Cradled amid skyscraping mountains and sparkling ocean, scenic Vancouver is one of the world’s premier meeting and convention destinations. World-renowned cuisine, luxury hotels and unique venues – including the two time winner of “World’s Best Convention Centre” – all add up to an unforgettable conference experience. Visitors experience a modern, cosmopolitan city that blends culture and landscape.
With so much to experience in Vancouver, you will be well-entertained during your conference off time. Galleries and public exhibits for art enthusiasts, historical sites and districts for history buffs, and scenic hiking trails and botanical gardens for nature lovers are just a small sampling of the city’s diverse attractions.
Can't Miss Vancouver Experiences
Vancouver is bursting with iconic experiences that characterize this multifaceted city. Any of these must-sees will kick-start your Vancouver sightseeing – and you’re sure to stumble upon plenty of other Vancouver treasures along the way.
Vancouver at Night
The late-night scene in Vancouver is a thriving mix of lounges, laid-back pubs and energetic music venues. Some of the trendiest lounges are found in many of the downtown hotels. Live music is never hard to find in Vancouver. Local bands and international touring acts set up regularly in the clubs and venues around town.
Explore the City
Exploring the city is a lot easier when you’re familiar with the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Here are the highlights of Vancouver’s most popular areas for sightseeing and shopping.
Robson is Vancouver’s leading shopping and strolling thoroughfare – where high-fashion boutiques intermix with music stores, beauty shops and bookstores. You can recharge at a coffee shop or enjoy a more leisurely stop at one of the restaurants or bars.
Cutting right through downtown is Vancouver’s main entertainment district, featuring bustling shops during the day and happening clubs and bars at night. Visit the Pacific Centre Mall or the youthful shops dotting the blocks between Robson and Drake streets for the latest fashions, club gear, music and comic books.
Home-goods stores, art galleries and high-end apparel shops occupy the stalwart former warehouses; in the smaller spots, cosy boutiques sell everything from First nations art to custom diamond bracelets. Charming restaurants and chic nightspots add to the energy.
The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in Vancouver in the 1800s to build railroads. Today, the city has Canada’s largest Chinese population and a thriving Chinatown, full of authentic restaurants, shopping, leisure and culture. During summer evenings, shoppers browse the goods and taste the food in the stalls lining the streets of the Chinatown Night Market.
Glimpses of Vancouver’s origins are preserved in the Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets of this once-bawdy frontier post. Today, it’s an official historic area with antique streetlamps, shops and bars, and the famous two-tonne Gastown Steam Clock.
“Young, hip and happening” aptly describes this urban neighbourhood. English Bay Beach is a popular sunbathing and sunset-watching spot, and Denman and Robson streets attract shoppers and diners.
Vancouver Basics / General Information
Population: 603,500 City of Vancouver and 2.5 million Metro Vancouver
Languages Spoken: English and French are Canada's two official languages. English is the predominant language spoken in British Columbia
Climate: Metro Vancouver has a very mild climate. In winter, it rarely snows in the city; summers are warm with coller evenings
Time Zone: Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone. Daylight time (clocks move one hour ahead) is in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November
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