What to See in Vancouver

The city’s unique colonial history combined with its diverse population means that there’s no short way to explain what to see in Vancouver. Why not start by taking in the landmarks with a tour of the city? Even if history isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other unmissable attractions to make every day of your holiday an exciting adventure.

Don’t miss Grouse Mountain if you’re a nature lover, and make time for Vancouver’s fantastic aquarium if you find ocean life fascinating. Meanwhile, the harbour is a must-see for any visitor.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Created as a matter of practicality by a Scottish engineer in the late 1800s, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park has remained a popular Vancouver tourist attraction ever since. Linking each side of the Capilano River with a beautiful (and sturdy!) suspension bridge, the park provides a great day of adventure in tranquil, natural surrounds without requiring a trip too far from the city.

Grouse Mountain

Located to the city’s north, Grouse Mountain is a popular destination for those who love exploring the great outdoors but aren’t looking to go as far as Whistler. The mountain offers everything from holiday shows to guided eco-tours for those who want to know more about the native flora and fauna. Hikers won’t be disappointed either with plenty of camping grounds and hiking trails to the summit.

Vancouver Harbour

Vancouver sightseeing doesn’t get much more iconic than the famous Vancouver Harbour. A port city since birth, Vancouver’s harbour is one of the most impressive in the world. Especially if you’re interested in maritime history, this is a must-visit attraction. Even if you’re not, Vancouver Harbour will provide a fascinating glimpse into one of the industrial pillars of modern Canada.

Whale-watching Vancouver

Let’s say you’re less interested in what’s on the water and more what’s in the water. For anyone with an interest in whale-watching, Vancouver will be your new favourite place. Daily tours depart from several ports around the city, taking excited crowds out onto the Strait of Georgia in search of orcas, humpbacks and more. Perfect if you’re staying in Gastown!

Vancouver Aquarium

Ranked among the most familiar Vancouver landmarks, the historic Vancouver Aquarium is one of the most well-respected and animal-friendly conservationist organisations in the world. Both a living record of Canadian sea life and a determined effort to protect them, animal lovers need look no further than the Vancouver Aquarium for a life-affirming day out.