The Rainbow Lake Trail near Whistler.

Summer Recreation in Whistler

During the few months that they aren’t covered in snow, the slopes of the Whistler Blackcomb ski resort come alive with locals and tourists alike enjoying hiking, guided naturalist walks, mountain biking, and horseback riding, or just marveling at the mountainscape from the comfort of the lifts.

The rocky coast of Second Beach in Stanley Park.

The Best Vancouver Beaches

Vancouver might not be known for its beaches, but in summer the long stretches of sand that fringe the city are a hive of activity. Here’s a list of the best spots to sun yourself or take a dip in the Pacific.

A dragon boat filled with oarsmen wearing Viking helmets.

Summer Festivals in Vancouver

There are many festivals that take place during the summer in Vancouver. From Bard on the Beach to the Steveston Salmon Festival, learn more about the exciting events in and around the city.

On the corner of Water and Cambie Streets, is a steam clock, one of only two in the world.

A Walking Tour of Historic Gastown

The birthplace of Vancouver, officially named Granville in 1870 has always been known as Gastown, for saloon owner “Gassy Jack” Deighton. Take this suggested walking tour and learn more about the area and its colorful history.

The sky goes from orange to blue as the city lights glow bright.

Vancouver Views on a Budget

Visiting Vancouver for the first time? Consider starting off by finding a viewpoint that shows you the layout of the city. Expert Andrew Hempstead shares options that are less expensive than flightseeing.

A narrow pedestrian suspension bridge disappears into the trees.

The 10-Day Best of Vancouver and Victoria

This flexible and customizable itinerary includes all of the highlights, from urban pleasures in Vancouver and Victoria to natural wonders on Vancouver Island, and even an optional excursion to Whistler. Also included are suggestions for where to dine along the way.

Moon British Columbia

Canada resident and avid outdoorsman Andrew Hempstead gives you his unique perspective on British Columbia, from dining at the best of Vancouver’s 3,000 restaurants and cafés to skiing and snowboarding on the world-class slopes of Whistler/Blackcomb. Hempstead offers unique trip ideas that utilize the region’s amazing outdoor options, such as Winter Fun and B.C. Road […]

A sign in big block letters rimmed with unlit neon placed in the upper span of the bridge to Granville island.

Shopping on Vancouver’s Granville Island

Interested in the arts? Enjoy browsing through unique market stalls? You’ll find all this and more on bustling Granville Island. Here are several suggestions and helpful links for shopping in this waterfront district.

Cyclists sit resting on the shore beneath a tree with fall foliage.

Vancouver & Victoria: Where and When to Go

Get an idea of what awaits in Vancouver and Victoria so you can plan your trip to British Columbia. This helpful article features a quick area overview, transportation essentials, tips for the best times of year to visit, and information on passports and visas.