Vancovuer from Stanley Park

Why Visit Vancouver?

Vancouver is "Hollywood North", and has great shopping, dining, and nightlife. Visitors enjoy sunning at the close-by rugged beaches, rollerblading and sightseeing around Stanley Park, kayaking or sailing on the many waterways, and hiking, biking or skiing in the North Shore Mountains (and nearby Whistler). All this fun is right at your fingertips!

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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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Trans-Canada Highway history from West Vancovuer to Hope

Sea To Sky (Highway 99) to Whistler & Lillooet Upper Levels Highway to Second Narrows Bridges in & around Vancouver Highway 99 south to White Rock The Lower Mainland Burnaby to Hope Bridges across theFraser River

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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Vancouver Attractions Map

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

Vancouver Accommodation & Attractions

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsMaple Grove Guest House

A beautiful country retreat situated on 21 acres in the heart of the Cowichan Valley. The perfect venue for your outdoor country wedding, featuring a pond side ceremony at the gazebo, reception hall with room for 200, camping and guesthouse.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsLiving Forest Oceanside Campground & RV

53 natural acres of ocean, forest and river make up this year round Vancouver Island Campground and RV Park. This beautiful park features over 300 gorgeous campsites- we even have a seasonal gourmet WiFi coffee deck overlooking the water

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsSpinnakers Brewpub & Guest House Restaurant

Classic ales and specialty beers brewed with time honoured techniques and fresh ingredients for a signature flavour.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsQuality Inn Waddling Dog

English style inn, with antique furnishings, queen beds, air codtition, cable TV, free local calls, in-room coffee. Close to Victoria Airport and BC Ferries Terminal. Resident basset hound.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsOuter Island Guest Farm

"A Retreat to Remember" offering charming B&B accommodation or cottage rental. Specializing in all-inclusive nature/activity packages. Situated on 14 acres of grazed pasture, heated swimming pool, tennis court and gorgeous orchard.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsSpinnakers Brewpub & Guest House Restaurant

Classic ales and specialty beers brewed with time honoured techniques and fresh ingredients for a signature flavour.

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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 & AttractionsSears

Sears Canada, in business since 1953, is Canada's largest single full-line retailer of general merchandise and home-related services.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsLongwood Brew Pub

Nestled in the heart of Vancouver Island, this unique brewery has partnered with local farmers to grow and malt quality barley and hops. Introducing the “Terroir of Beer”…an Obsessively Local Product

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsChurch and State Winery

Founded in 2004, to raise the bar of the Wines of British Columbia, starting aa rebellion against the norms, starting with the 120 acres of estate vineyards in strategic locations across the South Okanagan Valley.

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