On your next journey to America, take advantage of the option with Air Canada to stop in Vancouver at no extra cost to your airfare. Make the first stop of your journey the best stop and explore one of the world's most livable cities. We recommend that you plan to include a minimum of 3 nights as there is so much to see and do.
Simply a city like no other, Vancouver effortlessly combines the excitement and energy of a modern city with the invigorating appeal of the great outdoors. From spring's abundance of cherry blossoms and summer's sparkling waterfront days, through to the city's fall cultural festivals and the snowy winter wonderland on the mountain peaks, Vancouver offers its visitors year-round adventures in this laidback urban metropolis right on the edge of a spectacular natural landscape. Explore diverse neighbourhoods, decadent dining, outdoor pursuits and multicultural attractions - in Vancouver, you won't have to choose between city and nature.
Today's adventurers take to the waters to kayak, swim and sail; venture into the majestic North Shore Mountains to hike and mountain bike; and cycle or Rollerblade the 22-km seawall around the lush oasis of Stanley Park. The latter is one of the city's most cherished jewels, featuring 404 hectares of evergreen forests, cricket pitches and beaches and the must-see Vancouver Aquarium, a favourite among kids of all ages. So is a trip to the Vancouver Art Gallery (housed in a heritage courthouse building), an afternoon at Granville Island (an island community featuring galleries, boutiques, theatres, restaurants, a craft brewery and the artisan-packed Public Market) or a day atop Grouse Mountain (skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing in winter; scenic hiking and ziplining in summer).
Vancouver is a place for adventure, but it's also a city that loves to eat - and the myriad of savoury dining experiences proves it. From gourmet food carts to retro hide-away bistros, casual ethnic joints to five-star restaurants, there's a meal to suit every palate. Iron Chefs, Top Chefs and celebrity chefs gravitate to the city, and revel in the fresh bounty that inspired the world-recognized 100 Mile Diet. Local chefs advocate the use of seasonal and sustainable ingredients (look for the Ocean Wise symbol on menus throughout the city indicating environmentally responsible seafood choices), pairing traditional techniques with multicultural influence. No visit to Vancouver is complete without sampling the seafood - think wild salmon, tender halibut, plump Qualicum Bay scallops or buttery spot prawns - or quirkier delights like artisanal donuts and tea-infused cocktails.
Explore beyond Vancouver up the winding Sea to Sky Highway and Coast Mountain ranges to Whistler, an outdoor adventurer's playground both in summer and winter, not to mention a great bear watching spot. Or hop a ferry off the mainland to Vancouver Island, watching the whales, seals and sea lions along the way. Visit British Columbia's capital, the city of Victoria for some biking, craft beer tasting and culture. For something different, why not sip and savor at one or more of the 150+ wineries located in the Okanagan Valley in the middle of the province.