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West Vancouver offers plenty of outdoor activities

Perched on Vancouver’s naturally spectacular North Shore, West Vancouver is an alluring destination for anyone who wants to combine big city excitement with relaxing downtime in the great outdoors. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend break or a raucous family reunion, you’ll find plenty of West Vancouver vacation rentals to suit your needs. If you’re visiting in summer, you’ll want to make a beeline for Ambleside Park, with its expansive sandy beach and glorious waterfront views. And each winter, locals and visitors alike flock to nearby Cypress Mountain for thrilling downhill skiing. Whatever the weather, the alluring restaurants, galleries, bars, and boutiques of downtown Vancouver are a stone’s throw away.

Things to do

Magical museums in West Vancouver

Within easy reach of your West Vancouver vacation rental, you’ll find all manner of arresting attractions. For a compelling introduction to the local arts scene, be sure to stop by the West Vancouver museum. Housed in an eye-catching, stone-clad building, it plays host to an ever-rotating program of expertly-curated art, architecture, and design exhibitions. If you’re looking for a further culture fix, the Spirit Gallery boasts a colorful collection of West Coast Native Art, from bentwood boxes to Inuit carvings. Then there’s the Ferry Building Gallery, which is housed in a charming waterfront venue, and showcases the work of local artists.

Activities

Spectacular skiing in West Vancouver

West Vancouver’s shimmering waters are ideal for all manner of aquatic adventures, from gentle pursuits like fishing and sailing, to more strenuous activities like kayaking and river rafting. Should you prefer to stick to dry land, the region’s verdant forests and rugged mountains provide a breathtaking backdrop for hiking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. The winter sports season runs from early December to March, with the powder-covered slopes of Cypress Mountain offering excitement for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels.

Weather

You get 4 vivid seasons in West Vancouver

If you’re hoping to spend plenty of time outdoors, the summer season of June to August is undoubtedly the best time to visit. Days are typically warm rather than sweltering, with plenty of sunshine and very little rain. The Christmas holidays are similarly popular, with plenty of snow on the nearby ski slopes, but relatively mild temperatures in town. If you’re booking a West Vancouver vacation rental in spring or fall, you can marvel at the changing foliage.

Natural features

Fragrant forests and magical marine life

For a taste of British Columbia at its most awe-inspiring, embark on a leisurely hike through Lighthouse Park. One particularly magical hiking trail, known as the “Valley of the Giants”, takes you into a fragrant forest of colossal old-growth Douglas firs. A short boat trip from West Vancouver will bring you face-to-face with some astonishing marine life. Killer and Humpback wales are without doubt the star attraction, but on any given expedition, you may also encounter porpoises, sea lions, seals, and majestic bald eagles.

How to get there

Transportation to and around West Vancouver

Fly into Vancouver, BC (YVR-Vancouver Intl.), the closest airport, located 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), which is 32.4 mi (52.1 km) away.

Where to stay around West Vancouver?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,071 vacation rentals near West Vancouver. From 542 Houses to 415 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near West Vancouver for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to West 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 West Vancouver:

  • Ambleside: 30 vacation rentals
  • Dundarave: 25 vacation rentals
  • City Centre: 349 vacation rentals
  • Kitsilano: 193 vacation rentals
  • West Side: 709 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 West Vancouver?

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

  • Ambleside Village: 1,304 vacation rentals
  • Hollyburn Country Club: 1,297 vacation rentals
  • Ambleside Park: 1,307 vacation rentals
  • Dundarave Pier: 1,293 vacation rentals
  • Village at Park Royal: 1,304 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around West 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 Houses in West Vancouver?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 542 Houses in West Vancouver. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in West Vancouver include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 415 rentals available
  • Cottages: 14 rentals available
  • Cabins: 14 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in West Vancouver?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 176 vacation rentals with pool available in West Vancouver. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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