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  • When anyone asks me about Vancouver I can honestly hand on my heart say, it's one

  • of the best places I have ever ever visited.

  • Why?

  • Quite literally, the atmosphere. Vancouver's clean air is thanks to it's really close

  • connection to nature. There are mountains and forests surrounding the City, and the

  • pacific ocean is right on the cities door step. Here the great outdoors isn't just

  • a place, it's a way of life. But it's a modern City waiting to be discovered as

  • well. So in this guide we're going to help you make the most of it! We're going to

  • look at food, money, transport, and a whole lot more, but first let's get from the airport.

  • Vancouver International airport is less than 10 miles from Downtown area, and is Canada's

  • second busiest airport, after Toronto Pearson International.

  • Getting between the airport and the City Centre is relatively straightforward – a 20 minute

  • taxi ride will cost around $45.

  • Another way into the City is the SkyTrainit's a bit like London's DLR with driverless

  • carriages, you take the Canada line for half an hour or so, and it costs around $7.

  • Vancouver has an extensive public transport network, as well as being a really easy place

  • to dive. Here's what you need to know:

  • Now it's not often that we can tell someone to drive a car through a major City, but in

  • Vancouver drive away until your hearts content! We hired a car and cannot recommend it enough.

  • Thanks to the Cities grid system, wide roads with plenty of easy understood signs and generally

  • well tempered drivers - driving was an absolute doddle! There's ample parking wherever you

  • go, even at the busy tourist hotspots, not to mention fuel is cheap, and traffic generally

  • wasn't too bad in our experince.

  • As for public transport, you've got buses,the sky train, and the Seabus which that takes

  • you across the harbour from Lonsdale Quay to Waterfront station.

  • All 3 share the same tickets across Vancouver's 3 zone public transport network. Single tickets

  • will vary in price depending on how many zones you're travelling across. However to make

  • things easier, just enter your destination into the ticket machine, and it'll work

  • out the Zones for you. A single gives you 90minuets of unlimited

  • journeys from the moment you tap in. There are also 24 hour unlimited travel cards, which

  • cost $10 or $15 if you include a journey to the airport.

  • Navigating the City was easy thanks to Google Maps and Citymapper, my tip though? Just make

  • sure your phones got enough data, check with your provider before you leave!

  • There's loads of things to see and do in Vancouver. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Like most things in North America Stanley Park is MASSIVE, it's absolutely huge. Think

  • Hyde Park on steroids! It's also a great place for the locals to go and chill out,

  • either roller blading, cycling, or just sitting under those big trees. It's also a place

  • to spot some wildlife! While we were there we saw a seal in the harbour, some black squirrels,

  • and some bin diving racoons! Which the locals loving refer too as Trash Pandas!

  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is a taste of traditional China, right in North

  • America. Built as a way to promote the understanding between Chinese and western cultures, it's

  • open all year round, and for more information there's a ink in the description.

  • Liked Gas Town a lot, and it would seem like a lotta other people did too. So expect plenty

  • of touristy parts, that being said there's a great atmosphere with great places to eat,

  • great shops, and generally plenty of things going on. A bit like London's Covent Garden!

  • Can't get to Banff, well about 5 miles out North of Downtown Vancouver lies the Capitano

  • Suspension bridge,and a whole lot more! There are tree top walks, animal demonstrations,

  • cliff walks, and really really good coffee! This by far was one of my favourite things

  • to do in the City, but its defiantly not one for the with a fear of heights!

  • My top tip, get there early, because it really does get busy!

  • I can't go anywhere with these guides, without commenting on the food, and Vancouver didn't

  • disappoint - Especially at Granville Market. There's everything from Sushi - which is

  • probably the best I've had outside of Japan, organic burgers, artisanal chocolates, all

  • sorts of baked goods, and off course there's Maple Syrup, plus fresh produce.

  • And our friends at Foodie Tours, recommended Lee's honey dipped donuts. so of course

  • we had to take them up on the recommendation. Not the healthiest option I know, but why

  • not? They're really soft already, I can tell you that much! Just look at that! Look!

  • Lovely sugary goodness! It's going to make a right mess! So I'm just going to.. I'm

  • going to do, I'm going to make a right mess! Sorry! I'm doing it!

  • That's really good! That's really fluffy! I'm going to need another one, can I have

  • some more petty cash? I need some more donuts!

  • The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. which is completely different and seperate

  • to the neighbouring US Dollar. Now the thing i like most about Canadian money is they've

  • done away with the penny and rounded everything up to the nearest 5 cents. Meaning you don't

  • end up with pockets full of shrapnel at the end of the holiday.

  • Now you might find the locals talking about a loony, don't worry it's not an insult

  • it's the nick name for the one Dollar coin, which has the bird on it, the common Loon.

  • Another one to listen out for is the 2 Dollar coin the Towney!

  • Major credit and debit cards are accepted here, but you will want to be careful of additional

  • charges depending on your card, or account type. For what it's worth I've been using

  • my MasterCard debit card absolutely fine. It's fair to say that Canadians pride themselves

  • on being friendly and giving a good service. So when it comes to tipping badly, or not

  • even at all, say in a restaurant you're basically just being really insulting. A general

  • rule of thumb is a good 10 -15% for great service.

  • It's also worth noting that when you see the jar on the till, that's not expected

  • in the slightest, anyway here's a breakdown of some of our costs during our stay:

  • - Book a few months in advance and turn flights from London can be had for around £400 per

  • person. - We rented a 4 bedroom house in central Vancouver

  • for £290 per night. - This burger was $15.99.

  • - My amazing donut was $1. - And our fancy premium car was $56 a day

  • for 3 drivers

  • Vancouver has what you could call traditional seasons meaning you can expect long hot summers,

  • and very cold winters. Being on the sea expect costal breezes in Vancouver all year around,

  • though it's quite reasonable to walking around in shorts and a t-shirt through the

  • warmer months, and then layered right up through the snowy winters.

  • If you're after asking and snow then obviously winter is your best bet, in the autumn Stanley

  • Park is beautiful, infant Canada is generally beautiful in the autumn. Especially as the

  • leaves start turning around October. The autumn months are the best time for hiking for the

  • cooler weather, Grouse Mountain lies North of Vancouver, which is well worth the 1,200

  • meter trek to get a stunning view of the City. Of course the best weather is from May to

  • September, during the spring and summer months.

  • So that's it from our time in Vancouver, what a spectacular place it's been as well.I

  • mean what other major City on the planet can you expect to find forests, mountains, and

  • the pacific Ocean, right on your doorstep.

  • We've got loads of exciting travel guides coming up, so be sure to subscribe, and if

  • you've got anywhere you'd like us to feature, let us know in the comments.

When anyone asks me about Vancouver I can honestly hand on my heart say, it's one

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