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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 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 AccommodationsSunshine Coast Campground & Resort Group - Bayside, Campground & RV Park

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

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsSquamish Valley Campground & RV Site

A stunning private sandy beach along the Squamish River, snow peaked mountains, glacier and waterfall views are what you find waiting for you at the Squamish Valley Campground and RV site. This natural settingperfect for glimpses of eagles

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsHoliday Inn Express Northshore

Free local calls, free movie channel, free continental breakfast. Some fridges & microwaves. Seasonal outdoor pool.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsParkcanada Recreational Vehicle Inns

located in Tsawwassen, seven minutes from the ferry terminal, which serves Victoria, Nanaimo and the beautiful Gulf Islands. Enjoy the park-like setting with the convenience of being minutes from waterslides, golf courses, beaches and shopping.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsThomas Cook Travel (Kwantlen Travel)

Thomas Cook is the largest leisure travel retail company in Canada. We employ experienced professional travel consultants, backed by a fully integrated web site & call centre. Our customers benefit from our superior buying power with our suppliers.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsFlight Centre

Flight Centre offers the best airfare, accommodation and holiday deals at the cheapest prices. Search and book flights, hotels, car hire, tours and travel insurance. Lowest Airfares Guaranteed

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsR&B Brewing Co

is in the old Hiriam Walker Distillery in Kelowna BC.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsBudget Car & Truck Rentals

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