We stayed in Vancouver the day before our cruise (June 27 - July 7). It was a family affair so did not want to spend tons of money. We stayed at an Holiday Inn (on Howe Street). To go to Stanley Park, we used the bus system (can get a break on tickets at a 7/11). We (my husband and I) walked to Granville Island (5 blocks & took the ferry back). Wish we'd had more time but did enjoy seeing what we did.