Set beside the Pacific Ocean, against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains, Vancouver is one of the world's most desirable cities.
Vibrant and trendy yet relaxed and manageable, spending at least one night in Vancouver is, for us, a no brainer. The city’s compact centre is hugely cosmopolitan yet the wild surroundings make it feel like a frontier town, with the Coast Range Mountains on one side, and the Pacific Ocean on the other.
Passing through on your way to and from Whistler, it’s easy to stop here at the beginning or end of your ski holiday. You could also visit as part of a Vancouver Island Ski Safari or a Whistler & Hawaii twin centre holiday.
If time is short, we suggest starting with the historic streets of Gastown, the famous Seawall and the shops on Robson Street - the clothes here are much cheaper than at home, so we always pick up a few bargains when we visit.
With more time, you could go biking in Stanley Park and kayaking in False Bay, take a ferry to Granville Island or explore Chinatown. The craft beer pubs are our favourite spots to start an evening, while the restaurant scene is arguably Canada’s best - don’t miss the sushi and seafood, especially the local sockeye salmon, seasonal spot prawns and local Dungeness crab.