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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Our amenities include: Fire pit and picnic table at each site, Firewood for sale, Wash house with coin-operated showers and flush toilets, Children’s playground, Group picnic area, Sand volleyball court, Bocce set, Horseshoe pit, Public payphone
5 sunbursts. This all-suite hotel is close to Trade & Convention centre, Canada Place cruise ship terminal, and Vancouver's entertainment district. Great views, fitness centre, 24 hour room service.
Twin room suites, kitchenettes, comp. In-room coffee, mountain & harbor views. Located in the heart of downtown on famous Robson Street, 10 minute walk to Stanley Park, English Bay, shopping, and restaurants.
AAA 2 diamonds, 3 stars. Our guests enjoy amenities such as free continental breakfast, free weekday newspaper, free incoming faxes, in-room hairdryers and am/fm clock radios - all at an affordable days inn price. Conference centre, wireless hotspot
Get transported to the 21st century at our boutique hotel in Downtown Vancouver! Enjoy any of our 47 beautifully designed hotel rooms, crafted to provide the ultimate hotel experience. We're located centrally , between Yaletown and Gastown.
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This former dairy farm was once known as the PoCo Valley Club, and has both beautiful trees and picturesque views of the mountains to the north and east. This fairly flat but well-treed course includes 12 doglegs and water comes into play o
National Car Rental operates in over 3,000 locations, and operates over 275,000 quality vehicles that serve over 15 million business & leisure travelers annually.
Our passion for Craft Beer got us going, sharing that passion for Craft Beer with others keeps us going.
Our West Coast lifestyle and love for great quality beers for every occasion led us to the design, development and brew of our favourite pints
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