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The Insider’s Guide to Vancouver Vacations


aerial view of seawall in Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada

As an international destination, Vancouver delights visitors with outstanding food, epic scenery, diverse cultures and a thriving nightlife. The region truly offers something for everyone from coffee shops to outdoor adventures, like V2V Vacations from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria that take you across the Salish Sea.

Get the most from your trip to Vancouver with these activities and destinations recommended by insiders who know the authentic side of the city.

Ride a Bike Along the Stanley Park Seawall

Spring and summer in Vancouver are synonymous with fresh air and waterfront views. Plentiful bike rentals on Denman Street outside the park entrance serve tourists who want to pedal the 10-kilometre path. When weather permits, you could stop for a swim at Third Beach.

See the Art Collection at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia

This historic hotel houses a large collection of 200 Canadian contemporary art pieces and 100 restored archival photographs. Both hotel guests and visitors can see the collection. Just ask the hotel concierge for information.

Local Places to Savour Seafood

Rodney’s Oyster House is located at 1228 Hamilton Street in the upscale Yaletown neighbourhood. The lively restaurant serves fresh seafood and spirits. It’s open late, and is a cheerful place to taste the bounty of local waters. For fine dining, go to 1095 Hamilton Street where Blue Water Cafe + Raw Bar prepares sushi and sustainable seafood dishes.

Brewery and Distillery Tours on Vancouver Island

Ideally, your visit to Vancouver will include a trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island. You can cruise from Vancouver directly to Victoria’s Inner Harbor on the V2V Empress that departs daily from Downtown Vancouver. After a leisurely ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria through breathtaking coastal waters, you’ll arrive at the island where historic buildings rise from an inspiring landscape.

The tour package includes transportation to two craft breweries and a small distillery. You’ll get to taste beers and spirits made by enthusiastic craftspeople and experience a hands-on tour of the facilities.

To plan your trip to the island, check the ferry times for Vancouver to Victoria at the V2V Vacations website. The reasonable cost of a ferry from Vancouver to Victoria will translate into priceless memories of a unique destination.