Where to stay in Vancouver! The ultimate guide to Vancouver’s best neighborhoods, top attractions, and accommodation options no matter your budget.
Vancouver is one of the main cultural hubs in Canada with people from all over the world calling Van City home. It is the biggest metropolitan city in Western Canada. Because of its size and diversity, deciding where to stay in Vancouver can feel overwhelming. There are just so many unique neighborhoods and hotels to choose from.
Vancouver has a little bit of everything for everyone. There’s a good mix of upbeat progressive lifestyles with easy access to spectacular outdoor activities.
Choosing where to stay in Vancouver BC depends on your ideal type of vacation. There are neighborhoods full of local charm, delicious international cuisine, and plenty of outdoorsy options.
Let’s dive into my recommendations for the best places to stay in Vancouver!
A guide to the best Victoria breweries and brewpubs in BC, Canada, so you can spend more time drinking good beer and less time researching.
I didn’t have much in the way of expectations for Victoria breweries and the craft beer scene as a whole in Victoria, BC. If I’m being honest, I’d only heard mediocre reviews of Canadian beer from American and Canadian friends alike in the past.
However, I found myself impressed with the craft beer scene once I arrived in Victoria. It was a nice break for my taste buds to try easy drinking Canadian beer, not at all like the heavy IPAs you usually find in the Pacific Northwest.
I wanted to write up a guide to the underrated Victoria breweries I came across, so you know exactly what to expect, both with specific breweries and brewpubs and the unique liquor laws of British Columbia.
I’ve had a habit of facing my fears and getting (mostly) over them in the past decade. I’ve had a habit of getting out of my comfort zone and not allowing myself to think the worst until after I do something. The one fear that I can’t seem to kick, however, is the sheer terror I have of drowning.
For some reason, activities like scuba diving don’t faze me too much, perhaps because it’s so calm underneath the sea. But, if I’m doing something that’s more aggressive, such as surfing or being in the midst of waves I don’t know how to read, I have major panic attacks. I’ve dealt with intense anxiety my whole life and this fear of water has to be one of the strongest ways of spiking my anxious mind.
I rocked up in the hippie shuttle van from my last accommodation to an elegant building called The Oswego Hotel – my new home for the next two nights. At that time, I didn’t realize just how delightful my room would be, it would literally feel like a home away from home during my time in Canada.
When I walked inside the lobby, the woman who checked me in asked me what it was like riding in the hippie van around town, it looked like such a fun van and she had seen it around Victoria before. We continued to have a friendly chat about the city, where she was from in Canada, and about my trip and why I was there. Even though The Oswego Hotel is a classy establishment that would be considered chic by most, it didn’t have the pretentiousness that some nicer hotels tend to have. I loved it.
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
I wasn’t always an adventurous soul. Or perhaps I was, but my anxiety growing up masked it well and prevented it from coming out very often. I used to be scared of everything and anxiety would call the shots in my life.
I’m thinking of writing up that account of my past at some point, but long story short, I confronted that side of myself back in high school & college and decided to overcompensate with seeking out adventure in my life forevermore.
Hotel Zed is one of the best hotels in Victoria BC for its unique character, colorful decor, and affordable price. This is a full review of my stay.
I hopped on the local bus, just a few minutes walk from the ferry station in Victoria. I proudly presented my Canadian dollars to the machine with the correct change and got my bus pass for the day to head uptown to one of the best hotels in Victoria BC, Hotel Zed, for my first accommodation in the city.
A short 10 or so minutes later and we were already at my stop, or at least I thought we were. I got up quickly, right as the bus started moving again, and I almost fell flat on my face to the horror of those on the full bus.
I could actually hear a synchronized sharp intake of breath by everyone on board until I caught myself as gracefully as a could with my big duffel in hand and quickly jumped off the bus like I knew exactly where I was going. Just a day in the life of me.
I’m just finishing up my 5-night stay in the British Columbia capital of Victoria and I’ve been blown away by the friendly, welcoming, and genuine nature of the city and its inhabitants. This trip was my first time in Canada and I could not have asked for a better experience.
I’ve learnt a ton about British Columbia history, wildlife, and the overall pace of life and great standard of living here on Vancouver Island. I love how fit everyone is, their fondness for brunch and high tea, and the way I immediately felt at home from the moment I stepped off the Clipper Ferry from Seattle.