Vancouver is one of Canada's most popular destinations for travelers. In fact, in 2012 it was named a top city in Canada by Conde Nast Traveler magazine in their Reader's Choice Awards.

This British Columbia city is an excellent holiday spot for outdoor enthusiasts as well as culture lovers. Throughout every season, there are a variety of natural sights and outside activities to take part in, whether it's strolling through Stanley Park, hiking along a nature path or steering a kayak through Vancouver Harbour. If you prefer to spend your vacation indoors, Vancouver treats you to stunning works of art in its galleries, fascinating information and displays at local museums and entertaining theater and music performances that will have you standing and cheering, "Bravo!"

1. Quiet and Private Garden Suite Rental


At Georgian Bay in Muskoka is the wonderful The Ridge at Kingswood with its shared private beach just a 10-minute walk from the home. Inside you'll find four bedrooms with king and twin size beds that can sleep up to eight people and two bathrooms. On the lower level is a media room featuring a 50-inch TV that's perfect for a night in.

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway or a family holiday, book your stay in this gorgeous garden suite. High ceilings and windows fill the space with plenty of light and the tasteful modern furnishings create a peaceful setting where you can't help but relax. Inside you'll find one bedroom, one bathroom, a full kitchen and a living space.

The suite sleeps two to four, so its great for smaller groups. The open living/kitchen space and polished concrete floors with radiant heat are lovely and unique. Get your day started right with the included espresso machine, then later on cook up a delicious dinner on the outdoor barbecue as you enjoy the large backyard. You'll even find in-suite laundry to make packing a breeze when it's time to head home.

The suite is located near Queen Elizabeth Park where you can challenge your friends or loved ones to a game of tennis. There are also shops, eateries and public transportation nearby so you can get out and explore the area.


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2. West Side Cozy Rental


An idyllic spot for a romantic getaway is in the uber-cozy garden suite in a private Dunbar home. There's a private entrance and the suite is completely self-contained, so you won't have to worry about you and your sweetheart being interrupted.

You'll be treated to beautiful mountain views and all of the comforts of home. Whether you stay here for three days or three weeks, the suite will serve as your holiday oasis. The 480-square-foot space features a full service kitchen, a bedroom with a spacious queen-size bed, a full bathroom and a living space with a queen-size sleeper sofa. Each morning enjoy your coffee and breakfast as you gaze out onto the lovely garden.

The suite is in a wonderful location that's close to a variety of Vancouver attractions like Jericho Beach, which is only 4 kilometers away, and Grouse Mountain for skiing, which is only 20 kilometers. Just down the back lane you'll find Balaclava Park, and not far away is the downtown area, golf courses, restaurants, shops and more.


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3. Luxurious Haddon House


Just 20 minutes from the excitement of downtown, is the peaceful Haddon House. With four bedrooms and 3-and-a-half bathrooms covering 2,600 square feet, there's plenty of space for your family to reside comfortably during your trip to Vancouver.

Enjoy the luxury of this upscale neighborhood and it's million dollar homes without the million dollar price tag. The lovely kitchen boasts granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, so you can cook delicious meals each day. Enjoy your coffee and breakfast on the back deck as you take in the amazing natural scenery.

On the second floor, all of the bathrooms feature in-floor heating so there's no need to worry about chilly feet, and comfy bathrobes are provided. Spend a lovely afternoon lounging in the living room with the warmth of an electric fireplace as you tickle the ivories of the baby grand piano.

The Dutch Colonial-style home was professionally decorated and renovated in 2007. Not far from this heritage home you'll find Deer Lake with its plethora of walking and biking trails, picnic areas and canoe- and paddle-boat rentals. You'll also be within walking distance to the cultural hub the area where you'll find live performances throughout the year. Only a seven-minute drive away is BC's biggest shopping mall, or take the 20-minute Sky Train ride into downtown.


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4. Recently Renovated 3BR Character Home


Modernity meets charm here in this Dunbar home snuggled into a quiet, family-oriented Vancouver neighbourhood. You'll be only a short drive from the international airport as well as downtown and a variety of beaches.

This house, originally built in 1928, sleeps six to seven in three bedrooms plus a loft, and with three bathrooms, there's plenty of space for everyone to get ready for the day's adventures. French doors lead from the open concept living space to a large back deck that's perfect for dining on delicious home-cooked meals prepared in the home's kitchen under the stars on warm nights.

If you've travelled during the chiller months, snuggle up in front of the wood fireplace after a day exploring Vancouver's exciting shops, delicious restaurants, sandy beaches and lovely walking and biking trails in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.


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5. Unique Comfortable Modern Downtown Home


If you're looking to stay in downtown Vancouver, you'll love this two-bedroom, two-bathroom home. From the open concept living space and warm wall colours to the media room with a huge TV and grand piano, cozy hot tub and relaxing steam shower with rainfall showerheads, you'll be treated to nothing but comfort and luxury during your stay.

While indoors, you can enjoy peace and quiet and relaxation, but head out to enjoy all that this location has to offer in the heart of the Main Street shopping district. You'll find vintage clothing stores, antique shops and amazing restaurants all only a five-minute walk from your front door.

If the weather is nice, it's also only a five-minute walk to Queen Elizabeth Park and the Hillcrest Community Centre, which was the home of the 2010 Olympic curling. The Centre features a swimming pool, ice rink, fitness centre and dance studio. Golf lovers can take advantage of nearby courses, and you can hit the ski slopes at Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain for a downhill adventure.


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6. Point Grey Amazing Views Family Home


For unbeatable views, be sure to book a stay at Point Grey, a fully-furnished three bedroom home in a quiet, tree-lined neighborhood. You'll be treated to panoramic sights like the light of the city skyline from the downstairs deck and the snow-capped mountains from the master bedroom. Hardwood floors create a warm ambience along with three fireplaces, three bathrooms, a formal dining room and living room and family room.

Cooks will be delighted with the kitchen's six-burner stove, large island and custom cabinets. You'll feel like royalty staying in the master bedroom with it's large king-size bed as you snuggle in front of the fireplace or out on the private deck. Fall into bed and wrap yourself in the down duvet comforter. You'll be sound asleep in no time!

There's plenty of Vancouver to explore close by with golf courses, shopping, theaters and more. Skiing is just 25 minutes away, so you can hit the slopes with ease. Follow it up with a mouthwatering meal at a nearby eatery or trip the spa for a relaxing massage.


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7. Spacious Dunbar Family Home


If you're travelling to Vancouver with your family, especially if you have small children or babies, this is a great rental option for you! Walk up the front steps and enter to find 2,000 square feet of sunny open space. The four bedrooms can sleep up to seven with 3 queen size beds and a baby crib in the fourth bedroom.

The two-level, yellow cream-coloured home is nestled into a wonderful family neighbourhood with attractions nearby, but the peace and quiet your family will love. There's plenty of space to create delicious, home-cooked meals in the kitchen that you can enjoy in the spacious dining room. After a hearty breakfast go exploring.

There are playgrounds to keep the kids entertained as well as a recreation centre, cinema and plenty more for your family to enjoy together.


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8. Laneway House in Point Grey Vancouver


Laneway House is a lovely, new, family-friendly home situated in downtown Vancouver. As you pull up to the residence, you'll notice the wonderfully welcoming curb appeal, and as you step through the front door you'll be greeted with that home-away-from-home feel. Inside the home is appointed with two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The first bedroom has a queen-size bed and the second features two twin-size beds. All three are adorned with bookshelf headboards. Each morning you can dine on a delicious meal at the breakfast bar as you enjoy the stunning views of the North Shore Mountains and Jericho Beach.

If the weather is nice, the children can spend the afternoons in the child-friendly backyard complete with soccer/hockey nets, scooters and paths for biking or walking. You'll be within walking distance to the beach and just a 12-minute drive to downtown where you can enjoy all the hustle and bustle, shopping and cultural attractions.


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9. Private Family Retreat in Central Vancouver


Large families or groups of friends won't want to pass up a stay at this architecturally stylish private retreat in lovely Vancouver. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms and two half-baths, this stunning home sleeps up to 10 people comfortably. You'll find ultimate luxury here and plenty of peace and quiet to go around.

Inside each bedroom features an en-suite bathroom. The master boasts a king-size bed as well as a jetted tub where you can relax after an exciting day. The other bedrooms also feature king and double-size beds.

A favorite feature of this home is the indoor/outdoor private pool and hot tub that you'll be sure to enjoy throughout your stay. When the weather is nice, slide open the doors to take in views of the landscaped yard, then curl up with a movie in the media room or challenge your housemates to a game of pool in the billiards room.

When you're ready to explore, you'll be just a 10-minute drive from the beach as well as a 15-minute drive to downtown to check out museums, galleries, shopping and other activities. From the home you'll have easy access to the mountains as well so you can spend time skiing and hiking during the colder months.


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10. Laneway Coach Home Close to Everything


For privacy and a comfortable atmosphere, you'll appreciate a stay at this new stand-alone coach home. As you enter, you'll notice that it's wonderfully decorated with modern furnishings and the queen-size beds in each of the two bedrooms feel quite luxurious as you fall asleep.

Here you'll find the peace and quiet you've been wishing for, but just a quick 15 to 20 minute drive brings you to the excitement of downtown Vancouver as well as the North Shore Mountains. On the main floor you'll find a spacious and bright living area and state-of-the-art kitchen, and upstairs each bedroom is appointed with plenty of storage space so you don't have to live out of suitcases during your stay. The included laundry makes packing a breeze without the worry of keeping dirty and clean clothes separate.

When you're ready to explore but don't want to drive, the Sky Train station is a quick 10-minute walk from the home and gets you downtown in 15 minutes.


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