Sunset over Vancouver

Spotlight on Vancouver

Posted September 2nd, 2017

Located in the southwest corner of British Columbia, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most popular cruise ship destinations. If you haven’t visited this welcoming metropolis, it’s well worth checking out. Keep reading to learn more.


  • Vancouver Lookout – Standing 130m tall and boasting 360-degree views of the city and beyond, this attraction is a great place to start your tour of the city.The fun begins on street level, from where you are whisked to the top of the tower in an exterior glass elevator.
  • Science World – If heights aren’t your thing, you’ll find plenty of stimulation at Science World. Interactive displays and live demonstrations are just some of the highlights found at this Vancouver institution.

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  • Vancouver Art Gallery – Speaking of iconic destinations, the Vancouver Art Gallery is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. Offering a superb mix of historical and contemporary works, you’ll walk away from your visit feeling inspired.
  • Stanley Park – Vancouver is also well known for its pristine green spaces, with Stanley Park among the most popular. Here, you’ll find 404 hectares of beaches, lagoons and rainforest to explore.
  • Grouse Mountain – Located just a short distance from the CBD, Grouse Mountain also provides a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of big city living.
  • Skyride – Take a ride to the top of the mountain via Skyride, North America’s largest aerial tram system. Enjoy the views, check out the Wildlife Refuge and, if you’re feeling particularly daring, try your hand at some adventure sports!

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Where to eat and drink

From sushi and sake at an award-winning Japanese restaurant to burgers and craft beer at a hip neighbourhood gastropub, Vancouver offers an eclectic mix of casual and fine-dining options to rival any city in the world. Whatever you fancy, you’ll find it here.

So what neighbourhoods should feature on your culinary quest? Here’s a tip: if it ends in ‘town’, it’s probably worth checking out! Downtown, Yaletown and Chinatown deliver some worthy contenders for ‘best meal in Vancouver’ but you’ll also love West End and Granville Island. Not only will you find superb cafés and restaurants in this part of the city; you’ll also discover an equally impressive range of bespoke cocktail bars, pubs and clubs.

Local currency

The currency in Vancouver is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Major credit cards are also accepted, although it’s a good idea to check overseas rates with your bank provider before using your card while on holiday.


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Vancouver enjoys warm, dry summers and icy cold winters. Its fantastic outdoor spaces and close proximity to nature trails and ski fields means visitors can enjoy a fun-packed visit at any time of the year.

Pack plenty of warm clothing for winter and stock up on snow gear if you intend on hitting the slopes at Whistler. When hiking mountainous areas in summer, it’s also worthwhile packing some warm clothing as temperatures can drop quickly.


Like to know more? Call 1300 954 661 and chat to one our friendly cruise consultants today. We can let you know all about the cruise itineraries that feature Vancouver and other great North American destinations. 


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