Towering skyscrapers are pretty much dwarfed by Vancouver's mountainous skyline and you'll be left in no doubt as to this British Columbian heavyweight's claim to be the Gateway to the Rockies. There's an abundance of both Native American and 19th Century heritage on display throughout the city and no trip is complete without idling at least a couple of hours in the ever-evolving Stanley Park. Further afield and you'll find more natural beauty on Vancouver Island and anyone hoping to go wildlife-watching should seriously consider using the island as a base for marine and land tours. There are absolutely loads of things to do in Vancouver and as the starting and finishing point for many of our tours, it's a great city to add on a few extra nights and explore at your own pace.

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Highlights & Activities
  • Vancouver Island

    Vancouver Island With an abundance of hiking trails and more opportunities for whale-watching than you can ever imagine, Vancouver Island is one of the largest in the Pacific and well-worth catching the ferry for. Ranging for almost 300 miles in length and 50 miles across, there's enough space for everyone to get away from it all and a trip to the west coast has plenty of choice beaches where you can relax and take in the endless horizon. An excellent alternative to the sand and the pine forests on the island is the capital of BC, Victoria, which is well-known for its parks, gardens and grand buildings, making it an excellent stop-over before you venture into the Canadian Rockies.

  • Vancouver Island Seal

    Wildlife-watching This is where seal and whale-watching goes into overdrive and anyone hoping to catch a glimpse of crashing tail or spurting blow-hole can take a tour into the Pacific and fulfil their wildest wishes. If you prefer your animals at a much closer proximity then Vancouver Aquarium, in Stanley Park, is well-worth a visit as is the zoo which lies just outside of the city centre and has more than 800 animals housed within 120 acres.

  • Gas Town

    Gas Town Gas Town is the original downtown district of Vancouver and as such holds a lot of history for anyone interested in how the city became the booming metropolis that you'll find today. There are plenty of oldie woldie cobbled streets to stroll around and one of the local highlights is the steam clock which stands proudly on the corner of Water and Cambie. Aside from being a heritage centre Gas Town is also well-known for its nightlife and from Irish bars to late-night discos, you'll find plenty to do after dark.

  • Stanley Park

    Stanley Park If you're seeking solace from city sightseeing take a wander to Stanley Park and you'll discover over 1000 acres of public space dotted with forests, beaches, lagoons and pedestrian paths. The park is up there as one of the best in Canada and is a regular haunt of inline-skaters as well as cyclists and nature lovers. A really popular stroll is the seawall which encircles the park and provides the ideal means by which to stretch your legs and enjoy the sea breeze and views. Stanley Park is also home to numerous monuments, plaques and memorials including a statue of Robbie Burns and 9 brightly-coloured Native American totem poles.

When to go
Temperature chart - Vancouver

Vancouver is well-known for its propensity for precipitation and as such packing a mac or cagoule is advisable, especially outside of the summer months. Thanks to the Pacific coastal breeze you can expect to find a reasonably mild climate especially the closer you are to the sea. One of the key aspects to Vancouver's weather system is that winters can be quite mild with hardly any snow and very little crowds although, thanks to all the rain, the lack of visitors is quite understandable. There's a definite seasonal variation and although temperatures rarely get above the mid-twenties, even in the summer, the lack of wind makes for excellent walking conditions, especially if it's not raining.

Insider Tip: Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge

If you follow the sensible instructions not to look down then you'll get to the other side of the Capilano Suspension Bridge in no time at all but who wants to be sensible all the time? Kayakers, salmon and even rubber ducks have all been known to make the most of the fast-flowing Capilano River that runs some 230 feet below and walking across the roof of the granite canyon is certainly a moment to savour. There's lots more to explore once you've crossed the bridge, including living forest exhibits, cliff-top strolls and pine tree canopy walks.

Tours that visit Vancouver


    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jun-Aug from


    Showcasing the best hiking trails that Jasper, Banff and Yoho National Parks have to offer, this escorted holiday to Canada explores untouched wilderness with stunning flora and fauna, and experience the most breath-taking scenery in the Canadian Rockies.

    Highlights: Jasper | Banff | Yoho | Glacier

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    11 days | Canada | Hotels

    Jun-Sep from


    A renowned region of majestic beauty, the Canadian Rockies showcase awe inspiring natural wilderness. Get ready for mountains, lakes and glaciers on our touring holidays in Canada. Walk, raft and canoe with a comfortable bed awaiting you each night.

    Highlights: Banff | Jasper | Icefields Parkway

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    12 days | Canada | Camping

    Jul-Aug from


    The perfect outdoor adventure for all the family, with a chance to raft, canoe, hike and bike amongst some of the most breathtaking scenery that Canada has to offer. Each new day will be even more exciting than the last!

    Highlights: Canadian Rockies | Outdoor Adventure

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    10 days | USA Canada | Hotels

    Aug-Sep from


    You'll be delighted and amazed by some of the best wildlife viewing Canada has to offer. From whales and bears, to the smaller seals and sea otters, this tour is designed to give you the very best chance of spotting these magnificent creatures.

    Highlights: Whale Watching Cruises | Bear Viewing

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