Vancouver

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Located at the southwestern corner of the coastal province of British Columbia, it is well known for its majestic natural beauty, as it is nestled between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

Vancouver is known to be one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Canada it has a vibrant culture. It is a popular filming location, surrounded by music, theatre, and art scenes and is considered to be one of the best cities to live in.

Surrounded by a picturesque range of mountains it is a popular tourist destination almost all year round. If you are interested in more tourist information please visit The Metro Vancouver Convention and Visitors Bureau at: https://www.tourismvancouver.com/

 
 

Climate

For those of you who are visiting from other part of Canada you will find Vancouver to be wetter and more mild in its weather . Vancouver has a western maritime climate, hence its weather can be changeable throughout the year.

Vancouver weather in February is warming up - and especially mild compared to the rest of Canada. You may even see some early blossoms. February can have a fair amount of rain with the occasional snow. So be sure to dress for the weather and carrying an umbrella is always a good idea. The average temperatures range between a low of 1oC to a high of 7oC


DINING

Vancouver is a great location for eating out. From a tower of fresh seafood, the finest house-made charcuterie, and the most delicious taco truck can all be enjoyed with the best B.C. wines. The city hosts a range of restaurants, wine bars, tasting rooms, cocktail dens, food trucks, farmer’s markets and bakeries that are all worth exploring.


SHOPPING

Shopping in Vancouver runs from international designers and popular brands in shop-‘til-you-drop malls, through to local designers and one-of-a-kind craft studios in unique neighbourhoods.

Of course Granville Island Market is a definite go-to destination. It has everything from food, wind souvenirs, craft and artisans - all with great views of the water and city, so why not? The Granville Island Market website has a lot of information that this worth reviewing before you go https://granvilleisland.com/public-market


Getting Around

Public transport

Vancouver is well serviced by buses, trains and ferries. To use the system you  will need a compass card – either a re-loadable one or a paper ticket.

  • A COMPASS CARD is a re-loadable plastic fare card that you can purchase with a $6 refundable deposit.  It can be loaded and reloaded with Stored Value for discounted pay-as-you-go fares. 

Fares are calculated by tapping in and tapping out at the stations. Tapping out at the station gates will display the card balance. Only tap in on the bus, not out.  Tapping out at the station gates will display the card balance. Regular adult fares are $2.75 for one zone, $4.00 for two, or $5.50 for three zones.  Regular fares apply on weekdays before 6:30 pm.

  •  A Compass Ticket purchased on the bus as a paper ticket, good for using only on buses.  Exact fare in coins is needed on the bus. Travelling by only bus will require a one zone ticket throughout all zones at all times, $2.75. A fare is good for 90 minutes within the purchased zone, with no restrictions on transfers. 
  • TRIPSAVVY provides some great advise for using the public transport system.