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A Vancouver break is where city, beach and epic mountains meet

Book a summer break and discover a side of Canada you never expected

15 June 2023

here’s a saying in Vancouver: the west coast is the best coast. Join the locals strolling along the city’s iconic seawall and you’ll soon agree. There’s a special kind of magic where the towering forests of Stanley Park meet the sparkling waters of English Bay and the North Shore Mountains beckon just beyond Alaska-bound cruise ships sailing under the Lions Gate Bridge.

It’s time to take advantage of British Airways new Summer flights to Vancouver, flying up to six times per week from London Gatwick, and you’ll uncover a side of Canada you never expected. Embrace the incredible diversity of a city surrounded by nature’s playground. Pack your hiking gear, your swimming costume and your best going-out shoes. In just a few days, you’re sure to use them all – and when you book a package with British Airways Holidays you’ll benefit from 23kg checked baggage allowance, meaning you’ll have plenty of room for souvenirs.

Immerse yourself in woodland wonder

Stanley Park is a must for nature lovers


You don’t need to leave the downtown peninsula to experience the wild side of Vancouver. Stanley Park’s 400 hectares are crossed with 27 kilometres of walking trails through ancient cedars, Douglas firs – and, of course, maple trees.

One of the top activities to do is cycle the 8.8km, scenic Seawall, which takes approximately an hour.

Benefits of booking with British Airways

  • British Airways flies year-round to Vancouver, now including summer flights from London Gatwick
  • British Airways offer new flights from London Gatwick up to six times per week across Business Class, Premium Economy and Economy on all flights
  • All British Airways Holidays are ATOL protected, keeping you and your money safe
  • You can secure your package holiday with a low deposit from just £60 per person and pay off the rest in as many instalments as you like. Final payment is due seven weeks prior to travel on long haul
  • With a dedicated 24-hour holiday helpline, British Airways Holidays have got you covered for any issues whilst you’re away, if your plans change or the unexpected happens
  • 23kg checked baggage allowance per person is included as standard on all British Airways Holidays bookings, not as an add on
  • British Airways Holidays offers quality accommodation options to suit every budget, from 3* to 5* luxury
  • Partnering with Avis, British Airways Holidays offers fly-drives across Vancouver. When booking flights and car hire together, all mandatory charges are included, and you’ll benefit from roadside assistance and 24-hour customer support

And for a deeper understanding of this place and its importance to the original inhabitants of this land, join a First Nations-led walking tour to explore the park’s totem poles and Indigenous history.

From the city straight onto the beach

Spectacular fireworks at the Celebration Of Light

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Under the summer sun, there’s plenty happening at the many city beaches – from beach volleyball at Jericho and stand-up paddle-boarding in False Creek to the gourmet ice cream trucks near Sunset Beach.

In late July, the skies over English Bay light up with the world-class fireworks competition known as the Celebration of Light, while the first weekend in August brings more than 100,000 people to Beach Avenue for the city’s spectacular Pride Parade.

For a base within easy reach of these events, the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre in trendy Robson Street is a great hotel option, located just a five-minute drive from English Bay.

Spectacular mountains within easy reach

There’s no shortage of hiking with incredible mountain backdrops

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Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains are just a 20-minute drive from downtown. At Cypress, pose with the Olympic Rings – a reminder of the mountain’s role as a host venue for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games – before hiking through wild flowers up to the spectacular views over the Gulf Islands along the Howe Sound Crest Trail.

To get your blood pumping, tackle the Grouse Grind, a 2.5km trail featuring more than 2,800 stairs climbing 800 metres of elevation. Or take the easy way out by riding North America’s largest aerial tramway system to the top, getting all the views with none of the sweat.

For the ultimate West Coast mountain experience, book a fly-drive holiday with British Airways Holidays and Avis, and take the scenic two-hour drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to Whistler. This world-renowned resort town welcomes adventurous travellers from around the world.

In summer, Whistler is an international draw for outdoor adventure. Get your thrills in the world’s premier mountain bike park, ogle the turquoise waters of a glacier-fed lake, or get above it all in the glass-bottomed Peak 2 Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb mountains for a truly unforgettable sightseeing experience.

Whistler Village is the beating heart of the valley, from the cultural to the culinary; the educational to the entertaining. With its boutique shops, museums, events and festivals, there are countless options for all, and there are plenty of stylish hotels to choose from, too. The Crystal Lodge, for instance, is moments away from the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas, as well as being positioned close to the inviting array of shops and restaurants in the village.

Eating and drinking in style on the town

Sample the acclaimed Ramen at Nikkei Ramen-Ya

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In the long summer evenings, head to a beachside patio, a secret speakeasy, or one (or more) of the many craft breweries in East Vancouver. Take it up a notch by dining in one of Vancouver’s eight Michelin-starred restaurants, or head to Denman Street to explore hole-in-the-wall local favourites serving up everything from queue-worthy ramen and Chinese dumplings to tacos to donairs (that’s Canadian for kebab, since you ask).

Explore Vancouver and Whistler this summer with British Airways