As a popular destination for outdoor adventures, Vancouver’s highlights include scenic parks, mountains, and water surrounding the city—providing plenty of options to satisfy any outdoorsman. Outside of the city’s natural beauty, the urban center boasts a vivid cultural experience with galleries, shops and a variety of restaurants. When it comes to hotels, you have plenty of options with IHG. Find accommodations that cater to your must-see spots as you explore everything Vancouver has to offer.
Things to See
For outdoor enthusiasts, a trip to Vancouver’s largest urban park, Stanley Park, is essential. Take a bike ride along one of the many trails and see the scenic views of the North Shore Mountains, the Vancouver Harbor, and the English Bay or check out one of the tours offered at the park. If you would rather stay indoors, head over to the Vancouver Aquarium or Science World at TELUS World of Science, great for children and adults alike. More of a city explorer? Downtown Vancouver offers numerous art galleries, boutiques and a bountiful culinary scene, with West Coast seafood (oyster, wild salmon, etc.) and sustainable ingredients at the forefront.
Hotels in Vancouver
Stay in a variety of hotels in several areas of the city, ranging from family-friendly spots to accommodations close to the airport that are ideal for business travelers. Options and amenities abound, making it is easy to find a location and style best-suited for the activities you have planned for your trip to Vancouver.
Where to Stay
Downtown Vancouver is a popular area for many travelers, as it full of restaurants and shops with an urban appeal. Formerly a warehouse district, trendy Yaletown is an up-and-coming area with a bustling nightlife scene just steps away from downtown hotels. Located on the east end of downtown Vancouver, Gastown offers rich culture and historic buildings as one of the oldest neighborhoods in Vancouver. Kitsilano, another popular neighborhood of Vancouver, attracts a bit of a younger crowd and is home to one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches, known as “Kits” Beach. Situated along the Seaside Seawall System, Kits Beach houses Canada’s longest swimming pool, beach volleyball courts, and playgrounds for the whole family to enjoy.
How to Get to Vancouver
Vancouver International Airport is the most convenient option for fliers, offering a large number of domestic and international flights. The airport offers cab services and car rentals on site. Once you have arrived, the best option for navigating the city is either on foot, via bicycles, or through public transportation. Vancouver is very pedestrian friendly, with destinations around the historic downtown’s City Centre easily accessible. There are extensive transit routes throughout town, making it easy to get to all of your scheduled destinations. If a scenic trip ride to and from the city seems up your alley, Pacific Central Station offers roundtrip train rides to places like Seattle, Portland, and Toronto.