Vancouver Area Information
Where to Stay during you Vancouver Vacation
Whether you plan to stay in Vancouver or Whistler, there are plenty of options to explore. To help you begin your search for accommodations, we've put together a list of popular and convenient places to stay, from traditional choices to more adventurous options.
Though Vancouver and Whistler will obviously be top choices for places to stay if you are wanting to enjoy the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, a host of other nearby cities also have convenient options, among them: North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Langley, Abbotsford and Squamish. Other good choices are Victoria, B.C., Vancouver Island, and the Sunshine Coast, which are only an scenic ferry ride away.
Here are a few links to tourism websites with additional inventory information:
2. Bed & Breakfasts
For a cozy, memorable stay, bed and breakfasts like The Albion Manor (room pictured, right) are a smart choice, both for their comfortable amenities and their warm, personal service. The Greater Vancouver area, Vancouver Island (including Victoria, B.C.), Whistler, and the Sunshine Coast are all good places to find that perfect bed and breakfast for your holiday. Keep in mind that stays on Vancouver Island will require a ferry ride to the Mainland – check the BC Ferries Schedule to get more information.
The B.C. Bed & Breakfast Innkeepers Guild has an easy-to-use website that allows you to easily search for B&B's in each region, with convenient information on room rates and availability. For basic information, see BCsBestBnBs.com. To search directly and even make reservations, see the Guild's B&B Directory.
3. Cruise Ships
For luxury accommodations during your Vancouver, B.C. vacation, a stay on-board the Norwegian Star might be exactly what you're looking for. With ten cruise accommodation packages available during the Games, each guest can expect gourmet dining, shipboard activities, nightly entertainment and 24-hour complimentary room service as part of their package. This deluxe ship has 13 restaurants, 8 lounges, a spa and fitness center, and countless other ways to make your stay unforgettable.
For more information on Vancouver cruise ship accommodations, visit the NewWest Travel website.
4. Vacation Rentals & Housing Swaps
Some residents of Vancouver, B.C., and surrounding areas offer their homes as rentals. The recommends preferred suppliers can be found at EMR Vacation Rentals and Breakaway Vacations. Going through a licensed agency means you can have additional peace of mind and protection.
One popular option is to search the Vancouver B.C. Craigslist for vacation rentals and housing swaps, but our advice is to proceed with caution, or utilize another option altogether. Though some listings on Craigslist are the real deal, some are scams – keep in mind, there's no verification required to post listings. Keep your eyes open for red flags: if a person will only accept a certified check or a bank wire, or if they use a messaging service rather than being available via phone, it's likely a scam. Check out rentals & landlords in person beforehand, avoid large deposits before you arrive, and when you do pay, use your credit card, which often offers you some protection in case of fraud. Perhaps most important to remember: if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
5. RV Campgrounds
Spanish Bank and Jericho Beach, Vancouver, B.C.
The City of Vancouver has made 350 non-hookup RV sites available for use February 10th to March 2nd at Spanish Bank and Jericho Beach. Potable water, sewage removal service, and propane will be available for purchase at this site.
Rates are $95 per night plus 5% GST, and a minimum 4-night stay is required. Sites can accommodate RV's up to 30 feet, and each site is 20 feet wide. Please visit the RV Park website for more detailed information and to make reservations.
Please note: these sites cannot accommodate fifth-wheels and other towed RV's, but see Brae Island Regional Park below for more options.
Brae Island Regional Park, Langley, B.C.
Another option for RV camping is Brae Island Regional Park in Langley, B.C., roughly an hour from Vancouver. Shuttle service is available.
Sites here are full-service, with power, water, sewer, cable TV, and WiFi, and there is no extra charge for towed RV's such as fifth-wheels. Showers and laundry facilities are also on-site. Rates are $50 per night plus GST, with a minimum 1-week stay. To get more information about staying here, visit the Brae Island Regional Park Accommodation page.