Totems in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver is Canada’s third largest city and often touted as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Surrounded by the Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, the area’s natural beauty provides stunning views and an abundance of outdoor activities. The southern boundary of the City of Vancouver is the North Arm of the Fraser River, one of the largest rivers entering the Pacific.

Vancouver

Vancouver

The downtown area of Vancouver is an eclectic mix of buildings and experiences. Walk along the waterfront with stunning views of the north shore mountains, see the cruise ships, and stop by the Olympic flame, a proud reminder of the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver. Upscale stores, specialty shops and boutiques provide an abundance of shopping opportunities in the heart of downtown. To get a view over the city, ride to the top of the Harbour Centre tower for a 360° view of the surrounding sights.

The crowning jewel of the region is Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in North America. With an area of over 400 hectares (1,000 acres) and an 8.8 km (5.5 mi) seawall popular with walkers, runners and cyclists, Stanley Park is a must-see for visitors.

Gastown & Harbour Centre, Vancouver

Gastown & Harbour Centre, Vancouver

The mix of cultures has created some popular neighbourhoods in Vancouver, such as Little Italy on Commercial Drive, Chinatown, Gastown and trendy Yaletown and each have their specialty boutiques, restaurants and outdoor cafes and celebrate their cultures and history.

Granville Island Public Market, the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, the performing arts, galleries, nightlife are just a few of the many attractions to entice visitors.

Location

Located in the southwest corner of British Columbia. It is 38 km (24 mi) from the Canada-US border. There are several routes that bring you to Vancouver. From the east Hwy 1 crosses through several communities within Metro Vancouver. Exit on to Hwy 7A (Hastings Street) which, although a busy street, brings you straight into the city of Vancouver. From the north exit on to Hwy 99 from Hwy 1 and head over the Lions Gate Bridge and into the city. From the south take Hwy 99.

A Step Back in Time

For thousands of years segments of the Coast Salish people inhabited the area.  Between 1592 and 1774 Spaniards explored the coast and later in 1792 Captain George Vancouver arrived. When he discovered the Spanish had already claimed the place he met with Spanish captains Valdez and Galiano on one of the beaches that today is known as Spanish Banks.

Simon Fraser, an explorer and fur trader, arrived in Vancouver in 1808, following an overland route from Eastern Canada by a river he thought was the Columbia. Even though he was wrong, the Fraser River is named after him.

The Hudson’s Bay Company built a trading post on the Fraser River in 1827 which became the first permanent non-native settlement in the Vancouver area. Then in 1867 a talkative chap nicknamed “Gassy Jack” opened a saloon for forestry workers on the shore of Burrard Inlet. It became so popular that a community built up around the place and called itself Gastown which later was incorporated as the town of Granville. The town of Granville grew to over 1,000 people and was incorporated as the City of Vancouver in 1886.

The Canadian Pacific Railway’s first transcontinental train arrived, sand was added to English Bay Beach, ice hockey was born and the Vancouver Millionaires became Stanley Cup champions in 1914-1915.

Many years later in 1986, Vancouver hosted the six-month world fair Expo ’86. In 2010 it hosted the highly successful 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with 82 nations competing and watched by 2.5 billion people around the world.

Contact Information

www.tourismvancouver.com

Vancouver & Nearby Accommodations

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Cassandra Hotel
Capilano River RV Park
2400 Motel

2400 Motel

Vancouver

Classic bungalows resting on over three acres of beautifully landscaped grounds in the city of Vancouver, 2400 Motel offers well-maintained units that range from large family units to smaller motel style units. The large units feature a full kitchen, perfect for guests who are wanting extended stay ... Read more
Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport Hotel

Richmond

The Hampton Inn Vancouver Airport features 109 guestrooms and is located in the heart of Richmond, British Columbia. It is conveniently situated close to local restaurants, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver, 20 minutes from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and just 35 minutes from our beautiful native ski ... Read more
Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Burnaby Cariboo RV Park

Burnaby

Deluxe RV Park for sightseeing the Vancouver, Canada area. This campground has full hook-ups for any size motorhome, trailer or 5th wheel. Separate tent camping area, indoor pool, jacuzzi (hot tub), fitness room, store. On transit route (bus, skytrain, sea bus). Guided tours of Vancouver & Victoria. ... Read more
Anmore Camp & RV Park

Anmore Camp & RV Park

Anmore

Centrally located to Vancouver. Entrance to Buntzen Lake. Quiet. Park Setting. Security Gate. Full hookups. Firepits. Showers. Laundry. Store. Sports court. Canoeing. Fishing. Open by Appointment Oct - Mar 31. ... Read more
Plaza RV Park

Plaza RV Park

Surrey

Centrally located on Hwy 99A between ferries, airport and US border. Public transit at our door. Quick access to Skytrain. Clean and peaceful setting, close to Vancouver. ... Read more
Tsawwassen RV Resort

Tsawwassen RV Resort

Tsawwassen

One of the things Tsawwassenites adore is how sunny it is here, and yet so many still aren't in on this best kept secret in the Lower Mainland. Tsawwassen literally means “facing the ocean” and yet it is most defined by the spectacular sunshine. Home to spectacular natural scenery and a bustling ... Read more
Dogwood Campgrounds of BC

Dogwood Campgrounds of BC

Surrey

From the East on Hwy 1 take exit 50, stay right follow signs. From the West on Hwy 1 take exit 48 follow 108 E Ave signs, turn off 108 E off of 152nd St. Pool, laundry, bus tours, pull- thrus. Arcade, playground. Free showers. Very accessible to Vancouver and it's attractions. ... Read more
Tynehead RV Campground

Tynehead RV Campground

Surrey

Off Hwy 1, Take Exit #50, 160 St. South. Full hookups, washrooms, showers, laundry, sani-stations, tenting, 30 camps, heated outdoor pool, whirl-pool, convenience store, propane, cable-TV. Near a large shopping mall. ... Read more
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