Renowned for its spectacular vistas, chic neighbourhoods and vibrant dining scene, Vancouver is a coastal city in British Columbia, Canada. There’s close to 2.4 million people in Greater Vancouver, making it the third most populous area in all of Canada.
It’s not hard to see why Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world. The locals enjoy some of the most pleasant weather in Canada, beautifully designed urban centres, and some of the finest cuisine available in all of North America. Surprisingly, the city has a thriving Asian dining scene, with the authentic Japanese izakayas (traditional neighbourhood pubs) being extremely popular for a night out.
Vancouver truly is a dream location for anyone that loves winter sports. With the snowy peaks of the North Shore Mountains and Whistler within driving distance, it’s easy to get out for a few hours of skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing when the powder is just right.
There’s plenty to do in the warmer months too. North Shore, just outside of the city, has beautiful beaches, rich forests, rivers perfect for canoe and kayak trips, and plentiful mountain bike trails.
There are two major cruise terminals in Vancouver, Canada Place and Ballantyne, both of which are located just outside of the city centre on the banks of Vancouver Harbour. The port is perfectly placed for incoming cruise passengers, with the city’s downtown highlights within walking distance and the natural wonders of Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain just a short drive away.
Both Canada Place and Ballantyne Ports are modern cruise terminals, expertly designed to meet the needs of the 900,000 cruise passengers that disembark in Vancouver every year.
- Convention and exhibition centre
- Hotel and accommodation facilities
- Baggage cart hire
- Food and drink concessions
- Full wheelchair access
- Customs services
- Car and bus parking
- Taxi ranks.
How To Get Around
Many of the locations in downtown Vancouver are walkable from the port district. There is also a trolley bus system that connects most of the major areas inside the CBD. Outside of the city centre, commuters rely on a vast network of trains, buses and ferries or simply hail taxis to get around.
By foot from Canada Place:
- It is a 13 minute journey to downtown Vancouver
- It is a 31 minute journey to Ballantyne Cruise Terminal.
By car/taxi from Canada Place:
- It is a 5 minute journey to downtown Vancouver
- It is a 22 minute journey to Vancouver International Airport
- It is a 6 minute journey to Ballantyne Cruise Terminal.
By train from Canada Place:
- It is a 9 minute journey to downtown Vancouver (with services every 4 minutes)
- It is a 31 minute journey to Vancouver International Airport (with services every 7 minutes).
- Currency - the currency in Montréal is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Coins come in 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1, and $2 denominations. Notes come in $5, $10, $20,$50, and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Montréal uses Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings is in affect between March and October – in this time the city is only four hours behind UTC.
- Weather – Montréal has a semi-continental climate, with distinct separation between the icy winters, the warm summers and the mild springs and autumns. Montréal is coldest in December with an average temperature of -5.6°C and is warmest in July with an average temperature of 22.3°C.
- Stanley Park: Located on the large peninsular that separates Vancouver Harbour and English Bay, Stanley Park is 404-hectares of coastal walls, beaches, lagoons and temperate rainforest. Cycle the ring road that skirts the perimeter and you’ll see why Stanley Park was named the best park in the world by TripAdvisor in 2014.
- Vancouver Aquarium: Located in Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium is a vast water complex that is home to over nine thousand marine animals including sharks, beluga whales and wolf eels. There are also habitats for land-based creatures, including the incredibly popular, slow moving sloths.
- Grouse Mountain: Just fifteen minutes outside of downtown Vancouver, Grouse Mountain is a perfect introduction to all that’s available in Canada’s alpine regions. Try your hand at skiing, snowboarding, skating, sledding and snowshoeing in winter. During summer, enjoy mountain ziplines, walking trails and paragliding. Free shuttle services run from Canada Place.
- Britannia Mine Museum: Located 45 minutes north of Vancouver along Horseshoe Bay, Britannia Mine Museum is a National Historic Site that celebrates Canada’s mining heritage. The Britannia copper mine ceased operations in the 1970s but the site is still a hive of activity – there are a number of fascinating exhibits and displays to explore. An original mine train is available to take guests through the underground tunnels and deep into the heart of the mine.