Tips to Travel to Vancouver

By Posted March 31, 2016

Tips to Travel to Vancouver

Vancouver is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America. It was recognized as the top city in Canada in Travel + Leisure magazine's 2014 World's Best Awards. The city was also named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards, and was chosen as the world's "Most Liveable City" in 2010 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a title it has been awarded eight times since 2002. vancouver canada by night Source:  

Why Vancouver is one of Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in British Columbia?

Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city's ocean side location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. While this sea-level port city is known for its mild atmosphere, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are ideal for winter sports views of the city twinkling below underneath. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it's possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon. Moreover, this is definitely an affordable Spring Break Spots.  

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Vancouver

stanley STANLEY PARK The views, the activities, and the natural wilderness beauty here are quintessential Vancouver.
granville GRANVILLE ISLAND The mini-ferry will take you across False Creek to the Granville Island Public Market where you can browse local foodstuffs; come at lunchtime and eat outside when the weather's good.
KITSILANO KITSILANO BEACHES Options range from beaches with grass-edged shores to windswept stretches of sand to cliff-side coves so private that clothing is optional.
museum   MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA The phenomenal collection of First Nations art and cultural artifacts, and the incredible backdrop, make this a must-see.

Flying to Vancouver

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a barrier-free North American airport that handles non-stop international flights daily to and from Europe, Asia, Oceania, the United States, and Mexico, and national flights within Canada. Due to its proximity to Asia, YVR is the major gateway between Canada and Asia, with more trans-Pacific flights than any other airport in Canada. For travelers from the United States, YVR is one of eight Canadian airports that have U.S. Border Preclearance facilities. International flights to and from YVR include:
  • Europe: Air Canada, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa Airlines
  • Asia/Pacific: Air China, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air Canada, China Airlines, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Qantas Airways
  • United States: American Airlines, Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines
Getting into town from the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is also easy: you can use the Canada Line rail system or you can hop in a cab. Taxis fares from the airport to downtown Vancouver cost roughly $34-36 CAD (about $31-33 USD). The airport is located about 6 miles southwest of the city center. If you've chosen to fly into the Seattle–Tacoma International Airport (SEA), you'll find plenty of car rental companies there, too. You can also take a shuttle from Sea-Tac to several locations in Vancouver: Round-trip tickets are $90 each. For more information regarding airlines to Vancouver, including airline reservations phone numbers, please visit “Airlines at YVR & Destinations” at For many travelers coming to Vancouver from the U.S. or abroad, flights into Seattle (SEA) or the Bellingham Airport (BLI)  may be cheaper and more convenient that flying into Vancouver directly.

Customs/Entry/Visa Requirements

International visitors must have a valid passport for entry into Canada. Visitors from many countries do not require a visa to visit Canada (for example, United States, Japan, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, among others). For a full listing of “Visa exempt travelers”, see However, citizens from some countries require a visa to visit Canada. For a listing of countries whose citizens require a visa, see Other important information for all visitors to Canada may be found at Please be sure to check with your nearest Canadian Embassy or Consulate well in advance of travel to obtain the appropriate documentation, as it may take several weeks or months for a visa application to be processed.

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