Vancouver

Vancouver Travel Guide

In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition prints, and bentwood boxes. The beaded moccasins and hand-carved “talking sticks” make for great souvenirs.

What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for all things antique and secondhand. Find vintage leather clutches and bags alongside baby toys, kitchenware, printed stationery, and more.

Situated in waterfront Vanier Park, this educational center houses interactive space-related exhibits that include a virtual voyage to Mars, a touchable moon rock, and computer programs that enable visitors to maneuver a lunar robot or see what they might look like as an alien.

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada and welcomes millions of travelers each year. The airport is serviced by 68 airlines, which connect passengers to 121 destinations around the globe.

This short-haul ferry service/mini tour offers an easy and inexpensive way to take in Vancouver's False Creek waterfront with stops in trendy Yaletown and the foodie Mecca Granville Island Market.

Located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing of the Vancouver International Airport, this shop sells a selection of uniquely Canadian food gifts.

Founder Chip Wilson opened the flagship store of his global yoga apparel chain, Lululemon Kitsilano, back in 2000. The brand is known for fashion-forward workout gear that bridges the yoga studio/street wear divide.

The iconic “five sails” of this waterfront, multi-use complex welcome thousands of arriving cruise-ship passengers on summer days—and also serve as a visual anchor for the city skyline.

North America’s oldest corporation—established in 1670!—Hudson’s Bay Company (known locally as just The Bay) has long been known for its iconic, cream-colored wool blankets, boldly striped in yellow, red, navy, and green.

Straight out of National Geographic--or Ripley's Believe It or Not--this kooky collection of travel mementos occupies a back room at a Main Street antique shop.

This Prohibition-era inspired restaurant and bar overlooks the Maple Tree Square section of historic Gastown. Owned by a handful of bartending veterans, the intimate, neighborhood venue serves Asian-influenced small plates like bánh mì and gyoza.

Located in Kitsilano Beach Park on the edge of English Bay, this seasonal public pool features panoramic views of the downtown skyline backed by the North Shore Mountains.

Outposts of the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, these two displays are situated inside Vancouver International Airport. The first, located before security at the domestic terminal on level 3, is the largest airport aquarium in the world.

Caban, part of the Club Monaco chain, mixes contemporary furnishings, linens, and tableware with spare, sleek designs.

A pleasant alternative to the ubiquitous newsstands of airportland, this shop has a sizable stack of fiction by Canadian authors (including Carol Shields, Douglas Coupland, Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, and many others) as well as nonfiction and Vancouver- and Canada-themed coffee-table books.