Downtown, Vancouver Travel Guide

Downtown Summary


  • Principal business neighborhood of the city and all of western Canada
  • Pretty waterfront views
  • Decent public transportation spanning throughout the city
  • Vancouver Art Gallery, offering plenty of fun events and exhibitions
  • Decent number of stores and restaurants in Robson Square
  • Close to Stanley Park (just up Highway 99, with Translink bus connections)
  • Cute, historic areas, like Gastown, with trinket shops and coffee pubs


  • Not very happening nightlife
  • Vancouver, as a whole, tends to be on the expensive side

What It's Like

Downtown Vancouver is western Canada's financial center, and its city streets are bustling Monday through Friday afternoons -- but weekend nights are quieter. Identified by its distinctive office towers, Downtown is also home to residential areas and modern hotels.

Vancouver Art Gallery, along with Robson Square and Pacific Centre -- a major shopping complex -- are some of Downtown's focal points. The entrance to Stanley Park -- over 1,000 acres of cedar, hemlock, and fir trees -- hooks onto Downtown's western corner.

Where To Stay

Obviously, Downtown is a mecca for business travelers. Because of this, many high-end properties can be found in this neighborhood. Visitors looking to be within a short walking distance from most of the action may want to look for hotels close to Robson Square, Vancouver's civic center, where the Vancouver Art Gallery is located.


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Languages: English
Airport: Vancouver International Airport
Peak: June - August
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Electricity: 120 V, 60 Hz
Tipping: 15-20% at restaurants

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