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20 Feb

Visit Vancouver

By Marcia Headley

Visit Vancouver with Holidays2 Canada

Vancouver is one of our most favourite cities. The city is located on the south west corner of British Columbia which is the westernmost of Canada's Provinces. 

The City of Vancouver is bordered on the north by Burrard Inlet, which is the city's main port. English Bay, a large body of water rimmed by beaches, and popular with those who love to sail, also serves as a freighter's 'parking lot' as they wait for berths in the harbour. English Bay marks the western edge of the Vancouver’s downtown core and the northern edge of the city's west side neighbourhoods

Your main point of entry would be Vancouver International Airport, which is located approximately 25kms from the downtown area and is rated as one of the best airports in North America. Flight time from London Heathrow is 9 and a half hours and from Toronto, 5 hours.

On arrival, we include on the majority of our tours. a private transfer from the airport to your hotel. For the more adventurous there is a SkyTrain Metro service from the airport to downtown which takes approximately 25 mins and costs from $9.00 CAD.  

Popular Hotels with Holidays2 Canada

Best Western Sands by the Sea - 3 Star hotel located in downtown Vancouver, this hotel is adjacent to English Bay and Stanley Park, close to shops and restaurants. - http://goo.gl/yUZNoQ

Sandman Suites on Davies - 3.5 Star Hotel tucked away close to the beach and nearby Stanley Park, this all-suite hotel is in downtown Vancouver, close to the shopping and business districts. - http://goo.gl/qsQ1ks

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel - 4 Star Hotel set against the waterways of Coal Harbour and the stunning peaks of the North Shore Mountains. The hotel is near Stanley Park, Gastown and Robson Street's trendy shopping district. - http://goo.gl/q9kCp1

Metropolitan Hotel - Elegant, Deluxe 4 Hotel in downtown Vancouver. across from Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. - http://goo.gl/rQvG3z

Sutton Place Hotel - 5 Star Hotel located in downtown Vancouver. close to shopping and restaurants - https://goo.gl/b7W44J

Pan Pacific Hotel - 5* Star luxurious harbour front hotel in downtown Vancouver, connected to iconic Canada Place, the cruise ship terminal and Convention Centre.- http://goo.gl/3Fche

To go alongside your stay in Vancouver, we have many sightseeing excursions available, detailed below are our most popular. 

Sightseeing / Excursions in Vancouver

Hop on / Hop off Tour of Vancouver - 2 Day Pass - This flexible city tour offers the highlights of downtown Vancouver including major attractions and scenic points of interest and makes a great introduction to the city Your tickets are valid for two consecutive days, and the convertible clear top buses offer great views. You can choose to Hop off at any one of the 20 plus stops and Hop back on to continue the tour. Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island and Yaletown.

For a different aspect of Vancouver, take to the air in one of Harbour Air's seaplanes, your 30 minute flight departs right from Vancouver Harbour's seaplane base on Coal Harbour and includes a complete aerial view of the city.

Whale Watching is a popular excursion from the middle of May to Mid September. Take to the seas on the 47 passenger Explorator which is an open air zodiac style vessel complete with upper level observation deck and stern covered seating. The Explorathor will take you through the Gulf Islands Region and a professional wildlife guide will explain all there is to know about the majestic killer whales, porpoises, seal lions, seals, bald eagles and other wildlife which call this area home.

From Vancouver, you can travel to Vancouver Island and the province's capital, Victoria. You can travel by seaplane or the majority of people take the scenic route on BC Ferries to cross the Strait either with your car or by scheduled coach service. Vancouver is also the start and end point for the two-day daylight Rocky Mountaineer train which travels to Banff or Jasper. Also VIA Rail's Canadian service operates from Vancouver travelling to Jasper, Winnipeg and ultimately Toronto. 

Vancouver is a great multi-cultural city and this diversity shows in the plenty of restaurants in the city, From great Dim Sum in the Chinatown area, to seafood and classic steaks in the West End there is plenty of choice for everyone. 

All in all, Vancouver makes a great city for the beginning or the end of your next holiday to Canada, with Holidays2 ! 

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20 Feb

Visit Vancouver

By Marcia Headley

Visit Vancouver with Holidays2 Canada Vancouver is one of our most favourite cities. The city is located on the south west corner of British Columbia which is the westernmost of Canada's Provinces.  The City of Vancouver is bordered on the north by Burrard Inlet, which is the city's main port. English Bay, a...

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