Visiting Vancouver


Over 13,000 hotel rooms ranging from high-end hotels to budget accommodations can be found in the downtown Vancouver peninsula. Many of these hotels are within a short walking distance from the festival zone at Canada Place Way and Burrard Landing.

For a listing of hotels in the city, visit Tourism Vancouver's website

Top Attractions

Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most liveable cities. If you are visiting Vancouver for the first time, here are some highly recommended attractions to see and do during your visit:

FlyOver Canada

Sure, maybe you did just fly to Vancouver, all the way from Prince Edward Island, but why not do it again. It is a 25 minute experience, including the 10-minute flight ride! This virtual flight ride at Canada Place is a breathtaking flight across the country. The motion seating and special effects including wind, scents and mist, make you feel as if you truly are flying!

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park is far more than a spot to see adorable sea otters and seals. Altogether, there are 58,000 different animals belonging to over 700 different species from all over the world. Canada's largest public aquarium is dedicated to education, research and bettering the lives of our fishy friends.

The Lookout at Harbour Centre

Go up 553.16 ft (168.6 m) above ground to the amazing observation deck. You'll be able to see a picturesque view of Gastown, the bustling downtown core, Coal Harbour, and the Stanley Park.

Grouse Mountain

There are a ton of activities to do on Grouse Mountain - the famed peak of Vancouver. This includes downhill skiing, pond ice skating, snowshoeing, zip lining and simply taking in the incredible views of the entire Metro Vancouver region at the top.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

As long as you're not afraid of heights… The bridge crosses towering evergreens and rainforests treetops. Walk through the misty air, along cliffs, and over the Capilano river. The seven suspended footbridges offer views from 100 feet above the forest floor!

Stanley Park

If wandering through the forest with your family has the potential of turning into a Brothers Grim style fairy tail, instead pack a picnic and venture to the park! There's so much to see and do here that it deserves a whole day. Walk the beach, bike the sea wall, challenge your dad to game of pitch and put, head to the Vancouver Aquarium, and after all that, when you're too tired to think about getting back in your car, grab a bite at one of the park's restaurants.

Granville Island

The market is a great one-stop destination for all your grocery needs, and it's located on Granville island which, is loaded with other delicious places to explore: The Granville Island Brewery Co., Edibles and the Sandbar just to name a few. These attractions are open year long, rain or shine. Selfie stick is not included. For more visitor suggestions, visit Tourism Vancouver's website.