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Coast Coal Harbour Hotel is situated right in the heart of Vancouver, a stone’s throw from the beautiful Stanley Park. Our accommodations are conveniently located close to the Gastown district, the renowned shopping on Robson Street and the incredible array of arts and entertainment that Vancouver has to offer. If you are coming for business, enjoy a convenient stay near The Vancouver Convention Centre. Year round you can find countless things to do and explore in Vancouver. If you want to take in some of the amazing mountain views and the natural surroundings, we suggest taking a walk around Vancouver’s Seawall. If you are in the mood for a hike while staying in Vancouver, check-out the Stawamus Chief and Capilano Canyon. If you are looking for indoor activities in Vancouver, you can experience Vancouver’s local arts and culture by exploring the Vancouver Art Gallery and the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Don’t forget to visit Granville Island which has a little something for everyone. You can find some of the best food in Vancouver and ingredients from the surrounding area within the Public Market, check-out some of the new creations by the resident artists or if you are looking for a place that your kid’s imaginations can run wild, visit the Kids Market and the Water Park for a truly amazing adventure.

There is always something new and exciting to see in Vancouver so come explore with us!

things to do in Stanley Park

Looking to visit one of Vancouver’s must-see locations? Then Stanley Park is for you! Whether you want to walk, jog or bike the seawall, you will find a variety of things to see in Stanley Park such as exhibits by local and indigenous artists, the “Rose Garden” and totem poles. Looking for a way to relax with the kids while in Vancouver? Check out the Stanley Park Train, waterpark or let them run wild in one of the many family-friendly parks. If you prefer to find areas with beautiful views, visit Brockton Lighthouse or Prospect Point. These are some of the best views that you will find off the Inlet in Downtown Vancouver.

things to do in Vancouver with kids

When you visit Vancouver with your kids, there is an endless amount of activities that you can do as a family year-round! Looking for an interactive museum? Visit Science World in Vancouver where you can take a fun-filled adventure that will captivate people of all ages. You can catch a film in the largest OMNIMAX Theatre in the world, listen in on a science talk or just explore the endless educational games. Looking for something more outdoorsy? Rent a bicycle and explore Stanley Park, or visit FlyOver Canada where you can experience a simulated flight across the country. Since you are in Vancouver, it does tend to rain in the fall. If it just so happenes to be a rainy day, the Vancouver Aquarium is the perfect place to go with kids. Not only will you want to spend the entire day exploring the amazing things our oceans have given us but you can also visit the touch pool to say hello to the stingrays. They are also excited to say hello to someone new!

best beaches near Vancouver

Looking for the beach? Well, Vancouver has many beaches for you to choose from! If you’re looking for a beach in Vancouver similar to Venice Beach in California, than Kitsilano Beach is the place for you. Not only will you find a grassy area to play with the children or throw a ball, but you will also find an area for beach volleyball. Looking for something with a bit more sand and water than check out Jericho Beach and Second and Third Beach where you can spot locals sailing, kayaking or just relaxing in the sun with a picnic basket. Last but not least, a favourite beach in Vancouver for families is Ambleside Beach. It’s perfect for building sand castles, grabbing an ice cream or playing along side your kids on the playground. Hopefully, we will catch you strutting your stuff at one of our favourite beaches.


A hockey game at Rogers Arena located near our Vancouver hotel Coast Coal Harbour

Rogers Arena

Rogers Arena is the home of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, as well as venue for some of the biggest concerts and shows in the city.

The BC Place Arena near our hotel in Vancouver

BC Place

BC Place is a multi-purpose stadium home of the BC Lions, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the annual Canada Sevens as well as the BC Sports Hall of Fame. The stadium also served as the main stadium for the 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Paralympics which Vancouver hosted, as well as a venue for multiple matches including the championship match for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

People enjoying Stanley Park near our Vancouver BC hotel

Stanley Park

Consistently ranked #1 Best Park In The World by TripAdvisor, this natural wonder is a must-see! Measuring approximately 1,000 acres, the park is home to flower gardens, totem poles, exhibits by local and indigenous artists, not to mention resident wildlife and some of the city’s oldest known trees.

Walk, jog, bike or roller-blade along the seawall. Bring the kids for a ride on the Stanley Park Train or enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage tour. Take in the view at Prospect Point. Visit Brockton Lighthouse, as you gaze upon the Burrard Inlet and the city of North Vancouver beyond. Or, just choose a path and go for a stroll – just make sure you don’t get lost!

The exterior of the Vancouver Art Gallery near our Vancouver BC hotel

Vancouver Art Gallery

Celebrating the work of leaders in the field of contemporary art and Vancouver’s own internationally renowned artists through cutting-edge exhibitions, the Vancouver Art Gallery also houses the most extensive collection of Canada’s beloved Emily Carr.

Local BC neighborhood Gastown near our Vancouver hotel the Coast Coal Harbour

Gastown

The oldest of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods, Gastown is a thriving urban community of gourmet restaurants, independent boutiques, art studios and cocktail bars.

Walk the cobblestone streets, visit historic sites (such as the statue of “Gassy Jack” and the Steam Clock) and be sure to sample the award-winning food and drinks from some of Vancouver’s premiere foodie destinations.

Science World at Telus World of Science at dusk near our Vancouver hotel

Science World

Go on a fun-filled voyage of discovery! Science World offers interactive & educational exhibits designed to captivate and inspire young minds. Fun for the whole family! Featuring live science talks, eye-catching artwork, educational games, a food court and the largest OMNIMAX Theatre in the world!

The Granville Island Public Market near our Vancouver hotel the Coast Coal Harbour

Granville Island

Originally home to factories, plants and sawmills, Granville Island has become a hub of activity. It is one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft studios. Located south of Downtown Vancouver, the island lies directly underneath Granville Street Bridge.

A favourite area for locals and tourists alike, Granville Island offers much in the way of shopping, food and activity. Spend an afternoon browsing the many unique, independently-owned artisan shops. Visit the famous Granville Island Public Market and see why it’s been called “a food-lover’s paradise.” Satisfy your urge for adventure by renting a kayak, canoe or paddle-board. As evening sets in, enjoy a meal at one of many exquisite restaurants, most boasting a scenic seaside patio, and then catch a live show!

People shopping in Yaletown at night near our hotel in downtown Vancouver

Yaletown

Chic, hip and trendy, Yaletown is the home of top-shelf cuisine, locally-owned boutiques and glamorous night-life.

During the day, browse independent fashion shops that are quirky and stylish. Stop for lunch at one of many open-concept patio restaurants. Then, as night descends, stay and check out Yaletown’s dance clubs, craft pubs and luxe lounges.

Neon lights of Granville Street at night located near our Vancouver Harbour hotel

Granville Street

Interested in a bit of night life? This colourful street cuts through the centre of Downtown Vancouver and has come to be known as Vancouver’s “Neon District”.

During the day, Granville is a bustling cosmopolitan paradise, where you can find department stores like The Bay, Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew and the Pacific Centre Mall. But it’s at night that Granville comes alive! Here you will find the historic Orpheum Theatre, home to the Vancouver Symphony and Orchestra, as well as popular concert venues Vogue Theatre and the Commodore Ballroom. Dance clubs, luxe lounges, cocktail bars, Irish-style pubs, food vendors and street performers – Granville Street has it all!

The path along Coal Harbour with views of the city and our hotel in downtown Vancouver

Canada Place/Coal Harbour

Once a thriving shipyard, Coal Harbour has since become a quiet, picturesque neighbourhood both residential and commercial. Here you will find the world-renowned Vancouver Convention Centre, as well as the Cruise Ship Terminals.

A perfect area for a leisurely stroll along the sea-wall, where you can observe close-up the official 2010 Vancouver Olympic Cauldron, as well as other sculptures designed by local artists. You can also rent a bicycle, buy a ticket for a Harbour Cruise Cruise (or even a float-plane!), or go in for a 4-D simulated flight across the country at “FlyOver Canada”. Then, when it’s time to relax. try one of Coal Harbour’s many sea-side pubs, lounges and restaurants.

A dawn picture of English Bay near our Vancouver Harbour hotel

English Bay

When the sun is out, there’s no better place to be! This chain of sandy beaches stretches along the south-west edge of Downtown Vancouver.

English Bay offers many fun diversions. Children can splash and plat at Second Beach Public Pool. Adults can rent a canoe, kayak or paddle-board for an afternoon! Get the team together for a round of beach volleyball or even rent a bike or roller-blades and explore the seawall! Or just lay back and soak up the sun. When the day’s activities are over, grab a patio chair at one of English Bay’s sea-side eateries.

The peaceful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden near our hotel in downtown Vancouver

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

The first of its kind outside of China, an authentic representation of an age-old garden tradition, which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar’s residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding path and corridors and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.

Breathtaking, rain or shine…step into the Garden’s door and out of your daily life, as your heart and mind relax and your energy renews. Journey back in time to 15th Century China and enjoy this “window to another world”.

The Vancouver Aquarium located near our hotel in downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium

The Vancouver Aquarium is a self-supporting, non-profit association dedicated to promoting the conservation of aquatic life through display and interpretation, education, research and direct action.

Spend a day exploring the wonders of Earth’s oceans! Say hello to the cownose and southern stingrays in the “Discover Rays” touch pool or venture outside to see the ever playful sea otters. Take in a 4-D theatre experience or enjoy “Animal Encounters” – live shows designed to entertain and inform.

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Robson Street

Known as “Vancouver’s Runway”, Robson Street is one of the city’s oldest commercial districts, extending east to west across downtown, from BC Place Stadium to the doorstep of Stanley Park.

Spend an afternoon browsing a wide array of medium-to-high-end apparel and cosmetic outlets: Banana Republic, Sephora, Zara, Armani Exchange, Lululemon, J.Crew & many, many more!

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Local Food Trucks

Recently exploding onto Vancouver’s culinary scene, food trucks are now a common sight in Vancouver’s downtown core.Renowned restaurants are launching their own food trucks – from Vij’s comes Vij’s Railway Express – in addition toVancouver’s hidden gems, like JAPADOG originally only found at Burrard & Smithe.