As the largest city in British Columbia, Vancouver is well-known as a hub for the resource based sectors of forestry, fishing and minerals. New Zealand companies with products and services in the food & beverage, infrastructure, apparel, marine and digital creative sectors have also prospered in this market. Known also as ‘Hollywood North’, Vancouver is used often as a backdrop for movies and TV shows. All of the major Hollywood studios have a presence here on account of British Columbia’s tax incentives and the favourable USD-CAD exchange rate.

COFFEE & KAI

FOR COFFEE

FOR LUNCH AND DINNER

NIGHT SPOTS

COOL HUNTING

  • Bike the flat paved 10km pathway around STANLEY PARK. Circle the entire park for amazing views of the North Shore mountains and Lion’s Gate Bridge. The park has some great places to stop and relax on the way such as the rose garden, Vancouver Rowing Club and a few eateries too. HIRE BIKES from the entrance of Stanley Park along Denman St. between Davie and West Georgia Streets.
  • GROUSE MOUNTAIN is 25mins drive North of the city with a few fun options for a half day out. Bring your runners and hike the GROUSE GRIND’S challenging 2.9km trail up the face of Grouse Mountain. Amazing and beautiful trail referred to as Mother Nature’s stairmaster.
  • For more outdoor pursuits go paddle boarding in DEEP COVE or skiing on CYPRESS MOUNTAIN. Vancouver ski and snowboard season runs from December to April.
  • CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE 15mins drive downtown the bridge spans 140m across Capilano Canyon. Lots to see and do with the best and most scenic activities the suspension bridge itself, the cliff walk and treetops adventure. Not for those with vertigo!
  • For the ultimate Canadian sporting experience check out a VANCOUVER CANADIANS baseball game at Nat Bailey Stadium. Alternatively the VANCOUVER CANUCKS for ice hockey at Rogers Arena.
  • If you have a weekend drive out to WHISTLER. Very ‘Queenstown’ with a vibrant village on the doorstep of mountains for ski and snowboarding. Rent bikes and explore the lakes.
  • For more information on local events, activities and experiences check VANCOUVER TOURISM and this great guide from FODOR’S TRAVEL.

GETTING AROUND

THE BASICS

  • Vancouverites broadly split their city into three – the Westside, the Eastside (or ‘East Van’) and the city centre. Generally west of Ontario St is the Westside and everything east is East Vancouver. North of False Creek is the city centre. Just avoid East Hasting St. as the more sketchy part of town.
  • Taxis from Vancouver Airport to downtown cost approximately $35 taking 20-45mins. There’s also a train service running between the airport and city. The CANADA LINE takes 30mins and services the airport to Yaletown-Roundhouse, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront – so check where you are staying for the closest station.
  • The central city is fairly compact and easy enough to navigate on foot. Local transit or short taxi rides make the rest accessible. Vancouver does not have Uber so taxis are the only way to go if public transport won’t get you where you need to go.
  • Unless you plan to travel out of town you won’t need a rental. If you do rent a car download the EASYPARK app if you get a rental and need to find parking lots around the city.

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