Vancouver Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Vancouver Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

Vancouver is British Columbia’s biggest city. It’s the gateway to the glaciers of Alaska, the wilderness of Western Canada and
the slopes of Whistler, and it’s also one of the world’s
most desirable places to live. Wherever you roam in Vancouver, the salty sea breeze carries the fresh scents
of the forest and the promise of adventure. It’s welcoming neighborhoods are filled
with the aromas of incredible cuisines, roasting coffee beans, brewer’s hops, and all the urban delights you’d expect
from city which is regularly voted, “the World’s most livable”. The secret to Vancouver’s success is that it has always been developed
with livability in mind. Ever since European settlement only 150 years ago, the people of Vancouver have protected the rivers, coastline and forest, maintaining the perfect balance between nature
and the built environment. And there’s no finer example than the city’s
pride and joy, Stanley Park, which dates all the way back to 1886. Because Stanley Park spans more than
a thousand acres, you can return over and over again
and always discover something new. To get to the park, simply cycle or walk along the century-old Seawall
from the nearby downtown area. The wall not only keeps the sea at bay, but ensures Vancouver’s waterfront is accessible
to everyone. Water has always played a major role
in this port and river city. Watch ships come and go from Brockton Point, where a lighthouse marks the easternmost tip
of Stanley Park, or from the viewing platform at Prospect Point, on the park’s northern tip. The coastal First Nations people are seafarers too, having paddled to these misty shores
over 17,000 years ago. In the Museum of Anthropology at the
University of British Columbia, totems and sculptures depict the rich mythologies
of the Haida people and the other indigenous tribes of the
Northwest Coast. The modern city takes its name from the
British navigator George Vancouver, who landed here in 1792. The original settlement, however, was called “Gastown”. In 1867 Gassy Jack, a sailor and renowned storyteller, convinced local timber cutters to build him
a saloon in exchange for all the whisky
they could drink in one sitting. No one knows who got the best end of the deal, but a tavern was quickly erected
and a town was born. Gassy Jack and his makeshift pub may be long gone, but in the historic neighborhood of Gastown, his spirit lingers on, in the good company, the hearty food and in the vapors that rise
from the city’s iconic Steam Clock. Vancouver’s early history continues at nearby
Waterfront Station, the western terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The railway’s construction brought
Chinese workers by the thousands, whose descendants have enriched Vancouver
ever since. Experience this interweaving of cultures at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park and
Classical Chinese Garden, the first garden of its kind created
outside of China. And in Vancouver’s Chinatown, where the fusing of Oriental flavors with
fresh local seafood has helped earn the city the title, “the Culinary Capital of Canada”. Back in Downtown, admire yet another of the city’s iconic landmarks, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Opening in 1939, this Castle in the City, became a reflection of the city’s growing prestige
and confidence. Just a short stroll away, is Canada Place, where cruise ship travelers from all over
the globe arrive to explore the city, or embark on epic voyages to Alaska. If you’re visiting Vancouver
with younger adventurers, they’ll find plenty to discover at
Science World. And at the Vancouver Aquarium, little Jacques Cousteaus can meet the cold-water
creatures of the British Columbian coast, or simply watch in awe as tropical species
glide on by. After visiting Vancouver’s central highlights, explore the city’s south side. Ride the ferry or aquabus across False Creek
to Granville Island. Stock up on provisions and delicious treats
at the famous Granville Island Public Market, then, sample a few craft ales at Granville
Island Brewing. From Granville Island, head south to Queen Elizabeth Park on
Little Mountain, the city’s highest peak. Once scarred by quarries, the city transformed these former gravel pits
into a stunning network of gardens, creating a peaceful oasis high above the city. After you’ve breathed in the views, check out the Bloedel Conservatory, a lush greenhouse filled with some of Vancouver’s
most colorful residents. When it’s time to answer the call of the wild, cross the Lions Gate Bridge, named after the nearby twin peaks
which loom over the city. The North Shore Mountain range is dissected
by three deep valleys. It’s a wilderness where bears roam,
and salmon-filled rivers flow through old-growth forests. Cross the 450 foot-long Capilano Suspension Bridge, which has been testing the nerves of visitors
for over 125 years. Then take a Treetops Adventure, high above the rainforest floor. For a bird’s-eye view of Vancouver, head to the top of Grouse Mountain. Or to go even higher, climb into the viewing pod of The Eye of the Wind,
the mountain’s landmark wind turbine. Vancouver offers extraordinary outdoor experiences
and mind-blowing vistas, all within its city limits, but venture a little further and you’ll arrive
at a whole other level of awesomeness. Less than a two-hour drive from the city is the world-renowned mountain village of Whistler. This adventure playground is simply magic
all year round, but when the season’s first snows
come whirling down, it transforms into a wonderland. Hit the slopes of the Whistler Blackcomb Resort, the largest ski resort in North America. The beautifully connected runs here
cater to all skill levels and attract elite skiers and beginners from
all over the globe. And while you could drive to back to Vancouver
the same day, why not put the world on hold for a few nights, warm yourself by a fire, and enjoy some of Canada’s finest hospitality. Vancouver is and always has been, a city connected with nature and adventure, it beckons from the breeze, the waters, the mountains, her very street corners. So whether your idea of living, is testing yourself in the wilds, or adventures of a more urban kind, you’ll feel perfectly at home, and alive, in Vancouver.

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100 Replies to “Vancouver Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia”

  1. Thank you Vancouver/ Canada for letting us enjoy your GORGEOUS country, your people, your forests, your mountains, your rivers… WE LOVE YOU, and hope to visit you again in the future.. ¡VIVA CANADA!

  2. For some reason, this video didn't mention the Downton Eastside area. Before coming to Vancouver, you may want to read about it.

  3. Vancouver is a city with no soul. Beautifully situated with mountain backdrop and ocean coastline, it is as boring as hell like many cities in Canada. I took my Dad there having previously visited Seattle. Seattle was great, some vibrant neighborhoods, good bars and saloons but we could hardly find anything at all in Vancouver. The Chinese like it apparently so go figure…

  4. It's amazing how nearly each shot shows bright sunny days. When if you live there, you know it's ALWAYS raining and you rarely see the sun.

  5. It's ok, lived there 6 months but it didn't really have the wow factor for me..To be honest I preferred LA..Venice Beach, Santa Monica..or San Diego, USA more exciting felt more real, something about Vancouver, just couldn't put my finger on it

  6. BC is for sure the most beatiful place I ever visited, but unfortunately I had no good memories from my day trip to Whistler, due to a traumatic issue I had with the bus company I took to get there, called Whistlerrides ( When returning to Vancouver, they expelled me and my 16 old sun from the bus, at night in the snow, cause they made a mistake on my returning scheduled. Just one phone call to the driver of the morning would make the situation ok, but instead, the night driver preferred to show how ignorant he is. After waiting 2 hours for the next bus, between a nightmare cold and police calls, I had to pay 2 extra tickets to Vancouver, risking to not have avaliable sits. They never explained what happened, neither returned my money, and said I deserved everything they did because I did not notice the e-mail they sent with the wrong schedule few hours before the trip, as I was off-line walking around Whistler.

  7. Went there in the summer of 2018. Stayed 1 month and I visited all of these, such a beautiful place Jesus…I hope I can move there in a few years. Btw u forgot to mention the police musuem its a cool place.

  8. We were there last Summer for family vacation and we loved it. Seeing many of the places we had visited in this video brings back great memories. The city is surrounded by natural beauty and is rich in history and culture, most of which are within walking distance of downtown. Just wished we had more time…

  9. Someone told me a human cannot live alone and has to be comforted by someone but i think i can live alone in Vancouver forever

  10. Very nice place & also a beautiful documentry ever seen. This is a dream place. I want to visit these place.

  11. canada and usa two both my favourite country two country like a heaven wow! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

  12. Vancouver is the most beautiful and most incredible city in the world. I'm going to go live there oneday.

  13. It was totally worth to wait! Thanks for the great video! We visited Vancouver in August 2016 and we were in Love for this amazing city! Now we will wait one from Whistler and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park! :-)))

  14. #Expedia – Good Job. Need more Canadia travel guides.. Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver Island, and Halifax (the Canadian eastern coast)

  15. I'd like to live on the edge of beach Avenue, most of the area has the same names has my family, and Emily Carr (art university) is the same name as me! We love you Vancouver! 🇨🇦

  16. Great video of my city. A few things tourists should also take note of that they didn't mention:
    – There are several cities close to Vancouver (grouped together we call this region the Lower Mainland), many worth seeing. If you want to see historic Canada, it's worth taking a bus to Burnaby to visit Burnaby Village Museum. Or taking a walking tour to the Britannia Shipyards in Steveston Village, once a historic Japanese fishing town. Or taking a seabus to Lonsdale Quay.

    – I also recommend taking a daytrip to Victoria, the capital of B.C. Getting there might take 4 hours, but the ferry ride is scenic.

    – Hiking's also popular here, and for a good reason. One of the highlights of Vancouver is the number of hiking trails that are accessible nearby. Consider hiking as one of the must-dos while visiting. Deep Cove is a popular spot and you can kayak there, too.

    – Vancouver's Chinatown, while worth a visit (especially Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden), has become a bit rundown and is now generally more of a tourist attraction and less a place of living Chinese culture. Most Chinese people currently live in the neighbouring city, Richmond. Also be careful, because some parts near Chinatown are also really seedy as there's a lot of homeless living on these streets. Don't EVER walk through East Hastings.

    – On that note, yeah there's a lot of homeless here.

    – Due to Vancouver's history, there are a lot of people in the Lower Mainland that are ethnically Asian, many of whom were born and raised here. It can be a culture shock for some. I've heard someone comment that Vancouver might be the most Asian city outside of Asia, and they might be right. But it also means that Vancouver and the Lower Mainland has pretty good Asian food, and great cultural festivals throughout the year. Ramen's been pretty popular of late. The Richmond Night Market is a summer highlight.

    – We nickname Vancouver "Raincouver" for a reason. Most days don't look like the video – they are very grey and rainy. But that's what keeps this city green.

    – Due to foreign investors, housing in Vancouver is now extremely expensive and more locals are moving out because of it. I saw one slightly rundown 50 year old home on sale in East Van for $1.2 million CAD, which is standard.

  17. Love this travel guide. I also made a vancouver travel guide as I am a local and know all the cool hidden spots here 🙂

  18. I spent a week there in 2000 and left extremely impressed with the city, working on going back for a few days soon!

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