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Vancouver is a lively seaport in British Columbia with loads of attractions to offer visitors. When you rent a car in Vancouver, it is easy to accommodate everyone's interests, from visiting a museum to playing with your kids in the park. A car hire in Vancouver makes it easy to go to many places on your own schedule, helping you get the most out of your holidays.

It's your choice: Where to go in Vancouver

Stanley Park in Vancouver is the city’s biggest park, comprising 404 hectares. A Canadian National Historic Site, the park has a beach, trails, and several family-friendly attractions. Admire the gorgeous gardens and the variety of trees, some of which are centuries old, in the park. Be sure to look for the popular landmarks in the park including the Lost Lagoon, Beaver Lake, and the Hollow Tree. Don't miss the Capilano Suspension Bridge, a famous landmark in Vancouver. It was built in 1889 and offers panoramic views of the forest and river below. For art, shopping, and craft beer, Granville Island is the place to go. Located on False Creek, the peninsular shopping district hosts 275 businesses with a large public market, marina, boutique hotel, fine arts galleries, and restaurants.

Things to do in Vancouver

Swing by the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, admire the exhibits at the Vancouver Art Gallery, or bring the kids to the interactive Science Museum. Families can also go for an excursion to the famous English Bay. The oceanfront area is a popular place for swimming, sunbathing, and sunset watching. If you’re holidaying in summer, watch the ‘Celebration of Light’, an annual fireworks competition, and in winter, the Polar Bear Swim. Go on a shopping trip on Robson Street, flanked by upscale and mid-end boutiques & stores, restaurants, and an outdoor ice skating rink open during the winter months. If time permits, use your car hire in Vancouver to drive up to the base of Grouse Mountain. Though famous for its alpine skiing resort, there are many other activities for everyone no matter what time of the year you visit. Hit the ski slopes, learn to snowboard, hike the Grouse Grind, watch wildlife, or enjoy superb views of Vancouver whilst dining at the mountaintop.

Important info about Vancouver

Vancouver is on the Burrard Peninsula, sitting at an elevation of 70m above sea level. The largest metropolis in British Columbia, Vancouver is surrounded on three sides by water and the Coast Mountain Range. Across the Strait of Georgia is Vancouver Island, separating the urban centre from the Pacific Ocean. Fresh seafood, notably salmon, halibut, Canadian sablefish, and BC spot prawns, are abundant in Vancouver; many restaurants feature them on their menus. Don’t forget to sample delicious West Coast oysters and meaty Dungeness crabs. Try a Japadog, a Japanese-inspired hotdog, or salmon candy, smoked salmon glazed with maple syrup or honey. If you’re pining for hearty meals, go for indigenous dishes inspired by the First Nations tribes. They are made with elk, wild boar, or bison.

Weather in Vancouver
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Country Canada
Language English
Currency Canadian dollar
Time-Zones Pacific Standard Time (GMT-8)
Country Code +1

Good to know

Most flights arrive at Vancouver International Airport. You can collect your car hire at Vancouver Airport once arrival formalities are completed. The minimum age to rent a car in Vancouver is 21 years of age, and drivers below 25 might be subject to a surcharge. Vancouverites drive on the right side of the road, and overtake from the left lane. There is no motorway in Vancouver so expect to drive on city streets with speed limits of 50km/h. It’s illegal to use your mobile phone whilst driving, and the legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05. Drive with caution through blinking green lights found at pedestrian-controlled intersections. Once a pedestrian presses the button, the lights will turn stationary red, so it’s best to slow down even if the light is green.

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What to visit in the surroundings of Vancouver

Whistler is a fabulous four-season resort town located 125km north of Vancouver. It consistently ranks as one of the top resorts in North America, and features the longest continuous lift system in the world with its Peak 2 Gondola. On the way from Vancouver to Whistler, there are several points of interest that are accessible by car. Stop at the Lighthouse Park, surrounded by a beautiful rainforest. Shannon Falls, the third-tallest waterfall in British Columbia, is also along the Sea to Sky Highway, around 58km from Vancouver. Once you’re in Whistler, there are plenty of activities, from skiing and snowboarding to zip lining and snowshoeing. Relax at a spa & wellness resort, learn to ski, or book snowcat tours. In summer, the fun continues when high alpine hiking trails, golf courses, and zip line areas are open. Bungee-dive, paraglide, go on nature & wildlife tours, swim, or bike around Whistler.

What to bring to your friends from Vancouver

Delicious maple syrup, cookies, and butter are classic gifts you can give to friends or family. Another great present is Canadian ice wine, often called Canada’s ‘liquid gold.’ This wine has won several international awards, putting the country’s winemaking industry on the world map. Canadian salmon goes well with this wine; be sure to take home some packs of this delicious treat. For art aficionados, you can’t go wrong with aboriginal art created by First Nations tribes, including sculptures, paintings, or rock art inspired by the Inuit and Metis cultures. Buy miniature totem poles, wooden boxes, masks, potteries, rugs, or a dream catcher. Other souvenirs that you can purchase as gifts include wool blankets, sportswear, and Canadian calendars depicting outstanding views of the Canadian wilderness.