Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean, rainforests and beautiful foliage make Vancouver a nature-lover’s paradise. Combine this with urban adventures, indigenous heritage and multicultural cuisine, and you have a destination that will keep you coming back for more.
Stanley Park spans 405 hectares and is the largest civic park in Canada.
It contains the Vancouver Aquarium, a children's farmyard and miniature train, a cricket pitch and tennis courts. It also has a pitch-and-putt golf course, bathing beaches, the Theatre Under the Stars and several excellent restaurants.
Vancouver’s Seawall is an 18-kilometre paved trail that winds around the city and Stanley Park.
The trail gives access to such neighbourhoods as Coal Harbour, English Bay, Yaletown, Tinseltown and Granville Island.
Whether walking, jogging, biking or rollerblading, the seawall is an authentically local way to discover the city.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge spans 137 meters across the Capilano River and is 70 meters above it. The 1.5-meter-wide pedestrian bridge is not for the squeamish.
The bridge is a 10-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, through Stanley Park.
Named after "Gassy" Jack Leighton, who opened the first bar here in 1867, this historic area of downtown Vancouver was once the heart of the city.
The area is now home to a collection of trend-setting restaurants, cutting-edge retail shops, intimate bars and colourful jazz venues. Old-world street lamps line the cobble-stone streets, providing additional character to a favourite local destination.
A Vancouver "must do", this farmers’ market is renowned for its colourful array of fresh food and fish. It is also known for its pottery and handicrafts.
In addition, there is live theatre and a local brewery located here. Guests can take a short and inexpensive water taxi ride just across the water from downtown Vancouver to reach the island.
Be sure to visit the largest Chinatown on the west coast of North America. Here visitors will find traditional Chinese herbalists, local tea shops and stores filled with Asian linens and porcelains.
A highlight is the renowned Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, built in 1985. The garden was based on creating a balance of four main elements - fire, water, plants and architecture. Together they combine to create the balance of yin and yang.
Just a 15-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, guests will find the spectacular mountaintop location of Grouse Mountain.
During summer, enjoy helicopter tours, the world famous lumberjack show, the Grouse Mountain refuge for endangered wildlife as well as birds in motion demonstrations.
In winter, discover a snowy wonderland renowned for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, and sleigh rides.
If your holiday isn’t complete without a little retail therapy, Shangri-La has you covered. We’ve scoured Vancouver to find the best shopping experiences, from high-end boutiques to the high street, hidden gems at one-of-one shoppes, private ateliers and bustling markets.
Robson Street, just one block from the hotel, is Vancouver's recognizable shopping street. In a three block stretch, visitors will discover a vibrant retail hub. The locale includes brand-name stores, a range of restaurants and cafes, and colourful local shops.
Guests have a number of options available for transportation within Vancouver, including taxis and public transit. In-town transportation such as taxis, town cars and rental vehicles, can be arranged through the bellman or concierge staff.
The easiest way to travel in downtown Vancouver is on foot. The city is small enough and a majority of attractions and shopping areas are located within a few minutes walk from the hotel.