Your critical guide to hotels, restaurants and going out in Vancouver

Written by local experts

Editor's picks

The music scene's crown jewel

Commodore Ballroom

This 75-year-old stalwart staged early career shows by seminal bands such as Talking Heads and Nirvana.

Getting creative with condiments

Salt Tasting Room
Restaurants & cafés

A great wine list, cheeses and charcuterie, paired with an interesting crop of condiments.

Be sociable, be warm, be gorgeous

Bars & pubs

Where no-one's afraid to be first on the dancefloor and strangers smile at you.

Major attractions

Grouse Mountain


Grouse Mountain is home to orphan grizzly bears Grinder and Coola. In the winter attractions include a 300ft snowboarding half-pipe and a mountain-top ice rink.

Vancouver Art Gallery


An impressive collection of paintings by the 1920s modernist Emily Carr, Canada's most celebrated female artist, plus cutting edge local art.

Capilano Suspension Bridge


Brave the crossing and you'll be rewarded with an elevated platform that leads you through a series of trees above the forest floor.

What's on in Vancouver

Vancouver International Jazz Festival Vancouver International Jazz Festival - © Tourism Vancouver/Dannielle Hayes

Not only is Vancouver hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it also has a regular year-full of great cultural festivals and events including international jazz, comedy, film, and performing arts festivals, Pride Parade, a polar bear swim and a wooden boat race.