Vancouver British Columbia
Vancouver Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver, one of the world's most liveable cities, is a coastal city located in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada, 50 km north of the US border (Blaine, WA).
Metro Vancouver ranks as the third largest city in Canada with a population of 2,116,581 (2006). The city proper ranks eighth with a population of 578,000 (2006).
Outdoorsman will love the opportunities to fish, hike and camp. Athletes will love the proximity to downhill and cross-country ski facilities, the abundance of golf courses, watersports (scuba diving, sea kayaking, canoeing, swimming, white water rafting, windsurfing, jet skiing and boating), bike/rollerblade and running trails. Families will love the Kid Markets of Granville Island, Pacific National Exhibition, Playland, children's festivals, water parks, museums, whale-watching, Science World, walking across suspension bridges or going to the local music festivals.
How to Get Around Vancouver
The only major freeway within city limits is Highway 1, which passes through the north-eastern corner of the city.
Walking & Cycling: Three-quarters of residents who live and work in Vancouver's downtown peninsula actually walk to work. Cycling has become Vancouver's fastest growing mode of transportation. Vancouver has a city-wide network of bicycle lanes and routes, you can take your bike with you on the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express, and there are bike lockers available at transit stations.
Translink offers residents of the Greater Vancouver area the following services:
- Buses: From rapid transit buses to trolley buses and standard buses, 85% of Metro Vancouver residents have a bus stop within 400 metres of their home.
- Community Shuttles: Small minibuses that provide local area service and connections to the transit network.
- SkyTrain: Light rapid transit system from Surrey to downtown Vancouver.
- SeaBus: Ferry service from North Vancouver to downtown Vancouver.
- West Coast Express: Commuter rail service from Mission to downtown Vancouver.
Inter-city passenger rail service is operated from Pacific Central Station by VIA Rail to points east; Amtrak Cascades to Seattle; and Rocky Mountaineer rail tour routes. Small passenger ferries operating in False Creek provide commuter service to Granville Island, Downtown Vancouver and Kitsilano.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located just south of the city limits in the City of Richmond. HeliJet and float plane companies operate scheduled air service from Vancouver harbour and YVR south terminal. The city is also served by two BC Ferry terminals. One in the northwest at Horseshoe Bay (in West Vancouver), and the other to the south at Tsawwassen (in Delta).