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Situated in a beautiful setting between mountains and sea, it is one of the most attractive and photogenic cities in the world. A recently founded city, Vancouver has the feel of a large metropolis with the relaxed atmosphere typical of a small village.
Vancouver, the cultural and commercial centre of the West Coast, is also the departure point for exploring the magnificent scenery of the islands and fjords along the Pacific Coast. The heart of the city is located on the small peninsula between Burrard Inlet and False Creek. This is the site of both the old districts of Gastown and Chinatown and the Spectacular Canadian Pavilion, built for Expo '86. The complex is now home to a hotel and conference centre. The 18th century Gastown District is a wonderful mix of paved roads and 19th century public offices, restaurants and shops. An interesting Steam Clock, dating back to 1870 is located in Long Water St. The steam makes the clock' s siren sound every 15 minutes. Gastown finishes without any precise indication as it proceeds east towards Chinatown; a district of little interest from a tourist point of view, but nevertheless original. The district is full of highly colourful wooden balconies and shop signs.
Robson St is the main road, which crosses the entire area of Downtown Vancouver and upon meeting Howe Street and Hornby Street, forms Robson Square. The Square is the site of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which houses an important collection of Canadian art and the largest collection of the works of the artist Emily Carr. The Downtown Vancouver Peninsula widens out and finishes at the site of Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world . The park is almost completely surrounded by ocean and is the site of Vancouver Aquarium. Vancouver's public transport system comprises, bus, tram( trolleys) and city train (Skytrain) services. The skytrain has four underground stops and a monorail service which runs through the suburbs. Fare prices depend on the zones. There is also a ferry service, operated by Aquabus, which links the two banks of False Creek.
Hotels and lodgingEdit
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The largest part of the city of Vancouver stretches to the south of False Creek. The westernmost part of this vast area looks out over the Straits of Georgia and is the site of the University of British Columbia, the largest university in the province which is also responsible for operating numerous other cultural institutions including the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Founded in 1947, this museum houses a fine collection of indigenous modern, which includes totem poles, jewellery, statues and the work of Bill Reid, a sculpture, originally from Haida ( the original name of the nation now called (Queen Charlotte Islands)
The visitor should not miss Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden, a reconstruction of a Suzhou private garden during the Ming dynasty. One of the city's most well known monuments, Science World is situated south of Gastown, on the banks of False creek. The monument is a large 47 metre-high dome and houses the Vancouver Science Museum. The enormous BC Place Stadium, the world's largest inflatable dome is situated nearby.
Indoor Attractions Edit
While it is often raining in Vancouver, there are many indoor activities for families and kids to take advantage of all over Greater Vancouver:
- 6Pack Indoor Beach Centre has 5 full sized sand volleyball courts in the 18,000 sqft facility and is the only indoor beach facility in Western Canada. You can enjoy summer activities all year round indoors. Amenities include full showers, foot wash station, BBQ grills, meeting rooms and decorative themed lighting.
- Adventure Zone is a multi-level play structure and giant ball pit located on Granville Island inside of the Kids Market. Next to it is a retro arcade area.
- Go Bananas offers a multi-level play structure and concession stand with locations in North Vancouver, Richmond and Langley.
- Kidtropolis offers many indoor activities for kids inside its indoor playground, which is built like a mini city. Kids are encouraged to play as pretend working citizens in a city using their imaginations. As a popular kids birthday party venue, it has 8 party rooms available for bookings and a cafe with food services. In addition to the miniature town, there is also an indoor play structure with slides and lookout tower.
- Kerrisdale Play Palace offers affordable play activities like various bouncy castle structures, plasma car driving, basketball and ping pong. It is located within a skating arena in the Kerrisdale neighbourhood and is only open from April to August, while the skating rink is not filled with ice.
- Science World is a science museum located on the outskirts of downtown Vancouver and offers many permanent and featured exhibits that caters to a wide range of visitors mainly from infants to teenagers, although there is something for everyone. IMAX films can be seen inside of its OMNIMAX theatre, inside of the iconic geodesic dome.
Maps and transportationEdit
Getting to VancouverEdit
Visitors come and go from Vancouver through a wide range of ways including:
- Cruise boat via the Port of Vancouver at Canada Place
- Plane via Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
- Ferry via BC Ferries
Taxi Companies Edit
- Maclure's - (604) 831-1111
- Vancouver Taxi - (604) 871-1111
- Yellow Cab - (604) 681-1111
Limousine Companies Edit
- Limojet Gold (604) 273-1331
- KJ Limousine Services (604) 377-1618
- VanCity Limos (778) 654-5699
- Quest Limousine - (604) 600-3180
- RichCity Limo - (604) 265-5288
- Silver Lady Limo - (604) 520-2222
- Paramount Limousine - (604) 734-5466
Practical information and resources Edit
- Currency : Canadian dollar Electric supply: 110 volts
- Climate : The Rocky Mountains and the warm currents from the Japan sea, protect Vancouver from the harsh Canadian winters. The city enjoys one of the mildest climates of Canada's main cities. There is however abundant rainfall even in July and August. December and January are the coldest months and the only months in which it is possible to experience heavy snowfalls
- Language : English and French (however French speakers are rare. Usually they are students who attended a French emersion school)
- Opening hours : Shops are open all day from Monday to Saturday from 9:30am to 6pm and from 12 to 5pm on Sundays. Banks are open from Monday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm and from 10am to 6pm on Friday. Many of the major banks are also open on Saturday mornings.
- Telephones : To dial to Canada dial 001 followed by the area code and the private number. The code for Vancouver is 604. To call Italy dial 00139, followed by the area code and the private number.
Vancouver offers a varied choice of night-life. A list of evening entertainment is available in The Georgia Straight newspaper and the Thursday edition of the Vancouver Sun. Gastown, Yaletown and the area around Granville Street are the liveliest areas of the city during the evening. In most clubs alcohol is served until 2:30 and it is forbidden to drink alcohol under the age of 19. Vancouver has a vast choice of restaurants, both local and foreign, with the local cuisine being based above-all on the local speciality of salmon and oysters
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