About Vancouver

Facts About Vancouver

At any time of the year, Vancouver is sure to surprise and delight. Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia with over half a million residents and more than 2.1 Million people in metropolitan area. It has one of the mildest climates in Canada. Vancouver, home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling metropolitan core, is well known as an urban centre surrounded by nature, making tourism its second largest industry.


It also is the third largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the nickname Hollywood North.Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide "livable city" rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments. It has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 miles) north of the city.


Vancouver's climate is temperate by Canadian standards. Winters in Greater Vancouver are among the mildest of Canadian cities. While it often rains in December, on average, only 4.5 days a year have temperatures staying below freezing. It is said that Vancouverites "tamed the snow to remain on the nearby mountains."


Transportation around the City

Vancouver boasts a variety of transporation options, including light rail (Skytrain), busses, ferries (Seabus), Taxis, and Car Rental agencies. Please note that the Skytrain system provides an easy connection from the Airport to downtown Vancouver and more.

Taxi service: The estimated taxi rate from the Vancouver International Airport to Downtown is around $25~$30 CAD.

Car rental: There are many local and international car rental companies and agencies available on-site at the airport or downtown, for instance, Hertz, AVIS, Budget, National, etc.

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