Vancouver (Canada)

Vancouver Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Between the mountains and the sea

Vancouver is a city with population of 2.5 million in British Columbia, (south-western) Canada. Often cited as one of the most liveable cities in the world, the city is fantastically located in between mountain ranges and the Pacific ocean.

Not surprisingly, nature dominates some of the top attractions in and around Vancouver. Inside of the city, adjacent to Downtown Vancouver and the West End, you find Stanley Park. This is North America's most sizeable urban park and a very versatile place where you can go for a stroll or run (along the 8.8km long seawall, for instance), go biking or even go swimming when the weather is good.

In South Vancouver you will find VanDusen Botanical Garden, over 22 hectares large and showing off lakes, a waterfall and exotic plants from all over. Fishing off the list of greenery, a bit further outside of town you find mountains like Mount Seymour and Cypress Mountain that make for excellent terrain to go snowboarding or skiing in winter, or go hiking in the summer.

But back to the city. Vancouver is home to one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Not surprising, as 17% of its population is ethnically Chinese. A characteristic and vibrant area, perhaps the most interesting sight here is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Adjacent to Chinatown is Gastown, the oldest part of the city where you will find cobblestone streets and older buildings. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Vancouver is a city in Canada's region of British Columbia. It has a population of 2,476,145, is situated at an altitude of 131ft and the best airport to fly into is YVR (Vancouver International, Vancouver)
  • The currency used in Canada is the Canadian dollar (CAD)

Other cities in the region (British Columbia, Canada)

Victoria, Whistler, Tofino

Vancouver Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

45 46 50 55 63 68 72 72 66 57 48 43

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

6.6 4.1 4.5 3.5 2.6 2.1 1.4 1.5 2 4.8 7.4 6.4

More Vancouver travel resources

Let's mix things up a little bit and start with some useful blogs on Vancouver. There is Inside Vancouver, Miss 604, Vancouverscape and Vancouver is Awesome. We couldn't agree more. Fodor's, Lonely Planet and Wikitravel of course couldn't miss out on this one, and the same can be said about the NY Times.

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