Welcome to Vancouver!
A cosmopolitan city right on the edge of nature, Vancouver makes it easy to combine a professional conference with an urban getaway or an outdoor adventure. From family-friendly fun to thrill-seeking exploits; from marine exploring to mountaintop luxury, you'll find plenty of things to do in Vancouver.
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is sophisticated and outdoorsy. Vancouver is home to two million inhabitants who enjoy a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a wealth of recreational activities. Enjoy all the very best of world-class destinations: superlative shopping, exceptional dining, great entertainment and galleries.
Vancouver has been described as one of the most spectacularly situated cities on earth. The downtown core stands proudly on an ocean swept peninsula surrounded by beaches, sailboats, parks and wildlife. The downtown core is only one mile across at its widest point making it a perfect city for walking. Local sightseeing opportunities include everything from whale watching tours to kayaking along the city shores, from mountain biking some of the best trails in the world to a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain to visit the grizzly bears.
Vancouver is also the gateway for further travel on the west coast. After your conference, spend a few extra days in the area and explore the world-renowned ski resort of Whistler, only a two-hour drive away. The quaint city of Victoria on Vancouver Island is a picturesque two-hour ferry journey to the west. Wine tours, exquisite dining and lakeside days await you in the Okanagan Valley, BC’s internationally recognized wine region. Or, hop on a cruise ship from Vancouver harbour and sail up the BC coast to Alaska – a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed.
Vancouver entices visitors with its beauty, captivates them with its charm and draws them in with its profusion of unforgettable attractions. Put simply, it’s one of the world’s finest cities. Join us in Vancouver!
12 Reasons to Come to Vancouver:
- The Vancouver Convention Centre is the AIPC two-time winner for World’s Best Convention Centre
- Vancouver is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, bordered by mountains and ocean.
- Vancouver was the city chosen to host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
- Regularly ranked “the most livable city in the world” - the only city in North America to make it to the top 5.
- Benefits from a sheltered marine climate that is mild year-round.
- “The most accessible city in the world” for travellers with disabilities.
- One of the only cities in the world where you can ski, golf and sail all in the same day.
- Home to the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, one of the world’s finest urban parks.
- Just 1 ½ hours from Whistler/Blackcomb—North America’s top-rated ski destination.
- A cultural crossroads that is located midway between Western Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
- A food-lover’s dream with more restaurants, a wider selection of ethnic cuisine and better prices than any comparably sized city in the world.
- The launching point for excursions to wild Alaska, enchanting Victoria, BC’s Okanagan wine country, and the stunning Canadian Rockies.
Top June Activities:
- Capilano Suspension Bridge: Make your way across the swaying suspension bridge, which stretches 137 metres (450 feet) across a canyon and the Capilano River 70 metres (230 feet) below. Then explore the beautifully lush fir- and fern-carpeted forests via a series of elevated suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure, and the thrilling Cliffwalk.
- Vancouver Aquarium: The Vancouver Aquarium is home to over 50,000 fascinating creatures from the Arctic to the Amazon. Be sure to catch daily dolphin, shark and sea otter shows, and for an unforgettable extra try a hands-on animal encounter.
- Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours: Step aboard one these old-fashioned horse-drawn vehicles and take a relaxed trip through the natural beauty of Stanley Park, Vancouver's number one attraction.
- VanDusen Botanical Garden: Explore VanDusen Botanical Garden, an inspiring 55-acre outdoor oasis with over 7,500 plant species and varieties. Spot and photograph local wildlife, enjoy the hedge maze with the kids and relax in a serene setting located in the heart of Vancouver.
- Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden: A sanctuary in the heart of the city, this incredibly manicured garden was the first authentic classical Chinese garden ever built outside of China. Walk along the peaceful paths and admire the harmonious elements designed in rock, water, plants and architecture.
- Grouse Mountain: Just 20 minutes from downtown, The Peak of Vancouver offers the perfect mountaintop destination for a truly rewarding and memorable experience.
- Vancouver Art Gallery: This highly-acclaimed collection of national and international contemporary art is worth spending at least an afternoon exploring. Don't miss the collection of work by the well-known British Columbian artist Emily Carr.