A bustling city, surrounded by mountains, Vancouver is a top travel destination. Home to more than 650,000 people and visited by 10 million tourists each year, it’s a great location for a vacation, whirlwind weekend, or family adventure.
If you want to make the most of your trip, however, it’s good to plan ahead. With this in mind, take a look at these five things to know before you visit Vancouver:
Public Transport is the Best Way to Travel
The easiest (and cheapest) way to get around Vancouver is via public transport. The city has an impressive TransLink system that includes buses, SkyTrain, and the SeaBus ferry, which typically runs from 5 am until 1 am.
It’s tricky to find parking in Vancouver and, if you do find a spot, it’s usually expensive to leave your vehicle anywhere in the city. However, regular public transport routes make it easy to get around and you’ll find that many tourist attractions are within walking distance of each other too.
You’re Never Far from the Wilderness
Vancouver might be a busy, energetic city, but there are plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors too. Situated on the edge of the city, Stanley Park is the ultimate urban greenspace. Stretching over 400 hectares, you can hike in the forest, walk The Seawall and enjoy spectacular views over downtown Vancouver.
With beaches, lakes, restaurants, horse-drawn tours, waterparks, a miniature railway, and much, much more, it’s the perfect outdoor oasis to enjoy while you’re in Vancouver.