Welcome to Vancouver
Whether you want to spend your time exploring beautiful beaches, modern city streets or breathtaking mountains, Vancouver is your spot. Known for its genuine diversity and for being one of the most livable cities in the world, there are so many reasons to love this cosmopolitan city.

How to get to Vancouver

By Air

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second-largest airport in Canada, conveniently located just 7 miles from downtown Vancouver. The Canada Line rapid transit train will get you into downtown in a breezy 30 minutes for around $8. Taxis are another great option, and will run you in the neighborhood of $20 depending on your destination. At this time (early 2019), Ride Share companies like Uber and Lyft are not available as transport options from YVR.

Local etiquette in Vancouver

Tipping

Appropriate tipping is 15-20% for waitstaff at restaurants, 10-15% for taxi drivers and tour guides and $1/drink for bartenders.
Other

If you're cycling around Vancouver (which can be a great idea) be sure to use designated bike lanes and NOT the sidewalks.
Greeting

Canadians are extremely friendly people. Expect plenty of small talk from shop workers, restaurant servers, and the like.

What's the weather like in Vancouver?

April - October is a great time to visit, as it is the warmer and drier months in Vancouver. However, due to moderate, sunny summers and mild, rainy winters, visitors are able to enjoy the city year round.
Spring
61° F (16° C)
37° F (3° C)
Summer
72° F (22° C)
52° F (11° C)
Fall
64° F (17° C)
37° F (3° C)
Winter
46° F (8° C)
32° F (0° C)

How to get around in Vancouver

Public Transport
All Vancouver public transportation is run by TransLink, which operates the Canada Line, SkyTrain Rapid Transport, SeaBuses, buses and the West Coast Express. Compass Cards are used to pay for all public transportation. Just make sure you don’t lose yours, as a $5 deposit is needed to buy one.
Walking
Vancouver is known for being a very walkable city. The cheapest way to get around is on foot combined with public transport.
Taxi
Since Uber & Lyft don’t exist in Vancouver, taxis are plentiful.
Other
Biking in Vancouver is a must! You can rent a bike from a bike rental service like Spokes or download the app for Mobi, Vancouver’s public bike sharing system.

Where should I eat in Vancouver?

Breakfast restaurants in Vancouver

Nero Belgian Waffle Bar ($)
Belgian Waffles

Interliners love the:
Berry & Mascarpone Waffles


Nero Belgian Waffle Bar Website
1703 Robson St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1C9, Canada
Red Umbrella Cafe ($$)
American Cafe & Coffee Shop

Interliners love the:
Wild Smoked Salmon & Avocado Omelette


Red Umbrella Cafe Website
1707 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5, Canada
Bandidas Taqueria ($$$)
Mexican

Interliners love the:
Mexican Breakfast


Bandidas Taqueria Website
2781 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4C5, Canada

Brunch restaurants in Vancouver

Joe’s Grill ($)
American Cafe

Interliners love the:
Spicy Pulled Pork Hash


Joe’s Grill Website
1031 Davie St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1M5, Canada
Cafe Medina ($$)
Mediterranean Cafe

Interliners love the:
Cassoulet


Cafe Medina Website
780 Richards St, Vancouver, BC V6B 0C8, Canada
Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge ($$$)
BBQ, French cuisine, Thai

Interliners love the:
Brioche French Toast


Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge Website
845 Hornby St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1T9, Canada

Lunch restaurants in Vancouver

Meat & Bread ($)
Canadian Fast Food

Interliners love the:
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich


Meat & Bread Website
370 Cambie St, Hastings, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2N3, Canada
Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market ($$)
Seafood

Interliners love the:
Prawn Bahn Mi


Fanny Bay Oyster Bar & Shellfish Market Website
762 Cambie St, Vancouver BC V6B 2P2, Canada
Miku ($$$)
Japanese

Interliners love the:
Sashimi Lunch


Miku Website
70-200 Granville St, Corner of Canada Place and Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1S4, Canada

Dinner restaurants in Vancouver

Peaked Pies ($)
Australian Bakery Cafe

Interliners love the:
Traditional Aussie


Peaked Pies Website
975 Denman St, British Columbia V6G 2M3, Canada
AnnaLena ($$)
Contemporary Canadian

Interliners love the:
Bison


AnnaLena Website
1809 1st Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6J 5B8, Canada
Bishop’s ($$$)
Canadian

Interliners love the:
Duck Confit


Bishop’s Website
2183 4th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V6K 1N7, Canada

Other eats and bites in Vancouver

Mom’s Grilled Cheese Truck

Try the The Jackson 3
Tacofino

Try the Fish Tacos

Things to do in Vancouver

Stanley Park ($0+) Escape the city and spend some time in this extensive park, which boasts beaches, trails and a miniature train. You can sit back and enjoy the views on a tour or discover the park on your own by walking or cycling. Stanley Park Website
Vancouver Lookout ($10+) Take a glass elevator up to an observation deck that has 360 degree views of the city! Vancouver Lookout Website
Granville Island ($0+) Practically its own mini-city, Granville Island’s former factories now house trendy restaurants, galleries and theaters. But the main draw here is the Granville Island Public Market, often described as one of the most open-air markets in North America. Granville Island Website
Capilano Suspension Bridge ($20+) This 450-foot treetop bridge offers scenic views of the forest below and the perfect spot to snap a cool picture. Capilano Suspension Bridge Website
Museum of Anthropology at UBC ($16+) This museum, located at the University of British Columbia, “is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing the world through challenging and innovative programs and partnerships with Indigenous, local and global communities.”
Museum of Anthropology at UBC Website
Grouse Mountain ($30+) Experience views that will take your breath away at “The Peak of Vancouver”. This mountain has so much to offer, from zip-ling to a “Theatre in the Sky” to great hiking and more. Grouse Mountain Website
Gastown ($0+) Known for its whistling steam clock, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood maintains its historic charm and unconventional spirit. It is the perfect area to explore on foot! Gastown Website
VanDusen Botanical Garden ($5+) Vandusen Botanical Garden is a 55-acre oasis in the heart of Vancouver with over 7,500 plant species and varieties from around the world! VanDusen Botanical Garden Website
Queen Elizabeth Park ($0+) This beautiful city park has beautiful flower gardens, great open spaces for a picnic, public art and panoramic views over the city. Queen Elizabeth Park Website
Kitsilano Beach ($0+) If the weather is nice, follow locals to Vancouver’s most popular swim spot! Kitsilano Beach Website

Vancouver festivals and parades

  • Mar
    Cherry Blossom Festival
    “Running from the end of March through to mid-April each year, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival offers a cultural calendar full of opportunities to capture the beauty, including a line-up of arts events, community bike rides, cherry blossom viewing tours and traditional Japanese festivities.”
  • Apr
    TED Conference
    I’m sure you’ve heard of the TED Conference, an event with over 100 speakers giving 18-minute presentations on topics such as Technology, Entertainment and Design. Even if you aren’t able to attend this exclusive conference though, you can still participate, as there are live stream broadcast sites set up around Vancouver.
  • Jul
    Celebration of Light
    At the end of July, this festival lights up the sky over English Bay for three nights. Spectacular displays of fireworks are choreographed to music, as three countries compete to wow the crowds!
  • Sep
    Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)
    “Starting in late September each year, Vancouver is home to one of North America’s biggest film festivals. There’s no question that Vancouver International Film Festival is a heavy-hitter, with more than 140,000 film fans enjoying 380 movies screened in the 16-day festival.”

What's the nightlife like in Vancouver?

Photo © Bellagio Wine Bar
Bellagio Wine Bar
(website)
This waterfront bar has a great view of the harbour and a relaxing atmosphere.
Don't miss:
Reasonable selection of beers and wine.
Tip: The starters are very large portions!
Photo © Granville Entertainment District
Granville Entertainment District
(website)
This seven-block neighborhood located in downtown Vancouver is known for its bars and dance clubs.
Don't miss:
Ground-zero for hard-partying.
Tip: Weekends are busy on Granville street. Be prepared for entrance lines.
Photo © Mainstreet / SoMa
Mainstreet / SoMa
(website)
Often called “hipster-central,” the nightlife on Main and SoMa has a relaxed atmosphere that is focused on music.
Don't miss:
If you're looking for some good eats while you're out, this area has a lot of unique options.
Tip: If you're looking for a grown-up bar scene, the Cascade Room in SoMa is a great spot.

Vancouver hidden gems

Stuart's Bakery
This little bakery in the Granville Island market has so many yummy pastries that are worth a try. We recommend the fresh fruit tart!
A Hidden Treehouse
This treehouse offers a great view of the Second Narrows Bridge… if you can find it!
Cardero Bottega
This hole-in-the-wall coffee shop is hidden away in the West End! It is built into the bottom floor of a house and is a great spot to relax and sip on some coffee or tea.