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

Vancouver was host city for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and is a fantastic city stopover destination either before or after any ski holiday to British Columbia. Vancouver is a particularly popular choice with Ski Independence clients as an add-on to their ski holiday in Whistler.

Vancouver is an amazingly culturally diverse city with a great climate, located right on the Pacific Ocean surrounded by coastal mountains – the views are simply spectacular. The airport is now linked with downtown Vancouver by an efficient light rail service – the Skytrain, which whisks passengers downtown in 26 minutes.

Three of our featured hotels are located in Vancouver’s energetic downtown area. Two have waterfront locations on Vancouver’s inner harbour with view across to the North Shore mountains. All are within walking distance of the central business district, Gastown, Robson Street, Pacific Center shopping mall, and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Explore the seawall to Stanley Park, a 1000 acre park in the centre of the city and larger than New York City’s Central Park. Surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean, and within easy walking or cycling distance of downtown, the park houses the Vancouver Aquarium, park tours, beaches, restaurants, old growth forest and unobstructed views of the harbour, mountains and Lions Gate Bridge.

You'll be spoiled for choice with so many things to do in and around Vancouver, find out more about all the activities on offer here.

Vancouver Events

Throughout December Vancouver plays host to an incredible array of Christmas festivities including the Lights Festivals in Stanley Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden and Capilano Suspension Bridge. For three weeks in late January the table is set for Dine Out Vancouver, a real foodie festival where you can enjoy incredible value set menus at the cities best restaurants, food tours, classes and special events.

FlyOver Canada

FlyOver Canada is a unique virtual flight experience that combines motion seating, spectacular media and visual effects; including wind, scents and mist to give the unforgettable experience of flying across Canada. If you're staying downtown it's a great way to start or finish your day in Vancouver.

  • Located at Canada Place (opposite Fairmont Waterfront hotel)
  • Hours of operation: 10am-9pm every day
  • Pre-book your tickets for £13.95 per adult (13-64yrs)
  • Pre-book your tickets for £11.95 per student (ID required), and senior
  • Pre-book your tickets for £9.50 per child (<12 yrs)

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!