Destination Guides

Six of the best things to do in Vancouver

Ben Westwood

16th May 2024

Vancouver

Vancouver often features among the best cities in the world for quality of life, with an unbeatable location amid temperate rainforest beneath snow-capped mountains on the edge of the Pacific Ocean.

Exploring British Columbia‘s biggest city is the perfect way to begin a holiday to Canada, so here is a selection of Vancouver’s best sights – from the urban rainforest of Stanley Park to Capilano Suspension Bridge, the historic streets of Gastown, Granville Island Market and whale-watching trips off the coast.

Visit Stanley Park

One of Vancouver’s top sights is 1,000-acre Stanley Park on the northern edge of the city, a vast green oasis with trails through verdant rainforest and along the iconic Sea Wall.

Stanley Park is so big that you can easily forget you’re in a city. Wander through the park’s temperate rainforest, and enjoy the bright colours of the Rhododendron and Rose Gardens. Then admire the totem poles at Brockton Point, and take a ride on the Stanley Park Train. Walk or cycle along the Sea Wall, the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world, and treat yourself to some relaxation on the beaches overlooking English Bay.

walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge

Vancouver’s most dramatic attraction is Capilano Suspension Bridge, stretching across a canyon high above the Capilano River north of the city. Take a spine-tingling walk across the bridge, but don’t worry – it is reinforced with steel cables and can even hold the weight of a 747 airliner.

If you’re looking for more exhilaration after crossing the bridge, tackle the Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure, seven bridges suspended by ancient Douglas firs. Admire the First Nation totem poles nearby then explore the rainforest of the surrounding 27-acre park on guided walks.

explore Granville Island Market

One of the best places to eat in Vancouver is Granville Island Market, so head here and bring your appetite! Discover a wide variety of local dishes cooked up by expert chefs. You can take a guided tour or explore the market easily by yourself.

There’s an extraordinary range of cuisine on offer in the market’s shops, stalls and eateries, served up by chefs, artisans and farmers – from cheese to charcuterie, seafood, soups, fresh bread and donuts. The  market is also a thriving creative space with theatres, street performers and art galleries.

walk around Historic Gastown

Vancouver’s most historic district is Gastown, which began with a single tavern opened by sea captain John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton in 1867. Explore the cobbled streets, browse the antique shops and admire the famous Steam Clock.

Gastown is also one of the best places to eat in Vancouver with a wide range of restaurants from Can-Asian fusion to farm-to-table staples, Latin American specialities and European gourmet.

go Whale-watching in vancouver

Vancouver is one of the best cities in North America to go whale-watching. Pods of humpback whales and orcas frequent the waters of the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver and Vancouver Island between April and October.

Whale-watching tours in Vancouver leave from Granville Island, taking you to prime viewing spots in the Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound. As well as whales, you can also watch sea lions, seals, sea otters in the waters and bald eagles soaring overhead.

Eager to visit Vancouver? Browse Journeyscape’s range of holidays in British Columbia.

Inspire

Your edit for North America inspiration

Inspired by the landscapes, culture, wildlife and cuisine of Canada and the USA, explore our entertaining range of articles, travel tips, destination guides, recipes and much more.

View Extraordinary Inspiration
Banff National Park in Alberta

Destination Guides

Highlights of Alberta: Best places to visit

Learn more
Okanagan Valley BC

Food and Drink

British Columbia’s Wine Country

Learn more
Portland food cart

Food and Drink

Discover Portland: A guide to the best food carts

Learn more
Kootenay Rockies

Meet Our Team

Real North America Travel Experts

Me-NYC
Joshua Salter - Travel Expert

Joshua has been travelling to the USA since childhood, visiting his father and four siblings on the west coast. He is fortunate to have travelled to 42 of the 50 US states, and hopes to complete the set by his next big birthday.

Dominique
Dominique Kotsias - Product Manager

Dominique caught the North America travel bug when she was in her late teens and has travelled extensively throughout the USA and Canada, particularly drawn to the countries' outstanding natural beauty and wildlife. With over 10 years of product and marketing experience in North America, Dominique’s passion for the destination is infectious.

Mallika
Mallika Jain - Travel Expert

Mallika’s love for North America first began when she attended an American boarding school as a teenager. Her mother’s side of the family lived in the USA, so she enjoyed frequent trips across many states.

Ben Line
Ben Line - Head of Sales

Ben Line is the Head of Sales at Journeyscape and our sister brand Journey Latin America, having lived abroad and travelled extensively over the years.

Why Journeyscape?

We love north america

  • Up-to-the-minute knowledge underpinned by 40 years experience
  • All of our Travel Experts have personal knowledge of the destination
  • A passion for the region runs through all we do

Travel with Confidence

  • Fully bonded and licensed
  • ATOL-protected
  • Book with confidence, knowing every penny is secure
  • 24 hour help available at every step of your journey

The Real North America

  • Our insider knowledge helps you go beyond the guidebooks
  • We hand-pick hotels both for their character and services
  • We'll give you authentic experiences based on your personal preferences

Journeyscape brought to you from the award-winning experts at Journey Latin America