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A Vancouver travel guide – cosmopolitan shopping, fresh seafood and leafy parks with sea views

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Each visitor will have a unique experience on a Vancouver vacation. Against a scenic backdrop of mountains and the Pacific Ocean lies a medley of markets and designer boutiques, leafy green spaces and lively brewpubs. Book a Vancouver hotel and settle into this inspiring city.

Savvy shopping

A colorful parade of well-heeled patrons descends on Robson Street to browse the upscale chains and designer boutiques. Over on Granville Island, arts and crafts lovers come to the Public Market to watch potters work their magic or marvel at local artwork. Funky retro shops and local designers show their wares between the souvenir shops in Gastown.

Getting outside

Stanley Park is a must-see on a Vancouver vacation. Placid lagoons, fragrant flower gardens and shaded paths meander through the towering cedar and Douglas fir trees. The seawall rings the park, providing a stunning view of sea, sky and forest. Head east of downtown to take a stroll through the tranquil ponds and stone walkways of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Join sun-worshippers on Second Beach, or rent a bike for a scenic ride on nearby Grouse Mountain. 

Innovative local flavors

Due to Vancouver’s proximity to the Pacific, seafood is a menu highlight, but Asian influences enhance the local cuisine as well. Splurge on a British Columbian six-course seafood dinner in a hip Yaletown dining room, or snack on beef satay in a Thai restaurant. After a day of sightseeing, stop for a frothy mug of beer and fried clams on a brewpub patio before heading back to your Vancouver hotel. 

Museums and culture

Giant, colorfully-carved totem poles tower above an impressive collection of First Nations masks and sculptures at the Museum of Anthropology. At the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, beluga whales whistle and blow among thousands of sea creatures. Vancouver Art Gallery exhibits canvases of West Coast art, while Monte Clark Gallery presents rising stars.