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!

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

Vancouver Accommodation & Attractions

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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsRamada Limited - Vancouver Downtown

AAA 3 diamonds, Gold Key award, 2 blocks from Simon Fraser University dtn campus, wireless Internet in all rooms, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, meeting rooms.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsBest Western Chelsea Inn

Free parking, free Wi-Fi & a free breakfast is standard. Close to Boulevard Casino and Red Robinson Theatre, Coquitlam Center and Lougheed Mall, IKEA, Royal Columbia Hospital.

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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 AccommodationsPan Pacific Vancouver Hotel

Pan Pacific Vancouver Hotel, a downtown waterfront Vancouver hotel, offers 504 luxurious rooms and suites with panoramic vistas of the harbour, mountains, Stanley Park and the city skyline.

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Greater Vancouver AccommodationsCrystal's View Bed And Breakfast

Enjoy modern comforts in this exquisite deluxe B&B, with panoramic ocean and Vancouver city view. Only 15 minutes to downtown. Romantic private ensuite full baths with double jacuzzi, some balconies.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsCove Links Golf Course

Championship-style, executive length course keeps the interest of all levels of player.

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsTwin Sails Brewing Co

Brewing a blend of traditional & progressive ales & lagers Tasting Room

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Greater Vancouver Travel & AttractionsBudget Car & Truck Rental

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 & AttractionsRitz Limousines

We provide Vancouver and Surrey with Limousine, Limo Bus, Vintage and Party Bus services for weddings, stag parties, corporate events, airport transfers, trips to Whistler, Proms and Graduation events, sightseeing and winery tours for over 19 years.

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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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