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Vancouver Holidays

Holidays in Vancouver

Breathtaking oceanfront city

Surrounded by sandy beaches and spectacular mountains, Vancouver combines the best of outdoor life with a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Set off on an outdoors adventure with a holiday to Vancouver, and see another side of Canada.

Hotels in Vancouver

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Essential information for Vancouver

Local time
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Currently
Language
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English
Currency
Canadian Dollar $
Official currency of Canada
Flight information
Vancouver (YVR)
9h 35m
Direct flight
Flight schedule
Fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver Airport with Air Canada

Do I need a visa?

Yes. If you’re arriving into or transiting through Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. 

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Not to be missed

Perhaps one of the best things to do in Vancouver is to orientate yourself on a sightseeing tour. Buy yourself a pass, valid for 2 days, on the Hop On Hop Off Trolley and explore at your own pace the delights of Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Robson Street, English Bay and more. 

Highlights of Vancouver

Vancouver, aka ‘Van City’ combines the outdoor life with a vibrant city. Here are its best attractions:

  • Hop on the Vancouver Trolley to see historic Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island, Stanley Park, The West End and other key sights.
  • Explore Beacon Hill Park, the historic James Bay and North America’s second oldest Chinatown in the provincial capital of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Walk down Fan Tan Alley, the city’s narrowest street at just 0.9 metres wide.
  • Take a Floatplane to Vancouver Island and board a Zodiac vessel to go whale watching.
  • Head to Grouse Mountain and take a one-mile aerial journey above the forest on Skyride.
  • Explore Butchart Gardens, Victoria, home to the world’s greatest floral displays.
  • Enjoy a family day out at Vancouver Aquarium, the largest of its kind in Canada.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Katharine Hepburn and Hollywood stars at the art deco Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
  • Get some retail therapy on Robson Street or treat yourself in Yaletown’s fashion boutiques.
  • Dine on fresh salmon sushi, explore world cuisine and see live cooking shows at Granville Island Public Market and visit Canada’s first microbrewery.
  • Dine at the eponymous restaurant of David Hawksworth — a top Vancouver chef at the Rosewood Hotel.
  • January–February: The city hosts the International Performing Arts Festivals (PuSh).
  • June: The Vancouver Dragon boat Festival and colourful ceremonies take place.
  • October: The Writers Fest brings writers and poets to Granville Island. 

Fancy a cultural trip to Vancouver? Take a look at our Vancouver holidays now and book a great Canadian escape with Virgin Holidays.

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The Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected.

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Your holiday will not be going ahead as planned

Due to the ongoing situation regarding COVID-19, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK have advised against all but essential travel before 16 April 2020.

We’re flexible with your holiday plans

If you were due to travel before the end of May 2020, you can postpone your holiday to a later date or even choose a different destination instead.

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In line with the advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office UK, all trips booked from June onwards are unaffected.

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We’ve sent you a voucher that is valid for the full value of your cancelled holiday. When you rebook, we’d like to gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles too. 

But there’s no rush. To redeem your holiday voucher on a new booking with us, just give us a call any time before 31 July 2020 and quote your old booking reference.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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If you’d like to travel with us sometime in the future, just give us a call and we’ll find a great holiday for you (and gift you with 4,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles as a thank you). 

If you'd prefer to simply cancel completely, we understand, and we will refund you in full. You'll just need to give us a call. Refunds will be successfully returned in approximately 45 days.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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No need to contact us. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

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You can postpone your holiday to travel any time before 31 December 2021, and even choose a different destination. We won’t charge you to make these changes and our Service Team are there to help – just give us a call.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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Your holiday is scheduled to depart as booked. Continue to pay off your holiday balance with the assurance that your money is fully protected through ATOL. Be assured, that if the situation changes, we will contact you as soon as this happens with the options available to you.

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No problem! To amend your holiday dates, just give us a call. Any amendments to your booking can be made for £50pp, and our Service Team can help you decide on dates, or even a different destination.

Please bear in mind our wait times are currently longer than usual due to high demand.

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