A perfect mix of urbanity and nature, Vancouver has been rated amongst the top cities in the world to live, and a few days here will surely show any visitor why.

The perfect day to showcase Vancouver begins with a mocha or latte from one of many local coffee shops, followed by a stroll on the Seawall — a 22km (14 m) path that loops around the perimeter of Stanley Park, one of Canada's largest urban parks. You may even spot a sea otter or, on a rare occasion, an orca whale that has strayed into the Burrard inlet. Head over to Granville Island to have lunch and shop at the market, which is full of fresh local produce and home to many local artist studios.

Hungry after all the exploring? A culinary highlight in Vancouver is undoubtedly sushi, with an estimated 223 restaurants in the city. And in the evening, with a bit of luck you may be able to cheer on the Canucks, the city's NHL hockey team, or perhaps see a BC Lions football game at one of the downtown stadiums.

West Coasters move at a slower pace than the rest of Canada, so be sure to take your time exploring — and, in a city famous for rain, be sure to bring your umbrella, just in case, although you shouldn't let a downpour keep you from the outdoors.

Coal Harbour, marina, a short bus ride from the city. Photo by M Mack.
Spanish Banks West beach, the best dog friendly beach in town. Photo by M Mack.
Totem poles in Stanley Park. Photo by M Mack.
Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden in the heart of Chinatown. Photo by M Mack.
Lions Gate bridge as seen from Highview Lookout
Down by the docks at Port of Vancouver.

Getting There

G Adventures runs a number of departures in North America with wide range of dates and activities to cater for different tastes. We’re thrilled at the prospect of showing you Canada as you’ve never seen it — check out our small group trips here.