While you’re here, get out and explore! You’re 20 Minutes from Vancouver. Find out why Vancouver consistently is named among the best places to live in the world. From the Element Vancouver Metrotown hotel, downtown Vancouver is a quick 20-minute ride on the SkyTrain.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, British Columbia is set among glittering ocean waters and forested mountains. Vancouver was repeatedly voted the “Best City in the Americas” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine for its ambience, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping. In downtown Vancouver, don’t miss Stanley Park, Science World, Vancouver Aquarium, or events at BC Place, Rogers Arena, and the Convention Centre. A bit farther north is the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
SkyTrain is the world’s longest automated light rapid transit system. SkyTrain moves customers quickly, efficiently and reliably across the region through 33 stations along the 49.5 kilometres of the Expo and Millennium lines.
The Metrotown SkyTrain station is only 20 minutes from Vancouver!
Top 10 Things to do in Vancouver
Feed the belugas at Vancouver Aquarium
Get up close and personal with your favourite marine life at the Vancouver Aquarium. Hang out with and feed the belugas, learn what it takes to become a trainer, help feed the playful sea otters, or have a sleepover among the fish tanks.
Check out the fashionista scene on Robson Street
Centered on Robson Street, Vancouver’s downtown core teems with shoppers intent on scooping up the latest designer fashions. The street is also a de facto promenade, full of strolling visitors, outdoor cafes and authentic ethnic restaurants.
Stanley Park’s Third Beach
Walk the park’s seawall pathway and check out the totem poles and rose garden in Vancouver’s massive forest park.
Visit a nearby Casino
Two 24-hour casinos are within a 15-minute drive: Starlight Casino, Boulevard Casino. You might need that in-room Starbucks Coffee sooner than you think.
Ride the SkyTrain
Want a hassle-free Vancouver visit? Stay here, avoid traffic and take the SkyTrain to all of Vancouver’s attractions. There’s a SkyTrain station right across the street from the hotel.
Just north of Downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is one of the city’s main tourist destinations and features the Vancouver Aquarium, relaxing beaches and miles of paved and dirt trails perfect for a scenic walk.
Golfing in Vancouver
There are plenty of excellent golf courses located in the Vancouver area, the perfect place to enjoy the mild coastal weather, lush greenery and breathtaking views while driving the fairway.
Walk the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Sway across the river at Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park, complete with a towering rope bridge, rainforest nature trails, a mini-forest of totem poles and Treetops Adventure – a network of smaller bridges strung between the trees.
Stroll the New Westminster boardwalk
Along this two-mile stretch, walk ice cream in hand and watch freighters and tugs ply the busy waters of the Fraser River. Make stops at the Fraser River Discovery Centre before savouring the seafood at The Boathouse Restaurant.
Meet a local artist at Granville Island
Pop into an artisan’s workshop or check out the boutique stores, theatres and restaurants, and famed Public Market at this 15-hectare (37-acre) mini-district. You can even take a one-day cooking class at a culinary arts institute.
- Canlan Ice Sports – 5 km/3 mi
- Gastown – 10 km/6 mi
- Chinatown – 10 km/6 mi
- Science World – 10 km/6 mi
- Burnaby Mountain – 11 km/7 mi
- BC Place Stadium – 11 km/7 mi
- Rogers Arena – 11 km/7 mi
- Robson Street shops – 12 km/8 mi
- Vancouver Aquarium – 14 km/9 mi
- Stanley Park – 14 km/9 mi
- Vancouver Convention Centre – 15 km/10 mi
- The Museum of Anthropology – 17 km/11 mi
- Capilano Suspension Bridge – 20 km/13 mi