Views of the incredible Mount Tantalus Glacier. Photo courtesy of GetYourGuide.
In addition to exploring on your own, these are what I’d consider some of the highlights of Vancouver. You can find more tours here.
Where to Stay in Vancouver
You’ll find no shortage of accommodation in Vancouver, but the good places do fill up, so once you know your travel dates book a hotel or an Airbnb. I book almost all my accommodation through Booking.com as I find they offer both great rates and a great selection of properties. In addition, you’ll find a flexible cancellation policy on many properties.
Downtown Vancouver: stay here if you want to be in the middle of the action. You’ll find mainly boutique and luxury hotels here.
Gastown: This district offers a young, cool hip vibe.
Yaletown: This is a popular yuppie hangout with lots of restaurants. It’s located close to the water, making it a great location for a seaside walk after dinner.
Financial District: This district is very convenient if you’re travelling for business and is quieter than the others listed above. It offers fantastic views of the harbour and the North Shore Mountains.
Granville: This area is gritty and full of life. You’ll find a good selection of budget hotels here.
How much does an average hotel in Vancouver cost?
According to Statista, the average price of a hotel room was $201 Canadian dollars in the second quarter of 2016.
Another alternative to staying in a hotel in Vancouver is to stay in an Airbnb. This is almost always my preferred option for stays of two or more days. You’ll find more than 300 properties ranging from penthouses, to private cottages, to cool studios and lofts. Use this link to receive a $30 credit on your Airbnb stay.
Travel to Vancouver
If you’re travelling to Vancouver from abroad, the easiest way to reach Vancouver is to fly into Vancouver International Airport which is well connected. From the airport, you can take a hotel shuttle or the rapid transit rail which brings you to downtown in less than 30 minutes. I find the best deals on Skyscanner and book the majority of my flights through them.