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Travel – Vancouver – Canada – Part 3

• Vancouver is a metropolitan area located in Western Canada which is largest in Western Canada and third largest in Canada.
• It is located at the southwestern corner with the coastal province of British Columbia.
• It is recognized because of its majestic natural beauty.
• It is nestled between Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Ecology in Vancouver

• The area is considered to have the best trees these species around the British Columbia Coast.
• The largest trees were in the Gastown area from the Vancouver’s old-growth forest.
They are also found on the southern slopes of:
– False Creek
– English Bay
– Around Jericho Beach
• Between 1860s and 1880s, the present forest in Stanley Park was logged.
• One can see proof old-fashioned logging techniques like springboard notches.
• Many plants and trees that are growing all through Vancouver Lower Mainland are known to be imported from different regions.
Examples include:
– Chile pine tree
– Japanese Maple

Various flowering exotics:
– magnolias
– azaleas
– rhododendrons
• Some species imported from harsher climates in Eastern Canada or Europe has become immense in sizes.
• The native Douglas Maple attained an enormous size.
• Many of the city’s streets are lined with flowering kinds of Japanese cherry trees.
• They were donated in the 1930s onward by the government of Japan.
• Every year, these trees flower for many weeks during the early spring.
• There is a party celebrated called the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival.
• Other streets are lined with flowering chestnut, conker and other decorative shade trees.

Must See
• While Vancouver remains a new city, it has a variety of attractions and destinations for that visitor.
• Many of the city’s landmarks and historical buildings is found downtown.

Central Downtown Attractions

• Canada Place
• The Vancouver Convention Centre
• The intricate Art Deco styling in the Marine Building
• Old luxury railway hotel in the Hotel Vancouver
• Stanley Park
• Coal Harbour
• Vancouver Aquarium are in the West End
• Gastown, the initial town site of Vancouver
• Restored buildings
• Steam clock

Modern architecture worth visiting also includes:
• Shangri-La, the tallest building within the city
• Sheraton Wall Centre.
• The bustling markets and shops of Granville Island

Impressive Museum of Anthropology in the University of British Columbia:
• Houses several thousand objects from BC’s First Nations.
• The museum is usually the place to find significant collections of archaeological objects.
• There are ethnographic materials from the rest on the planet.

The Vancouver Picture Gallery
• It is located in downtown.
• It combines local with international by number of exhibitions.
• It also has a permanent collection that is targeted on renowned British Columbia artist, Emily Carr.

The Vancouver Public Library
• It is located downtown at Homer and Robson Sts.
• It is modeled following the Roman Colosseum.
• It houses the city’s largest library.

Best time to visit / climate

• With the exception of Victoria, Vancouver gets the mildest climate of any major city in Canada.
• It rains more in winters than in summer.
• Vancouver gets less rain than other Canadian cities.
• Over the winter season, it may go weeks when direct sunlight or a dry day is visible.
• However, the temperature rarely goes below freezing.
• Heavy snowfalls are a unique sight and infrequently bring about major traffic congestion.
• Vancouver frequently enjoys somewhat better weather overall.
• Contrary to Vancouver’s wet reputation, it is really the second driest major Canadian city.
• Summer temperatures usually are not extreme.
• The typical daytime temperature is high between June and August is about 24-25°C away from the immediate seaside cooling effect.
• It can be pouring rain within the Northern coast and sunny in White Rock.
• If you are seeing the city between July and October, you will experience an excellent weather.
• The rainy season often starts from the heart of October.
• Should you be going to town for the ski holiday, it is best to check out in February.
• The region has a record for excellent ski conditions in this month.
• This is when one can reach altitudes above the ceaseless rain.

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How to get there?

1. By Plane
Vancouver International Airport
• Vancouver International Airport YVR is in the south of Vancouver.
• It’s the second busiest airport in Canada.
• It serves as the hub airport for Western Canada.
• It offers frequent flights along with other points in:
– British Columbia
– Major cities across Canada
– U.S.
– Asia
– Europe
• The majority of Canadian flights are with:
– Star Alliance member Air Canada
– West Jet
• U.S. destinations are served by:
– United Airlines
– Alaska Airways
– Continental Airlines
– US Airways
– Delta Airlines
– Air Canada
– Cathay Pacific
– West Jet
• International flights are serviced by:
– Air Canada
– Lufthansa
– Cathay Pacific
– British Airways
– Singapore Airlines
– Korean Air
– Philippine Airlines
– Air New Zealand

2. By Car
• The principle highway into Vancouver from East is Highway 1.
• This road skirts the eastern edge of Vancouver.
• In order to enter town, you have got to exit off it at:
– Grandview Highway
– 1st Avenue
– Hastings Street
• Through the U.S./Canada border south from the city, Highway 99, links with U.S. Interstate 5.
• It runs north to Vancouver.
• Observe that the freeway ends following your Oak Street Bridge, turning into Oak Street heading north.
• Drivers using a downtown destination should catch on Granville Street.
• Should you be from the North Shore or other points further north, the only method into Vancouver is by bridge.
• Your choices will be the Lions Gate Bridge -Hwy 99, that literally brings you into Stanley Park and Vancouver’s West End or even the Second Narrows Bridge/Iron workers Memorial Bridge (Hwy 1) which brings you in to the neighborhoods of East Van.

3. By Bus
• Vancouver is well served by bus service.
• There are numerous of numerous bus lines providing plan to various cities near and far.
• The bus terminal is a Pacific Central Station at 1150 Station St, over the Pacific Science Center dome.
• This is because it’s a radio station.
• Greyhound (USA) connects Vancouver with U.S cities such as:
– Seattle
– Bellingham
• Greyhound Canada connects Vancouver with a lot of Canadian cities, including
– Kelowna
– Calgary
– Whitehorse
– Edmonton
– Nanaimo
• Malaspina Coach Lines connects with:
– Gibsons
– Sechelt
– Powell River
• Quick Coach is a bus services that links Vancouver with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport which is located in Washington.
• BoltBus links Vancouver with Seattle and Portland.
• Pacific Coach Lines connects Vancouver with Victoria.
• Scheduled service follows the BC Ferry service from Tsawwassen to Victoria.
• This really is hourly in the summertime months, every 120 minutes inside off-season.
• Perimeter Transportation connects Vancouver with Whistler and Squamish.

4. By Train
• Taking the train to Vancouver is unlikely to be the most cost effective option.
• But it is a scenic one.
• Rail options include:
– VIA Rail offers the Canadian that runs from Toronto to Vancouver.
– It has 3 weekly departures.
• The Rocky Mountaineer operates routes between:
– Vancouver and Banff
– Calgary and Jasper
• It runs 3 times each week in the months from April to October.
• Amtrak runs Amtrak Cascades which is a service between Seattle and Vancouver.
• Trains Seattle departs daily at 7:40 AM and 6:40 PM. It arrives in Vancouver at 11:35 AM and 10:45 PM. The return trips leave Vancouver at 6:40 AM and 5:45 PM.

5. By Boat
• There’s 2 ferry terminals serviced by BC Ferries in your neighborhood, although neither is the city of Vancouver itself.
• The Tsawwassen terminal in Delta has routes to Nanaimo and Victoria on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.
• The Horseshoe Bay terminal in the West Vancouver services Nanaimo, Bowen Island and also the Sunshine Coast.

Some Travel Books on Canada

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Canada Lonely Planet Discover Canada Lonely Planet British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at tourismvancouver.com
Hotels at booking.com

Blogs / Sites about Vancouver – Canada

blogs at wikitravel.org
blogs at tourismvancouver.com
blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.com

Images and photos about Vancouver – Canada

images at wikitravel.org
images at tourismvancouver.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at google.com

Videos about Vancouver – Canada

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