Vancouver, British Columbia on TransCanadaHighway.com



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 AccommodationsBest Western Coquitlam Inn - Convention Centre

AAA 3 diamonds, 4 Star facility. Indoor garden gourt with pool. Two restaurants and a lounge, plus convention & meeting facilities for up to 535. Hihg speed Internet access in lobby.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsBurnaby Cariboo R.V. Park and Campground

Open All Year : Enjoy Vancouver's Outdoor Livestyle and Attractions Burnaby Cariboo RV Video Celebrating our 30th year, our top rated Vancouver RV Park & Campground continues to provide guests to unequalled access to Vancouver.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsHampton Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver

Across from BC Place & GM Place. Rooms have free high speed Internet, continental breakfast buffet, downtown shuttle. Convention facilities: two large board rooms with attached outside decks.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsInn at Westminster Quay

Dramatic views from all rooms in this 4 star 126 room hotel, on the banks of the Fraser River. Close to Skytrain, Royal City Star riverboat casino, Westminster Quay market.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsRuby Lake Resort and Spa

We are a resort on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. We offer amazing Italian food in our restaurant, spa services, a very unique resort experience.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsBudget Car & Truck Rentals

Budget has great deals on Compacts, Mid-sizes, Minivans, and Standard SUVs, even trucks for your move. With "Fastbreak" you have no lines, no paperwork, no signatures...and one-click online booking!

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsDiscount Car and Truck Rentals

Looking for a convenient car or truck rental in Vancouver? From family vacations to family moves, you can count on Discount to provide you with the right vehicle to meet your needs.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsThe Hive Climbing

Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsBrewhouse High Mountain Brewing Co

one of the busiest spots in Whistler Village all year round. With a separate restaurant, bar and mezzanine, The Brewhouse is capable of accommodating groups large and small. The pub has a cozy two-sided fireplace and plenty of TVs

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsTurning Point Brewery

We decided to build our new sustainable brewery here because as a locally owned and operated company we truly care about our environment and investing in BC's future.

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