Destination guide

Experience an urban oasis with Vancouver vacation rentals

Vacation rentals will let you make the most of your holiday in Vancouver. British Columbia's largest city and one of the world's hidden urban gems, Vancity's a place where you'll never be bored. The city's home to chic shops, galleries, museums, and live performance venues. It also has vast parks and green spaces where you can go hiking, biking, or picnicking. You can work on your tan at the beach in summer and ski in winter. And if you're a pop culture junkie, you'll want to get your autograph book ready – you can regularly spot big-name stars shooting in "Hollywood North."

History

Uncover Vancouver's history from your vacation rental

By western accounts, Vancouver's official chronicle begins only in the 1770s when Spanish and British explorers – including the city's namesake Captain George Vancouver – passed through its waters searching for the Northwestern Passage. But if you ask the First Nations people, they'll say they've been there 10,000 years before the explorers came. You can certainly feel their presence in totem-poled Stanley Park, once home to many First Nations villages. To get a feel for how Vancouver really started, stroll around Gastown, where an enterprising Englishman named John "Gassy Jack" Deighton built Globe Saloon, the tavern around which the city grew.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Vancouver

Do you want to discover top things to see and do in the city? Venture out of your vacation home and check out everything that Vancouver has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Grouse Mountain (6.9 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Cypress Mountain (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Vancouver Aquarium (1.3 mi / 2.1 km)
  • Hastings Racecourse (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Playland Amusement Park (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Empire Fields (3.8 mi / 6.1 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Vancouver

Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Vancouver is a great place to spend some time outside. These are a few of the area's most stunning sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Stanley Park (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • False Creek (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Sunset Beach (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Vancouver False Creek Seawall (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • English Bay Beach (1.1 mi / 1.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Vancouver

The nearest airport is in Vancouver, BC (YVR-Vancouver Intl.), located 6.7 mi (10.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Galiano Island, BC (YMF-Montague Harbour Seaplane Base), which is 29.7 mi (47.8 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Vancouver Waterfront Station, Vancouver Pacific Central Station and Vancouver Rocky Mountaineer Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Vancouver by jumping on the metro at Vancouver City Center Station, Granville Station or Burrard Station.

How to get around

No wheels needed for your Vancouver vacation rental

You don't need to bring your wheels on your Vancouver holiday, and you won't need to rent one either. TransLink runs a comprehensive public transit network consisting of buses, the SkyTrain rail system, and the SeaBus ferry. To use them, all you'll need is an all-access DayPass or a reloadable Compass Card. If you feel like pedalling, Vancouver is extremely bike-friendly, with extensive cycling paths and numerous bike rental shops. But the best way to get around Vancouver is on foot; most landmarks in a neighbourhood are within easy walking distance of each other.

Essential info

Key facts for Vancouver vacation rentals

Vancouver is a mitten-shaped city on Canada's western coast, bordered by Burrard Inlet, Fraser River, and the Strait of Georgia. Covering an area of 114.97 square kilometres, Vancouver is one of Canada's densest cities, with approximately 5,500 people per square kilometre. You'll also hear languages other than English frequently spoken there, as 54% of its population belong to minority groups. Aside from the city's ethnic diversity, it's a haven for the LGBT community and hosts Canada's largest annual pride parade. June to September are the best months for hitting the beach in Vancouver, while December to March is ski season.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Vancouver?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Vancouver:

  • Downtown: 381 vacation rentals
  • Kitsilano: 171 vacation rentals
  • West Side: 715 vacation rentals
  • East Side: 667 vacation rentals
  • Yaletown: 362 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Vancouver?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Vancouver. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Vancouver Convention Centre: 1,264 home rentals
  • Kitsilano Beach: 1,283 home rentals
  • Granville Island Public Market: 1,287 home rentals
  • Canada Place: 1,249 home rentals
  • Rogers Arena: 1,246 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Vancouver listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Vancouver?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 491 Condos/Apartments in Vancouver. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Vancouver include:

  • Houses: 585 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 10 lodging choices
  • Studios: 261 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Vancouver?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 214 vacation homes with pool available in Vancouver.

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