City Guide Vancouver, Canada

Visiting Vancouver

Friendly locals, interesting attractions and beautiful scenery are just some of the reasons why you should include Vancouver on any Canadian itinerary. This cosmopolitan destination is filled with diverse neighbourhoods from Kitsilano to Chinatown. Each one has its own unique appeal and this has a lot to do with why Vancouver is so welcoming because, even though it’s a big city, it doesn’t feel like one.

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Vancouver Podcasts

Vancouver - What not to miss

Want to know what makes Stanley Park so popular or why you should check out Gastown? Listen to our ‘Vancouver – What not to miss’ podcast to find out what makes Vancouver such a great place to visit. In it, Hostelworld.com’s Rebecca Keenan speaks with Amber Sessions, Travel Media Relations Manager at Tourism Vancouver about Vancouver’s fantastic neighbourhoods, some of the best places to go out at night and plenty more.

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Vancouver Videos

Vancouver - A video postcard

Watch our Vancouver video postcard to get a look at some of the city’s top attractions, neighbourhoods and more.

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Vancouver Pocket Guide

Vancouver Pocket Guide

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Vancouver City Reviews

  • 50%


    Nice city but not without a car

    I liked Stanley Park and the "old town", but apart from that, Vancouver doesn't have a lot to offer unless you have a car. The shopping mile Robson Street was very disappointing in my opinion. Just like the rest of the inner city centre - it's okay, definitely not ugly, but not worth it taking a trip there if you are dependent on public transport.

    Insider Tip:Stanley Park

  • 80%


    Probably the best city in Canada

    Vancouver is a pretty lively place and gives you easy access to a lot of really locations such as vancouver island, gulf islands, grouse mountain and capilano bridge, lynn canyon park or even Whistler. Overall i would recommend anyone visiting Canada to go there !

  • 80%



    I could move here! Fantastic city full of so much to see and do. Beautiful landscape, great food, bars galore, weather tolerable, people fun and engaging and easy to get around.

    Insider Tip:Take a bike trip around Stanley Park. It's breathtaking!

  • 100%


    Great place to stay

    Safe neighbor, clean bathroom, nice breakfast, great location and friendly atmosphere. It is a short walk to the downtown Vancouver shopping area and so probably 15 min walk to Stanley Park. Easy access to restaurants and bars and though the rooms are tiny, bathrooms are clean and nice, get cleaned everyday.

  • 90%


    Vancouver overnight

    I only spent about 12 hours in Vancouver but really liked the city. There were a lot of fun restaurants, bars, clubs and shops all within walking distance. Tons of different styles for different people. Transportation to other parts of the city and BC are very convenient and easy.

    Insider Tip:Okada sushi has great specials and is delicious! Try the pumpkin cake appetizer!

Canada: Itinerary

Located in the province of British Columbia, Canada’s third largest city is a traveller’s dream come true complete with a buzzing city centre and a host beaches, bays and lagoons. Add to this some great places to go shopping and a vibrant nightlife and it isn’t difficult to see why it is one of Canada’s most popular destinations.

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