Just 15 minutes from downtown, Vancouver’s premier attraction offers the perfect destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience. With a variety of cultural, educational and outdoor adventures to choose from.
Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier
This chic waterfront conference hotel is adjacent to Lonsdale Quay Market, a 4-minute walk from Lonsdale Quay SeaBus terminal and 8.4 km from Grouse Mountain
Best Western Capilano
free high-speed wireless Internet, free parking, seasonal heated outdoor pool and complimentary passes to the state-of-the-art Steve Nash Fitness World
Comfort Inn North Vancouver
Near Lions Gate Bridge, this contemporary North Vancouver hotel is a 5.6-km drive from Grouse Mountain. Traditional rooms offer free WiFi and there’s a free hot breakfast buffet, plus a seasonal outdoor pool, a hot tub
Holiday Inn Hotel North Vancouver located just north east of downtown Vancouver at the base of one of the North Shore mountains with an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a sauna and an exercise room with yoga mats, as well as a spa
Vancouver Lions Gate Travelodge
The relaxed rooms have free WiFi, minifridges and coffeemakers. Complimentary amenities include continental breakfast and parking with space for large vehicles
North Vancouver Hotel
minutes from downtown Vancouver and world famous Stanley Park, the North Vancouver Hotel is nestled at the base of the pristine Grouse Mountain
With in easy walking distance from most any hotel downtown, this historic neighbourhood was Ranks #4 in the World for Stylish Neighbourhoods. Gastown’s blocks are full of gorgeous Victorian buildings . It offers a mix of cool boutique fashion shops, interior design stores, restaurants, nightclubs, and real estate.
Historic Gastown is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vancouver. Conveniently located within walking distance of Canada Place in the heart of Vancouver. Gastown is famous for its cobblestone streets, its excellent restaurants, it’s steam clock, and its shops.
Hotels in Gastown are located just a few blocks away and are easily accessible on foot ranging from a 5 minute walk to a 20 minute walk from most major hotels in downtown Vancouver.
Gastown is easily accessible by Skytrain, Vancouver’s rapid transit system, SeaBus (ferry service from the North Shore), West Coast Express and city buses from all areas of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.
Unique to Vancouver: Grouse has the advantage of being the only mountain resort with dozens of activities geared toward summer visitors, so it’s a must-visit location for those wanting easy access to the beautiful alpine environment.
The SkyRide gondola is a stand-out addition to the mountain and something no other hills in the area have. At the top, one can visit grizzly bears, travel up the Peak chairlift, go on numerous hikes, watch a lumberjack show, zipline, visit the top of a wind turbine and more. Easily an entire day can be spent up the mountain. It’s also one of few mountains in the world located in a metropolitan area that provides such unparalleled access to natural adventures.
What is there to do on Grouse Mountain ?
has several options for those looking for a little adrenaline. First off, the SkyRide gondola offers a little sample of excitement as it travels up the mountain at high speeds. At the top, getting a glimpse of one or more of the grizzly bears, Grinder and Coola, is a one in a lifetime chance, and the zipline (extra cost) that runs over their enclosure at 80 km/hr offers even further excitement. For those really looking to get the heart going, visitors can literally fly off the mountain on a paraglider and land on a field down below. For those willing to dole out even more cash, there are also 15 or 20 minute helicopter tours around the mountains.
Where to eat at Grouse Mountain
Food & drink: Dining options up Grouse are plentiful and include some fine dining and other casual options. The Altitudes Bistro has perhaps the best patio in the city to enjoy a cold one while ogling at the city skyline and ocean down below. Lupins Café serves up cafeteria-style food and the Observatory is a five star restaurant perfect for a romantic evening above the city lights. Another must? Indulge on a sweet Beaver Tail located near the Lumberjack area.
How do I get to Grouse Mountain ?
Transportation: Located in North Vancouver, one might think Grouse Mountain is out of the way from downtown, but getting to the base of the mountain is very easy. A free shuttle goes from downtown to the SkyRide and back multiple times per day all summer. Public transit can also take you there by taking the #247 bus from downtown or the #236 from the Lonsdale Quay Seabus terminal. If driving, parking is at a fee.
Hotels near Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is the all-in-one destination 15 minutes from Downtown Vancouver, across Lions Gate Bridge.
One of the most popular places in Vancouver by both Tourist and locals it is Located minutes from downtown Vancouver under the Granville Street Bridge. It is not really an Island but a peninsula surrounded by False Creek and the Pacific Ocean.
You could easily spend half a day here. The Island is made up of many warehouse type buildings each housing their own unique set of stores, from local arts and crafts to professional art studio to a Maritime Market. Sift through the aromas of fresh food, the wonderful sounds of buskers and the ambience of people watching at its best. Journey through the bustle of narrow streets, witness art in the making, and discover a unique selection of items you can’t find anywhere else in the city.
Granville Island Market This one of a kind Market has has some of the cities best eats found in the Market itself in the super fresh local only Food Court mixed in with over 75 stalls known for fresh produce tables, bake shops, seafood, beef, poultry stalls, and live entertainment along with a Kid’s Water Park and Kids Only Market.
Granville Island Hotel A Boutique Hotel right on the Island that is very popular
Most of the Hotels in Downtown Vancouver are close enough that you could easily walk down to False Creek and take one of the small passenger ferries that dart back and forth across False Creek.
Granville Island Restaurants
Restaurants on Granville Island all offering tastes and flavours of the Pacific Northwest.
Dockside Restaurant at the Granville island Hotel
The Sandbar Restaurant
Bridges Restaurant and Pub
Keg Steakhouse and Bar
The Backstage Lounge
Granville Island Pub and Brewery
Tony’s Fish & Oyster Cafe,
Edible Canada at the Market
The Vancouver Fish Company
Getting to Granville Island Because of Granville Island’s central location, you can escape the city without having to leave it. It also makes it very easy to get to, whether by boat, by car, by bus, by bicycle or on foot.
By Boat Aquabus
runs from 7am to 10:30pm in the summer (8:30pm in winter).
Inexpensive and fun the rainbow-coloured Aquabus travels around False Creek with stops at the foot of Hornby St., Stamp’s Landing, Yaletown (foot of Davie St.), and Science World. The Aquabus dock on Granville Island is located between the Public Market and the Arts Club Theatre.
False Creek Ferry The False Creek Ferries also travel around the Inlet and stop at the Maritime Museum (west of Granville Island), the Aquatic Centre (under the Burrard St. Bridge, on the downtown side (north) of the Inlet), Stamp’s Landing, and Science World (the easternmost point of False Creek). The False Creek Ferry dock on Granville Island is located near the entrance to Bridges Restaurant.
Getting to Granville Island by Car is easy from your point of origin, travel towards the intersection of West 4th Avenue and Fir Street. Then head north on Fir Street, and take either the first right at West 3rd Avenue (which turns into Anderson St. to the left (north)), or take the second right at West 2nd Ave. and should be able to see the Granville Island sign under the bridge looking northward on Anderson St. Follow Anderson St. onto Granville Island.
Parking on Granville Island is limited. If you can, leave the car at home and get to Granville Island by bus, boat, bicycle or on foot.
Bicycle routes to Granville Island
follow the main car routes, but there’s also a pleasant, scenic bicycle path (shared with pedestrians) that runs east-to-west past the Island along the south shore of False Creek Inlet.
On Foot to Granville Island
Arriving on Granville Island by foot enables you to appreciate the Island from a whole new angle. A comfortable seaside walk follows the False Creek Inlet on both the north and south shores. The south shore walk, which passes right by Granville Island, begins at its easternmost point just under the Cambie Street Bridge, and heads all the way west to some of Vancouver’s most popular beaches.
Here’s the thing about coming to vancouver on a family vacation you’ve got to keep the kids entertained. Vancouver has a bunch of family and adult friendly attractions.
Science World is great for families to explore !
Spark curiosity · Perfect for the family · Explore exhibits · Hands-on science
Science World Vancouver TELUS World of Science for a plethora of hands-on activities, including blowing giant soap bubbles, playing a piano with your feet and freezing your shadow on a wall. There’s also an OMNIMAX big-screen cinema.
Just 20 minutes from downtown, the Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across the Capilano River, 70 vertiginous metres (230 feet) below.
Check out the Cliffwalk, where suspended walkways jut out from the granite cliff. In some sections, glass is all that separates you from the canyon below.
Treetops Adventure the first venue of its kind in North America, offering a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal forest. Visitors venture from one magnificent Douglas fir tree to another on a series of elevated suspension bridges, some reaching as high as 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver
Thanks to efficient public transport, getting around is spectacularly easy. One ticket lets you travel anywhere within the city limits, and a journey can often be a highlight in itself. A ride to or from the surrounding cities on the elevated SkyTrain gives an overhead view of the city, while heading north towards Grouse Mountain means a trip on the SeaBus, which provides a magnificent sea-level vista of downtown Vancouver as you zip across Burrard Inlet. However you choose to spend your time, it’s easy to see why Vancouver has repeatedly been named the world’s most liveable city. Beautifully located, good value, great food, friendly people .