Discover Vancouver

A hive of multiculturalism and diversity, the British Columbia capital is made up of more than a dozen enclaves, which showcase distinct heritage, belief systems and lifestyles.

Flanked by all this and much more, the exciting and thriving city of Vancouver is a truly spectacular Canadian hotspot.

A shiny and cosmopolitan metropolis, internationally renowned for preserving its natural beauty, Vancouver, as USA Today exclaimed, is a “supermodel of North American cities”. A hive of multiculturalism and diversity, the British Columbia capital is made up of more than a dozen enclaves, which showcase distinct heritage, belief systems and lifestyles.

Experience the exotic smells and vibrant culture of North America's third-largest Chinatown. Watch as rainbow flags and sunburst banners wave proudly on the streets of West End’s Davie Village. Mingle with the hippies-turned-young-professionals in suburban hub of Kitsilano.

Learn about the history of Vancouver and the First Nations people on the cobbled streets of Gastown. Taste the flavours of the region and meet renowned local producers at Granville Island Public Market. Encounter the colours, sounds and traditions of Punjabi Market.

Set on the doorstep of a giant wilderness area  fringed by the Pacific Ocean and Pacific Coast Range  Vancouver is an outstanding destination for outdoorsy travellers.

Ski and snowboard the world-class slopes of 2010 Winter Olympics site, Whistler – one of North America’s top ski resorts. Or take to the slopes of Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain; all of which are located within just 30km from Vancouver’s inner city.

Go off road on the renowned mountain bike trails of the North Shore and Sunshine Coast. Enlist on a white-water adventure on Capilano River, Lynn Creek or Seymour River. Surf the legendary breaks of Vancouver Island. Discover one of the greatest urban parks in the world, with a walk through 1,000-acre wildlife haven, Stanley Park. Or take in Canada’s famous wilderness, including bears and wolves, from aboard Grouse Mountain’s aerial tram.

Good-looking, smart, cultural and athletic, Vancouver is a stunning holiday destination, with an outstanding array of things to see and do.

Discover Vancouver

  • Together with partner, Alaska Airlines, Virgin Australia operates flights to Vancouver, from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 26 November 2012
Quick Facts 
Population Approx. 2.3 million
Time Zone GMT -8 hours
Languages English, French
Currency Canadian dollar ($CAD)
Electricity 120v - 60Hz
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