Ten Hip Family Vacations

Vancouver: Urban Renewal
Step into the region's past on Vancouver Island (Weststock)

Here's a guess: In college you had big plans to visit Vancouver while on a wildly insane road trip to the Pacific Northwest that you never did take.

Well, it's not too late to appreciate what this drop-dead gorgeous city, surrounded by mountains and inlets of the Pacific Ocean, has to offer.

Chances are, you'll appreciate it even more now, given its sophisticated vibe and laid-back pace—not to mention that, for an urban environment, Vancouver is really easy on the wallet. That means you don't have to grimace at your kids when they want to try the salmon-—and they should.

There are lots of things to do here Stroll or bicycle Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre oasis thick with trees and home to the Vancouver Aquarium, here piranha and sharks swim. Peer into microscopes and puzzle out optical illusions at Science World British Columbia. And be sure to take the ferry to Granville Island to check out pottery, stained glass, and other crafts, and to browse the toys at the Kids Market.

Places to Stay:
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a well-located, family-friendly property with special B&B packages.


Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 11 Apr 2005 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Vancouver

$146-$177
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#1
L'Hermitage
$271-$315
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#2
Fairmont Pacific Rim
$238-$329
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#3
Pan Pacific Vancouver
$264-$378
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#4
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

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