Destination guide

Experience Vancouver like a local at your holiday let

The bustling, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, in Canada's British Columbia, has got it all – a thriving food and nightlife scene, more museums and galleries than you could possibly see in one visit and deeply beautiful surrounding landscape of soaring mountains and the glistening Strait of Georgia. It doesn't matter whether you're coming to stay in a Vancouver holiday let on a romantic break, a historic getaway or an outdoor adventure holiday, you'll always find what you're looking for nearby. There's a reason why this city is voted one of the top destinations for travellers, year on year.


Sightseeing in and around Vancouver

Do you want to discover top things to see and do in the city? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that Vancouver has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Grouse Mountain (6.9 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Cypress Mountain (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Vancouver Aquarium (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Hastings Racecourse (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Playland Amusement Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Empire Fields (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
Outdoor activities

The great outdoors is just a stone's throw from your holiday let

From long stretches of beach to snow-capped mountains, you don't have to go far to experience the great outdoors. It's one of the only places where you could hit the snowy slopes in the morning and wax up your surfboard in the afternoon. In fact, there's plenty to do closer to your Vancouver holiday rental, like kayaking along the harbour or cycling along the water's edge in Stanley Park. Alternatively, you could leave the city behind and head out along the forested trails to spend a night under canvas – and the stars. There are few cities on earth that offer such close connections with the surrounding wilderness.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Vancouver

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Vancouver is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Stanley Park (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • False Creek (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Sunset Beach (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Vancouver False Creek Seawall (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • English Bay Beach (1.1 mi / 1.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Vancouver

The nearest airport is in Vancouver, BC (YVR-Vancouver Intl.), located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), which is 29.7 mi (47.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Vancouver Waterfront Station, Vancouver Pacific Central Station and Vancouver Rocky Mountaineer Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Vancouver by jumping on the metro at Vancouver City Center Station, Granville Station or Burrard Station.

How to get around

Getting around Vancouver is a breeze

If you've nabbed one of the Vancouver holiday lets in the downtown area, you're in luck. It's one of the most walkable cities in Canada and you'll have no trouble hitting the attractions or the shops on foot. That said, there's plenty more to see further out, but thankfully, there are always taxis to be hailed. Alternatively, score yourself one of the rentals at the airport so you can have the freedom to explore the city and the surrounding countryside at your own pace. Then there's the clean and cheap public transport, like the TransLink buses or the overground rapid transit trains.

Food & drink 

Sample the world's cuisines on the doorstep of your holiday let

More than 40% of Vancouver's population hails from outside Canada and when you get such diverse residents there's only one outcome – mouthwatering cuisine. You can hardly walk down any of the main streets in the city without tantalising aromas catching your attention and, if you follow your nose, you'll have no trouble scoring some of the most authentic Indian, Filipino and Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Throw in some of the most enviable produce in North America – both from the land and the sea – and there's no doubt you're going to eat well.

Essential info

Key facts for your holiday rental stay in Vancouver

To start with, it's one of the most connected airports in North America, so catching a flight into Vancouver International Airport is always a breeze, wherever you're coming from. If you're flying in from the US, or many parts of Europe or the Commonwealth, you don't require a visa for stays of up to 180 days. If you do need a travel permit, it couldn't be easier to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization visa – do it before you travel. There's always something to do and see, whatever time of year you travel, and you'll never find weather extremes, with the winter rarely falling below freezing and summers unlikely to break through the mid-20s.

How many holiday rentals are available around Vancouver?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,223 holiday lettings around Vancouver. From 453 flats & apartments to 647 houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a city-centre property in Vancouver?

Sure, getting away from it all can be wonderful. But sometimes plunging headfirst into the excitement of city living is loads more fun and interesting! HomeAway has 270 centrally located holiday rentals available. Open to more ideas? HomeAway has a bunch more property options to check out, including:

  • 176 mountain-view holiday accommodation options.
  • 146 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 123 water-view holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Vancouver?

Bid farewell to standard, cookie-cutter chain-hotel rooms. Our house holiday rentals have an unique, personal touch — as well as all the space you could possibly need! There are 688 houses currently available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £30 a night. Or perhaps you'd rather try one of the area's other self-catering accommodation options, such as:

  • Condo: 236 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £27 per night.
  • Apartment: 216 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £34 per night.
  • Hotel: 100 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £65 per night.

Can I stay in Vancouver in a large group?

The recipe for a wonderful trip is unwinding with friends and relatives in a totally new place. If you're visiting with a large group, HomeAway has options. 149 house holiday rentals are ready to be booked. Currently, they're the most popular choice here for big groups. In this area, the properties that are suitable for large groups of people include:

  • Are you on the hunt for properties that can sleep 6 holiday makers? We have 244 that will be suitable. Prices start from £53 per night.
  • After somewhere for 5 guests? We have 108 that will work well. You can book one for as little as £50 a night.
  • Trying to find holiday rentals to suit 8 guests? You'll be happy to discover we have 90 that will fit the bill. You can get one for as little as £99 per night.

You and all your mates will be more than satisfied when you book your Vancouver holiday through us!

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