We first came to Vancouver in 2006, to board a cruise to Alaska. We arrived in the late afternoon, and the cruise would only begin the day after. So, after a refreshing nighst in a hotel, we took a pre-cruise excursion to see something of the town. What we saw pleased us a lot, so we decided to come back and spend more days in Vancouver.
We did this in 2010 and stayed a week at the West End Guesthouse on Haro Street. Top! I don't know if it still has the same owners, but when we were there it was the best B&B ever. Especially the breakfast...
Vancouver is a great town, and easily walkable. There is also a lot of green around. We stayed there in the middle of summer, and the weather was great. Quite warm and sunny. We discovered the city itself, Coal Harbor being our favorite because we like watching ships sailing. And also Granville Island is nice.
During our stay we also made some excursions. One went to Grouse Mountain, and there was another one where we boarded a waterplane and flew over the gletsjers and landed on a crystal-clear mountain lake.
For fans of culture, there also is something. Vancouver has musea and while we were there there was a nice exhibition of art. If you like walking, head to Stanley Park. You can walk all around (great walk, even with a blazing sun) and in the evenings, you can enjoy a bite to eat or watch Theatre Under The Stars perform one or other musical (when we were there: Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat).
Furthermore, there are plenty of dining and drinking options and enough stores.