Amazing restaurants, great beaches and good times – there’s so much to love about Vancouver Canada.
As one of the most diverse cities in all of Canada, discover what makes this city so great at its incredible museums. Start off at the Museum of Vancouver. Focusing on the civic history of Vancouver, discover some of the people and events that helped shape this amazing city.
If you’ve got a love for ancient and indigenous history, be blown away by the University of British Columbia's Museum of Anthropology. With its life-size totems and massive collection of art and artefacts, learn about Vancouver’s First Nations peoples at this awesome museum.
Soak up some of Vancouver’s cultural offerings by visiting the Vancouver Art Gallery, or by participating in some of its incredible festivals. Explore the city streets in search of graffiti art at the Vancouver Mural Festival, or enjoy jazzy beats at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Feel the sea breeze brush your face as you breathe in the vibes of Vancouver Folk Music Festival, or chill out on one of the city’s many beaches.
If outdoor adventure is your thing, British Columbia’s got you covered. This Canadian State is known for its lush forests and beautiful vistas, and its major city is no exception. Explore the hiking trails of Stanley Park or do the Grouse Grind on Grouse Mountain.
Enjoy the best of Vancouver’s culinary scene on Granville Island. With its amazing restaurants and open-air markets, you’ll be all set for fresh produce and remarkable dining experiences. If you’re keen for more of a wild night out, catch the SkyTrain to Yaletown. This former warehouse district is now the place to go for the best bars and clubs in Vancouver.
With so many places to explore, you’ll never be stuck for what to do in Vancouver. Let Contiki be your guide to this amazing Canadian city.
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When it comes to parties and celebrations, Vancouver knows how to have a good time. Showcasing the best local and international artists, check out some of the city’s best festivals. From attending jazz concerts to searching for public art murals, here are our picks for our favourite festivals in Vancouver.
Check out the best of the city’s music, art and comedy scenes at the Music Waste Festival. Held over four days in June, this annual festival takes place at multiple venues across the city. Check out its program online to buy tickets to its music concerts, as well as its comedy and art performances.
The most iconic dish of Canadian cuisine, trying poutine is a must when you’re visiting Vancouver. This Quebecoise staple is made with hand-cut French fries that are doused in gravy and fresh cheese curds. Dig into a plate of poutine at La Belle Patate in Vancouver.
Best eaten at - La Belle Patate, 1215 Davie St, BC V6E 1N1
When it comes to Canadian comfort food, bannock is one of the best. Made using flour, sugar, salt, yeast and water, this flat bread has its origins in the cuisine of Canada’s Indigenous peoples. What was once cooked on fire pits, bannock is more commonly oven-baked or pan-fried today.
Best eaten at - Salmon n’ Bannock 1128 W Broadway 7, BC V6H 1G5
As a city on the water, you’d expect Vancouver’s seafood to be top-notch. From wild salmon to shucked oysters. Vancouver doesn’t disappoint. Our favourite seafood snack? Head over to Joe Fortes’ for their lobster and shrimp roll. Mixed in a classic remoulade sauce, bits of lobster and shrimp are stuffed into a house-made bun. Delicious.
Best eaten at - Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House, 777 Thurlow St, BC V6E 3V5
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, saskatoon pie will have you coming back for seconds. Celebrating dark, juicy saskatoon berries, natives of Canada, these purple berries are stuffed into a crispy pie crust. Served with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream, pick up a slice from The Pie Shoppe in Vancouver.
Best eaten at - The Pie Shoppe, 1875 Powell St, BC V5L 1H8
You’ve probably heard of Steame, but you’ve never seen Canadian hotdogs like this. A Vancouver original, Japadog is one of the city’s favourite street vendors. Selling its staple beef sausage with seaweed flakes, teriyaki sauce, miso, wasabi and kimchi, JapaDog is the ultimate in fusion food.
Best eaten at - JapaDog, 899 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC