Vancouver the Ultimate City in Canada
Vancouver is a city like no other, effortlessly combining the buzz of a modern metropolis with the rejuvenating spirit of the great outdoors. Stunning views of temperate rainforest reflect upon glass skyscrapers, sparkling with sophistication and energy. Yet the city's relaxed lifestyle is apparent as you explore the blue waters along the coast or taste incredible culinary creations in vibrant neighborhoods. And as the perfect launch pad to explore western Canada, you can choose the type of vacation best suited to you. As your travel specialists, we are ready to help you plan the ultimate adventure to Canada's quintessential city. There are a great selection of Canada tours and cruises that visit Vancouver.
EXPERIENCE THE LIFESTYLE
Before relishing in the beauty of Vancouver's outdoors, make some time to explore the city center where you'll be surrounded by colorful neighborhoods and laid-back locals. From historic Gastown's cobbled streets to Vancouver's Soho of Yaletown, you'll find more than 20 distinctive districts where you can immerse yourself in dazzling gallery shows, nightlife, festivals and everything in between!
Ease into the outdoors with a walk or cycle around Stanley Park's seawall; or for a closer encounter with the sea, embark on a whale watching excursion or kayak along the shoreline and beaches. Just 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, mountains and forests tower above the glittering city. Escape to idyllic wilderness atop Grouse Mountain, taking the one-mile Skyride journey to 3,700 feet above sea level, where stunning panoramic views of the city, sea and mountain unfold. For a change of scenery, hike through the lush temperate rainforest of Capilano Suspension Park or the old-growth canopy of Douglas firs and red cedars blanketing the canyons in Vancouver's North Shore.
Take part in the city's thriving culinary scene, known for fresh, seasonal ingredients combined with traditional techniques and multicultural influences. A plethora of culinary tours take you to the tastiest destinations, giving you a glimpse into life as a local. At Granville Island's Farmers Market, visit vendors to taste juicy Fraser Valley strawberries and fresh salmon caught the same morning. Compliment a gourmet dinner of Dungeness crab with internationally acclaimed wines from Okanagan Valley. Top off the night with a visit to one of the craft breweries, spirit distilleries or cocktail bars flanking the streets of trendy neighborhoods. For the best Grandville Island combination of cuisine and sightseeing, try a floatplane Fly n Dine tour. Soar above skyscrapers, fjords, mountains and ocean before landing on the water to savor an oceanfront seafood dinner.
Have a bit more time to discover British Columbia? Travel along the Sea-to-Sky corridor ocean vistas, soaring mountains, waterfalls and bustling communities are what you'll encounter. Ending in Whistler, kick back in this world-class mountain resort to relax or explore the many activities available. Alternatively, relish in the blend of old and new charm in the provincial capital of Victoria where you can explore colorful gardens and heritage architecture before afternoon tea. To enjoy the spectacular surroundings by rail, embark on a Rocky Mountaineer luxury rail tour. From the classic comfort of your railcar, see some of the most rugged and spectacular terrain in the world while indulging in first-class Canadian hospitality.