Escape from Cleveland to Vancouver on a budget

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Published on August 16, 2019

International travel doesn't necessarily mean long, expensive flights, foreign languages or the drawback of jetlag — Canada is fairly close by, after all.

If you're looking to explore America's northern neighbor, consider Vancouver, British Columbia's bustling Pacific coast seaport. Mostly surrounded by mountains, Vancouver is one of Canada’s densest and most ethnically diverse cities, boasting thriving art, theater and music scenes, not to mention a delicious food scene, closely tied to the region's bountiful seafood offerings.

It’s more feasible than you might think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are heaps of flights between Cleveland and Vancouver in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So, if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your radar. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Vancouver

Currently, the cheapest flights between Cleveland and Vancouver are if you leave on Dec. 6 and return from Canada on Dec. 9. Gulf Air currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $337.

There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Cleveland on Oct. 3 and return from Vancouver on Oct. 6, Delta can get you there and back for $338, roundtrip.

Top Vancouver hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Vancouver's top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Westin Bayshore (1601 Bayshore Drive)

For an all-around top recommendation, consider The Westin Bayshore. This hotel has a 4.6-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $129/night.

The Westin Bayshore sits on Vancouver's seawall next to Stanley Park, conveniently within a five-minute drive or 20-minute walk from the downtown core, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place.

The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (791 W. Georgia St.)

If you're looking to splurge on top-tier quality, try The Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver, which has rooms for $247/night.

You'll find the luxurious Four Seasons nestled in the center of downtown, bordering the business district and just a short walk from attractions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, Pacific Centre Mall and the Vancouver Convention Centre, as well as the Canada Line and Skytrain. 

OPUS Hotel Vancouver (322 Davie St.)

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A third option is OPUS Hotel Vancouver, which has a 4.7-star rating and rooms going for $201/night.

OPUS Hotel Vancouver redefines the boutique hotel experience, blending contemporary design with warmth and intuitive service. Located in Yaletown, OPUS Vancouver Hotel is steps away from the inner harbor, Canada Line rapid transit and outdoor recreation, not to mention Vancouver's best restaurants, spas and shops.

Featured Vancouver restaurants

Vancouver is home to plenty of top-notch dining options. Here are a few of the most noteworthy, according to Skyscanner.

Vij's Restaurant (3106 Cambie St.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to Vij's Restaurant, which has an average of 4.7 stars out of 33 reviews on Skyscanner.

"This is not your traditional Indian restaurant — it's modern and stylish, with dim lighting and cool music. But the food is out of this world," wrote visitor Travis. "The sauces were all so good, we literally were sweeping up every drop with our naan. Be warned — this place is very popular and does not take reservations."

The Naam Restaurant (2724 Fourth Ave. West)

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Also worth considering is The Naam Restaurant.

"Open all day and everyday — yes, seriously, The Naam is always open," wrote Zerlander. "Of course, it is so much more than that. The restaurant itself [is] one of the oldest vegetarian restaurants in Vancouver. Eat there and you'll see why."

Oyama Sausage Co. (1689 Johnston St.)

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Finally, there's Oyama Sausage Co.

"Located at Granville Island Public Market, Oyama Sausage Company is the best place to get charcuterie in Vancouver, and arguably in all of the Pacific Northwest," wrote visitor Jon. "While they have salami, sausages and cheeses here, my favorite item to get is their pâté. They have the most varieties of pâté that I have seen anywhere."

Featured local attractions

To round out your trip, Vancouver offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are a couple of top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

Stanley Park (Vancouver)

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First up is Stanley Park.

Attracting more than 8 million visitors each year, Stanley Park is one of Vancouver's top destinations for locals and tourists alike, settled along the seawall on the city's waterfront. This beautiful park is known for hosting art events, acclaimed restaurants and world-famous landmarks, such as Prospect Point and the Nine O'Clock Gun.

"Just a lovely and massive park," wrote visitor Stephen. "You can bike, swim or just walk around, and explore the bounties that nature has to offer, all under a backdrop of the city."

Granville Island Public Market (1669 Johnston St.)

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Granville Island Public Market is another popular destination.

A fascinating assortment of colorful stalls, Granville Island Public Market showcases unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights, all fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field.

"Granville Island is a wonder of Vancouver, whether your looking for something family-friendly, something romantic or something adventurous," wrote visitor Tom W. "Something not to be missed on your journey."

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