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Kits Pool in Kitsilano 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.

Downtwon Vancouver with moon 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 Waterfront-Canada Place Sails
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.

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Highway Notes

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.

Seabus across the Burrard Inlet
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.

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Blue = Trans-Canada Route| Green = bicycle friendly scenic route | red = downtown detour from TCH

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsRosewood Hotel Georgia

First class historical hotel across from Pacific Centre Mall, the Art Gallery and Canadian Venture Exchange. Meeting rooms for up to 560. Crowne Plaza Club level featuring private floor.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsGlaciers Reach -Whistler

Just a short walk to the base of both mountains. Guest rooms include a fully equipped kitchen/ full bathroom/ color tv with VCR/ alarm clock radio/ and iron/ironing board. A favorite for families and groups

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsGranville Island Hotel

On Granville Island's False Creek waterfront, get spectacular views of the city, mountains and ocean. The hotel is minutes from downtown and steps from the famous public market, live theater, unique shops, artists studios and exceptional restaurants

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsExecutive Hotel Burnaby

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.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsSt Regis Hotel

AAA 2 diamonds, 3 stars E-Rez. Newly renovated 72 bedroom boutique hotel with first class service, the hotel has a 5 star Legends Bar And Grill steakhouse restaurant, tapas bar and grill, Starbucks coffee bar and a cozy breakfast lounge.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsBridge Brewing Co.

Since 2012, beer lovers in BC have discovered our great tasting, high quality craft beer. We were Vancouverís first nano brewery, and raft fans have kept us working hard to keep up while remaining focused on brewing our line of top beers.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsEnterprise Rent-A-Car

Unlike other rental car companies, Enterprise focuses on neighborhood markets. We specialize in renting to people who need a temporary replacement car or a vehicle for a special occasion.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsExpedia CruiseShipCenters

Deal with the cruise experts to find and book your next dream getaway for less. Exceptional savings and value await.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsMylora Golf Courses

The Myloras, two 18 hole executive par 57 courses, are the perfect place to hold your tournament. Experienced golfers can challenge their short game and beginners can take advantage of scoring opportunities. After golf, relax inside our clu

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsEPIC: The Sustainable Living Festival

Western Canada's largest sustainable lifestyle event for the eco-conscious consumer returns July 6 & 7 to Vancouver. EPIC is Vancouver’s grooviest outdoor summer festival celebrating sustainability at VanDusen Botanical Garden

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