I have had a few stays in Vancouver, either for work or pleasure. I have always found Vancouver a very easy city to get around, with the Skytrain and bus system. The Skytrain makes it easy access to and from the airport, with a number of hotels close to the airport or central city and some great shopping. Vancouver Airport is clean and easy to find your way around.
I particularly enjoy the waterfront area. It is lovely walk from the Waterfront Skytrain Station at Canada Place around to Stanley Park and Aquarium, approximately 1 hour, (weather permitting!!) You can also hire bicycles or skates. From Canada Place you have access to alot of the day trips available like to Grouse Mountain, which I highly recommend.
I went to Grouse Mountain in June, a beautiful clear day, so you could see forever, in all directions. I caught the shuttle, free with admission, from Canada Place. Grouse Mountain is a four season attraction. There is a Cable car to take you to the top but if you are keen, there is ‘Grouse Grind’, 2830 steps to the top. There is also another chair lift to take you higher to the zip line and wind turbine. There are restaurants with amazing views, the Lumberjack show, hilarious. There are also 2 Grizzly bears. I saw wild deer with her fawn wonder though. You could easily spend the day...
The Vancouver Aquarium would be another favourite, and the Beluga Whales... a must see. There is also the Dolphin show, Otters and other exhibits and galleries.
I also had the opportunity of a scenic flight in one of the many float planes that operate in the harbour, we were up for about 20 mins , we flew north up the coast and around the harbour entrance, the pilot gave us a good commentary.
From Vancouver it is an easy drive to Whistler, Winter Olympics 2010, approx two hours. This is a stunning drive north along the coast (especially if your rental car is upgraded to a Mustang) with plenty to stop and see on the way. Whistler is a beautiful ski resort town, but plenty to do in the summer, I watched the mountain bikers for a while, they seemed to be enjoying themselves. The chair lifts also run in the summer. There is also hiking trails. Look out for the black bears!!! Lots of cafes and restaurants. I just went for the day, but would have loved to of stayed for longer, maybe next time.