Vancouver, British Columbia on TransCanadaHighway.com
Vancouver is nestled around the eastern end of Burrard Inlet, a natural
deepwater harbour, and the mouth of the huge Fraser River. Vancouver became the
base for exploration into BC's interior, and became the head office for
companies that exploited the province's timber and mineral resources. The
city's British heritage still pervades the downtown area, as well as
the holder established neighbourhoods.
Vancouver forms the core for the 1.7 million people that live in the "Lower Mainland" of British Columbia. Because of the constraints of mountains to the north, water to the west and the US border on the south, the city has experienced growth in the only two directions left: east and up!
The city has, over the last decade experienced phenomenal population growth and expansion into its eastern suburbs including Surrey, Langley and Pitt Meadows. The recently built SkyTrain Light Rail Transit system to Surrey has eased commuter traffic (and it's currently being expanded again, headig south to Vancovuer Airport in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics).
Vancouver combines the cultural sophistication of Los Angeles with the rainy-foggy charm of San Fransisco, with the added plus of having mountains RIGHT THERE! Its the only city in Canada where you can snow-ski and go sailing on the same day, almost year-round. The city's moist climate gives the city its year-round green color.
The fine weather has also attracted several new audiences: the leisurely and recreation-oriented yourth, those of retirement age who no longer want to deal with harsh Canadian winters, and Asians looking for a North American base. In fact half of Vancouver's population is now non-white and very Asian. It has Cnada's biggest Chinatown, and very strong communities of those of Korean, Vietnamese, Philipine or Japanese descent.
Whether it's a visit to the zoo, an art gallery or the mountains, Vancouver offers its visitors and residents lots to do every day of the week. And don't just stick to the typical downtown and Kistsilano, which are the typical tourist hangouts. There is lots to see in the outlying communities: North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Squamish and Whistler on the North Shore, Richmond, Delta, Twawwassen and White Rock to the South, and Burnaby, New Westminster, Coquitlam & Port Moody, and Surrey to the East.
From Horseshoe Bay east, the #1 Trans-Canada Highway is a divided highway west all the way to Hope, while the scenic #7 Lougheed Highway winds through the gently rolling farmlands of the north shore of the Fraser Valley and has views of the snow-capped Mount Baker (a dormant volcano) in Washington state.
Bicylists getting off the Ferry from the Island, should take the first right, into Horseshoe Bay to get off the #1, and take Marine Drive (which has some significant ups & downs) eat until either the Lion's Gate Bridge or take the Seabus across the Burrard Inlet form Lonsdale Quay. The Lion's Gate Bridge has a significant climb (best view is on the est side, facing downtown), and cyclists would ride on the pedestrian sidewalks.
The Seabus is inexpensive and provides great views of the downtown as you cross the water. Head east on Hastings until you get to the #7, though we've marked a shortcut through Coquitlam on the map below. The #7 Lougheed Highway is a gently rolling route, and has a number of towns, cities and fruit-stands along the way for sustenance.
Vancouver Area Communities Map
Vancouver Attractions Map
Blue = Trans-Canada Route| Green = bicycle friendly scenic route | red = downtown detour from TCH
Vancouver Accommodation & Attractions
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Accommodations Directory Listings
Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
2 phones in every room. Free local shuttle. Please book your next business or vacation stay ar our fine establishment. Dine at Tivoli's Restaurant or at Nickel's Lounge. Room service.
Bare Creek Bed & Breakfast is Surrey's only clothing optional accommodation. Set on an acre of rural property, we are within minutes of local shopping and services. We are well placed for quick access to any part of Metro Vancouver and just minutes f
All sites have magnificent views of the islands of Howe Sound and Vancouver's North Shore mountains. Our RV park's peaceful atmosphere and scenery will relax you while you recharge with some tranquil rounds of golf. Large fully serviced sites
all our back-in and pull through RV sites, including sewer, water, electricity and WiFi.
These sites have ample room for all your pullouts and will fit any sized RV. All sites equipped with a picnic table and fire-pit. Tent sites are in the forest
Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors.
TransCanadaHighway.com has lots of hotels,mnotels, beds & breakfast, long-term accommoodtion, and comprgrounds to choose form in and around Greater Vancouver.
Attractions Directory Listings
Here are some of the attractions, museums, historical sites, and sports activities to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:
Hillcrest Brewing has been an on-premise beer brewing and wine making store (U-Brew/U-Vin) since 1992. We help you to create your own fresh draft beer, award-winning wines, and natural flavored drinks. Serving Burnaby, New Westminster, and Vancouver.
Guided Fishing BC is fishing charter company that specializes in private and corporate guided trips for Pacific salmon and Sturgeon. Freshwater and saltwater fishing trips are available year-round and can be booked in 6 and 8 hour intervals.
Limo Service Vancouver has a line up of luxurious Limousines, Cars and Coaches to match different needs of different personalities.
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Beer, Farm Fresh. Persephone’s 11-acre farm-based brewery prides itself on the FRESHEST BEER. We grow hops and use BC grain in every sip. Not content with simply making the best and freshest beer, we make the world a better place
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