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Gastronomic tours

Edible Canada tickles your taste buds with culinary tours of Granville Island Public Market, Gastown and the city’s food trucks. Off the Eaten Track guides you round eateries in Railtown and Main Street, takes you to its favourite brunch spots, and introduces you to the latest gelato flavours on summer ice-cream tours.

Edible Canada

Telephone: +1 604 558 0040.
Website: http://www.ediblecanada.com

Off The Eaten Track

Telephone: +1 778 918 4584.
Website: http://www.offtheeatentracktours.ca

Hop-on hop-off bus tours

The Vancouver Trolley Company runs tours past the major sights with live commentary on replica early-20th-century trolley buses. West Coast Sightseeing follows a similar route on open-top buses with pre-recorded commentary in seven languages. The easiest places for tourists to catch one are in Gastown or by Canada Place.

Vancouver Trolley Company

Telephone: +1 604 801 5515.
Website: http://www.vancouvertrolley.com

West Coast Sightseeing

Telephone: +1 877 451 1777.
Website: http://westcoastsightseeing.com

Vancouver excursions

Whistler

Lying 120km (75 miles) north of Vancouver, Whistler is an adrenaline hound's dream. In winter, you can ski over 200 powder-filled runs on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. Summer's exhilarating activities include hiking through alpine meadows, riding the gnarly downhill bike park, bungee jumping over the Cheakamus River and ziplining through old-growth forest.

Tel: +1 800 944 7853.
Website: http://www.tourismwhistler.com

Victoria

British Columbia's capital centres on its busy Inner Harbour, fringed by the grand Fairmont Empress hotel, Parliament Buildings and Royal BC Museum. On the city's outskirts, kaleidoscopic floral displays fill Butchart Gardens, a former quarry. Victoria lies three to four hours southwest of Vancouver by road and scenic ferry ride, or you can splash out on a floatplane.

Tel: +1 800 663 3883.
Website: http://www.tourismvictoria.com

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Fairmont Pacific Rim

Lavish rooms in this Coal Harbour hotel feature luxurious Stearns & Foster beds, plush linens and roomy marble bathrooms with TV mirrors. The Willow Stream Spa offers nine treatment rooms, a massive fitness centre and an outside deck with meditation pods and private hot tubs. Or you can lounge by outdoor firepits next to the open-air rooftop pool.

Sandman Suites Vancouver - Davie Street

Sitting on vibrant Davie Street in the West End, the Sandman Suites are just a few minutes' walk from the beach and within strolling distance of trendy Yaletown. One-bedroom and studio suites come with fully equipped kitchens and private balconies. Many higher rooms have city or ocean views. In summer, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.

The Sylvia Hotel

Overlooking English Bay and Stanley Park, this ivy-clad 1912 hotel offers good value for budget-minded travellers. The designated heritage building has been a hotel since 1936 and can lay claim to Vancouver's first cocktail bar, which opened here in 1954. Perfectly situated for exploring the West End, Granville Island and Stanley Park or hanging out on the beach.

The Burrard

This coolly renovated 1950s motor inn offers affordable retro chic with free Wi-Fi bang in the centre of Downtown. There's a lovely courtyard garden with a ping-pong table and free Brodie cruiser bike rentals if you fancy a spin around town. Grab breakie and an espresso in Elysian Coffee, the stylish café.

The Listel Hotel

Priding itself on its commitment to art, this hotel is handy for exploring Robson Street's shops. The rooms on the Museum Floor are fitted out with hemlock and cedar furnishings plus First Nations art. The Gallery Floor suites are more traditional in style, with cherry wood furnishings, chaises longues tucked in bay windows and original Canadian and international artwork.

Skwachàys Lodge

A boutique hotel, fair trade gallery and aboriginal artist residence in one, this lodge is a social enterprise which also provides affordable shelter to aboriginal people. Each smartly kitted-out suite has been uniquely decorated by artists and designers, so you might find yourself sleeping beneath a beaded bear sculpture or a painting of salmon swimming upstream.