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A Half-day in Vancouver: How to see the best of the city

So, you've got a few hours in Vancouver. Maybe you have a layover, some time before your cruise departs, an opening in between meetings or you've come to a conference one day early. Whatever the reason, you want to maximize your time! In Vancouver, that means culture, nature and, of course, good coffee.

Here's our ultimate half-day Vancouver itinerary:

Start at YVR

Hop off your flight, walk about 10 minutes, and you'll be on the Canada Line train. It's remarkably easy to get from the Vancouver International Airport into the heart of the city. Take it to the end of the line, and you'll be at Canada Place in just under 30 minutes. 

Soak it in

Get off at Waterfront Station and exit via West Cordova. Walk west until you reach Howe, then turn right and walk until the street ends. Now that you're on the waterfront, take a moment to look around and soak in all that Vancouver is — soaring skyscrapers, tall peaks, placid waters and cool locals.  

Snack break

Grab a coffee and a muffin at the Coal Harbour Café or the Bellaggio Café, and head down to the Canadian Trail walkway that follows the western promenade of Canada Place. You're in the heart of the Port of Vancouver. 

Couple walking alongside Canada Place.

The Canadian Trail

As you wander along the walkway, you can discover cool facts about Canada on this themed trail. At the promenade's far end, you'll find yourself in the heart of Burrard Inlet. It's a hub of activity — freighters, cruise ships, float planes and kayakers come and go, and the Coast Mountains stretch across the north shore.

Explore More at Flyover

The Canadian Trail will take you right to your next stop — Flyover. This immersive attraction lets you explore the world’s most spectacular places from a whole new perspective. Check what’s currently showing and budget around 30 minutes for your adventure.

Riders overlaid on the snowy Rocky Mountains.

Lunch spot

After your Flyover experience, head to the on-site    Flying Whale Waterfront Cafe for a quick bite. From snacks and sweet treats to pizza and local beers, you’re likely to find something to meet your appetite here. Plus, the Vancouver Harbour views are unbeatable.

Stretch your legs

Walk or rent a bike and head to Stanley Park, looping past the seawall along English Bay. Biking for the 9-km seawall path can take up to two hours. Stop at the Totem Poles at Brockton Point. If you'd rather walk, or if time's really tight, head just as far as Lost Lagoon.

Heading out

Drop your bike off and head back to YVR via the Canada Line. Now that you've had a taste of this incredible city, you'll be dreaming of your return to Vancouver until your next visit. 

Experience Flyover Canada

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