Sightseeing in Vancouver

Get your camera ready. All the main attractions, according to local Airbnb hosts.

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613 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An incredible neighbourhood - Granville Island is a collection of shops, galleries, cafes, restaurants, independent vendors, book stores, live theatre & music venues - all mixed in with marine sto... read more

Imagine an island in the middle of a city. See? You’re already curious. Now picture a place moulded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban ... read more

Granville Island is a shopping destination unique to Vancouver due to its abundance of artisan, locally-made and hand-crafted products and foods. It is also an arts and culture hub with numerous th... read more

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Robson Street between Granville Street and Bute Street is lined with clothing stores. Likely nothing you won't find anywhere else, but in case you need to pick something up. If you're looking for... read more

Robson Street is Vancouver's outdoor shopping mall. It is located within walking distance to Pacific Center Mall and features many stores that are not located within the mall like Victoria's Secret... read more

#5 bus picks up along Robson, goes to City Center Station (Canada Line - Richmond, YVR Airport), Granville Station (Expo/Millenium Lines - Burnaby, Surrey), Waterfront Station (Seabus to North Vanc... read more

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge is just a quick drive away from downtown and is a very popular tourist attraction. Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainfores... read more

Capilano Suspension Bridge crosses the Capilano river in the 1,300 year old Douglas Fir rainforest. There is a Treetops Adventure: 7 suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest ... read more

Experience the Vancouver Sea Bus! 1.5 hours transit (includes sea bus) to The Capilano Suspension Bridge -a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver... read more

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Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit. Victor... read more

Gastown is a national historic site and Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. The neighbourhood is a mix of "hip" contemporary fashion and interior furnishing boutiques, trendy restaurants, and nightcl... read more

See historic Vancouver as it once was in Gastown. Located at the edge of downtown, and close to the business district and ocean, Gastown offers lots of restaurants and gift shops. You can walk from... read more

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Yaletown is a stylish, historical district of Vancouver BC. Yaletown combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with the friendly attitude found at boutique shops and local restaurants.

A stylish, historical district of Vancouver, it combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with the friendly attitude. Lots of celebrity encounters, great shopping and restaurants. Walking ... read more

It's the trendiest area in Vancouver: walking distance to restaurants,Bc Place,Rogers Arena, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,Orpheum Theatre ,Yaletown Roundhouse Station,coffee,bars,high end shops, etc..

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Located just 5 minutes from our home, Deep Cove is a quaint community overlooking the Burrard Inlet. Rentals are available for kayaking and paddle boarding at the Kayak Centre. The main street of... read more

Deep Cove is a small local, waterfront-oriented village center, at the eastern edge of the District. Bounded by the Seymour community to the west, the waters of Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm, and t... read more

It's a haul to get there as this sea side village is located at the outer northeastern reaches of North Vancouver, but it is worth it. A pretty village with a few cafes, a waterfront park, a few s... read more

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Don't miss "The Drive!" The Drive's community is represented by a vast array of cultural backgrounds. A large number of Vancouver's Gay & Lesbian community call "The Drive" their home. We are als... read more

This street has lots of lovely interesting shops along with useful stores for essentials - groceries, pharmacies, restaurants, health food stores. No big chain stores. Quirky and multi-cultural. Th... read more

Eclectic shopping, a variety of well-priced restaurants, great Italian coffee, Belgian fries, Dutch liquorice, Turkish kebabs and Spanish tapas. You'll find it all on The Drive.

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Don't let the name fool you - the Chinatown in Vancouver has become as diverse and multi-cultural as Canada itself. Yes, you can still find the traditional herbal shops, vegetable markets, and merc... read more

Chinatown remains a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the largest historic Chinatowns in North America. However, it went into decline as newer members of Vancouver's Cantonese Chinese commu... read more

Ours is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America and is a great place to get authentic Chinese cuisine, goods and produce. Much of the area has original buildings. Visit Sun Yat Sen gardens .

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This is a MUST! Ride your bike along the seawall. It's incredibly beautiful. Start near the bike shop at Georgia and Denman. I would suggest going all the way around: Stanley Park, Olympic Village,... read more

Walk the sea wall from Park Royal to Dundarave. Beautiful views along the way of Stanley Park, The Lions Gate Bridge and the Harbour. You can make this as long or short as you like. If you do th... read more

You can't miss a walk, cycle or jog along the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path from Coal Harbour all the way to Spanish Banks. While the 28 km may be a little daunting (!), do as much ... read more

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Metropolis at Metrotown has over 450 shops and services, the anchors are Hudson's Bay, Sears, Toys "R" Us, T & T Supermarket, Sport Chek/Atmosphere, Chapters, Forever 21, H&M, Old Navy, Real Canadi... read more

Metrotown Mall (15 Min Drive Away) Largest Mall in British Columbia. Tons of shopping. Discover one of the largest shopping malls in Canada 400 stores, restaurants & movie theatre Enjoy one of t... read more

Metropolis at Metrotown is a shopping mall complex in Metrotown, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. With over 450 shops and services, the anchors are Hudson's Bay, Sears, Toys "R" Us, T & T Superma... read more

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Another of Vancouver's true city neighbourhood strips, Main Street was once a small working class village that now is in the heart of the city. Main Street was historically the dividing line betwe... read more

Anywhere on Main Street, (north or south of King Edward, or down by where it joins Kingsway) there are restaurants, sushi shops, coffee shops, boutique shops, pubs, breweries (down by 7th Ave) and... read more

Main Street between 7th Avenue up to about 35th offers a great variety of clothing shops with items from local or Canadian designers as well as record shops, restaurants, breweries, and many other ... read more

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Canada Place is host to FlyOver Canada, an amazing virtual flight ride in which you “take off” into a huge domed screen to enjoy a breathtaking flight across Canada’s most spectacular sights. You w... read more

Go for a walk down the water walkway at the old Canada Place building for amazing views of the city, ocean, and the mountains. This building looks like it has white sails on its roof. Can't miss it.

Canada Place is the home of the Convention Centre, Vancouver's World Trade Centre and Flyover Canada. Flyover Canada is a breathtaking, family-friendly, flight simulation ride like no other!

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South Granville is fast-emerging shopping neighbourhood, full of galleries and stores specializing in interior design, home furnishings and antiques. Top eateries could be found here.

Home to the Vancouver downtown night life that includes clubs, restaurants, and stores. Every weekend, Granville street is closed off so we can party :)

Vancouver's "Nightlife Street" with tons of clubs, pubs, and lounges open to the wee hours of the morn.

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Since 1923, Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue has been Vancouver's preferred destination for shopping and services on the city’s West Side. Voted as “Vancouver’s Best Neighbourhood” more than five years... read more

Another of Vancouver's true city neighbourhood strips, West Point Grey (like Kerrisdale, Kitsilano, and Dunbar) was once a small village that now is in the heart of the city's Westside. Many indepe... read more

Vancouver people love West 4th! Tons of boutique stores, not only clothing! A street of showcasing local designers. Don't miss the best yoga pants from Lululemon. Yes Vancouver is the hometown of L... read more

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Experience the great dining, community and history of the Davie Street Village. We are a diverse, welcoming and LGBTQ / gay-friendly neighborhood in the heart of Downtown Vancouver and offer a one-... read more

C23 bus route will take you to Yaletown (Canada Line, shopping, restaurants, nightlife), Main St Station (Skytrain, CPR/Amtrak trains, long-distance buses)

Take a stroll down Davie Street, and eclectic and lively area for shopping, restaurants, people watching. Its worth taking a walk into the West End neighborhood too.

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"The Vancouver Convention Centre is home to over 500 events a year – conventions, trade shows and other events of all shapes and sizes that connect people and ideas."

If you're in town for a convention, chances are it's being held here or next door! If you're not here for a convention, come see this world class building and check see the amazing ocean view!

The Vancouver Convention Centre routinely hosts international conferences and expos and is a great place to take in dinner and views of Vancouver Harbour, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains.

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Another of Vancouver's true city neighbourhood strips, Kitsilano (like Kerrisdale, Dunbar, and Point Grey) was once a small village that now is in the heart of the city's Westside. Many independen... read more

Cool beach neighbourhood known for its active yogi citizens. Visit Kitsilano Beach Park. Walk along West 4th Ave for lots of shops and restaurants.

This is another neighbourhood worth exploring. Full of trendy shops and restaurants including Sophie's Cosmic Cafe and others. You can walk up from Granville Island, or hop a bus or drive.

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For great places for drinks, check out Chill Winston (in Gastown) Irish Heather (in Gastown) Keg Rooftop Deck for drinks (in Yaletown) Lift Bar and Grill (in Coal Harbour) Dockside Outdoor Patio (i... read more

Major shopping Centre/financial district with many brand name stores such as Hermes, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, etc...... Lunch is good too!

Granville Island, Stanley Park and Robson Street Shopping in Downtown Vancouver is less than and hour away.

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A steam clock is a clock which is fully or partially powered by a steam engine. Only a few functioning steam clocks exist, most designed and built by Canadian horologist Raymond Saunders for displa... read more

Gastown - Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spir... read more

Raymond Saunders' first steam clock was built in 1977 to solve the issue of a steam vent in a popular sidewalk for the renovated Gastown district of Vancouver.

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Despite the fact that Coal Harbour is right downtown, it’s a surprisingly calm little neighbourhood, right on the water’s edge. The area starts at Canada Place and stretches east to Stanley Park, a... read more

The best way to enjoy the area is by walking along Coal Harbour's walkway, a paved walking and biking path starting near Canada Place. It is connected with the seawall along Stanley Park and runs a... read more

Trendy, upscale and yet a promenade along the waterfront takes you through it all for free. There are too many things to list along the way.

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With BC Place Stadium at one end, Stanley Park at the other, and the city’s best-known shopping precinct in between, Robson Street is a must-stroll for most visitors to Vancouver. One of Vancouver’... read more

Awesome shopping options for all budgets are available in walking distance from the condo. Major brand stores include Nordstroms, Best Buy, Old Navy, Lululemon, and all that Pacific Centre Mall o... read more

Robson Street is a great place to find unique and mainstream clothing stores, coffee shops and anything else you're looking for! Wear comfortable shoes though, you'll be walking a lot!

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English Bay Beach, also called First Beach, located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St, is the most populated beach area in Vancouver's downtown area.

Head to the beach at the corner of Denman St and Davie St for gorgeous picturesque sunsets surrounded by locals & tourists. The sun sets behind the mountains, it is stunning!

Just off the corners of Davie and Denman streets, English bay is a great spot to spend a day at the beach in the summer or to do some people watching year round.

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Go to the fresh fish market or walk the board walk in search for fish and chips or ice cream. Lots to see. The Cannery is a fabulous museum for kids and adults.

Historic Steveston Village is the perfect place to pass an afternoon. Stroll along the boardwalk, buy fresh seafood down on the docks, or shop to your heart's content at its quaint boutiques.

Steveston is an adorable little spot for fish and chips, to purchase fresh fish, enjoy ice cream or just a walk on the water. You can also go whale watching here.

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Stop here for lunch or to rent a boat and go boating for the afternoon... You can also take the ferry across to Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast or Vancouver Island

On the Western End of the North Shore is the cute village of Horseshoe Bay and one of the ports for the BC Ferries. Get great fish and chips at Trolls or catch your own by renting a boat from Sewells.

Beautiful oceanside paradise. Enjoy lunch at the Boathouse or hop on a BC Ferry to the Sunshine Coast of BC

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Sunny White Rock has great beaches, restaurants and stores. The Canada/US Peace Arch Border Crossing is located in White Rock.

Our local beach with pier, grassy picnic areas. When the tide is out, you can walk and wiggle your toes in the sand. Great array of restaurants from fish & chips to fine dining.

Walk the promenade and the boardwalk that juts out over the waves. There are lots of restaurants and gift stores along this strip for browsing. 20 minute walk or 7 min drive from home

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Part community centre, part local library. On rainy days, enjoy a storytime program, or check out the gym (drop-in available) to work off all that amazing Vancouver eating!

Community centre with drop in gym and toddler play gym on certain days. Check out website for more details.

Fitness and library. Excellent gym with a really reasonable drop in price (6.00$). Steam rooms for relaxing after a workout.

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Two playgrounds, a nice grassy field, community garden, basketball court, and a skate park. Perfect for a picnic with the kids, or without.

Two different play grounds for kids, picnic tables, skate park; well used and loved by locals in the summer.

Playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic tables, skate board park, community gardens, awesome summer vibe.

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Not shy to share with you, Steveston in Richmond is where Michele, I and our kids live. A historic fishing village that has a small quaint town feel within the city of Richmond, Steveston Village ... read more

Abundance of fresh seafood for purchase on the dock like sockeye salmon, shrimp, cod, sea urchin. On Sundays, there is a farmer's market worth visiting. They offer an array of local artisan shops... read more

A quaint fisherman village in Richmond. Amazing fish and chips or pickup fresh seafood right off of the boats and bring it home to cook yourself!

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In a word - wonderful. Geodesic dome, exotic plants, tropical birds and fish and little jungle creatures, friendly staff, small-but-good gift shop. What's not to love?!

Rain or shine, this flower-filled oasis features a tropical climate, lush foliage and exotic free-flying birds, all set beneath an oversized glass dome.

Inside Queen Elizabeth Park -small geodesic dome with exotic plants and tropical birds

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Kerrisdale Village is the heart of our neighbourhood - several blocks of independent restaurants, cafes, book stores, wine stores, clothing boutiques, small farm fresh fruit/vegetable stores, and e... read more

A lovely walkable neighbourhood with lots of coffee shops, casual eateries and bakeries. There you will also find a large drugstore, public Library, Community Center with indoor pool, a skating ri... read more

Shopping, restaurants, banks, coffee shops, florist, gourmet chocolate shop and many other amenities