Suggestions for things to do in Vancouver if you have a Vancouver Airport Stopover or Extended Vancouver Airport Layover
With the Canada Line waiting to zip you into downtown Vancouver in under 25 minutes, you can explore a little bit of your transit city even on a fairly short layover.
Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel
If you don't want to go far and are really looking to unwind between flights then head over to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel. Located inside the Vancouver Airport, the Fairmont Vancouver offers a day pass to guests who want to make use of their extensive spa and gym facilities. With over 130 treatments to choose from you will be hard pressed not to enjoy yourself while you are waiting for your onward flight.
If you only have a short time but want to see as many of the sights around Vancouver as possible why not book yourself a Vancouver Tour. The Vancouver Trolley Company offer a hop-on hop-off tour with a number of packages to choose from. The double-decker Big Bus tours take you around Vancouver with the option to hop off if there is somewhere you want to spend more time in and Vancouver City Highlights Tour take you on a tour of all the best parts of Vancouver with friendly guides to tell you all about the sights.
Just a 15 minute drive from downtown is one of Vancouver’s greatest attractions: the Peak of Vancouver at Grouse Mountain. Here you will find activities to suit the season from skiing & snowboarding, ice skating and sleigh rides to the skyride and Vancouver's only zipline. For an active and adventurous layover head over to Grouse Mountain and you will find an activity to keep everyone happy.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
The Capilano Suspension Bridge is suspended 230 feet above the Capilano River and is definitely worth a look. There are a number of family activities in this area including the award winning Treetops Adventure, you can take a rainforest tour, and experience the culture of Vancouver’s First Nation including traditional weaving and beadwork. If you prefer to relax over a good meal there are a number of dining facilities to choose from or you could choose to shop at the Trading Post for gifts and souvenirs.
Metropolis at Metrotown
British Columbia's largest shopping destination, Metropolis at Metrotown, has nearly 500 stores to help you satisfy your need for retail therapy. There are also plenty of restaurants, theatres and courtyards to keep you fed, entertained and relaxed while you wait to head back to the airport. The Metropolis is easily accessible with the SkyTrain which will ensure you are not stuck in traffic on your trip to or from the airport.
As always, make sure you leave plenty of time to get back to the Vancouver Airport in time for your connecting flight and enjoy your transit city rather than whiling away the time leaning up against your luggage in the departures lounge.
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