Escape from Pittsburgh to Vancouver on a budget

Escape from Pittsburgh to Vancouver on a budget
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By Hoodline - Published on August 14, 2019.

International travel doesn't necessarily mean long, expensive flights, foreign languages and days of jetlag — Canada is so close. If you're looking to explore America's northern neighbor, consider Vancouver. The bustling Pacific coast seaport, located in British Columbia, is one of Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. The city is surrounded by mountains and boasts thriving art, theater and music scenes, not to mention a delicious food scene closely tied to the region's bountiful seafood offerings.

Fortunately, there are plenty of relatively inexpensive flights between Pittsburgh and Vancouver on travel site Skyscanner.

Here’s a list of flights, hotels, restaurants and local attractions in Vancouver to get you started. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Flight deals to Vancouver

The cheapest flights between Pittsburgh and Vancouver are if you leave on Jan. 8 and return from Canada on Jan. 11. Alaska Airlines currently has roundtrip, nonstop tickets for $317.

There are also deals to be had in December. If you fly out of Pittsburgh on Dec. 5 and return from Vancouver on Dec. 9, Alaska Airlines can get you there and back for $318 roundtrip.

Top Vancouver hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Vancouver's top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, which were 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 luxury 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.

Rosewood Hotel Georgia (801 W. Georgia St.)

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If you're truly looking to treat yourself, there's Rosewood Hotel Georgia, which has rooms currently set at $292/night.

"Hotel Georgia is the epitome of modern elegance," wrote visitor Alice. "While the lobby and exterior of the hotel keep the historic frame and charm, the interior has been renovated with new amenities; the rooms and bathrooms are the essence of chic." 

La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (845 Burrard St.)

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A third option is La Grande Residence at the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. The 4.7-star hotel has rooms for $140/night.

This luxury hotel is located in the center of Vancouver's shopping district, just a few blocks away from the business district and the Vancouver Art Gallery. 

Featured Vancouver food and drink

Don't miss out on Vancouver's food scene, which has plenty of popular outlets to get your fill of the local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Oyama Sausage Co. (1689 Johnston St.)

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One of Vancouver's most noteworthy restaurants is Oyama Sausage Co., which has an average of five stars out of five reviews on Skyscanner.

"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."

Cactus Club Cafe (1790 Beach Ave.)

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Don't forget the essentials: where to get a drink. For a popular option, check out Cactus Club Cafe, with 4.9 stars from 10 reviews.

"This hip and trendy bar sits right on the beach at English Bay," wrote reviewer Travis. "They have a big, outdoor patio that is very popular, especially on a sunny day."

New Town Bakery & Restaurant (148 E. Pender St.)

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Also worth considering is New Town Bakery & Restaurant.

"The bakery has a lot of variety, from the classic pineapple buns and [barbecue] pork buns to taro or apple turnovers," wrote Laina. "They also have steamed buns and egg tarts, so grab a number from the counter and fill your tummy like they fill their buns!"

The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (1535 Johnston St.)

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Finally, there's The Sandbar Seafood Restaurant.

"If you are looking for fresh seafood, this place is a must," wrote Carlo. "I tried the seafood pot, amongst other things, and can highly recommend it. Enjoy!"

Featured local attractions

Vancouver is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are two popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

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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Then, there's Granville Island Public Market.

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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