Places to Visit in Vancouver
Where do we even start? Vancouver is chock-a-block full of incredible sights, sounds and tastes, which is why this city is always among the top of the list in international surveys of Best Places To Visit.Top Vancouver attractions include Canada Place, easily recognizable by its five white sails along the city’s waterfront and home to the bustling Cruise Ship Terminal, the iconic dome of Science World at the Telus World of Science, and Stanley Park, 400 hectares of pristine urban parklands and home to the famous SeaWall pathway. At Hampton Inn & Suites, you are within walking distance to everything Vancouver has to offer. Check into your room or suite at our hotel and enjoy the city at your fingertips.
Top 10 Things to Do in Vancouver
There’s so much to do in Vancouver, but to help you get started, we’ve narrowed it down a list of Top Ten must-do’s, in no particular order:
Stanley Park By Foot Or Bike
Home to the stunning Seawall walking/cycling/rollerblading path, the Vancouver Aquarium and several amazing beaches with concession stands and public washrooms, Stanley Park is a truly beautiful inner-city oasis showcasing the area’s towering old-growth forest, a miniature railway, a kids’ splash park and more. Our hotel offers free three-hour bike rentals, perfect for a ride along the seawall.
Cobblestone sidewalks and streets, charming boutiques, hipster coffee houses and street buskers make this neighbourhood a must-see stop. The area is home to the iconic Gastown Steam Clock, which whistles and steams every quarter-hour. You’ll also find a host of true-Canadiana souvenirs to take home, such as Maple Syrup and all-things-Maple-leafed.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Vancouver is a savvy shopper’s dream-come-true. Stroll Robson Street, the Pacific Centre Mall or boutique shops in Yaletown and Gastown for fabulous finds to bring home. High-end designer shops include Nordstrom (Robson Street at Granville Street) and Holt Renfrew (Granville Street at Dunsmuir Street). No map required - just head out the hotel door and start walking!
Take The False Creek Aquabus Tour
By far the coolest way to get around to various neighbourhoods dotting False Creek, the small rainbow-coloured Aquabuses provides daily passenger-only trips to Hornby Street, Granville Island, David Lam Park, Stamps Landing, Spyglass Landing, Yaletown, Plaza of Nations and The Village. Catch the Aquabus at Plaza of Nations, just a few minutes by foot from our hotel and enjoy the hop-on-hop-off service with a daily pass.
Hit Up Granville Island
This place has something for all ages. From an amazing kids market and fun outdoor features including a giant splash ‘n’ spray park to craft beer, trendy restaurants, art galleries and a gorgeous public market with talented buskers, this island-that’s-not-quite-an-island is a top destination for tourists and locals alike.
Relax at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
To experience zen-like peace and quiet in the middle of a bustling city, head to the majestic and inspiring Vancouver Chinese Garden, providing insights into Chinese culture, architecture, horticulture and life during the Ming Dynasty. The garden is located at Carrall Street and Keefer Street on the edge of Gastown.
Full of life, colour and culture, Vancouver’s historic Chinatown is where you’ll find authentic Chinese fashion, food and art. Enter Chinatown through the beautiful Millennium Gate on West Pender Street near Carrall Street. The Jimi Hendrix Shrine is also located in Chinatown at 207 Union Street. Now a restaurant, this lot was the home of Hendrix’s grandmother and where he lived when attending primary school in Vancouver.
Soak Up Some Sun at Kits Beach
The place to be during the gorgeous spring and summer months, Kitsilano Beach is a hot beach-time destination. With volleyball courts, tennis courts, a kid’s playground, grass fields, basketball courts, public washrooms, a concession, and lifeguards on duty from late May to early September, this beach is easily accessible from the Seawall.
Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is actually in North Vancouver, but well worth the short trip over the Lions Gate Bridge or Second Narrows Bridge to get there. Walk through the tree-tops of Western Canada’s old-growth forest or take the Cliffwalk (a series of cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms) following a granite precipice along the Capilano River. It’s a rush!
Go Up Grouse Mountain
Known as the Peak of Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a winter wonderland for skiers and a summer dream for mountain bikers and trailblazers. Take a gondola ride up the mountainside to reach the peak, where you’ll find a cool Lumberjack Show, disc golf, a peak chalet, paragliding and Heli-tour opportunities and the Grouse Mountain Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, with resident Grizzly Bears Grinder and Coola. In summer months, test your fitness with the Grouse Grind, also known as Nature’s Stairmaster, instead of taking the Gondola.