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Set on the water and surrounded by the Coast Mountains, this cosmopolitan city basks in its natural setting. Vancouver, including historic Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island, is compact and easy to explore on foot. With one of the mildest Canadian winter climates (average lows of 4 C, 40 F), it’s a great destination for those who don’t like the cold or who are planning a winter adventure with smaller children. The weather in the winter months can often be rainy, cloudy and dark, but there’s plenty to do and things around the city are often less expensive.

Vancouver is filled with cultural and culinary highlights, but it’s also close to alpine areas where you can enjoy classic winter activities, such as zip lining at Grouse Mountain and tubing at Cypress Mountain. Gastown and Yaletown are great for exploring contemporary Canadian culture and Vancouver’s Chinatown is also widely considered one of the best in the world. This multicultural city also has a wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment options. The Museum of Anthropology examines First National culture and history and is a great activity for a rainy afternoon. Don’t miss ice skating on Robson Square ice rink and the Sea to Sky Gondola, which takes you to snowshoeing trails and a chocolate fondue restaurant at 884 m (2,903 ft).

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Suggested itineraries featuring Vancouver

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Vancouver, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Vancouver

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Vancouver. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The Listel Hotel , Vancouver

      The Listel Hotel


      Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the Listel Hotel Vancouver is modern, elegant and perfectly located to explore all of Vancouver’s main attractions.

    • Bacchus restaurant at the Wedgewood Hotel, Vancouver

      Wedgewood Hotel & Spa

      First Class

      A two minute walk to Granville Street and set opposite Robson Square, the Wedgewood Hotel & Spa is conveniently located in Vancouver's cultural city centre. This family-owned property is proud to be one of Canada’s leading luxury hotels.