Vancouver is an unusual mix of big-city culture and laid back West Coast style. Surrounded by towering evergreens and the North Shore Mountain range, the view alone makes flying into Vancouver International Airport worth the visit. Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre, and music scenes. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses preeminent First Nations collections.
Vancouver is famous for its fresh, local seafood, especially it's salmon. Pacific Northwest salmon--including BC salmon--is shipped to every part of the world, but it's best when you can enjoy it here, fresh off the boat. Local halibut, Canadian sablefish, and BC Spot Prawns are also deliciously popular in Vancouver. The best times to visit Vancouver are from March to May and from September to November.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
There is nowhere else in the world you can see a First Nations performance following a walk 70 meters above the Capilano River. Take a shuttle to the Capilano Suspension Bridge from downtown for free.
Live like a local and catch a BC Lions or Vancouver Whitecaps game. This giant waterfront multifunction stadium hosted the opening ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games.
Built to look like a ship, Canada Place is one of the city's most iconic buildings. Take in the view of the port and city skyline.
Bike, run, or simply wander the winding trails of Stanley Park, a natural paradise almost entirely surrounding by water right in the heart of the city. Save on parking and take public transit.
Vancouver Art Gallery
The Vancouver Art Gallery offers ever-changing exhibitions, lectures, and public events, as well as works by the region’s most celebrated painter, Emily Carr. Entry is free Tuesdays after 5:00 PM.
Museum of Anthropology at UBC
Featuring artifacts from all over the world, the museum is best known for its collection of totem poles, jewelry, and pottery of the Pacific Northwest Coast’s First Nation peoples.
Deep in Stanley Park is the gigantic Vancouver Aquarium. Get a sneak peek of the action by visiting their website for the Beluga Cam or Sea Otter Cam.