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16 BEST Breweries in Vancouver (+My Personal Favorites!)

16 BEST Breweries in Vancouver (+My Personal Favorites!)

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In the last decade, craft beer has taken the city of Vancouver by storm, with new incredible breweries popping up all over the city every year! From cozy cabin vibes to large outdoor patios or just an excuse to escape the rain, there really is a brewery for every vibe in Vancouver.

Some people may actually even say there are too many breweries in Vancouver. While we disagree (how can too many breweries be a bad thing?!), there are so many breweries that deciding which ones to visit and which ones to skip is a task in itself.

Luckily for you, we are locals of Vancouver and huge beer fans, so we have tried and tested a good majority of Vancouver’s craft beer scene and now consider ourselves experts in the city’s breweries! 

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top breweries in Vancouver that you have to try. Whether you are a huge hop-head or just looking for a new spot to try out with friends, there will be a brewery on this list for you!

So grab your pint glass (or your growler) and let’s get into it! 

Don’t have time to read the full article? If we have to narrow it down to the BEST breweries in Vancouver, you can’t miss out on Granville Island Brewing, the first micro-brewery in Van, or Parallel 49 Brewing, for their quirky atmosphere and delicious brews! Better yet, join a brewery tour to try even more breweries in one day.

The Best Breweries in Vancouver

These are our favorite 16 breweries in Vancouver that we think you shouldn’t miss. They all have great vibes, so combine a visit to a couple and make your own craft beer tour.

1. Granville Island Brewing

Daniel and Bailey taste beer at Granville Island Brewing
Granville Island Brewery is one of our favorites!
  • Location: Granville Island (1441 Cartwright St)
  • Serves food: Yes! Granville Island Brewing has a great food menu. 
  • Come here for: An awesome tasting experience! 

If you find yourself exploring the incredible Granville Island, you cannot miss Granville Island Brewing! It first opened its doors in 1984, making it Canada’s first-ever microbrewery and they’ve been serving up some tasty suds ever since! 

Being one of only two breweries on Granville Island, the iconic spot is included in a lot of tours of the area. What really sets this brewery apart is its commitment to using local ingredients, including the water from Cypress Mountain in all of its beers. 

Our favorite part about visiting Granville Island Brewing though has to be their tasting experience in the taproom, where you can sample all their brews and learn a bit more about their brewing process while you are there. It’s part of the reason we recommend trying to fit in a stop here even if you only have two days to spend in Vancouver!

If you are visiting Vancouver during the winter, you might get to try their incredible winter ale with delicious notes of white chocolate, vanilla, and caramel, which is a personal favorite of mine! 

If you get hungry during your visit, don’t worry they have you covered with their selection of snacks, burgers, salads, and a heap of veggie and vegan options for you to choose from. 

2. East Van Brewing Company

Having a beer at East Van Brewing
Cheers!
East Vancouver Brewing front entrance
East Van Brewing
  • Location: East Vancouver (1675 Venables St)
  • Serves food: Yes 
  • Come here for: Their new garden terrace! 

East Van Brewing Company is a fantastic brewery in the heart of East Vancouver. Their taproom has an awesome industrial-style interior while still managing to have a homey local feel! 

With 12 taps running at a time, you will never struggle to find a new beer to try here as East Van Brewing is always experimenting with new flavors. One of my personal favorites has to be the Nana Hefe (4.6%) which has added banana during the fermenting process! 

They have recently opened up an awesome beer garden, an ideal people-watching spot looking over downtown Vancouver. Check out their events schedule on their Facebook page as they always have something fun going on and regularly show sports and host live music and a weekly quiz night on Tuesdays. 

While they do have a food menu, as a little local’s tip, head to the best fried-chicken shop in Vancouver, DownLow Chicken to get some food and bring it into the brewery to eat! It feels sneaky but you are allowed to eat it in there and they even give you $1 off your first pint if you do! 

Related Read: Visiting a brewery is a great acitvity when the weather isn’t so great – check out our other rainy day activities in Vancouver for more ideas!

3. Parallel 49 Brewing Company

  • Location: East Vancouver (1950 Triumph St)
  • Serves food: Yes, this is one of our favorite breweries, for both beer and food! 
  • Come here for: Unique flavors, and a great crowd! 

Parallel 49 Brewing Company is easily one of the most popular breweries in Vancouver and one of our all-time favorites! 

If you have spent some time in Vancouver you will probably recognize their unique packaging from liquor stores and bars as they supply the whole city with their quirky designs. Their branding is a great reflection of their beers as they experiment with unique flavors and it’s not unusual to see notes of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg alongside their fruity beers. 

Fun names like Trash Panda, Jerkface 9000, and my personal favorite Hillbilly Ninja are just a few of the beers you can expect to see on all 60 of the taps available in their cozy taphouse! 

There are a lot of breweries in the area and yet Parallel 49 always draws a crowd and you might struggle to get a seat in their taproom on weekends. Visit this one on an empty stomach as their food truck is unbeatable, serving dishes like poutines, burgers, and chicken sandwiches – oh and you have to try their doughnuts!   

4. Off The Rail Brewing

Off The Rail Brewing Beer
Photo credit: Off The Rail Brewing
Enjoying a beer at Off the Rail Brewing in Vancouver, Canada
  • Location: East Vancouver (1351 Adanac St)
  • Serves food: Yes, they have a bar snack menu. 
  • Come here for: Great service, and even better drinks! 

Off The Rail Brewing is a friendly, small, locally owned and operated brewery in Vancouver. They are passionate about providing great beer, inspired by the taste of North America and Europe combined. 

We love visiting this brewery on a sunny day as they have a beautiful outdoor patio that is dog friendly so you can enjoy a cold beer surrounded by your four-legged friends! 

The staff members here really are a standout, always so friendly, welcoming, and eager to help you find the right drink to your taste. I am sure you will not struggle to find one as Off the Rail Brewing has 15 taps in their taproom featuring their brewed on-site beers available in flights of four 4 oz tasters, 12 oz glasses, or 20 oz pints! 

While they don’t operate a full kitchen, you could easily stop here for a light lunch and enjoy some of the amazing snacks they have on offer like Jamaican patties, chicken wings, and samosas! 

5. Container Brewing Ltd.

Container Brewing in Vancouver, Canada
Photo credit: Container Brewing
  • Location: East Side (1216 Franklin St)
  • Serves food: Yes, they have amazing food thanks to their onsite food truck! 
  • Come here for: Awesome events, awesome beer, and awesome views! 

Container Brewing is one of Vancouver’s newest breweries, and it already feels like part of the city’s furniture! Created by two best friends who wanted to bring the people of east Vancouver together and provide them with incredible beer, in a quirky social setting, and it’s safe to say, they have definitely achieved that! 

The brewery is set over two levels which have large windows that open up in the summer, looking right over to the beautiful North Shore Mountains. 

They are passionate about being a safe space accessible for all being BPIC and LGBTQ+ friendly with signs on the door stating hate towards anyone will not be tolerated and their first floor is fully wheelchair accessible. As well as this, they are very eco-friendly with their food truck being completely solar-powered! 

As for their beer, they focus on having a highly drinkable range of beers, focusing on classics with a twist where needed. While simple, they have a great selection of tasty IPAs which goes along excellently with their extensive menu from their new onsite food truck! 

If you are looking for things to do in Vancouver, check out their events menu as they hold awesome themed nights including open mics every Monday, monthly drinking game nights, and regular comedy shows! 

6. Bomber Brewing

Bomber Brewing Vancouver
Photo credit: Bomber Brewing Vancouver
  • Location: East Vancouver (1488 Adanac St) 
  • Serves food: Yes, they serve the most amazing tacos! 
  • Come here for: Tacos, beer, and hockey! 

Hockey, friendship, and beer are what Bomber Brewery is known for and that is exactly what they provide! It was started by three friends and hockey teammates who wanted to step up their post-hockey drinks game by creating their own brewery and hang-out spot. 

Located in a popular area along the Union-Adanac bikeway means it’s frequently visited by cyclists and even has bike racks and a free air pump right outside! 

Their cozy tasting room has a fun atmosphere and offers board games to play with friends while you taste their delicious beer. They have a great menu on offer along with a list of experimental limited edition brews that change seasonally. Be sure to try their award-winning Outspoken IPA which came first place in the BC Beer Awards in 2019! 

They sell a few bar snacks in their taproom but you really want to head to their Taqueria parked outside to get their beer and three taco deals for only $17 CAD! 

Whether you are coming in purely to watch the hockey game, or to sample some of their delicious beers, you are bound to have a great time!   

Related Read: Another fun evening out in Vancouver is paying a visit to the Richmond Night Market! There is so much to explore here – check it out for yourself!

7. 33 Acres Brewing Company

Daniel and Bailey at 33 Acres Brewing tasting beer in Vancouver
33 Acres Brewing
  • Location: Mount Pleasant (15 W 8th Ave)
  • Serves food: Yes, they serve a few large plates and have a great snack menu but they also serve an incredible brunch on weekends between 11 am and 2 pm. 
  • Come here for: Tasty beer in a fancy setting! 

33 Acres Brewing Company is a family-owned minimalist-style brewery located in the heart of Mount Pleasant. They are really experimental with the flavor profile in their beers so although their menu is slightly smaller than others on this list, each of their beers is unique and made to perfection! 

A standout for this brewery has to be its snack menu, everything from charcuterie boards to beef jerky, all complementing its drinks menu beautifully. 

Don’t forget to try their Fluffy Cloud IPA (6.5 abv) an amazing hazy IPA with notes of mint, tangerine, and gummy bear, you can even buy a packaged beer to take home with you! 

This brewery is one of our all-time favorites in Vancouver, both to sit in with some beer and nibbles with friends and to pick up some take-home drinks from their liquor store. 

8. Brassneck Brewery 

Beer tasters at Brassneck Brewing Vancouver
Photo credit: Brassneck Brewing Vancouver
  • Location: Mount Pleasant (2148 Main St)
  • Serves food: Yes
  • Come here for: Quirky flavors and growler fills 

Brassneck Brewery is a small neighborhood brewery, but don’t let its size fool you, it is incredibly popular! 

What they lack in size, they make up for in flavor because the beer here is out of this world! Seriously, if you want to come in for some take-out bottles, you might have to get here early as they sell out quickly. 

They combine their taproom, store, and production site together meaning you can enjoy your drink while watching some of their brewing processes. 

Brassneck Brewery tries not to take themselves too seriously which gives them the freedom to experiment with quirky flavors and try out new styles from all around Europe and North America, and it certainly pays off! Their special chalkboard is constantly changing so every time we visit, we get to try a new beer! 

While they are a small brewery, they have 14 fermenters, one being an oak fermenter, which allows them to brew lots of different beers in rotation. Since opening in 2013, they have brewed over 120 different beers! 

The brewery has a sister restaurant called The Magnet which provides a snack and to-go menu for Brassneck including pies, pickles and cookies so you don’t have to go hungry. 

9. Electric Bicycle Brewing

The front of Electric Bicycle Brewing
The front of Electric Bicycle Brewing
Daniel drinks craft beer on a patio in Vancouver
Yum!
  • Location: Mount Pleasant (20 E 4th Ave)
  • Serves food: Yes, they do one of the best grilled cheese in town! 
  • Come here for: A good time and great Instagram photos

Electric Bicycle Brewing has to be one of the quirkiest Vancouver breweries and has a super vibrant exterior. If you are in the area, you can’t miss it! They promise to provide a brewery experience like no other and to be honest, we haven’t been to one quite like it. 

What once hosted a company that made electric bicycles (hence the name) is now an impressively decorated award-winning brewery popular with both tourists and locals like us! 

If you are looking for a brewery that can host a large group, you won’t be disappointed here as they have large tables inside and two outdoor patios to choose from. 

While they might prioritze being Instagrammable over their drinks with their flower walls, outdoor murals and cool cash registers, their craft beer selection is actually really good and you can find their drinks in bars all around the city. 

They also have a pretty good snack menu, but are well known for their amazing gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches which are only available on weekends! 

10. Main Street Brewing

Main Street Brewing Company in Vancouver
Main Street Brewing Company in Vancouver
  • Location: Mount Pleasant (261 E 7th Ave)
  • Serves food: Yes, they have a great menu! 
  • Come here for: A beer with friends in an impressive setting

Main Street Brewing has to be one of the most impressive of Vancouver’s breweries. With its huge windows, murals, exposed brick walls and ambient lighting, it has a modern twist while still maintaining a classic brewery feel. 

The building that houses Main Street Brewery was built in 1913 along with several other breweries to make up the original Brewery Creek neighborhood. They were all built along this strip to make use of the stream running down in their brewing process, but Main Street Brewing is one of the only few still operating today! 

The brewery itself has changed ownership a few times since then but Main Street Brewing has been open since 2015 and provides Vancouver locals with their take on classic English-style beer. 

Their flavours tend to be light and fruity, but they regularly experiment with small batches so make sure you check out their specials board when you visit. 

Bodhi’s kitchen is on-site Tuesday to Sunday offering up incredible hotdogs, tacos, baked potatoes and much more, all ready to soak up some of that alcohol after trying some flights! 

11. Twin Sails Brewing

Bailey and her friend taste beer at a brewery in Vancouver
Twin Sails Brewery
  • Location: Port Moody (2821 Murray St)
  • Serves food: Only a few bar snacks. 
  • Come here for: Innovative flavours and live music

Twin Sails Brewery is an awesome little place located in Port Moody, an area famous for its incredible breweries! The beer itself is absolutely incredible, featuring a wide range of styles available on tap, you are bound to find something for you! 

They get their name since it was founded by twin brothers and you can regularly see sailboats right outside the brewery’s entrance on the Burrard Inlet.

We have visited Twin Sails Brewing a few times now and their Dat Juice citra pale ale (ABV 5.2) has always been a go-to for me with its grapefruit, pineapple, and mango taste – yum! 

What we really like about Twin Sails Brewing though is how innovative they are with their creations! They always have something new on the menu. Next on our to-try list has to be their Roche Roche hazelnut stout which is Ferrero Rocher inspired and sounds delicious. 

The atmosphere of this brewery has a real laid-back vibe while still being a fun time, regularly hosting trivia nights and live bands and having enough space to seat everyone in their taproom. While they don’t have a full food menu, they do have a selection of bar snacks if you are feeling peckish during your visit! 

12. The Parkside Brewery

Parkside Brewery beer in Vancouver
Photo credit: Parkside Brewery
Parkside Brewery in Port Moodey, Vancouver
Photo credit: Parkside Brewery
  • Location: Port Moody (2731 Murray St)
  • Serves food: Yes, they always have a food truck or two outside alongside their bar snacks inside the brewery! 
  • Come here for: A great start to your bar crawl. 

Brewers Row is famous amongst beer lovers in BC, and The Parkside Brewery is the biggest (and best) of the bunch! 

The vibes here are unbeatable, it’s a great spot to catch up with friends and try some delicious craft beers while looking over the beautiful Rocky Point Park. The staff are super friendly, so if you can’t choose from their endless list of creations, they will be happy to give you a hand! 

Speaking of beer, Parkside has five classics available all year around, their hazy pale ale, regular pale ale, pilsner, and both their lazy and regular IPAs, all of which we have tried, tested and approved! Aside from these they regularly have limited edition beers which they source from local microbreweries, to help support the community which are also available in growler form! 

Their love for the local businesses doesn’t stop at beer as they like to also support farmers and food truck owners which you can find offering up some tasty food in their outdoor seating area! 

13. Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers 

Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers beer
Photo credit: Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers beer
Food at Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers
Photo credit: Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers beer
  • Location: North Vancouver (2270 Dollarton Hwy Unit 170)
  • Serves food: Yes, they have a selection of bar snacks, sandwiches and even a brunch menu on weekends! 
  • Come here for: Great beer and cocktails

UPDATE: Deep Cove Brewery is currently closed while they look for a new location. I will update this blog when they do.

No visit to the beautiful area of Deep Cove is complete without a trip to Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers

Definitely more of a hidden gem than a lot of the more well-known breweries in Vancouver, Deep Cove Brewers and Distillers has a community and sustainability-focused establishment, using local produce wherever possible. 

All their beers and spirits (they are a distillery too!) are developed in their Northshore, specializing in small batches and intricate recipes. 

There really is nothing better after a day of exploring Lynn Canyon than relaxing with a freshly poured Deep Cove lager! If you have some people in your party who aren’t huge beer lovers like us, they have a great cocktail menu featuring all the classics using their own distilled spirits, their Deep Cove Mediterranean gin is a must-try! 

Why not pick up a distillery flight as well as their craft beer flight and have the best of both worlds?! And nothing pairs better with that than their large selection of bar snacks featuring giant pickles, pretzels, and truffle nachos!  

Related Read: After you’ve had your fill of the breweries in Van, why not take the trip from Vancouver to Victoria or Vancouver to Tofino to try out some Vancouver Island brews!

14. North Point Brewing Co

North Point Brewing Co
Photo credit: North Point Brewing Co
  • Location: North Vancouver (266 1st St E)
  • Serves food: Yes, their pizzas are unbeatable! 
  • Come here for: Great pizza 

North Point Brewing Co. has fully hit the Vancouver beer scene by storm and has now opened three different establishments within Vancouver, their original beer and taproom in North Vancouver, their brewing cafe, and their Outpost Community Hub in Port Moody, all serving up their signature North Point Beers and infamous pizzas! 

All of their settings have a clean modern feel and are a great place to meet up with friends and chat over some of the best beers in the area! 

Our favorite is the OG taproom and brewery, it has a wood cabin feel to it as the founders themselves have a passion for nature, the West Coast lifestyle, and really tasty beer! The North Point Brewery also regularly hosts live music events. 

Their Tropic Like Its Hot Sour (ABV 6%) is a real crowd favorite with its peach, mango, and pineapple flavorings but you can’t go wrong with a classic Life of Riley hazy IPA (ABV 6%). 

North Point Brewing Co. is known for its incredible pizzas which they have at all their locations, but they also serve a range of other bar snacks and often have new street food outside to try. 

15. Yaletown Brewing Company  

Daniel drinks at Yaletown Brewing Co
We love the patio here.
Bailey eats pizza and drinks beer at Yaletown Brewing Co in Yaletown, Vancouver
And the pizza!
  • Location: Yaletown (1111 Mainland St)
  • Serves food: Yes, they have a huge food menu so you won’t struggle to find something you fancy! 
  • Come here for: Affordable beer and food! 

Stopping by Yaletown Brewing Company is one of our favorite things to do in the Yaletown area! It’s a vibrant brewery always full of a real mix of people, everything from tourists, people dropping by after work, sports lovers, and those out for a jolly good time! 

If you are visiting in the spring and summer months, they have a beautiful terrace area which is perfect for people watching and taking in the neighborhood atmosphere. Don’t worry if you are here in the colder months though, their cozy indoor setting offers a fireplace, pool tables, and TVs showing live sports. 

This place has a much larger food menu than you will see in a lot of the other Vancouver Breweries, offering up a huge list of tasty appetizers, salads, burgers, and pizzas, all for a great price. Or you can stop by one of the many restaurants in Yaletown first and then grab a drink or two here after.

While the beer here is obviously great (or it wouldn’t have made this list), the real draw to this brewery has to be their incredible happy hour deals! Their happy hour runs daily from 2 pm until 5 pm and 8 pm until close Sunday through Thursday, offering great food deals and $5 CAD beers including their seasonal offerings! 

16. Stanley Park Brewing

Daniel and Bailey enjoy craft beer at Stanley Park Brewing in Vancouver
Cheers!
  • Location: Stanley Park (8901 Stanley Park Dr)
  • Serves food: Yes, they have a great food menu! 
  • Come here for: Local beer and talent 

We regularly go for bike rides along the seawall in Stanley Park, and there is nothing quite like a cold beer at Stanley Park Brewing to finish off a great day exploring the park.  

Their brewpub and tasting room are located right at the entrance of Stanley Park so you can’t miss it! It’s an awesome building, built in 1930 as an indoor sports facility, but luckily it has been repurposed into a large inside room and two outdoor patios with views overlooking the park itself. 

With names such as Sunsetter, Park Sesh Lager, and Trailhopper IPA, every beer they make is a tribute to the maker’s experiences within Stanley Park itself. Alongside these beers is a great food menu, with heaps of veggie, vegan, and gluten-free options, but the ahi tuna poke bowl is a personal favorite of mine! 

Check out their events calendar before you visit as they host live music on Friday nights, featuring some of the best local talents Vancouver has to offer. 

Related Read: Before you enjoy a drink, make sure to check out the best tours of Stanley Park whether you want to walk, bike or go by horse-drawn carriage!

Best Brewery Tours in Vancouver

Now that you know the 16 best breweries in Vancouver, you may be wondering where to start. If you want to get a taste of the craft beer scene or only have a few days to spend in Vancouver, a brewery tour may be your best bet.

A tour narrows down where you should go, you’ll have a local guide (since we can’t actually go to the breweries with you – bummer!), personalized drink recommendations … and the big one – a designated driver. This way your whole group can partake in the tastings.

We have a full guide to the best brewery tours in Vancouver if you want more in-depth info, but for the brief version, these are our three favorite tours!

1. Vancouver Craft Brewery Tour Led by a Local 

Daniel and Bailey try craft beer at a brewery in Vancouver, BC
Another brewery, another beer!

There is no better way to experience the Vancouver brewery scene than taking a brewery tour led by a local beer lover

This tour takes you to three of Vancouver’s finest breweries, all of which feature on this list, Parallel 49, Bomber Brewing, and Off the Rail! Each location provides samples of their beers and snacks to keep you going along the way as well as a behind-the-scenes look at their brewing process which you wouldn’t see if you were visiting by yourself. 

We loved this tour because every time we arrived at a new brewery, there were flights ready to go, and our local guide aka “beer geek” was already telling us the specific details of each brew. This tour costs $120 CAD including transportation, a local guide, snacks, and tasting flights at each spot! You can easily book online through Viator here.

2. Craft Beer Revolution and Tasting Tour 

Bailey at Granville Island Brewery in Vancouver
Bailey at Granville Island Brewery in Vancouver

For a tour that feels more like a neighborhood pub crawl, this Craft Beer Revolution and tasting tour is our pick. Whether you are new to craft beer or a seasoned pro, you are bound to learn something new.

Your guide will lead you around some of the most iconic Vancouver breweries while you learn about the city’s craft beer boom and the culture surrounding it. The tour starts at 2 pm in front of Main Street Brewing where you will meet your guide and the rest of your tour group to enjoy samples of Main Street’s finest craft beers. 

You will then get to wander around Vancouver’s own “Brewery Creek” where you can experience some of the best breweries in the whole of Canada! The whole experience is under $75 CAD and runs for about three hours. If you get Chad as your guide, he knows a ton about the local beer scene and he made the tour a blast! This is one of the most affordable brewery tours we’ve been on, so make sure you book a spot before it sells out!

3. Vancouver Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour 

Fermentation Vessels at a brewery on a brewery tour in Vancouver
Bailey sips on a craft beer in Vancouver, Canada

For a real VIP experience for your beer tour, you will want to book this Behind-the-Scenes Brewery Tour of Vancouver

You’ll be picked up by a driver and whisked away to three of Vancouver’s best breweries. Here you will have a real VIP experience, with priority seating, queue jump at the bar, and a behind-the-scenes experience of the beer’s creation including tastings at every spot! 

If that does entice you enough, you also get to go home with your very own Vancouver Brewery Tours beer glass! The tour itself costs $125 CAD per person, including your tastings, tour, and transportation. 

Whether you want to learn more about Vancouver’s brewing process, or just looking to make some friends and try some incredible beers, you are bound to enjoy this tour as much as we did. Make sure you don’t miss out and book your VIP tour online now!

Why We Book Tours with Viator

Viator is a trusted online booking system for tours around the world! We almost always book our tours using Viator for a couple of reasons:

  • Free cancellation on most tours – Most of the tours on Viator allow you to cancel and get a full refund up to 24 hours in advance. This is handy in case plans change, or if booking an outdoor activity, the weather forecast is looking grim.
  • Reserve now and pay later – You can secure your spot on some of the most popular tours well in advance and not pay until closer to the day of the tour.
  • Lowest price guarantee – If you happen to find the same tour at a lower price elsewhere, Viator will refund you the price difference.
  • Pay in your chosen currency – Avoid costly international transaction fees by choosing to pay in your home currency.
  • Peace of mind – When booking with tour operators you find in person on the street or in small booking offices, you are often promised one thing and given another. This online platform holds tour operators accountable with a written description of inclusions as well as the opportunity for customers to leave reviews.

Check out the Viator website here! Or, for more info, read our detailed review about Viator here.

Other Things to do While You’re in Vancouver

View of English Bay from a sea plane traveling from Vancouver to Tofino
Flying over Vancouver

Van has a special place in our hearts – with so much to do, it’s impossible to get bored here! The city is chock-full of countless new and exciting things to try, from enjoying an epic sunset on a dinner cruise to relaxing at some of the best beaches in Vancouver. If you’re looking for activities to enjoy here, we’ve got you covered.

  • Go whale watching – Funnily enough, humans aren’t the only tourists that flock to Vancouver every year! From the beautiful black and white orcas to the lively humpbacks, going whale watching in Vancouver makes for a truly unforgettable memory. This half-day whale watching tour offers an amazing experience with a guarantee you’ll see whales!
  • Visit the aquarium – The Vancouver Aquarium is home to some 65,000 animals, from adorable penguins to stunning tropical fish! Whether you’ve got little kids who dream of swimming with mermaids or bigger kids who love all things ‘shark’, it’s an amazing place for families, as well as anyone with a love for Earth’s amazing animals! It’s also a great activity for those looking for things to do in Vancouver when it rains.

Where to Stay in Vancouver

Hyatt Regency Vancouver
Photo credit: Hyatt Regency Vancouver

It’s no secret that Vancouver is one of the most popular cities to visit in Canada, especially during the summer and winter! We highly recommend taking the time ahead of your trip to get your accommodation booked, as it’s not uncommon for hotels to be completely full during peak times.

We have this complete guide on where to stay in Vancouver that breaks down all the areas you can stay in the city. For the brief version, these are a few of our favorite hotels in Vancouver for a variety of budgets.

Hyatt Regency Vancouver – $$$

Located between the ever-popular Gastown and Stanley Park areas, the Hyatt Regency Vancouver really makes its mark by being within walking distance of many of Vancouver’s top attractions! It makes the perfect base to go out and explore the downtown neighborhoods, like Sunset Park, English Bay, and much more.

It’s all about luxury at the Hyatt Regency, with clean, well-kept rooms as well as a fully-equipped gym. There’s also an on-site Starbucks for when you need your morning coffee fix, and the views from the rooms are just incredible! Rates here start at $284 CAD and you can book your stay online here.

Times Square Suites – $$

For a more moderate budget, the beautiful Times Square Suites is a very popular option, situated close to the beaches of Stanley Park. The rooms are very quiet, and the fully furnished suites with kitchenettes make for a very relaxing and homey stay!

We think this hotel offers the perfect mix between luxury and affordability, with a great location to boot. Rooms here start at $240 CAD and do get booked up quickly, so make sure to secure your dates online here.

HI Vancouver Jericho Beach Hostel – $

Whether you’re a backpacker looking for a base to lay your head, or traveling to Vancouver on a budget, the HI Vancouver Jericho Beach Hostel is a great choice! As the name suggests, this hostel sits less than a 15-minute walk from Jericho, Locarno, and Spanish Banks beaches.

There’s a warm and welcoming community feel with super friendly staff and loads of opportunities to meet like-minded travelers at their on-site café, lounge, games room, and TV room. Offering dorm beds in mixed or single-gender rooms as well as double, triple, and family rooms, bunks in dorm rooms here start at around $40 CAD per night. You can book either on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com!

Renting a Car in British Columbia

A rural road with Mt Currie in the background
Road trips are the best way to explore Canada!

If you’re arriving in British Columbia via plane, then I can’t recommend getting a rental car enough. British Columbia is a large province, and traveling between the best places to visit in BC requires transport. Although you can use public transport on some occasions, this means your trip will not only require more time but more planning.

Car rental in Canada isn’t relatively cheap, but it’s not that expensive either, especially if you get a budget car. The cheapest car with a pick-up and drop-off in different locations is around $100 CAD per day. The price does vary though, depending on the time of year. For car rentals, I use the website Discover Cars. It’s a search engine with lots of deals with good customer service. In fact, I’ve used Discover Cars all over the world, including in Chile, New Zealand, and Australia. Read my honest review of Discover Cars here for more details!

Another popular option is to rent a campervan or motorhome (only for the brave in winter.) Using Motorhome Republic, you can search hundreds of deals across multiple companies to pick a great vehicle and the cheapest price. Having a motorhome is a stunning way to see Canada, and using crown land and campsites, you can often camp for free or very cheap in the most beautiful places imaginable!

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Daniel and Bailey enjoy some craft beer in Vancouver
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I’m definitely ready for a cold one at any of these awesome breweries in Vancouver now! Hopefully, this list has helped you narrow down where to go and what to try. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see you there!

If you found this guide to Vancouver’s breweries helpful, make sure to check out our other blogs about BC’s West Coast! We have plenty of tips and tricks so you can make the most out of your time in beautiful British Columbia.

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