Standing on a beautiful coastline and overlooked by spectacular mountains, Vancouver is a beautifully scenic city and an urban jewel in Canada’s picturesque crown. It is the core of Greater Vancouver, the third-largest metropolitan area in the country. A luxury holiday can take in the city’s urban splendour and it’s scenic, outdoor offerings, and also include luxury hotel experiences.
Containing an array of neighbourhoods, the city is a richly varied location with numerous activities. Fine dining opportunities can be found throughout, particularly in the Downtown and Harbourfront areas. Enjoy exquisite cuisine accompanied with warm, friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere that is as naturally hospitable as the Canadian locals. Luxury shopping is available in many districts, including the popular Robson Street in Downtown, and high-end brands in the Oakridge Fashion Centre. The cities historic flavour originates from the rustic Gastown district, the historic and spiritual origin of Vancouver. Here, you can find the famous statue of ‘Gassy Jack’, considered one of the founders of the city. This is accompanied with classic street gaslamps and many fine bars and restaurants. For those who love the outdoors, the enormous green expanse of Stanley Park is a must, with it’s innumerable scenic walkways and bike trails, and the ten-kilometre-long seawall, which traverses the coastal outer edges of the park. The North Shore area contains the Capilano Suspension Bridge - the world's longest suspension footbridge - from which the fabulous rainforest and towering trees of Capilano Park can be enjoyed. The Grouse Mountain Skyride takes you to a 1,200-metre-high viewpoint above Vancouver, offering stunning views of the city and it’s glorious surrounding area.
Excellent fine dining can be found at our featured hotels, including the elegant Hawksworth restaurant at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, one of Vancouver’s best. The Pointe Restaurant at The Wickaninnish Inn on Vancouver Island is another excellent choice; it is extremely popular with both non-residents and guests, and offers magnificent Pacific Ocean views.
Rosewood Hotel Georgia and Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver are both on the doorstep of Robson Street, Vancouver’s most popular shopping area. For the finest designer fashion brands, head to The Oakridge Centre, an upscale fashion centre that offers the most stylish and sophisticated shopping experience in all of Vancouver. If you are enjoying a luxury family holiday, Granville Island is the perfect destination, with it’s vibrant public market, intriguing boutiques and numerous toy shops in the Kid’s Market.
Outdoors: Countryside, Mountains, Beaches and Wildlife
One of the largest urban parks in North America, Stanley Park is beloved by the city, and is designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy scenic trees, mountains and water, along with gorgeous beaches and natural adventures. Capilano Park contains the world's longest suspension footbridge, among a stunning rainforest of cultural heritage. Head upwards on the Grouse Mountain Skyride for glorious views of Vancouver and British Colombia’s vistas. For a true escape, the city’s natural parks and surrounding environment offer numerous wildlife opportunities, with bear and whale-watching significant highlights.
The striking cityscape can be viewed atop Vancouver Lookout, located in the lovely harbour district and providing excellent 360-degree views from 168 metres high. Harbour cruises are a great way to relax and enjoy the sights of the city and include popular Sunset Dinner Cruises. Chinatown offers varied cultural and culinary delights and is where you will find the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Discover the garden’s harmonious mix of plants, water and architecture as you meander along the peaceful paths. World-class art can be enjoyed at Vancouver Art Gallery, located in the heart of Downtown in a stunning heritage building. Great for families, the Vancouver Aquarium is Canada’s largest; featuring Beluga Whales, dolphins and sharks.
A great way to see the sights and get around easily is with hop on, hop off tour buses that can take you throughout the city and have numerous stops in the large Stanley Park.
A variety of sightseeing and dinner cruises are available from the harbour, allowing views of the city and it’s scenic surroundings. Sunset dinner cruises offer fine dining while leisurely cruising along the Vancouver skyline, and provide the best spot in the city for watching the sun set over the Pacific.
Tours of the surrounding environment are available in Vancouver, allowing visitors the opportunity to enjoy the local wildlife, which includes seals, eagles, hawks and coyotes. Particular highlights are Whale and Grizzly Bear-watching tours, which can be easily arranged from Sonora Resort off the coast of Vancouver Island.
March through to July enjoys moderate temperatures, cooling at night, while July and August are the best months, cooling from September to December when the winter arrives and days and nights are cold.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Vancouver.
From London to Vancouver: 9 hours, 30 minutes.
Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
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In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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