Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside theCoast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with one of the mildest climates in Canada.
As for holidays to Vancouver, it is reassuring to note the city was voted the "Best City in the Americas"for 2004, 2005 and 2006 by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, based on the categories of ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging,and shopping. One of Vancouver's greatest attractions is its rich mosaic of neighbourhoods. Ethnically and culturally diverse, each has adistinct and always welcoming, personality.
The historic district of Gastown is the oldest neighbourhood of Vancouver. It is still as
colourful and quaint as ever with its cobblestone streets, artists' studios,
designer shops, and antique stores in refurbished heritage buildings. Gastown
is also home to the world's first steam-powered clock, one of Vancouver's
most photographed attractions.
An eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and galleries, Granville Island is perhaps most famous for its large and bustling Public Market, where local food vendors and artisans peddle their wares. While on holiday, browse the charming shops of the Net Loft, where retailers offer everything from exotic stationary to beads of every shape and kind, funky hats, books and locally-made fashions.
Every major city has a famous shopping and cruising strip; in Vancouver this is Robson Street. Head here for high fashion, trendy restaurants and bars, the coffee-shop culture and even a little star spotting; don't forget, this is the Hollywood of the North, and Robson Street is a favourite spot for visiting stars to shine.
Whales, Bears and Vancouver
British Columbia & Alberta - a Bed & Breakfast Tour
Western Canada - Motorhome Adventure
Iconic Rockies and Western Canada Tour plus the Inside Passage Cruise
Great Parks of Western Canada
Western Dreams Family Adventure
B.C. and the Bears
Canada - Mountain Country
Unlimited Adventures - Canada
Grand Canadian Rockies - a Tauck Escorted Tour
Western Canada - Rail and Sail
Deluxe Trans Canada by Rail
Vancouver and Great Bear Lodge
Majestic Alaska & Glacier Discovery Alaska Cruise
Great Parks & Lakes of Western Canada
British Columbia & Alberta - Motorhome Tour
Vancouver Whale watching
Foodie Tours - Granville Island Market
Grouse Mountain & Capilano
Whistler Day Tour
Vancouver City & the Lookout
Vancouver to Victoria (one way)
Sea to Sky Tour
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford