International AIDS Society

Experience Vancouver

Vancouver entices visitors with its beauty, captivates them with its cosmopolitan charm and draws them in with its profusion of unforgettable attractions.

Delegate Offers

Show your conference badge at participating businesses for discounts offered exclusively to convention attendees. Please note some offers are only available when booked in person at a Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre.

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Eat and Drink

The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver encompasses a mix of many ethnic groups. Out of this multiculturalism comes a remarkable culinary diversity, which, when combined with British Columbia’s extensive selection of local ingredients, is born a distinct regional flavour that is unmistakably Vancouver. Visitors will enjoy the freshest seafood, award winning local wines and one of the best selections of Asian dining in the world.


Attractions and Things to See and Do

Vancouver has an endless supply of attractions and things to see and do. It doesn't matter what time of day or what time of year - whether you want to be indoors or out, active or a spectator, spend a lot of money or none at all - Vancouver has it all!


10 Things To Do in Vancouver for First Time Visitors
  • Take a self-guided tasting tour of Granville Island.
  • Discover a world of arts, culture and history at the Museum of Anthropology.
  • Walk, bike or rollerblade the Stanley Park seawall.
  • Shop for exotic accessories at Punjabi Market.
  • Stop and smell the flowers at the Bloedel Floral Conservatory.
  • See colourful deep-sea creatures at the Vancouver Aquarium.
  • Soar above lush forests on the Grouse Mountain Skyride.
  • Indulge in a feast of flavours with traditional dim sum in Chinatown.
  • Dine with a view of the whole city at Cloud 9 Restaurant.
  • Take in some sunshine and people watching at Kitsilano Beach

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Beyond Vancouver

Vancouver is also the gateway for further travel on the west coast. Spend a few extra days in the area and explore the world renowned ski resort of Whistler, only a two hour drive away. The quaint city of Victoria on Vancouver Island is a picturesque two hour ferry journey to the west. Wine tours, exquisite dining and lakeside days await you in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia’s internationally recognized wine region. Or, hop on a cruise ship from Vancouver harbour and sail up the British Columbia coast to Alaska – a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed.