Nestled between the towering mountains to the north and the surrounding waters of the Burrard Inlet and Strait of Georgia, Vancouver is supremely rich in scenic beauty. The city's unique topography leaves you in awe with a feeling of vastness and wide open spaces. In just a short time, you can go from the 1,231-metre peak of Grouse Mountain to the sandy shores of Kitsilano Beach. You get mountaintop and sea level in one holiday package. Vancouver is a young city by European standards, and it's well known as one of the world's cleanest cities. The City of Vancouver is working a sustainability action plan designed to make it the greenest city in the world. Dining, shopping, hiking, boating and nightlife are all part of the Vancity experience. Pack your bags and book your Vancouver package holiday to get in on all the excitement.
What is the weather in Vancouver?
Vancouver enjoys a West Coast marine climate that provides the city with moderate weather year round. Summer months peak in July and August with clear sunny weather and temperatures that reach a high of about 30 degrees C. Spring and Autumn months bring enough rain to keep the air clean and fresh and to maintain the lush growth of trees, plants and grasses. In winter, the city may or may not get a few dustings of snow, but the mountains on the North Shore always get enough of the white stuff to support skiing, snowboarding and other winter outdoor activities. Book a flight and hotel in Vancouver in the summer to enjoy hot beaches and warm evening strolls in this cosmopolitan city, or choose a winter holiday package to hit the slopes during peak ski season.
What to visit around Vancouver
If you want to check out the capital of British Columbia, you can make a day trip or weekend getaway to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Enjoy Canada's version of British High Tea at the Empress Hotel, shop the street vendor stalls lined up along the inner harbour promenade, or visit Butchart Gardens to enjoy a display of horticultural magic.
You can take a 30-minute harbour-to-harbour flight from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria on a small floatplane, or you can book one of the regularly scheduled flights from the airport as part of your holiday package. To fit this excursion into your low-cost holiday plans, make the 1.5-hour trip to Victoria by ferry. Sit out on the deck or relax in the restaurant as you enjoy the view of the Strait of Georgia and the rugged coastal islands. If you're lucky, you may spot a pod of whales as you cross the straight and pass through the coastal islands. Discover how to include this in your itinerary when you book your flight to Vancouver.
What to do in Vancouver
Vancouver is a bustling, modern city with a wide variety of things to offer in the way of dining, shopping and outdoor activities. When you plan your all-inclusive holiday package to Vancity, keep these must-see attractions and must-do activities in mind:
Take the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views and dinner at The Observatory
Walk, jog, or cycle the Seawall to enjoy up to 28 kilometres of Vancouver's spectacular waterfront
Feed squirrels and ducks in Stanley Park, Vancouver's 400-hectare urban, green jewel
Shop the trendy boutiques on Robson Street and Vancouver's luxury lane on Alberni Street
Take the glass elevator to the rooftop observation deck of the downtown Vancouver Lookout for a sky-high viewpoint
Catch the BC Lions in a Canadian League Football game at BC Place Stadium
Savour deliciously refreshing artisan ice cream, and let the kids cool off in the water park on Granville Island
While you're in Stanley Park, be sure to visit the Vancouver Aquarium. Stroll among the massive tanks, and follow the serene movements of a bloom of jellyfish, find an octopus tentacle reaching out of a cave, get a close-up look at circling blacktip sharks, and watch for tiny spotted eels popping out of the sand. The aquarium is a research and conservation facility, and it offers a variety of educational programs for the whole family. Be sure to check out the aquarium when you compare holiday package options.
Keep the educational theme going with a visit to Science World. Watch films on the huge Omnimax dome screen, attend interactive live science shows, and visit a variety of galleries designed for hands-on discovery. Be sure to make room in your Vancouver package holiday for this enlightening experience.
What to eat in Vancouver
Going hand-in-hand with the city's diverse culture, Vancouver's food scene spans a wide variety of eateries. If you're working on a low-cost holiday plan, you can find lots of places that provide good food while sparing your wallet. Try Mogu on Howe Street downtown for Japanese street eats, or go to Gringo in Gastown for a spicy Mexican meal. For a Vancouver holiday at the other end of the scale, fine-dining options include the farm-to-table goodness of Edible Canada at the Market on Granville Island and the Pacific Northwest cuisine of Bishop's Restaurant in Kitsilano. Let the chef know you're on the way by booking your flight from Manchester to Vancouver.