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Vancouver [url=http://www.tourismvancouver.com]]is the largest metropolitan area in Western [[Canada[/url]], and third largest in Canada, with a population of 2.6 million. Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of [wiki=8ce94baacc570c97dae055b23ea897fa]British Columbia[/wiki], it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the [wiki=3e3b0e4c1d8d14efb313ca74f3ead4cb]Pacific Ocean[/wiki]. It is frequently ranked as one of the "best cities to live in" and is certainly a beautiful destination to visit.
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    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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  • filter_dramaDistricts
    Vancouverites broadly split their city into three: the Westside, the Eastside (or East Van) and city centre. This split is simply geography: everything west of Ontario St is the Westside, everything east is East Vancouver and everything north of False Creek is the city centre. Each of these areas have their own attractions and neighbourhoods, so time permitting, explore as many as you can. The areas in the city of Vancouver are frequently confused with the separate cities of [wiki=428b0096b7784fb20263c05e853395f2]North Vancouver[/wiki] and [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki]. North Vancouver and West Vancouver are north of Burrard Inlet and are not part of the city of Vancouver itself.

    City Centre

    Outside the city centre

    This list covers only the city itself. For its many suburbs, see [wiki=85bbb8a989292f064289be15a7da8e86]Lower Mainland[/wiki].
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    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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  • filter_dramaGet around
    Vancouver is one of the few major cities in North America without a freeway leading directly into the downtown core (freeway proposals in the 1960s and 1970s were defeated by community opposition). As a result, development has taken a different course than in most other major North American cities resulting in a relatively high use of transit and cycling, a dense, walkable core and a development model that is studied and emulated elsewhere.
    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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  • filter_dramaSee
    While Vancouver is still a young city, it has a variety of attractions and points of interest for the visitor. Many of the city's landmarks and historical buildings can be found downtown. Canada Place, with its distinctive sails, the Vancouver Convention Centre located just beside it, the intricate Art Deco styling of the Marine Building and the old luxury railway hotel of the Hotel Vancouver are in the [wiki=f045a65abca3758665fc80784a340502]central business district[/wiki]. Stanley Park (the city's most popular attraction), along with its neighbouring Coal Harbour walkway and the Vancouver Aquarium are in the [wiki=3afa658876f0699cbab2713238bfb7af]West End[/wiki] and [wiki=c19d8b477f04425411289bfbbf740641]Gastown[/wiki], the original town site of Vancouver, has a number of restored buildings and its steam clock is a popular spot to visit. Modern architecture worth visiting also includes Shangri-La, currently the tallest building in the city, and the Sheraton Wall Centre. Another popular city landmark, the bustling markets and shops of Granville Island, is just to the south of downtown in [wiki=048f9b32fc47582d5084ba5732fa9054]South Granville[/wiki].

    If you're looking to learn a little about the people of the Northwest Coast and some of its history, one good spot is the impressive Museum of Anthropology at the [wiki=a0398bb8b0cb53d552cad03c9b4d8d5e]University of British Columbia[/wiki], which houses several thousand objects from BC's First Nations. The museum is also home to significant collections of archaeological objects and ethnographic materials from other parts of the world. The Vancouver Art Gallery, located [wiki=f045a65abca3758665fc80784a340502]downtown[/wiki] combines local with international through a variety of exhibitions and a permanent collection that focuses on renowned British Columbia artist, Emily Carr. The Vancouver Public Library, located downtown at Homer and Robson Sts, is modelled after the Roman Colosseum, and houses the city's largest library. Another downtown sight is the small Contemporary Art Gallery on Nelson Street, which features modern art. Also located nearby, on the east side of [wiki=708444096159366e80c7927a51aad6f1]False Creek[/wiki] is the shiny geodesic dome of the Telus World of Science (commonly known as Science World), which has a number of exhibits, shows and galleries aimed at making science fun for kids. Another great spot to check out is the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum located at Gate A of BC Place Stadium. The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum preserves and honours BC's Sport heritage by recognizing extraordinary achievement in sport through using their collection and stories to inspire all people to pursue their dreams. There are also some smaller sights in [wiki=b8b012cad878022272b3d81c4e58be0e]Kitsilano[/wiki], including the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Museum of Vancouver, and H.R. Macmillan Space Centre.

    The city has a wealth of parks and gardens scattered throughout. The most famous is Stanley Park at the tip of the [wiki=3afa658876f0699cbab2713238bfb7af]downtown peninsula[/wiki]. Its miles of trails for walking and cycling, beaches, magnificent views and the attractions (including totem poles) within the park gives it something for everyone. The most popular trail is the Seawall, a paved trail that runs around the perimeter of Stanley Park and now joins with the seawalls in Coal Harbour and Kitsilano, totaling 22 km in length. The Vancouver Aquarium is located within Stanley Park. Other notable parks and gardens include VanDusen Botanical Garden in [wiki=d72d98a11de257ded7ca469b15937005]South Vancouver[/wiki] and Queen Elizabeth Park near [wiki=f7a1566d72b6443a18de9992ccb8e955]South Main[/wiki], the Nitobe Memorial Garden (commonly known as the Nitobe Japanese Garden) and UBC Botanical Garden at the University of British Columbia and the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Chinatown downtown.

    Admission to Vancouver's various attractions can range from $10 to up to $30 per person. There are a variety of attractions passes available that help visitors save on retail admissions such as the Vancouver Five in One Card.

    Finally, a trip to Vancouver wouldn't be complete without a glimpse of the skyline and the Coastal mountains rising above the city (clouds permitting, of course!). Popular spots to view it include Stanley Park and the Harbour Centre [wiki=f045a65abca3758665fc80784a340502]downtown[/wiki], Spanish Banks and Jericho Beaches in [wiki=a0398bb8b0cb53d552cad03c9b4d8d5e]Point Grey[/wiki] and Lonsdale Quay in [wiki=428b0096b7784fb20263c05e853395f2]North Vancouver[/wiki]. Other interesting views can be seen from City Hall at 12th and Cambie, the Vancouver LookOut Tower, Queen Elizabeth Park and [wiki=c17df12fef3d535b6bdd67f3f4c3a730]East Van's[/wiki] CRAB Park.
  • filter_dramaDo
    FamilyDaysOut.com lists lots of fun attractions and ideas for fun days out for families with kids in Vancouver.
    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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  • filter_dramaLearn
    There are a number of educational institutions both in Vancouver and in the surrounding cities and suburbs. Places of study within the city of Vancouver include:
    * Simon Fraser University [url=http://www.sfu.ca],]or SFU, has its main campus on the top of a mountain in [[Burnaby[/url]] with spectacular views. With over 30 000 full-time students, SFU is consistently ranked as the best Comprehensive University [url=http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/2010/11/10/our-20th-annual-university-rankings/]]in Canada by Macleans. SFU also has the largest post-secondary presence in the [[Vancouver/CBD-Yaletown | central business district[/url]], with the Segal Graduate School of Business, the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue [url=http://www.sfu.ca/dialogue/],]SFU Harbour Centre and SFU Woodwards, not to mention a satellite campus in [[Surrey | Surrey, BC[/url]].

    * The University of British Columbia [url=http://www.ubc.ca],]or UBC, is ranked as one of the world's 30 best universities and is the largest university in western Canada. More than 50,000 full time and part time students in numerous disciplines are enrolled at the main campus in the [[Vancouver/UBC-South | UBC and South Vancouver[/url]] district. UBC also has a downtown campus in Vancouver, located at Robson Square in the [wiki=152716b49d542396416dab0208b0c044]central business district[/wiki]. This location is geared more towards adult learning, business people and foreign students. Course calendars are readily available at Robson Square or on UBC's website.
    * Langara College [url=http://www.langara.bc.ca],]located in [[Vancouver/UBC-South | South Vancouver[/url]] offers a number of programs in the arts, humanities, business and technology, as well as continuing education and ESL classes.
    * The Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design [url=http://www.eciad.ca]]on [[Vancouver/South Granville | Granville Island[/url]] offers a number of programs focused primarily on design and the visual arts.
    * The Great Northern Way Campus [url=http://www.gnwc.ca/]]in [[Vancouver/East Van|East Van[/url]] is a collaborative university campus environment put together with the help of all of the major local universities, focusing on arts, technology, and the environment.
    * The British Columbia Institute of Technology [url=http://www.bcit.ca],]or BCIT, a technical college based in Burnaby, has a satellite campus in downtown Vancouver.
    * The Vancouver Film School [url=http://www.vfs.com/[/url]]is located in downtown Vancouver.
    * Many young visitors come to Vancouver to improve their English. The Vancouver Public Library downtown maintains a list of ESL schools [http://guides.vpl.ca/content.php?pid=173284&sid=5420403[/url] in Vancouver.
  • filter_dramaWork
    Traditionally, much of Vancouver's industry has centred around its port facilities and the forestry and mining sectors. Although these industries are still important to the economy, Vancouver's largest employers are now the various hospitals and educational institutions in the area and companies with head offices in Vancouver such as Telus Corp and the Jim Pattison Group. Recently, Vancouver has expanded as a centre for software development and biotechnology, while streets provide a backdrop for the developing film industry. Many jobs exist in the varied small and medium sized businesses that operate in the region. As with many cities, jobs are posted on-line or in the newspaper, but it helps if you have some contacts within the industry that can point you to the jobs that are open but not posted.

    As with any tourist centre, there are a number of service jobs available. The attractions, restaurants and hotels downtown frequently need staff. Other areas to consider are [wiki=048f9b32fc47582d5084ba5732fa9054]Granville Island[/wiki] and the [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] with its ski areas and Grouse Mountain.
  • filter_dramaBuy
    This is only a sample of things you can look for in Vancouver. Visit the separate district pages for other info.

    Tip - Two local taxes are charged on the vast majority of goods: 7% PST (Provincial Sales Tax) and 5% GST (Goods and Services Tax). Eating out at a restaurant will only have the 5% GST added to the bill, but most consumer items will have both taxes added.

    *Robson Street in the [wiki=f045a65abca3758665fc80784a340502]City Centre[/wiki] is home to many touristy shops. Although not technically part of the street, the neighbouring Alberni intersection is home to a variety of high-end shops such as Louis Vuitton and Hermès.

    *Pacific Centre has more than 150 shops, restaurants and services if you want to walk in an underground shopping centre. The shopping centre begins on the south end at Robson Street (currently being reconstructed to house Nordstrom), and stretches all the way to Pender Street. There are many floors in the mall depending on where you are, and notable merchants include Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, Sport Chek, GAP, H&M and Apple Store; the mall is connected to the Bay (at Georgia and Granville streets), and Vancouver Centre (a small mall mainly consisting of a lotto centre, London Drugs, and a food court underneath Scotiabank).

    *Gastown [url=http://www.gastown.org]]is the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver but is being reborn as a fashion and modern urban design district. Historic buildings house hip restaurants, galleries, and interior design and high-fashion shops.

    *Yaletown is also popular for its non-mainstream fashion boutiques and high-end salons. A few Popular Yaletown Shopping Streets are: Mainland St., Hamilton St., and Pacific Blvd.

    *Granville Island is a interesting place to go if you fancy the arts. The area boasts a Public Market, The Granville Island brewery, an art school (Emily Carr University of Art + Design), shops, a world music instrument store, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, boat docks and more.

    *Kerrisdale is the area centred around 41st, between Maple St and Blenheim St, consisting of roughly a hundred or so boutique-like shops, restaurants, and stores (chain or otherwise) in an affluent neighbourhood.

    *Commercial Drive, especially the stretch between 3rd Avenue and Venables St. in [[Vancouver/East Van|East Van[/url]], is great for people-watching, produce (Santa Barbara Market), cheese (La Grotta del Formaggio), sausage (JN&Z Deli), etc.

    *Main Street, south of Broadway stretching to around 30th Avenue, has a vibrant and expanding collection of independent restaurants, cafés, high-end niche clothing stores and small boutiques.

    *East Hastings between Renfrew and Clark offers some of the best hidden delights in the city. There are many eclectic produce stores (Donald's Market). Sausage and salami producers here are some of the best in the city (Moccia's Italian Market [url=http://www.moccia.ca/]).]

    * Chinatown around Main and Pender, and westwards down Pender from Main, is an old historic landmark with grocery and herbal medicine markets that mimic the ethnic flavors, sights and sounds of Eastern Asia. Other modern Chinatowns have sprung up around 41st Ave. and Victoria Drive, also in Richmond and Surrey.

    * Punjabi Market around Main, between 41st and 49th Ave. Good, cheap Punjabi food along with some Punjabi fashion; street signs are correspondingly in Punjabi.

    There are some unique shopping areas in [[Vancouver/Kitsilano|Kitsilano[/url]] and [wiki=c17df12fef3d535b6bdd67f3f4c3a730]East Van[/wiki]. In Kits you can visit the first store of Vancouver-born and based athletic retailer, Lululemon Athletica, sporting popular yoga-inspired apparel [url=http://www.lululemon.com/].] Gore-tex jackets are ubiquitous in Vancouver and the best place to buy them is at Mountain Equipment Co-op [url=http://www.mec.ca/[/url],]Taiga Works [url=http://www.taigaworks.ca[/url]]or one of the other outdoorsy stores clustered together on the east-west main drag called Broadway (equivalent to 9th Avenue, running between 8th and 10th) between Cambie St. and Main St., just east of the [[Vancouver/Kitsilano | Kitsilano[/url]] area.
  • filter_dramaEat
    Where to begin? There is something for everyone in this cosmopolitan city, and the variety of cuisines and price points have been described as a foodie's delight. In particular, you will find many different kinds of Asian food available. If you fancy sushi, many places offer "all you can eat" lunches for $12, which offers food of wildly varying quality. In general, the city is up there with some of the best cities in North America when it comes to food. If you can do without alcohol, you can usually have a pretty reasonable meal for under $12, and at one of the more expensive restaurants in the city, $70 will get you a four course feast with exquisite service.

    The highest density of restaurants is in [wiki=b8b012cad878022272b3d81c4e58be0e]Kitsilano[/wiki] or the [wiki=3afa658876f0699cbab2713238bfb7af]West End[/wiki]. The [wiki=152716b49d542396416dab0208b0c044]central business area[/wiki] has many of the high end restaurants either along Robson Street or associated with the many hotels in the downtown area. [wiki=c17df12fef3d535b6bdd67f3f4c3a730]East Van[/wiki] tends to have many authentic ethnic restaurants.

    In recent years Vancouver has been recognized for its successful street food program, with dozens of new food carts and food trucks appearing throughout the downtown area. According to the [url=http://vancouver.ca/people-programs/street-food-vending.aspx]City of Vancouver[/url] there are 103 licensed food carts, although usually there are between 30 and 50 open on any one day (and around half that number in the winter). Meals are between $8 and $12, and most vendors are open 11 AM to 3 PM, Monday to Friday. See [url=http://streetfoodapp.com/vancouver]Street Food Vancouver[/url] for daily schedules.

    Vancouver is also famous for its dim sum restaurants. Because of the big Chinese population, the price and quality of dim sum here is among the best in the world. One of the consistently highly-ranked dim sum restaurants by local magazines is Sun Sui Wah, at 3888 Main St. Also, check out Floata in Chinatown on Keefer St, or the Kirin at Cambie and 12th; reservations recommended. There are many restaurants on Victoria around 41st Ave (or Kingsway and Knight) which offer cheap dim sum ($2.75/plate), albeit with less class and more oil. In Burnaby, try Fortune House in Metropolis Shopping Complex. The city of Richmond, with a majority of its inhabitants being of Chinese descent, will have a plethora to choose from. Restaurants are all over the place on No. 3 Rd, Westminster Hwy, Alexandra Rd, and on the many side streets just east of Richmond Centre.

    For budget travellers, pick up a Georgia Straight (a free local paper available all over the place), and clip two for one coupons from the food section.

    Be advised that although the vast majority of stores around Vancouver accept credit cards, small family-owned Chinese businesses and restaurants, more often than not, accept only cash.

    Bubble tea (or boba tea) is also a popular drink among the Vancouver youth. There are countless tea houses throughout Vancouver, the most notable being Dragon Ball Tea House on West King Edward Ave and Oak St.
    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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  • filter_dramaDrink
    Most of the nightclubs are located in the [wiki=152716b49d542396416dab0208b0c044]central business district[/wiki], especially along the Granville Street strip, south of Robson and along Water Street in Gastown. There are a number of good local pubs in the various quieter neighbourhoods of the city, such as along Main Street or Broadway. Closing times for most of these pub-like establishments begin at 1AM; nightclubs close between 2AM-3AM with a very small number operating after-hours. Nightclubs with music, a DJ and a dance floor usually charge an entrance fee. Be aware that many nightclubs often have long lineup queues on weekends, which are usually self-imposed regardless of whether or not the establishment is near capacity to attract business. Flexibility and willingness to go early is key should nightlife become part of your travel plans.

    Note that liquor stores at the latest close by 11PM, while many are closed by 9PM, and there will exist no other legal options apart from drinking at an establishment beyond this time.
    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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  • filter_dramaSleep
    In general, accommodations in Vancouver are on the expensive side. Most upscale hotel rooms begin at $200-250/night, although you can often find reasonably priced ones in the $100-180 range. Most motel rooms cost somewhere between $80-150/night. If you are lucky to find hostel accommodation, the cheapest of these will cost around $20/night, but usually between $35-50.

    The [wiki=152716b49d542396416dab0208b0c044]City Centre[/wiki] is centrally located for attractions and has the bulk of Vancouver's accommodation, including most of the high-end hotels and backpackers hostels. If you don't mind getting away from the chain hotels, a number of smaller boutique hotels outside of the central business district are still close to the action and are cheaper than the four and five star options downtown. Backpacker hostels are another cheap option with beds starting at $25 if you don't mind sharing a room.

    Staying outside the City Centre area may give you a wider choice of affordable accommodations. There are a few budget hotels/motels along Kingsway in [wiki=c17df12fef3d535b6bdd67f3f4c3a730]East Van[/wiki] and Broadway in [wiki=048f9b32fc47582d5084ba5732fa9054]South Granville[/wiki]. A number of B&Bs and [url=http://vancouver.homestaybay.com]homestays[/url] are also scattered throughout the city in each district. If you want/need to stay close to the airport, [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] has a number of hotels with varying degrees of luxury and price.

    Finally, if you don't mind driving or commuting in to see Vancouver, the suburbs also have some cheaper options. [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Vancouver[/wiki], [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] and [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] all have easy access to Vancouver via the public transit system. The closest Provincial Parks with campgrounds are near [wiki=c444ae76d300063204fa8cded4df4b57]Maple Ridge[/wiki] ([wiki=57c5a967933c55cbb1459c33fe11f475]Golden Ears Provincial Park[/wiki]), [wiki=65959a0ff44ce968fe97eeb83cc2cf9c]Chilliwack[/wiki], and [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki].
  • filter_dramaContact
    In case of an Emergency, dial 9-1-1 from any public phone for free. Be advised, however, that with the rise of cell phone use, many public phones have been removed, and can therefore be hard to come by (especially in the suburbs).

    A good travel tip to remember: Dialing 1-1-2 from a cell phone automatically connects you to the nearest cellular network and calls the emergency number, regardless of its combination (ex. 9-1-1, 1-1-2 etc.) Please note that 1-1-2 will work only on GSM cellphones in Vancouver. While GSM cellphones are very common worldwide, PCS/CDMA cellular phones through Telus Mobility are more common in Vancouver, and Telus doesn't support 1-1-2 on its cellular network. To be safe, dial 9-1-1 for emergencies if you are anywhere in North America.

    The area codes for phone calls in Vancouver and the surrounding area (known locally as the Lower Mainland) are 604 and 778 (these area codes overlap). Vancouver has ten-digit calling, so when making a local call you must include the area code. Calls outside the Greater Vancouver region (i.e. east of Langley or north of Squamish, including to Whistler) are toll calls from Vancouver. To call these numbers you need to add a "1" before the area code, i.e. "1-604" or "1-778".

    Local calls at pay phones costs 50 cents per call. They are not metered, so you can talk as long as you want. Note that downtown pay phones are often broken. Working pay phones are almost always available at all of the downtown SkyTrain stations.

    Internet cafes are not as popular as they once where, having been replaced by free wireless found in many hotels, cafes and restaurants; However, there are still many around the Vancouver area and are generally quite reasonably priced; typically $2-5 per hour with all-day passes common.

    In addition, there is free internet available at Canada Place. Bell has some free standing room stations set up in the main concourse of the convention centre. Also, the Apple Store in the Pacific Centre Mall has free wifi.

    For those who have brought a laptop, free wireless points are abundant in the downtown area (including [url=http://wavescoffee.com]Waves Coffee[/url] and every branch of [url=http://www.blenz.com]Blenz Coffee[/url] and [url=http://www.timhortons.com/]Tim Horton's[/url]), and reasonable paid service is also available in a pinch.
  • filter_dramaStay safe
    Vancouver is a great place to visit if you use common sense like keeping an eye on your possessions, knowing where you are going and avoiding alleys and unfamiliar areas at night should keep you out of trouble. Unless involved in illegal activities (such as the drug trade), it is highly unlikely you will fall victim to any sort of violent crime. If you need emergency help, dial 911.

    Like any major metropolitan city, Vancouver has areas that should be travelled with caution. The most notable is the Downtown Eastside (specifically Hastings Street between Abbott and Gore). This neighbourhood is infamous for homelessness, drug-use, and prostitution. This area is not often dangerous to visitors, but certainly may be unsettling. If you do accidentally stroll into the Downtown Eastside it is not difficult to find your way out, but if you get lost or feel uncomfortable the best thing to do is approach a police officer. Tourists exploring [wiki=b59dcb8539b5af1142f5a54d2e1788a3]Gastown[/wiki] and [wiki=09e49bb61f0323a3bfbe8937e2e031e8]Chinatown[/wiki] can easily wander into the Downtown Eastside unwittingly. Avoid looking like a tourist and you'll be fine. This area is also very narrow - walk south more than 2 blocks off of Hastings and you will be out of this area.

    It's also wise to exercise caution in the Granville Mall area downtown on Friday and Saturday nights. As Vancouver’s bar and nightclub district, the sheer volume of people combined with alcohol consumption make disorderly conduct and rowdy behaviour fairly common. But this shouldn't act as a deterrent - if you're not looking for trouble, you probably won't find it, and there is a strong police presence. The streets at night in the Granville Mall area are usually (and quite literally) clogged with people at night time. Such an enormous mix of people and alcohol can be a dangerous mix if you are not cautious.

    Some parts of the city have high rates of property crime. Theft from vehicles is especially problematic and parked cars with foreign or out-of-province plates are frequently targeted. The best thing is to not leave any money and valuables in plain view. Many of the locals use steering wheel locks to prevent vehicle theft.

    Panhandling is common in some parts of downtown, but is unlikely to pose a problem. Don't be rude, as there may be negative consequences.

    Scams DO happen in Vancouver, notably near the Waterfront area. There may be a stranger who claims to have his/her vehicle towed, and will ask to borrow money ($30 or so) to try to get home. They will also claim to be a rich executive who says he/she will pay you back. Or another would be that they are trying to catch a bus to get back home into the Interior of BC. Don't entertain these people. Better to keep on walking!
    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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    • Nearby municipalities

      There are a number of things to see and do just outside of Vancouver's borders. Some of the most popular are listed below. All of these places are accessible by public transit, or if you have a car, within an hour's drive.

      * [wiki=bc0991d0243735bd3647069c7b13f5a8]North Shore[/wiki] - Take in the views from Grouse Mountain (The Peak of Vancouver), go for a walk on a suspension bridge or enjoy one of the many outdoor recreation opportunities -- hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, kayaking -- on offer. The most popular summer activity in the area is hiking the 'Grouse Grind', a 2.9 km, 853 m elevation gain hike up the side of Grouse mountain.
      * [wiki=a481d565a0f8e1bef60160f97f4506bb]West Vancouver[/wiki] - A municipality north of the Lion's gate bridge, enroute to Whistler. Home to many beaches, coves, parks and expensive real estate, where breathtaking views of Vancouver can be scoped by driving its higher altitudes.
      * [wiki=fbb068e232d6e029e81defe2eeaec8f0]Burnaby[/wiki] - Shop till you drop at Metropolis at Metrotown, the largest shopping mall in British Columbia, or relax at one of the large regional parks.
      * [wiki=fa2b37616eccbe588d408509e2000db3]Port Coquitlam[/wiki], [wiki=fe1e2ff25dd312978cc3f4aa7a7a7853]Coquitlam[/wiki] and [wiki=e97063322444f25e0d095af60f30ef54]Port Moody[/wiki] (the Tri City area) - Half hour drive down Hastings street to the Barnet Highway will bring you to Port Moody, locally known as the City of the Arts.
      * [wiki=1c3b4cc6cd60c609a2ba78b5339e4bf3]Richmond[/wiki] - City with a large Asian influence with many options for Chinese, Japanese and Korean dining and shopping, the largest Buddhist temple in North America and the historic seaside Steveston towards the south offers a quieter, small-town type atmosphere.
      * [wiki=e97c6061075244592e70b1060dbdf2be]Surrey[/wiki]/[wiki=85b2e35c9bdd4a02969b7dfee98cc50c]White Rock[/wiki] - A 45 minute drive away from Vancouver, famous for its moderate climate and sandy beaches.
      * [wiki=b4636c77c88e78637e9139e531349e3a]Fort Langley[/wiki] - Village with unique shops, restaurants and the site of one of the first forts built in British Columbia.
      * [wiki=fc0f100d69c9d32429776bc3f22c4dc0]New Westminster[/wiki] - Small city on the banks of the Fraser River that was once the capital of British Columbia.

    • Day trips

      [wiki=6c3342105f5921767f2234629fe3a4b1]Bowen Island[/wiki] is a popular day trip or weekend excursion offering kayaking, hiking, shops, restaurants, and more. This authentic community is located in Howe Sound just off Vancouver, and is easily accessed via scheduled water taxis departing [wiki=3e02d36018a2b274bd43f2a6b1d08072]Granville Island[/wiki] in downtown Vancouver or by ferry from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver.
      * For those who enjoy outdoor activities, a trek up the [wiki=e56a6e9dd805b3ec9a4a4667170d159f]Sea to Sky[/wiki] corridor is essential. [wiki=c85168c586f550cba57be7a372a8a775]Squamish[/wiki] has branded itself the "Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada" and with an incredible amount of quality rock climbing, mountain biking, white water rafting, hiking, kayaking, horseback riding, fishing, golf, walking trails and more, it certainly deserves the title. Squamish is about half way between Vancouver and Whistler. [wiki=c9e633ecf2662e517f1d0fae1a6b5a48]Whistler[/wiki] (1.5 hour drive from Vancouver) is mandatory. In the winter, enjoy some of the best Skiing in North America, and in the summer try some authentic mountain biking.
      * Another good spot for outdoor activities is [wiki=7b4f1d9dc14dd4819e880ae40832736d]Mount Baker[/wiki] across the border in [wiki=c6ffc2d70b978e12755363d046d212f0]Washington[/wiki]. Driving time is about three hours, but border line-ups can add anywhere from a few minutes to several hours onto your trip.
      * The nearby [wiki=d4b7c6dc150f5b54afae16dcaa142b6c]Fraser Valley[/wiki] has a number of parks and lakes that are nice for fishing, hiking or relaxing.
      * A geopolitical oddity, [wiki=8e5b29dd6a3e2bdf5eb0c5dda11fa1c1]Point Roberts[/wiki] is a part of the United States that can only be reached by road from Delta, BC.

    • Further afield

      [wiki=ea999edb8c9e67914e81ebedf1ccf862]Vancouver Island[/wiki] is a good spot to move on to from Vancouver. [wiki=cb54e075e1a2b5381ef2f8e1682423fa]Victoria[/wiki], British Columbia's capital, is a relaxing place. [wiki=d2ad636d72bdfc318a802aac155e9f81]Tofino[/wiki] is a pretty spot on the island's west coast, good for whale and storm watching and has some of Canada's best surf (if you can brave the cold water). The island is reached by ferry, seaplane and bus.
      * The [wiki=808182df70ce119cea1f1c9b95c22cdb]Southern Gulf Islands[/wiki] are also a short ferry ride or float plane flight away. The Southern Gulf Islands are known for their artist communities, wineries, fromageries and farms. These islands also boast incredible opportunities for boating, kayaking, hiking, camping and wildlife viewing [http://www.parkscanada.gc.ca/gulf].
      * The [wiki=6d7074816a7b2d14709028c9f2d08e48]Okanagan[/wiki] is a four to five hour drive east, with a large number of wineries, water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter.
      * The scenery of [wiki=471d13668d93814d32004c7e3ed3c508]Banff[/wiki], Banff National Park and the [wiki=1b5cab9104190bbebca89c3b32462f8b]Rocky Mountains[/wiki] is a long day's drive (8-9 hours) east.
      * To the south, in the United States, [wiki=4c54c163f43d0ac8512df032b3b07bff]Seattle[/wiki], is a two and a half hour drive and [wiki=4de1b900c73db4e7bbf3688612baaf55]Portland[/wiki] is a five hour drive (excluding any border line-up).

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