Vancouver Canada Tourist Information

Vancouver Travel Guide

Vancouver is a beautiful city located in the British Columbia region of Canada. Blessed with mountain and sea views, the city is known for its scenery and is home to a large Chinese population - founders of the city's Chinatown, which rivals that of San Francisco's and New York's.

The downtown area is a peninsula which borders English Bay to the west and Burrard Inlet to the east. With views of mountains and the sea at every turn, the picturesque city centre is worth a visit. For the best shopping, go to Robson street, a lively street home to stores of acclaimed international brands as well as local designers.

Vancouver Tourist Attractions

A short distance from Robson street is Chinatown, another main tourist attraction great for sight seeing with shops, restaurants, and businesses catering to the Chinese population. Restaurants here serve authentic Chinese cuisine and the lively streets are lined with stores stocking goods from all over China. Nearby lies a large Chinese garden named after Dr Sun Yat Sen.

Gastown is another must-see when visiting Vancouver. This historical district named after Gassy Jack, a flamboyant riverboat captain, is today an entertainment area filled with bars, galleries, boutiques and restaurants. Its streets are lined with cobblestones, shops and café adding to the charm of the place.

Just 15 minutes out of the city centre lies Mount Grouse, a versatile location that is open both in summer and winter. You can choose to walk to the mountain peak to enjoy a lovely vista of the city, or take the funicular up and take in the sights along the way. In winter, Mount Grouse becomes a winter wonderland filled with facilities for ice skating, skiing, and snowboarding.

Lynn Canyon Park is a good place for nature lovers wishing to spend a day in the great outdoors. The 250-hectare park is home to towering evergreens and is lined with hiking trails. Its dramatic landscape features forested valleys and gushing waterfalls. The park is also famous for its suspension bridge which hangs 50 metres over a creek.

Transport Around Vancouver

Vancouver International Airport is located just 25kms from downtown Vancouver. Serviced by major airlines from around the world, it is easily accessible from both the US and Asia. Altogether there are 22 daily flights from the airport to the US.

When travelling to Vancouver, it is strongly recommended that you take out travel insurance for you and your family, especially if you intend to participate in outdoor activities like skiing. Accidents and emergencies can be costly and insurance will give you peace of mind and enable you to rest easy and enjoy your trip.