If you are looking for a leisurely city, of manageable seize, and with a huge offer of sports, leisure and water activities, Vancouver is your destination. Vancouver is nestled between the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, so you can do boating, eco tours and sea safaris, whale watching and watersports at the sea, but you can also go hiking, skiing and climbing in the mountain rage. You will feel comfortable in Vancouver, as it is the first city to rank among the top-ten of the world's most liveable cities for five straight years.
Vancouver´s port is the busiest and largest port in Canada, and the most diversified port in North America. But Vancouver not only offers Mountain´s and the sea, it also has major film production studios and is therefore the scene of famous cinema movies. Actually its nick name is North Hollywood. What is quite interesting about the region, British Columbia, is that it is has wide vineyards and produces its own wine. That is possible thanks to the mild climate because of the Pacific Ocean. Regarding Vancouver´s people and culture, you will see that Vancouver is a truly multicultural city, for 52% of its habitants English is not their first language. They speak all kind of languages and they also follow the traditions of their countries, mixed with the Canadian culture. So wherever you come from, you will feel immediately at home there.
Vancouver´s climate is quite mild due to the city´s coastal situation. During the summer months, the weather is rather dry, with an average temperature between 5-10 °C. During the rest of the year it often rains, and the average temperature is -6.3°C.
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5 Things to see
Telus World of Science
Granville island (public market)
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
Vancouver Art Gallery
5 things to do
Daytrip to Vancouver Aquarium
Climb the Vancoucer Lookout at Harbour Centre
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Trip with Harbour Cruises & Events
Stanley Park Horse-Prawn Tour
Transport to and from the airport
There are several ways: By bus, by Train or by Taxi.
Canada Line provides rapid rail service linking Downtown, Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Trains leave every four minutes from Vancouver, and every seven minutes from Richmond and YVR. A one-way trip from YVR to Downtown Vancouver takes only 25 minutes on a two zone fare of $3.75.
Airport Bus Service
A regular scheduled airport bus service operates between the airport and downtown Vancouver.
Getting around the city
The Vancouver transit system, TransLink, is made up of a network of buses and unique services such as the SeaBus and SkyTrain, which offer you a breathtaking view.
The AcuaBus and the False Creek Ferries bring you to Grenville Island. Note: Public buses do not give change. Please carry exact amount. Wheelchair buses and bus stops are identified by the international wheelchair symbol.
West Coast Express, links several outer suburbs to downtown Vancouver. It works from Monday to Friday.