Gorgeous views, creative cultural atmosphere, great shopping and tasty food - wot more could you want? Our Downtown hotels give you the chance to experience all of this, and more, in Vancouver
. Downtown Vancouver was originally inhabited by Native American Indians. The Spaniards invaded in the 16th century and then the Brits landed in the 18th century. Pioneers in all areas worked hard to build it up to be the city that stands today. There's always something to see, do, and be entertained by in Downtown Vancouver.
Stanley Park is the number one attraction in Downtown Vancouver. It's where mountains, water and trees meet, giving you the ultimate opportunity to get amongst nature. Right nearby are English Bay Beach and the Vancouver Aquarium, where you can see beluga whales and sea otters. Denman Street, near English Bay Beach, has lots of restaurants, gelatarias and cake shops. The iconic steam clock, in town, is a central place for tourists to take photos and the scenery along the boardwalks is also picture perfect. Downtown Vancouver is home to lots of galleries, museums and parks. Wherever you go, there's always something new to look at, like sculptures, street art or live performances. The Celebration of Lights fireworks festival, in July and August, is a big crowd drawer, as is the Chinese New Year Parade, a 1.5km-long parade with 3,000 performers. Other popular events are the Jazz Festival in June and the Hot Chocolate Festival in January.
Another place worth visiting is Gastown. This is where “Gassy Jack” built a saloon in the mid-19th century, and Vancouver was eventually built around it. Gastown still has cobblestone streets and Victorian architecture. In Chinatown, you can see the world's narrowest commercial building, Sam Kee Building, or stroll around the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Granville Island is another great place to have lunch, and is popular for its public market. In the evening, there are plenty of places to chill out, such as the Whiskey Bar, the Cambie Bar and the Chill Winston. There's always a local sports event on here, whether it's football, soccer, hockey, baseball or equestrian events, sports fans are bound to be entertained in Downtown Vancouver. The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is also a good place to visit. If you'd like to hit the shops, Downtown Vancouver caters for everyone, from simple bargain markets to high-end, modern European-style stores, like the ones along Robson Street. In fact, many of the boutique fashion stores are receiving international recognition for their flair and originality.
The airport is only 25 minutes from Downtown Vancouver and it's easy to get around on public buses, trains, ferries and skytrains. If you fancy doing a little skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, zip lining, hiking and/or mountain biking, Grouse Mountain is only half an hour away. For a fun holiday, where you can personalise your itinerary to suit your tastes and style, take a look at our cheap flights to Vancouver
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