Vancouver Tourism

Located in British Columbia in Canada, Vancouver is Canada's 3rd largest city. It is on the west coast of the country and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. The population is English speaking and runs around 2 million people and is considered one of the best rated places for quality of life.

Vancouver already has a very rich natural beauty, beautiful green trees, the gorgeous coast and everything in between. What makes it better is how well preserved it all is. When you visit Vancouver you are sure to get lost in its all natural beauty.

There is a lot to see and do and the attractions range from lovely state run Parks to busy bustling shopping streets. This makes a Vancouver trip a very memorable experience. Each one of you should visit Vancouver at least once and experience all that it has to offer considering the best time to visit Vancouver.

Essential travel information and Vancouver tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Pacific Time Zone (UTC-08:00)
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Language: English is the predominant language in Vancouver.
  • Electricity and Internet: Sockets used in Vancouver is "TypeB" North American NEMA 5- 15 standard. Also the voltage is same as the United States that id 110V. Moreover, Wifi services are available at major public places, hotels, cafes, restaurants as well. 
  • Tipping: Tipping is a practise followed religiously in return of the impeccable services provided to you by the waiter or the taxi driver. You can tip him about 5-10 percent of the total bill amount.
  • Other tips: Try opting for public transport rather than private cabs as they are expensive and you can end up paying more. 
  • Vancouver has a lot of ethnic groups staying in Canada and hence the people here are very progressive to other with different race, religion, caste or sexual preferance.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Vancouver

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  • I am traveling to Vancouver, BC on a cruise ship in July. I want to know if Vancouver has a Change Lingerie Store?

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    • Yes, there are a couple of Change Lingerie stores in Vancouver. You can find one at 2358 Cambie Street and another at 1030a S, Park Royal S, West Vancouver. 

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  • I would like to find out train options from Vancouver to Seattle, WA.

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  • I would like to take the train from Vancouver Seattle, WA. Was are some train options?

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    • There are around 5 trains operated by Amtrak Cascade between Vancouver and Seattle. I know a couple of trains, one that leaves Vancouver around 6.30 am and another that leaves around 9 am. All the trains take around 4 hours to complete the journey. It would be better to check the official website of Amtrak to find the detailed train schedule. 

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  • I am finishing a 2 week Alaskan cruise in Vancouver in August. I want to stay one night in Vancouver and wonder which tourist attractions you most recommend and the best area of Vancouver to stay in?

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    • If you have just one day in Vancouver, it is recommended that you stay at a hotel which is close to the attractions. You can check out this extensive list of hotels in Vancouver and book the one that matches all your requirements. Here are also the best things to do in Vancouver for your reference. I suggest you cover Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Downtown Vancouver, Gastown neighborhood, Chinatown neighborhood, and Canada Place while you are in the city.   

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  • Is there a salon that specializes in textured hair and related services?

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    • I think it would be better for you to talk to the locals about this. 

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  • Is it better to get Canadian money in US before travel or use currency exchange when we get to Vancouver?

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    • You can exchange some amount before traveling to Canada so that you will have cash if needed. And then, you can either use credit/debit cards or exchange money after reaching Vancouver. But, in any case, I would suggest talking to your bank first and then decide. 

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  • We are coming to Vancouver in July, staying at the Sheraton Wall Centre-Downtown. Is there a need for a car?

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    • It depends upon what your plans are. If you are here as a tourist and want to explore the city, then most of the popular points of interest are accessible via public transport including buses and SkyTrains. If you are not planning to explore the city and focused on a couple of sites only, you can book a taxi. I do not think a car is necessary, but you can take that call according to your trip plan and budget. 

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  • Know the pollution level of Vancouver before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 17.77 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 30.57 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 40.21 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 24.4 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13.46 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 22.29 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 15.66 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 12.95 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Vancouver for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Vancouver.

    • Burglary and Theft 32.78 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 26.77 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 31.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 29.55 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.07 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50.25 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.12 (Low)
    • Drug offense 69.76 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 83.85 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 60.01 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 32.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 16.97 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.93 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Vancouver is 172.35 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 63.21 (High)
    • Climate Index 91.15 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 23.7 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.01 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 73.03 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 75.03 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.97 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 89.82 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Vancouver

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.3 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.29 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 38.37 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 81.75 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 53.42 USD

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