Top Things to See and Do
One of Vancouver's favourite outdoor hangout spots is Stanley Park. It offers spectacular waterfront, mountain-fringed views on one side and dense forest canopy on the other. With a seawall trail that can be walked around in 3 hours or a popular choice is renting a bike from near the park entrance to cover the route faster. As well as a place to view the nine totem poles and other First Nations art.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
One of the world's longest and highest suspension bridges over the Capilano Canyon, The Capilano Suspension Bridge, let you take in a unique perspective of the treetops. Or if walking gingerly along the bridge isn't exciting enough you can try the Treetops Adventures, or maybe explore the glass-bottom cliffside walkway and the elevated canopy trail through the trees.
Home to the hipster scene of Vancouver, Main has become the city's coolest spot with many of its best independent cafes, shops, bars and restaurants. Expect to find a lot of changes here as this area is constantly developing, including the Olympic Village, the waterfront neighbourhood which is continuing to add new places to eat and drink. After browsing the boutiques on Main, then stop in at Brassneck Brewery for one of Vancouver's favourite ales.
Granville Island Public Market
Journey to Granville Island's highlight is the covered Market, an indoor market featuring a fascinating assortment of produce, - all fresh from the ocean, oven or field! As well as a chance to grab some bakery treat you will also find a maze of unique shops and art studios.
For a little nature and adventure, head to Grouse Mountain for majestic views, outdoor activities in summer and snow-based activities in winter. Ride the skyride, visit the bears at the animal refuge or get the adrenaline pumping on the zipline. In Summer the Skyride gondola tickets include access to lumberjack shows, alpine hiking and bird-of-prey displays. There is also restaurants offered on Grouse Mountain if you fancy dining and taking in the incredible sunset.
Under the distinction geodesic dome along the waterfront is the ever-popular Science World, which showcases tons of exhibition space and a cool outdoor park crammed with hands-on fun. Inside you will find two whole floors of educational play, including a walk-in hamster wheel to an air-driven ball maze. Alongside the permanent attractions there is also regularly changing exhibitions as well as displays of scientific principles on the giant Omnimax Theatre. Also check out the adults only After Dark events, combining bar drinks and live entertainment that are staged every two months.
Gastown & Chinatown
Explore historic Gastown, Vancouver's cobbled old-town district. Stroll along Water Street, see the Steam Clock, then fuel up with a sandwich at Meat & Bread. Becoming famous for it's unique urban vibes, Gastown, is now home to some the city's best independent shops, bars and restaurants.
Almost as old is historic Chinatown, one of the most vibrant places in Vancouver with its constant growth of new condo buildings and hipster coffee shops.
Located in Queen Elizabeth Park this balmy, triodetic-domed conservatory is an idea spot to take in the tropical plants and birds during a rainy day. You'll find a collection of tropical trees and plants bristling with hundreds of free-flying, bright-plumaged birds. Look out for parrots and colourful Gouldian finches, African superb starlings and even a Lady Amherst pheasant through the undergrowth.
Last Updated: 24 April 2018
All travellers to Canada must carry a machine readable passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure. Travel advice is available from the New Zealand Government Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade at www.safetravel.govt.nz
All travellers to Canada are required to obtain the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to travel, see www.cic.gc.ca
GETTING AROUND by Car
Take the time to explore and discover as you make your way around Canada. Driving is on the right hand side of the road. Talk to your Travel Consultant for details about Rental Car Hire.
The Canadian Dollar (CAD) is the official unit of currency in Canada.
In Canada tipping is expected in restaurants, bars and taxis (15-20% of the bill) as well as for hotel porters (CAD1 per bag) and tour guides (10% of the tour price).
110V 60Hz. Two flat pin plug. (An adapter is required)
Last Updated: 24 April 2018
Weather & Events/Public Holidays
Canada's climate varies tremendously, with sub-zero temperatures in winter. Towns are geared to challenge the cold surroundings with covered walkways and indoor malls to protect from the elements.
New Years Day
Family Day (Second Monday in Feb)
Good Friday (Friday before Easter Sunday in Mar/Apr)
Victoria Day (Third Monday in May)
BC Day (Third Monday in Aug)
Labour Day (First Monday in Sep)
Thanksgiving Day (Second Monday in Oct)