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Travel – Vancouver – Canada – Part 6

• 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.

Culture and Festivals in Vancouver

• Vancouver offers:
– A selection of theatre
– Concerts
– Other cultural events
– Symphony and opera venues downtown
• Much of the city’s live theatres are available in South Granville, especially on Granville Island.
• The city’s Chinese heritage comes alive during Chinese New Year.
• Chinatown, to the east side of downtown possesses many festivities, including a parade.
• June sees the annual Dragon Boat Festival on False Creek.
• There’s no shortage of festivals in the city.
• Many of the local ones are particular into a neighborhood.
• The festival that draws the greatest crowds is the HSBC Celebration of Light.
• This is a 4-night extravaganza of fireworks over English Bay.
• It takes place in late July and early August.
• Countries take on 20-30 min displays that are choreographed to music.
• The fireworks start at 10 PM.
• They are best viewed from Sunset Beach in the western world End or Kits Beach or Vanier Park in Kitsilano.
• It is strongly recommended for taking public transit in order to arrive several hours early because the crowds are huge.
• Roads in the vicinity of English Bay are normally closed from 6 PM onwards.
• EAT! Vancouver is The Everything Food and Cooking Festival that falls about every May.
• This festival usually falls from May 28-30.
• It is held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre – West.

There is a 3 day public extravaganza in the Vancouver Convention Centre with:
– Celebrity chefs
– Popular local restaurants
– Wineries
– Food & beverage manufacturers
– Cookbook authors
– Retailers
– Artisans
– Many others on the culinary world

EAT Vancouver encompasses:
– unique food experiences
– opportunity to learn behind-the-scenes culinary magic from professional chefs
– dynamic entertainment through celebrity chef cooking
– demonstrations & intense culinary competitions
– diverse food and beverage
– cooking related exhibits
– fantastic shopping opportunities
– visit www.eat-vancouver.com

Other notable festivals are:
• The Vancouver International Film Festival that runs in Sept-Oct.
• The Fringe Festival that presents live theatre in many different styles and venues.
• Bard for the Beach Shakespeare Festival that runs May – September at Vanier Park in Kitsilano.
• Vancouver’s annual Vancouver Pride Parade held on 31 July, which attracts over 500,000 spectators.

The 3 day Folk Fest about the beach in Kitsilano has a big collection of:
– current and upcoming folk
– roots
– world music acts

Roberts Creek Arts Festival
• It is held in the Victoria Day long weekend from 15th – 17th May 2013.
• It consists of:
– live music
– arts
– food from local and International talent
– ambiance of rain forest settings

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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