Published: February, 2018
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Vancouver, Canada

If you do one thing in Vancouver, explore Stanley Park.
— Megan Escher
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  • Trip type: Family, City

to & from

  • Direct flights SFO to YVR.   It is about a 2 hour drive from the Seattle airport (depending on border crossing). If coming from one of the Islands to the West, use the network of car ferries.
  • RENT A CAR. Last we were there, no Uber or Lyft. FInding a taxi is tough. You have to go to taxi stands which are not well marked and often have a long wait.
  • It's a beautiful walking neighborhood.

Where to Stay

Lots of great hotels in Yaletown and Gastown for a truly urban experience. Last we went, we rented an Airbnb house in Riley Park, which is a wonderful residential neighborhood with a great high street for shopping and dining.

Where to Eat and Drink

What to Do

inside scoop

If visiting in the summer, bring swimsuits for the children in your day bag. It can get hot and you will sometimes come upon water features and / or swimming in parks where the children can cool off and possibly buy you a couple more hours of adventuring.


Add On locations:

British Columbia is magical and a couple of “worth the effort” extension areas to consider are Victoria and Salt Spring Island – both accessible by the car ferry system.


Salt Spring Island One of the magnificent Canadian Gulf Island. Rustic and beautiful. Amazing for a family adventure.

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