Vancouver travel guide

The snow-capped mountains less than a 30-minute drive away and the stunning harbour which fronts the city are just two of the reasons why travellers and locals alike love Vancouver. Oh then there’s the progressive food scene, the outstanding craft breweries, the green city oasis of Stanley Park, the neighbourhoods like Gastown, Yaletown and Chinatown, and the Granville Island Public Markets – all of which are just the tip of Vancouver’s must-do iceberg. If you’re planning a visit, explore our Vancouver travel guide and find out how to make the most of your time in Canada’s west coast metropolis. We’ve collected the best tips from our travel experts, and have top suggestions for things to do, the best time to travel, where to stay in Vancouver, getting around and more.

Where to stay

When thinking about where to stay in Vancouver, the most important consideration is locality – how close is your hotel to the things you want to see and do most? Choosing accommodation with this in mind will help cut down on your overall transport costs, leaving you with more money to enjoy your holiday and buy some great souvenirs. The value of being able to leave your hotel in the morning and only having a short walk to the day’s destinations cannot be overstated. To get you started, here’s a short list of our favourite areas to stay in Vancouver.

Things to do

When you’re looking for things to do in Vancouver, you’ll be spoiled for choice. A diverse, multicultural city, Vancouver is home to beautiful natural scenery and a booming arts scene. While you’re here, treat your taste buds to some of the most incredible seafood in the world. There’s also a wealth of unique historical sites to explore.

Travel tips

Travelling to Canada, much like travelling to the United States, is a fairly simple process for Australians looking to visit. We have a certain amount of shared history with Canada, so the desire to explore its natural wonders – so different from our own – is a powerful one.  What if you’ve never been before though? Not to worry, we’ve put together a few Vancouver travel tips that we think will serve you well on your trip to the true north. Don’t forget to speak with your Flight Centre Travel Expert prior to departure to make sure you’ve got everything organised.

Getting Around

Using Vancouver transport, even when you aren’t very familiar with the area, is extremely easy. Between its simple grid-like streets that allow traffic to move freely and the reliable public transport, getting from Point A to Point B is typically painless.  Unlike a lot of other global cities, getting around Vancouver is one of the easiest and most enjoyable parts of any visit. There’s so much to see as you pass through town, whether you’re taking a taxi, riding the train, on board a ferry, cycling, or even just walking.

Where to eat

Vancouver food and drink is one of the things the city prides itself on. A delightful restaurant or quaint cafe is never far away here....


Vancouver shopping is a unique experience. As a hub of art and industry in equal measure, it’s possible to find everything from locally made fashion to one-of-a-kind Canadian antiques here. With the Canadian dedication to ice hockey, even sports memorabilia fans will be well-served.  Where to start, though? To answer that, we’ve put together a list of just a few of our favourite spots in the Vancouver shopping guide below. Adding a little retail therapy to your itinerary is easy when you’re on holiday in Vancouver, and so is finding the perfect souvenir.

Best time to travel

Positioned on the south-western corner of the Canadian continent, weather in Vancouver is actually far more temperate than that of other Canadian cities.  Its winters are cold, but less so than somewhere further north like Edmonton. The summers mirror an Australian autumn, warm enough to remain comfortable without being blazingly hot. Overall, however, Australians unused to cooler climes should make sure they bring enough warm clothes.


During the warmer summer months is when Vancouver parks and beaches are at their most beautiful. Yes, it’s true, Vancouver isn’t just cold year-round. Particularly if you’re outdoorsy, exploring Vancouver’s many parks and beaches will make for a great way to unwind and leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind for a moment. You might even see a moose! If you visit Vancouver in winter, the parks are still gorgeous for a stroll and the beaches are still lovely to look at. Perhaps don’t worry about packing your swimmers though.