Maps, neigh­bour­hoods, get­ting around and phone num­bers

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CAM­BIE VIL­LAGE This busy, eclec­tic area has ev­ery­thing from Nat Bai­ley Sta­dium, home of the Van­cou­ver Cana­di­ans base­ball team, to the Bloedel Con­ser­va­tory, a lush trop­i­cal biodome with hun­dreds of ex­otic plants and birds. Get nos­tal­gic at the sin­gle-screen Park Theatre or laugh the night away at Yuk Yuk’s Com­edy Club. Just across the Cam­bie Street Bridge from the down­town core, with three SkyTrain sta­tions for easy ac­cess.­bievil­ map 4: D4/e4

CHI­NA­TOWN The Mil­len­nium Gate marks the en­trance to Canada’s largest Chi­na­town. Cana­dian-Chi­nese memo­ri­als, tra­di­tional herbal­ists and sou­venir shops min­gle with trendy fu­sion food and edgy nightlife. This neigh­bour­hood is also home to the world’s nar­row­est com­mer­cial build­ing, the Sam Kee Build­ing, just 1.8 m (6 ft) wide at its base. Sam­ple a tra­di­tional dim sum brunch or ar­ti­sanal cock­tails, then stroll through the tran­quil Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Clas­si­cal Chi­nese Gar­den for a mo­ment of in­tro­spec­tion. www.van­cou­ver-chi­na­ map 1

COAL HAR­BOUR A ma­rina-side oa­sis of calm amid the bus­tle of down­town, this area is paved with sea­wall paths and filled with the sort of glit­ter­ing res­i­den­tial tow­ers that gave Van­cou­ver the nick­name City of Glass. Jog­gers and cy­clists breeze past lux­ury cruise ships and sea­side restau­rants. Go flight­see­ing in a float­plane and soar above the Olympic Caul­dron, or get the 4D vir­tual tour with Fly­Over Canada. map 1

COM­MER­CIAL DRIVE Lo­cals re­fer to this vi­brant strip of in­de­pen­dent eater­ies, cafes, bars and spe­cialty

shops as The Drive. Her­itage build­ings and gen­er­a­tions-old fam­ily busi­nesses thrive along­side a lively coun­ter­cul­ture scene. Knock back an Ital­ian espresso, fill up on or­ganic fare, then meet lo­cal po­ets and per­form­ers at an open-mic night. Cor­ner­stones of the com­mu­nity in­clude The Cultch Theatre and dogfriendly Trout Lake. map 4: D4/e4

DOWN­TOWN This is the cos­mopoli­tan and com­mer­cial heart of the city, with count­less shops of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from sou­venirs to de­signer fash­ions. Spend the af­ter­noon at the colos­sal Van­cou­ver Pub­lic Li­brary, get awestruck at the his­toric Or­pheum Theatre (home of the Van­cou­ver Sym­phony Or­ches­tra) or the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery, and re­lax with 360-de­gree views of the city lights at the Van­cou­ver Look­out. Keep the party go­ing late into the night at one of the lively bars and night­clubs on Granville Street. www.down­town­van­cou­ map 1

GASTOWN Her­itage meets hip in the old­est part of the city, a Na­tional His­toric Site. Explore the cob­bled streets and grand late-Vic­to­rian build­ings, filled with de­signer fash­ions, Na­tive art, up­scale home­wares, Cana­di­ana sou­venirs, and enough restau­rants and bars to sat­isfy ev­ery ap­petite. Watch the iconic Gastown Steam Clock in ac­tion, and tip your cap to a statue of the neigh­bour­hood's found­ing fa­ther, “Gassy Jack” Deighton, at Maple Tree Square. map 1

GRANVILLE IS­LAND The penin­sula be­neath the Granville Street Bridge may not be a true is­land, but it sure feels like it, es­pe­cially when reached by mini ferry from down­town. Colour­ful, re­fur­bished in­dus­trial build­ings house artists, crafts­peo­ple and per­form­ers, while the still-ac­tive ce­ment si­los host the “Gi­ants,” a mas­sive pub­lic art in­stal­la­tion by graf­fiti artists OSGEMEOS. Find fresh pro­duce, seafood and hand­made gifts at the Pub­lic Mar­ket,

catch a live show af­ter a visit to the brew­ery, or sit back and watch children en­joy the Kids Mar­ket and wa­ter­park. Map 6

KERRISDALE This fash­ion­able shop­ping district sat­is­fies con­sumer crav­ings with half the hustle and bus­tle of the city. More than 200 stores and ser­vices—in­clud­ing restau­rants, bou­tiques and gift shops—make it easy for visi­tors of all ages to find what they’re look­ing for. Browse books, an­tiques, cam­eras or cou­ture for ba­bies and pam­pered pups be­fore tak­ing a latte break in one of the nearby parks. www.ker­ris­dalevil­ Map 4: E3

KIT­SI­LANO Usu­ally short­ened to Kits, this neigh­bour­hood on the south shore of English Bay is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for fans of out­door re­cre­ation and nat­u­ral well­ness. Cafes, healthy restau­rants, gyms and yoga stu­dios thrive along tree-lined streets. Swim, sun­bathe or play ten­nis at renowned Kits Beach, then fly a kite in Vanier Park, where the Mu­seum of Van­cou­ver, Van­cou­ver Mar­itime Mu­seum and H.R. MacMil­lan Space Cen­tre await.­west­ Map 4: D2/D3

MAIN STREET Step off the SkyTrain and into a trea­sure trove of in­de­pen­dent shops, craft brew­eries and eclec­tic din­ing in this char­ac­ter-filled neigh­bour­hood, known as one of North Amer­ica’s coolest streets. Fill your bags with con­sign­ment-store gems, explore the Van­cou­ver Mu­ral Fes­ti­val’s legacy in brightly painted al­leys or spend the af­ter­noon at Guelph Park, af­fec­tion­ately known as Dude Chill­ing Park. Kids— and in­quis­i­tive adults—love Sci­ence World, housed in an iconic ge­o­desic dome. www.mount­pleas­ant­ Map 4: D4/E4

NORTH VAN­COU­VER This pic­turesque city draws lo­cals and tourists alike for out­door ad­ven­tures on the beau­ti­ful Coast Moun­tains range. Capilano Sus­pen­sion Bridge, Lynn Canyon and Grouse Moun­tain—in­clud­ing the Grouse Grind, also known as “Mother Na­ture’s StairMaster”—are just a few of the area’s best-known at­trac­tions. Af­ter a day of sea kayak­ing, ski­ing, hik­ing or moun­tain bik­ing, visit the Lons­dale Quay Mar­ket for snacks, shop­ping and sou­venirs. www. van­cou­ver­ Map 4

OLYMPIC VIL­LAGE A shin­ing me­mento of the 2010 Win­ter Games, these wa-

ter­front con­dos and town­houses—right next door to Sci­ence World, a sou­venir from the 1986 World Expo—once housed ath­letes and Olympic of­fi­cials. De­signed to be one of the world’s most sus­tain­able neigh­bour­hoods, this area is also burst­ing with su­perb photo ops and an ever-grow­ing col­lec­tion of des­ti­na­tion restau­rants, brew­pubs and shops. Go kayak­ing in False Creek, then en­joy a live show at the BMO Theatre Cen­tre. Map 1

POINT GREY/WEST SIDE Old­town char­ac­ter meets new-stu­dent vi­tal­ity in this area, where spe­cialty shops, cafes, restau­rants and fash­ion bou­tiques in the vil­lage point the way to the Univer­sity of Bri­tish Columbia. Beaches stretch below the north­west cam­pus cliffs, in­clud­ing Wreck Beach, the only nude sand in the city. Dis­cover mon­u­men­tal First Na­tions ar­ti­facts at the Mu­seum of An­thro­pol­ogy, find peace at the UBC Botan­i­cal Gar­den and Ni­tobe Me­mo­rial Gar­den, then hike, bike or even ride a horse through Pa­cific Spirit Park. www.point­greyvil­ Map 4: D1/D2

RICHMOND/STEVESTON Famed for its vi­brant Asian com­mu­nity and plen­ti­ful shop­ping—in­clud­ing the big­gest sum­mer night mar­ket in North Amer­ica—Richmond also of­fers some of the most di­verse din­ing op­tions in Metro Van­cou­ver. Skate at the Olympic Oval, splash down the slides at Water­ma­nia and feast on dim sum, hot pot or fu­sion fare be­fore head­ing over to charm­ing water­front vil­lage Steveston, where the Gulf of Ge­or­gia Can­nery Na­tional His­toric Site bears tes­ta­ment to what was once the largest fish­ing port and can­nery on the West Coast. www.tourism­rich­ Map 3

ROB­SON STREET Van­cou­ver’s fa­mous shop­ping street stretches from BC Place Sta­dium to the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery and through to Stan­ley Park, with most of the shops and restau­rants con­cen­trated be­tween Granville and Bute streets. Brand-name stores rub shoul­ders with one-of-a-kind bou­tiques, eater­ies and cafes. Most shops stay open late, so there’s plenty of time to hit all of the im­mense flag­ship lo­ca­tions of Lu­l­ule­mon, Sephora, L’Oc­c­i­tane and Vic­to­ria’s Se­cret. www.rob­son­ Map 1

SOUTH GRANVILLE This area is home to Gallery Row, the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of fine art gal­leries in Van­cou­ver.

It also fea­tures a gen­er­ous sam­pling of an­tiques shops, din­ing des­ti­na­tions, home decor stores and high-end fash­ions by both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers. Browse the aisles at the enor­mous Indigo book­store, sip a spe­cialty latte, and take in a show at the land­mark Stan­ley In­dus­trial Al­liance Stage. Map 1

SQUAMISH Of­ten re­ferred to as the out­door re­cre­ation cap­i­tal of Canada, this en­er­getic com­mu­nity of­fers moun­tain bik­ing, kayak­ing, golf, hik­ing, snow­shoe­ing and more. Watch ex­pe­ri­enced rock climbers scale the sec­ond-largest gran­ite mono­lith (a sin­gle sheet of stone) in the world at Stawa­mus Chief Pro­vin­cial Park, then ride the Sea to Sky Gondola for spec­tac­u­lar views. Nearby Brackendale is home to North Amer­ica’s high­est con­cen­tra­tion of bald ea­gles (Dec-Feb). www.ex­ Map 2: B8

WEST END A dy­namic mix of nat­u­ral beauty and nightlife, this neigh­bour­hood is home to both Stan­ley Park— named one of the best ur­ban parks in the world by Condé Nast Trav­eler—and Davie Vil­lage, the hub of Van­cou­ver’s vi­brant LGBTQ+ com­mu­nity. Grab some­thing de­li­cious from a charm­ing cafe or restau­rant on Den­man Street and watch the sun set over English Bay. In the sum­mer, en­joy out­door movie screen­ings, the Honda Cel­e­bra­tion of Light fire­works dis­play and Van­cou­ver Pride Fes­ti­val, the big­gest in West­ern Canada. www.wes­t­end­ Map 1

WEST VAN­COU­VER This up­scale neigh­bour­hood of­fers world-class shop­ping and an abun­dance of stun­ning parks and beaches. Visit Am­ble­side Park for panoramic views of Van­cou­ver and Stan­ley Park, gaze up at enor­mous first-growth trees in Light­house Park or shop till you drop at Park Royal shop­ping cen­tre, with over 275 brand-name stores, ser­vices and eater­ies. On the city’s west­ern edge, pic­turesque Horse­shoe Bay is a de­par­ture point for fer­ries to Bowen Is­land, Van­cou­ver Is­land and the Sun­shine Coast. www. van­cou­ver­ Map 4

WHISTLER The of­fi­cial moun­tain venue of the 2010 Olympic Win­ter Games is known as one of the world’s best year­round des­ti­na­tion re­sorts. Ski or snow­board at over 200 runs on Whistler and Black­comb moun­tains, or, dur­ing the warmer months, go moun­tain bik­ing or take a swing at a world-class golf course. Ride the Peak 2 Peak Gondola— the high­est and long­est lift of its kind in the world—then savour the après scene in the Vil­lage, which ranges from pa­tio beers to craft cock­tails to danc­ing the night away. Map 2: A8

YALETOWN This for­mer in­dus­trial area has un­der­gone a re­nais­sance to epit­o­mize ur­ban cool. Keep com­pany with the city’s up­wardly mo­bile at the gal­leries, bou­tiques, spas and cafes that thrive along these condo-lined streets. With count­less eater­ies and trendy bars—and more pa­tios than any­where else in the city—there’s al­ways some­thing hap­pen­ing. Stop by the Round­house Com­mu­nity Cen­tre for art, live per­for­mances and a taste of Cana­dian rail­way his­tory, or re­lax at David Lam Park, one of the sites of the TD Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val. www.yale­town­ Map 1


HOL­I­DAYS On the fol­low­ing dates, busi­nesses in BC may be closed or have re­duced hours. Vic­to­ria Day: May 21, 2018 Canada Day: July 1, 2018 BC Day: Aug. 6, 2018 Labour Day: Sep. 3, 2018 Thanks­giv­ing: Oct. 8, 2018 Re­mem­brance Day: Nov. 11, 2018 Christ­mas Eve: Dec. 24, 2018 Christ­mas: Dec. 25, 2018 Box­ing Day: Dec. 26, 2018 New Year’s Eve: Dec. 31, 2018 New Year’s Day: Jan. 1, 2019 Fam­ily Day: Feb. 18, 2019 Good Friday: Apr. 19, 2019 Easter Sunday: Apr. 21, 2019 Easter Monday: Apr. 22, 2019

TIP­PING In Canada, tip­ping for good ser­vice is cus­tom­ary in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions. Restau­rant Server: 15% to 20% of the to­tal bill, be­fore taxes. If you’re din­ing with a group, the restau­rant may add a gra­tu­ity of 18% or more. Bar­tender: 10% to 20% of the to­tal bill, be­fore taxes. Hair­dresser/Aes­theti­cian: 10% to 15% of the to­tal. Park­ing Valet: $2 to $5. Taxi/Limo Driver: 10% to 15% of fare. Tour Guide: 10% to 15% of the to­tal. Concierge: At your dis­cre­tion. Porter: $1 to $2 per bag. House­keeper: $2 or more per day, paid daily. Ho­tel Door­man: $2 to $5.

DRINK­ING The le­gal drink­ing age in Bri­tish Columbia is 19. Bars, restau­rants and liquor stores may ask to see a govern­ment-is­sued piece of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion as proof of your age be­fore sell­ing you al­co­hol.

MONEY Some re­tail­ers ac­cept US cash, but change is al­ways given in Cana­dian cur­rency. Most re­tail pur­chases are sub­ject to a 7% Pro­vin­cial Sales Tax (PST) as well as a 5% fed­eral Goods and Ser­vices Tax (GST). Liquor is an ex­cep­tion, and is taxed at 10%. Canada no longer uses the one-cent coin (penny), so cash pur­chases are rounded up or down to the clos­est five cents.

SMOK­ING Smok­ing is not per­mit­ted in stores, restau­rants, bars, parks, beaches or the sea­wall. Most build­ings do not al­low smok­ing near their front doors. Those caught smok­ing in a smoke-free area risk a fine.


AROuND VAN­cOu­VER bY TAxI In Van­cou­ver, all cabs are me­tered so there is no need to ne­go­ti­ate a fare. Rates do not in­clude gra­tu­ities. When trav­el­ling from Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port into the city, taxis charge a flat fee based on zone. Wheelchairac­ces­si­ble ve­hi­cles are avail­able; sim­ply ask for op­tions when book­ing.

AROuND VAN­cOu­VER bY TRAN­SIT Bus routes con­nect with the three SkyTrain rapid tran­sit lines and SeaBus pas­sen­ger fer­ries, all part of Tran­sLink’s trans­porta­tion net­work. Tran­sLink’s reload­able Com­pass card is avail­able for pur­chase at vend­ing ma­chines, tran­sit sta­tions and ter­mi­nals, as well as many drug­stores and con­ve­nience stores. Load a sin­gle fare, monthly pass or pre­paid bal­ance. Pay your fare by “tap­ping in,” and “tap out” (ex­cept on buses) when you exit to avoid over­charg­ing. An ad­di­tional, pay-by-phone sys­tem is sched­uled to launch in sum­mer 2018. Fare evaders risk a hefty fine. When trav­el­ling on the SkyTrain from Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Air­port into the city, a $5 sur­charge is added to the stan­dard fare. All buses can carry a lim­ited num­ber of bi­cy­cles, and most routes are wheel­chair-lift equipped. Visit the Tran­sLink web­site at www.tran­ for in­for­ma­tion on ac­ces­si­ble tran­sit, in­clud­ing HandyDART’s door-to-door ser­vice. Text the stop num­ber to 333-33 to re­ceive times for the next six buses. Foot-pas­sen­ger fer­ries to Granville Is­land, down­town and around False Creek are op­er­ated by Aquabus and False Creek Fer­ries. Smok­ing is not per­mit­ted on pub­lic trans­port.

AROuND VAN­cOu­VER bY bI­cY­cLE Cy­cle-friendly Van­cou­ver has a large net­work of traf­fic-calmed bike paths and ded­i­cated bike lanes. Use these des­ig­nated routes when avail­able or ride on the road. Bikes are not per­mit­ted on side­walks. Cy­clists are re­quired by law to wear hel­mets, and bi­cy­cles must be equipped with a bell. Theft is com­mon, so se­curely lock your bi­cy­cle. Cy­clists can take their wheels on Tran­sLink’s bike-rack-equipped buses, the SkyTrain and SeaBus, as well as some Aquabus Fer­ries. Rent a ride from one of many bi­cy­cle rental shops, in­clud­ing sev­eral on Den­man Street near Stan­ley Park. A bike-shar­ing pro­gram is op­er­ated by Mobi.

AROuND VAN­cOu­VER bY cAR A ve­hi­cle isn’t re­quired to nav­i­gate the city cen­tre—es­pe­cially when con­sid­er­ing traf­fic and park­ing chal­lenges—but it is con­ve­nient when trav­el­ling to des­ti­na­tions beyond. Note that the posted speed lim­its are in kilo­me­tres, not miles. It is il­le­gal to drink and drive, and us­ing a hand­held elec­tronic de­vice while be­hind the wheel may re­sult in a fine. Seat­belts are manda­tory. Res­i­den­tial park­ing of­ten re­quires per­mits. The city hosts car-shar­ing ser­vice Car2Go, but you must be a mem­ber to hire a car. Rent a ve­hi­cle from one of the many rental agen­cies around the city and at YVR.

TO WHISTLER The route to Whistler fol­lows the Sea to Sky High­way, known for scenic views of Howe Sound. By car, the drive takes 1.5-2 hours de­pend­ing on traf­fic. Grey­hound and Pa­cific Coach buses also ser­vice the route, and take ap­prox­i­mately 2.5 hours. Snow­bus of­fers a win­ter-only ser­vice. Al­low ex­tra time for ad­verse road con­di­tions in win­ter. In sum­mer, Har­bour Air Sea­planes of­fers daily sched­uled flights.

TO VAN­cOu­VER IS­LAND & THE GuLF IS­LANDS Travel to Van­cou­ver Is­land and the Gulf Is­lands by ferry or sea­plane. BC Fer­ries departs from

Horse­shoe Bay and Tsawwassen, and con­nects with three main ferry ter­mi­nals on Van­cou­ver Is­land: one in Vic­to­ria and two in Nanaimo. The new V2V lux­ury ferry ser­vice links down­town Van­cou­ver with down­town Vic­to­ria, for foot pas­sen­gers only. Har­bour Air Sea­planes of­fers fre­quent float­plane ser­vice to Vic­to­ria, Nanaimo and the Gulf Is­lands. Heli­jet also has sched­uled he­li­copter ser­vice to Van­cou­ver Is­land.

TO THE OKANA­GAN Des­ti­na­tions in the Okana­gan Val­ley are ac­ces­si­ble by car, bus or flight. The trip takes four hours by car or five to six hours by bus. Flights to Pen­tic­ton and Kelowna take ap­prox­i­mately one hour. Buses de­part from Pa­cific Cen­tral Sta­tion, close to the Main Street SkyTrain sta­tion.

TO SEAT­TLE & PORT­LAND Reach over-the-bor­der des­ti­na­tions by car, bus, train or flight. The trip to Seat­tle takes three hours by car, 4.5 hours by bus, 3.5 hours by train and one hour by air. The trip to Port­land takes 5.5 hours by car, 8.5 hours by bus and train, and ap­prox­i­mately one hour by air. Pass­ports are re­quired to cross the bor­der. Note that Cana­dian cur­rency is rarely ac­cepted in the US.


BC FER­RiES VA­CA­TiONS CEN­TRE Plan your get­away to Vic­to­ria, the Gulf Is­lands, Haida Gwaii and other des­ti­na­tions. Book trips to BC Fer­ries’ 47 ports of call, from week­end ex­cur­sions to seven-day ad­ven­tures. Also find unique sou­venirs. Open daily. 1010 Canada Place. Toll-free 1-888-BCFERRY (2233779). www.bc­fer­ries­va­ca­ Map 1: B6

TOURiSM RiCHMOND Info on lo­cal at­trac­tions, ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­porta­tion, tours, shop­ping and din­ing. Maps and BC Parks guides. Bus and ferry sched­ules, too. Open daily. 3811 Monc­ton St. 604-2718280. www.vis­itrich­ X Map 3:E2

TOURiSM VAN­COU­VER Info on lo­cal ho­tels, trans­porta­tion, din­ing, sight­see­ing tours, ac­tiv­i­ties and events. Find reser­va­tion ser­vices, maps, dis­counted tick­ets to many of Van­cou­ver’s at­trac­tions, and travel re­sources for Van­cou­ver and all of BC. Buy theatre and event tick­ets at the Tick­ets Tonight counter. Open daily. 604-683-2000. Plaza level, 200 Bur­rard St. www. touris­m­van­cou­ X Map 1: B6

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