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Travel – Vancouver – Canada – Part 4

• 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.

Central Downtown Attractions

Contemporary Gallery
• Another downtown site is the small Contemporary Gallery on Nelson Street.
• This features modern art.
• On the east side of False Creek, is located the shiny geodesic dome from the Telus Arena of Science.
• It is popularly known as Science World.
• It has everything targeted at making science fun for the kids.
It has:
– Plenty of exhibits
– Shows
– Galleries

BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
• Another great destination to take a look at is the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
• It is located at Gate A of BC Place Stadium.
• The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum exhibits and preserves BC’s Sport heritage.
• It recognizes extraordinary achievement in sport by making use of their collection and stories to inspire anyone to pursue their dreams.

There are some smaller sights in Kitsilano. They are such as:
– Vancouver Maritime Museum
– Museum of Vancouver
– H.R. Macmillan Space Centre
• The town includes useful parks and gardens scattered all through the city.
• Among these the most popular is Stanley Park which is located at the tip from the downtown peninsula. It has miles of trails for:
– walking
– cycling
– beaches
– magnificent views along with the attractions
– totem poles
• This park has something for every individual.
• The most famous trail is Seawall.
• This is a paved trail that runs round the perimeter of Stanley Park.
• Later, it joins with the seawalls in Coal Harbor and Kitsilano.
• The total length is about 22 km.
• The Vancouver Aquarium is located within Stanley Park.

Other notable parks and gardens include:
– VanDusen Botanical Garden in South Vancouver
– Queen Elizabeth Park near South Main
– The Nitobe Memorial Garden also known as the Nitobe Japanese Garden
– UBC Botanical Garden for the University of British Columbia
– Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown downtown.
• Admission to Vancouver’s various attractions ranges from $10 to up to $30 per person.
• There are a number of attractions passes available that really help visitors save money on retail admissions.
These include:
– See Vancouver Smartvisit Card
– Vancouver Five in One Card
• Finally, vacation to Vancouver is not complete without a visit at the skyline and the Coastal Mountains rising above this location.
Popular spots to see it include:
– Stanley Park
– Harbour Centre downtown
– Spanish Banks
– Jericho Beaches in Point Grey
– Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

Other interesting views visible from City Hall at:
– 12th and Cambie
– Queen Elizabeth Park
– East Van’s CRAB Park

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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