A bustling sea port and cultural capital of British Columbia, Vancouver is known for its incredible access to wildlife and natural beauty, including whale watching. The city itself is a real melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and it’s this diversity that truly sets it apart.
The busiest time of year to visit Vancouver is between July and August, when large cruise ships dock bringing thousands of tourists into the city on their way up to Alaska. This is also the time of year when the city is at its best: Vancouver’s summers are warm and pleasant, and there are plenty of fun events to enjoy, including the annual Dragon Boat Festival which draws crowds of more than 100,000.
Winter is the low season, when the chilly weather means accommodation and flights to Vancouver are generally more affordable. But be aware that winter is also rainy season and Vancouver gets its fair share of downpours. With an average of four inches of rainfall every month, you can usually get Cheap Flights to Vancouver at this time.
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Vancouver International Airport is located around eight miles from the city, with a big selection of both domestic and international arrivals and departures. It is the second busiest airport in Canada, serving around 24 million passengers every year.
Getting to and from the airport is easiest via the new Canada Line rapid transit link. Journeys from downtown take around 25 minutes. There are also shuttle bus services located outside the international arrivals building, and the car rental center is on the ground floor.
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Once you’ve landed at Vancouver International, collected your bags and cleared immigration, catch the Canada Line rapid transit or shuttle bus and you can be downtown within 30 minutes.
Within the city itself, there is a trolleybus service that is second only to San Francisco in North America, in terms of its size.
Travelling on the water is possible via the passenger ferries running between the city and Granville Island or across Horseshoe Bay to the Sunshine Coast. It’s also a great cycling city, with plenty of dedicated cycling lanes making it safe and easy to get around on two wheels.
Vancouver is home to the biggest park in Canada, Stanley Park. It’s a huge space, full of nature and wildlife, and well worth taking a day to explore. Animal lovers can also check out the whale and dolphin shows at the Vancouver Aquarium.
Vancouver is famed for its shopping, and head down to Robson Street for the best of the big name stores. Then climb to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for stunning views of the city. As night falls, head to Granville Street for some of the city’s hottest nightlife.
The high season for travel is between Victoria Day in late May and Labour Day in early September. July and August tend to be especially crowded with cruise passengers waiting to catch ships heading through the Inside Passage to Alaska. Vancouver has very little humidity in summer, and the average high temperature is 72 degrees in July. Summer traditionally starts with the Dragon Boat Festival, spread over a weekend in mid-June. It’s the largest of its kind in North America, attracting more than 180 wildly imaginative boats and 100,000 spectators to False Creek.
Vancouver has been dubbed the “Hollywood of the North” for the many films shot around town. Meet directors, screenwriters, and actors from the year’s finest independent films at the Vancouver International Film Festival, held each September. October is another favorite month, bringing the brilliant turning of the leaves in Stanley Park.
Remarkably, Vancouver rarely dips below the freezing point in winter. Venture to town in late January and you can celebrate the Chinese New Year at the annual parade before making the two-hour drive up to Whistler to carve those perfect turns. Since winter is considered low season, hotel rates are reduced. Be forewarned, though, that winter is the rainy season in Vancouver, with an average of four inches of rainfall each month. Come April, the weather is so pleasant you could very well ski and golf on the same day.
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