What You Need To See In Vancouver

In the 2018 Telegraph Travel Awards, Vancouver was voted third-best city in the world, dropping one place from 2017. But why have Telegraph readers kept Vancouver, in their top-10, for two years running?

When you go to Vancouver – and you definitely need to put this on your bucket list – here is a list of things that you need to see.

The Museum Of Anthropology

Vancouver was inhabited 10 000 years ago. As such, it has a rich anthropological history. So, to really appreciate this city, you need to visit the Museum of Anthropology on the University of British Columbia campus and see what its roots are.

Sea-To-Sky Highway

Rated as one of the word’s most beautiful drives, the Sea-To-Sky Highway is a 90-minute which takes travellers from downtown Vancouver to the picturesque skiing town of Whistler. The natural wonders that you’ll see on the trip are out of this world. You won’t want to miss it!

Grouse Grind

Grouse Grind – which is also called ‘Mother Nature’s Staircase’ – is located on Vancouver’s north shore. At the foot of Grouse Mountain, Grouse Grind takes hikers up 850m. From the top, you’ll be treated to breath-taking views of Vancouver.  If doing the hike up the grind isn’t your cup of tea, you can also get to the top on the Grouse Gondola.

Stanley Park

Another one of Vancouver’s natural gems is Stanley Park. In fact, it is so spectacular that Trip Advisor named it the best park in the world. It won out against iconic landmarks such as New York’s Central Park and Paris’ Luxembourg Gardens because of the variety of activities that you can do here. These include:

  • Cycling around the old-growth forest
  • Visiting ancient Aboriginal villages, and
  • Viewing sea lions as well as Pacific dolphins.


Vancouver sprawled out from what is now called Gastown. It was named after Gassy Jack, who was a historical figure and is now a trendy neighbourhood. A visit to Vancouver would not be complete without a stroll down its streets looking in at their shops.

China Town

Many North American cities – such as New York – have a section of the city which is known as Chinatown. Vancouver is no exception. In fact, the Chinatown that you’ll find in Vancouver is one of the oldest in Canada.

Located on the edge of the Financial District and Gas Town, China Town boasts a number of out-of-the-ordinary shops and flea markets. If you’re craving Dim Sum, this is the best place to find them in the city!

Vancouver’s China Town is home to one of Canada’s most impressive Chinese Gardens. What makes it quite special is that it was constructed by hand – which is how they were traditionally constructed. This garden, which is called Dr Sun Yat Sen, is reminiscent of gardens that you’ll find on Mainland China.

Vancouver is a city to behold. Surrounded by incredible natural beauty and being a melting pot of cultures, there’s something for everyone here!