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.
Trans-Canad Highway history from West Vancovuer to Hope
- Sea To Sky (Highway 99), connecting Vancouver to Whistler and Lillooet
- Upper Levels Highway form Horseshoe Bay to the Second Narrows Bridge
- Bridges in and around Vancouver
- Highway 99 heading south to White Rock and the United States
- The Lower Mainland Route form Burnaby to Hope
- Bridges across and along the Fraser River
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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AAA 2 diamonds 3.5 star Canada Select. Centrally located near Burnaby business district & Metrotown Skytrain 2 blocks. Complimentary continental breakfast, newspaper & parking. Jaguar restaurant and pub on the premises..
AAA 2 diamonds. Oon 3-1/2 landscaped acres, from cozy 2 person bungalows to large family units with full kitchens. Centrally located & within fifteen minutes drive to downtown, on transit routes & only a ten minute walk to the Skytrain.
When it comes to camping, Vancouver offers no better spot than Dogwood Campgrounds. Located just a quick 30-km drive from the city, Dogwood Campgrounds offers a relaxing, beautiful respite from the busy, big-city life.
Mobil 4 star corporate hotel and conference centre, next to Guilford Town Centre. Business centre, Executive floor, high speed internet access, restaurant & lounge, fitness center with whirlpool & massage, valet parking
Overlooking scenic Stanley Park & English Bay. Voted one of Canada's top five by Meeting And Incentive Magazine. 22 meeting rooms for up to 625 guests. Enjoy our panoramic 35th floor meeting suites, and 400 seat cinema. .
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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
From Our Vast Rich Agricultural Province, we have decided to skip the imports and make a beer solely with ingredients
Canada's oldest department store, with a great selection of fashions, furnishings, houseware, toys, and cosmetics at great prices.
Speed along on a variety of Zip-lines on our course, for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment. Individuals and groups books are both welcome.
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