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Vancouver, a coastal seaport city in Canada, is set amid a backdrop of snow-flecked mountains, sandy beaches and a magnificent rain forest. It consistently ranks as one of the world's most livable cities, and is a dynamic, vibrant, cosmopolitan and multicultural metropolis - it is truly one of the most exciting, beautiful and intriguing cities in the world.
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City: 662,248 (2021 census)
Metropolitan area: 2,642,825 (2021 census)
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The city of Vancouver offers everything from stunning landscapes, superb restaurants, remarkable cultural diversity and some of the best sporting events in the world.
Like many dynamic cities, neighbourhoods define Vancouver: Gastown is a charming and historic area with cobblestone streets, small shops and intimate restaurants; Kitsilano is a casual and health conscious neighbourhood; Chinatown has traditional architecture and large open-air markets; and Robson Street is known for its fashionable boutique shopping and one-of-a-kind eateries.
It boasts 400 hectares of breathtaking scenery in Stanley Park, which has been designated a national historic site of Canada and attracts visitors and residents alike to enjoy the outdoors at its finest.
It is no wonder that Vancouver has been named one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world.
Vancouver is consistently recognized as one of the greenest cities in the world. It is a true example of inspiring environmental action on a bug urban scale with the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita within Northern America.
The city has set many ambitious goals, including a plan to become zero waste by 2040. The plan aims at reducing air pollution and waste, fostering energy-efficient construction and improving the city's natural environment.
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Enjoying the city's cultural, natural and social attractions is easy. Whether by foot, bus or boat, you can feel the pulse of this vibrant city everywhere you go. Discover the magnificent green oasis and surrounding landscapes that make Vancouver a favourite for visitors from all over the world.
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The multicultural character of Vancouver can easily be seen in the wide range of cuisine, a fusion of many ethnic flavours: African/Indian, Greek/Italian and Mediterranean/French, with fresh seafood is on almost every menu. With chefs blurring international boundaries and restaurants ranging from bohemian to ultra chic, Vancouver has refined the art of eating out.
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Vancouver may be one of the best places in the world for sipping on a cup of slow-brewed java made with organic, fair-trade and locally-roasted beans, but where do you go when you’ve got a meeting, a paper due or a pile of emails to send? Vancouver has some great cafes when you need WiFi, a meeting place or just a great cup of coffee, many with lovely outdoor seating and views over the water.
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From the flamboyant and outrageous to the laid-back and quiet, bars and pubs offer Vancouver residents and visitors alike a wide array of choices. The legal drinking age in Vancouver is 19, yet many up-scale establishments enforce a 21-23 age limit.
Nightlife in Vancouver has something to offer everyone, from dance clubs to Irish pubs, live music venues and plenty of theatre and arts. Busy Granville Street on a Saturday night is electrifying, while Gastown and Yaletown have more than their share of hip, trendy spots.
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The casual shopper will enjoy a stroll along Robson Street with its unique boutiques, coffeehouses and restaurants. Granville Island is one of Vancouver’s shopping hotspots and the hub of epicurean delight. The Public Market overflows with fresh vegetables, fruits and exotic herbs and spices. Art and handcrafted items, custom-built kayaks, wooden musical instruments, blown glass, leather goods and one-of-a-kind toys are a small sampling of items for sale.
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Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located 16 km/10 miles from downtown Vancouver. Canada Line (the city's rapid transit railway system) connects the airport to downtown Vancouver in under 30 minutes, departing every 7-15 minutes. There are also numerous car rental companies present at the airport, as well as taxi services.
Address: Vancouver International Airport, Richmond
Phone: +1 604 207 7077
In Vancouver, private vehicles are the most popular mode of transportation. Mass transit include local buses, Skytrain and Seabus. A Translink Day Pass, which can be purchased at many stations, grocery stores and 7/11's, can be used on all of these. Bicycle rental is another very popular way for visitors to get around the city and cover more ground that walking. Several companies located around the city offer these services.
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Address: 495 W Georgia St, Vancouver
Phone: +1 866 607 6301
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Address: 1125 Davie Street, Vancouver
Phone: +1 604 669 2424
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Area code: 604
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