Destination guide

Getting to know Vancouver—it's a shore thing

Set on a peninsula on the west coast of British Columbia, Vancouver is a bustling cosmopolitan city with a profusion of international cuisine, plenty of scenic outdoor space, and a thriving arts scene. It's also a popular stopover for cruise passengers en route to Alaska. Visitors are drawn to the city's culture and entertainment, and you can find loads of independent shops, eateries, and nightlife destinations in the trendy Gastown district. Your Vancouver vacation rental will put you close to must-see Vancouver sights like Stanley Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Things to do

There's nothing vanilla about vivid, varied Vancouver

With everything from art and entertainment to sprawling gardens and natural history exhibits, you'll find plenty to rave about near your Vancouver vacation rental. At the VanDusen Botanical Garden, you can stroll 55 acres of landscaped grounds featuring plants from around the world. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium, where you'll find marine life of all sorts, including dolphins, otters, and narwhals, as well as countless types of fish. At the Vancouver Art Gallery, you can get face to face with works by local and international artists.

Activities

Opt out(doors) in Vancouver's scenic parks

The city's ample shoreline includes a number of beaches, but the area's relatively cool summer weather means visitors typically prefer the bounty of boating, kayaking, and paddle boarding options available. In Stanley Park, you'll find more than 1,000 acres of preserved waterfront wilderness just outside of downtown Vancouver. Here, you'll find more than 17 miles of trails through the park's towering forests of spruce, hemlock, and douglas fir. The park's harborside sea wall serves as a popular spot for running, biking, and fishing, and you can also find swimming pools, sports facilities, and an open-air pavilion that hosts regular summer concerts.

Weather

Vancouver—Canada's coolest coastal climate

Boasting one of the mildest winters in all of Canada, Vancouver has a marine west coast climate, featuring warm, dry summers, and cool winters with plenty of rainfall. Summers average a high of 72 degrees in July and August, while average winter temperatures range from just above freezing to the mid 40s from December through February. A popular destination all year round, the city's busiest season is summer. You'll find that prices for Vancouver vacation rentals tend to be somewhat lower during the city's less frenetic winter months.

Natural features

Park it for a while in natural Vancouver

The most densely populated city in Canada, Vancouver lies on a sometimes-flat, sometimes-hilly peninsula that's bordered on the north by the Burrard Inlet, and on the south by the Fraser River. To the west of the city are the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island, and the North Shore Mountains are only a short drive away. The city's 1,000-acre Stanley Park boasts majestic second- and third-growth forests of hemlock and douglas fir. It's also home to a number of lakes and ponds, and you can spot local wildlife like beavers, coyotes, and bald eagles.

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 center. 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.

Where to stay around Vancouver?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,252 vacation rentals near Vancouver. From 485 Condos/Apartments to 634 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Vancouver for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Vancouver?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vancouver:

  • Downtown: 372 vacation rentals
  • Kitsilano: 178 vacation rentals
  • West Side: 726 vacation rentals
  • East Side: 660 vacation rentals
  • City Centre: 347 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Vancouver?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Vancouver. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Canada Place: 1,286 vacation rentals
  • Stanley Park: 1,310 vacation rentals
  • Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art: 1,292 vacation rentals
  • Vancouver Convention Centre: 1,301 vacation rentals
  • Kitsilano Beach: 1,314 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vancouver listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Vancouver?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 485 Condos/Apartments in Vancouver. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Vancouver include:

  • Houses: 634 rentals available
  • Cabins: 10 rentals available
  • Studios: 260 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Vancouver?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 209 vacation rentals with pool available in Vancouver. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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