Vancouver was recognized as the top city in Canada inTravel + Leisure
magazine's 2014 World's Best Awards.
The city was also named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards, and was chosen as the world's "Most Liveable City" in 2010 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a title it has been awarded eight times since 2002.
Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city's oceanside location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. After a busy day, linger over a glass of BC wine and a locally inspired meal, or unwind at one of Vancouver's unique spas.
While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views of the city twinkling below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon.
Tourism Vancouver: 10 Must See Attractions
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across a canyon
and the Capilano River 70 metres (230 feet) below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir- and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure.
The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 70,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon
. Be sure to catch daily beluga whale, dolphin and sea otter shows, and for an unforgettable extra try a hands-on animal encounter.
Stanley Park Horse Drawn Tours
Step aboard one of our old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicles and meander in comfort through the natural beauty of Stanley Park, Vancouver's #1 attraction.
Harbour Cruises and Events
Harbour Cruises & Events, Vancouver's leading boat sightseeing company, provides unparalleled views of Vancouver and offers a unique and delightful way to experience the city. Harbour Cruises Ltd. is the only boat sightseeing company in Vancouver to offer regularly scheduled daily and nightly public cruises.
A charming public market overflowing with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek.
Located in the downtown Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Lookout, at a height of 130 metres (430 feet), is the perfect place to survey the city and plan - or reflect upon - your day.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
A sanctuary in the heart of the city, these incredibly manicured gardens were the first authentic classical Chinese gardens ever built outside of China
. Walk along the peaceful paths and admire the harmonious elements designed in rock, water, plants and architecture.
Vancouver Art Gallery
This highly acclaimed
collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don't miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist Emily Carr. Stop in at the Satellite Visitor Centre on the southwest side of the gallery for great information and tips.
Ignite your mind and discover the wonders of science. Popular, hands-on interactive displays
, inspirational feature exhibitions, jaw-dropping science demonstrations on Centre Stage, immersive films in the domed OMNIMAX® Theatre and awesome shows in the Science Theatre.
Dim sum in Chinatown. Trendy shops on cobblestone lanes in Gastown. Art galleries galore in South Granville. These favourite discoveries and other hidden gems await in Vancouver's neighbourhoods.