Vancouver city break

An outdoorsy city break in Vancouver, Canada

Surrounded by temperate rainforest, the Pacific Ocean and mountains, we can see why Vancouver is consistently named among the most liveable cities in the world. Just a two-hour drive from Whistler along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway, combine a Vancouver city break with your winter ski trip.

Vancouver waterfront © Tourism Vancouver

Admire the waterfront views on a Vancouver city break © Tourism Vancouver


Popular with outdoorsy Vancouverites and visitors alike, Stanley Park is 1,001 acres of temperate rainforest, sandy beaches and pretty lakes. Wander along the Stanley Park Seawall to the Totem Poles with your eyes peeled for racoons, bald eagles and otters. Rent a bicycle and take in the views along the Seawall with its backdrop of the Coastal Mountains and ocean views. Across the Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver, explore the forest as you cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Between December and January, the bridges are beautifully lit up during the Canyon Lights Festival.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park © Tourism Vancouver

Walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park © Tourism Vancouver


Take the scenic Skyride Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. On a clear day, views stretch as far as the eye can see. Soar over the treetops on the adrenaline-inducing zip line that can reach 80km/hr, with views over the Blue Grouse Lake region. Another perspective of the city can be had from a seaplane. See how Vancouver is flanked by channels feeding into the Pacific Ocean and the soaring mountains.

Grouse Mountain Winter Skyride © Grouse Mountain

Take the Grouse Mountain Winter Skyride for views over Vancouver © Grouse Mountain


Discover the diverse areas of Vancouver, from Main Street’s independent boutiques and coffee shops of Commercial Drive, to the galleries of Gastown, the city’s historic neighbourhood. Wander along Water Street past vintage lamp posts to the famous steam clock. Ascend the 40-second elevator to views of the city at the Vancouver Lookout. The Vancouver Art Gallery has more than 11,000 visual artworks, including an extensive Emily Carr collection.

Science World © Tourism Vancouver

Learn about the local culture and history © Tourism Vancouver


With a rise in organic farms and wineries, as well as locally caught game and seafood, Vancouver’s cuisine sets a precedent for sustainable dining. Fable, a restaurant that supports the farm-to-table movement, creates sharing plates with local ingredients. Head to The Belgard Kitchen for lunch before sampling the popular West Coast Pale Ale at Postmark Brewing. Alternatively, a selection of British Columbian wines at the Vancouver Urban Winery.

Tasting beer and wine © Railtown Belgard Kitchen , Vancouver

Tasting beer and wine © Railtown Belgard Kitchen


After a long flight and outdoor activities, unwind in the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s spa. Choose between a relaxing massage, deep Japanese Zen tub or a swim in the heated outdoor pool. Rooms at the Fairmont are stylish, bright and modern. Opt for city views over Gastown or Harbour views of the mountains and ocean.

Rooftop pool © Pacific Rim, Vancouver

Relax by the heated rooftop pool on a Vancouver city break © Fairmont Pacific Rim


If your trip coincides with January’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival, there are plenty of fantastic foodie events. Dine on a three-course meal at over 300 restaurants, make cocktails, experience immersive culinary or learn about British Columbian wine and craft beer at a tasting.

Dine Out Festival © Dine Out Festival, Tourism Vancouver

Vancouver city break © Dine Out Festival, Tourism Vancouver

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