Downtown Vancouver Attractions
Sandman Hotel Group features properties located within a rich mosaic of neighbourhoods and surrounding areas, each with a distinct, welcoming personality. We have compiled a list of useful information below to enhance your stay.
Vancouver, one of the world's most spectacular cities, welcomed the world as host city of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Named "Top City of the Americas" in Condé Nast Traveler magazine's 2009 Readers' Choice Awards, Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city.
Vancouver was also named a Top 100 World Destination pick in TripAdvisor's 2008 Travelers' Choice awards, and one of ten Best Family Vacations in Canada in the 2011 Travelers' Choice awards.
Vancouver has been chosen as the world's "Most Liveable City" in 2011 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a title it has been awarded eight times since 2002.
Vancouver is BC's main transportation hub, so there are many convenient ways to get there. Air travellers have two international airports to choose from, one of which is the second largest passenger gateway on the West Coast of North America.
The Canada Line (part of the SkyTrain rapid transit system) provides a direct link between Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and downtown Vancouver.
Traveling on the Canada Line is fast, easy and affordable – passengers arriving at YVR can board the Canada Line and arrive in downtown Vancouver in approximately 30 minutes.
If you're coming from Vancouver Island, consider hopping on a seaplane. The city is also served by a world-class ferry system, two major passenger rail services and well-maintained road system.
Renowned for its scenic beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor activities, Vancouver is also a cosmopolitan city with all the urban amenities – fine dining, shopping, museums, galleries, music and theatre.
Hit the nightclub scene or wander through ethnic enclaves. Relive memories of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games with attractions and activities related to the Olympics.
Visit the aquarium, take a city tour or stroll through Stanley Park, the city's urban wilderness, or explore the surrounding area on an interesting driving route.
Don't miss the year-round markets or fail to take in a hockey game. Festivals? There is always something to celebrate in Vancouver. If all else fails, there is always that fabulous outdoor life the city is renowned for.
Vancouver takes pride in its entertainment options and has plenty of things to do during the day and in the evening. After an exciting day on high-fashion Robson Street or in the chic boutiques of South Granville, set down the shopping bags and prepare for an evening out.
Vancouver’s entertainment delivers on all fronts, from classical symphonies to musical concerts, from ballet to live theatre and from sporting events to stand-up comedy.
Shopping in Vancouver is a popular and much-loved pastime. There are shopping districts in Vancouver designed for all categories of shoppers, from funky trendsetters and fashionistas to fleece-wearing adventurers and souvenir hunters.
Take a peek at the different clusters of shops in pedestrian-friendly concentrations. Stroll down Robson Street, wander about Pacific Centre Mall, walk through the Kitsilano and South Granville neighbourhoods, explore Granville Island and saunter about Yaletown.
The place to see and be seen in Vancouver, energetic Robson Street boasts more than 200 shops, cafés and services.
Mall connoisseurs will appreciate Pacific Centre. This huge mall spans three entire city blocks, runs underground, and provides easy access to more than 140 shops (including the world's most popular brands).
Thirty years ago, "Kits" was more a hippies' zone than fashion centre. Today this friendly seaside area is considered one of the Vancouver's trendiest and eclectic neighbourhoods.
Once a gritty area of loading bays and brick warehouses, Yaletown has undergone a facelift and is now a stylish mix of the fashion-savvy and celebrities.
It is the neighbourhood of choice for urban trendsetters - both as a nighttime destination and a New-York-loft-like place to call home. Yaletown's streets are surrounded by condominium buildings towering over renovated brick-warehouse lofts.
An eclectic mix of shops, boutiques and galleries, Granville Island is perhaps most famous for its large and bustling Public Market, where local food vendors and artisans peddle their wares.
South Granville Rise
South Granville Rise and its array of approximately 25 art galleries welcome both the serious collector and fascinated window shopper. In fact, this area is such an art lover's haven that locals refer to the vicinity as "Gallery Row."
Moxie's Grill & Bar and M Bar
Classic dining in a contemporary upscale atmosphere, complete with dark wood interior. Enjoy fabulous food in an upbeat, stylish environment.
Shark Club Bar & Grill
Vancouver's premier sports bar, Shark Club features dozens of TVs, multiple satellite feeds and pay per view events, pool tables, video games, and awesome event nights.
The food is a masterful blend of Asian, Italian, and Midwest Canadian influences (and of course traditional items like burgers and wings). Plus cool cocktails, premium liquors and a major league selection of beers.