPUS is more than somewhere to stay, it is somewhe...
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The Burrard

A hip, retro West Coast hotel concept unlike anything else in downtown Vancouver. The Burrard mixes retro influences with modern design touches, slick, in-room amenities & a refreshing dose of character. The Burrard strives to keep extra charges t...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Vancouver

When flying in to Vancouver, book a window seat – the approach offers great views of the... Read more mountains, the Fraser River and distant Vancouver Island. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is just a short drive from downtown, or ride the rapid transit Canada Line from the airport to the city centre. The city is also accessible by bus, train or floatplane. A full range of taxi, transit, car and bike rental options are also available.

Getting around Vancouver

You can get just about anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver on the city’s TransLink... Read more system, which includes buses; three rapid transit lines, known as the SkyTrain; and the SeaBus, a passenger ferry serving North Vancouver. SkyTrain is a great way to travel to and from Vancouver International Airport, and to explore Richmond, Burnaby and New Westminster. The SeaBus makes regular crossings between downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. Vancouver boasts an extensive network of bike paths including the car-free Seawall Path, which runs more than 20 km (12 mi) along Vancouver’s waterfront.

Amtrak Cascades

All aboard! The Amtrak Cascades train service runs daily from Eugene, Oregon, via Portland and... Read more Seattle, to downtown Vancouver. With meal service,bike racks, on-board Wifi and scenery galore, it's one of the most relaxing ways to reach Vancouver.

Aquabus

Lat: 49.27077
Lon: -123.13278
Granville Island/False Creek
Boat Tours
86 reviews
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False Creek Ferries

Lat: 49.2716139
Lon: -123.1362291
Granville Island/False Creek
Tours, Public Transportation
31 reviews
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Vancouver International Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is home to a large collection of Northwest Coast First Nations art, stunning architecture, a wealth of shops and services, and even two aquariums. It’s no wonder it often tops traveller satisfaction surveys. As you’re rushing to or from your flight, take a moment to admire any of the dozens of major art works on display. Other reasons to linger include the jet lag treatments at the Absolute Spa at YVR, dining, free Wi-Fi, children’s play areas and more. Getting there is easy too: the Canada Line can whisk you from the airport station to downtown Vancouver in just 25 minutes.
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