Vibrant, cosmopolitan city Karen Moodie, Ski Specialist

"Vancouver is a very popular choice before or after a Whistler holiday - 2 or 3 nights is the perfect amount of time to take in all the attractions, restaurants and shops. A visit to Granville Market is a must - so much going on and fantastic souvenirs."

Vancouver City Stopovers

The friendly city of Vancouver makes a fantastic stopover destination when paired with a holiday in one of our British Columbia ski resorts, especially nearby Whistler. Why not take a few days to soak up the city’s stunning vistas and vibrant cultural scene? 

Explore the City

Sitting right on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with a majestic backdrop of snow-capped mountains, this scenic city has adventure in its blood. With easy access to both the mountains and the ocean, there are countless opportunities for outdoor sports and activities.

One of our favourite spots in the city is the vast Stanley Park. Encompassing over 1,000 acres, it’s a wonderful place to explore. Hike through mighty cedar forests, rollerblade along the coastal seawalls or take the family to the colourful Vancouver Aquarium. We also love the Olympic Village, home to the athletes competing in the 2010 Winter Olympics and now full of interesting delights from wetland parks to ice cream carts. Taking a ferry from the village over to bustling Granville Island is a must. While Vancouver enjoys a lucky location surrounded by nature’s playground, you’ll also find no end of cultural diversions. The vast Vancouver Art Gallery is the pride of the city, showcasing an impressive collection of national and international artworks. The UBC Museum of Anthropology houses a fascinating collection of indigenous First Nations art and artefacts, while Robson Street is the place to go to catch a glimpse of Vancouver’s thriving film industry.

Strolling through the different Vancouver neighbourhoods is a great way to get a true taste of the eclectic cultures that bring the city to life. Walk the historic cobbled streets of Gastown, relax in the Dr Sun-Yat Classical Chinese Gardens and delicious restaurants of Chinatown, or join the hipsters for craft beers in quirky Mount Pleasant. Vancouver is an accessible city, with most of the city’s sights easily reached on foot or by the excellent public transport system which includes buses, automated SkyTrains and passenger ferries.

Where to Stay

Vancouver boasts a superior selection of hotels, many with prime waterfront locations offering sweeping views across the harbour to the spectacular North Shore mountains beyond. We’ve hand-picked a world-class selection of five and four-star hotels in Vancouver, each offering exemplary service and their own unique ambiance.

Choose airport convenience, timeless downtown elegance, contemporary cool or distinctive waterfront luxury. Most of our featured hotels are within convenient walking distance of some of Vancouver’s top tourist destinations, including the central business district, Gastown, Robson Street, Pacific Center shopping mall and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Getting to Vancouver

Ski Independence offer daily flights to Vancouver with a variety of airlines, and we provide complete flexibility to choose the day of departure, holiday duration, choice of airline and cabin type. We have the freedom to build you the perfect holiday itinerary around the best flight options that suit you, and not around a product we’re committed to sell.

For all clients staying in one of our Vancouver city hotels we include a complimentary one-way Skytrain ticket for a quick and easy 26 minute transfer to/from the airport terminal right into the heart of downtown!