Enjoy your time in Vancouver!
Cradled between mountains and ocean, scenic Vancouver offers world-renowned cuisine, eclectic shopping and art, and natural beauty. Galleries and public exhibits for art enthusiasts, historical sites and districts for history buffs, and scenic hiking trails and botanical gardens for nature lovers are just a small sampling of the city’s diverse attractions. With so much to experience in Vancouver, you will want to add a few extra days to your conference travel plans.
Ten Fun Facts About Vancouver
- Stanley Park is 10% larger than Central Park
- Vancouver boasts the fourth largest cruise ship port in the world
- Kitsilano pool is the longest saltwater pool in Canada
- Botox use was pioneered by a doctor in Vancouver
- Stanley Park’s grey squirrels descend from a pair of squirrels received as a gift from New York City in 1909
- “The Eye of The Wind” on top of Grouse Mountain is the only working wind turbine in the world that has a viewing platform
- Vancouver is listed as the third most liveable city in the world. It is also Canada’s third largest city, after Toronto and Montreal
- Incorporated in 1886, Vancouver is still a pretty young city
- Vancouver is the largest film production center in North America after Los Angeles and New York City
- The California roll was actually invented in Vancouver by Chef Hidekazu Tojo
TransLink provides city transit for tourists and residents seven days a week via buses through its rapid transit system, SkyTrain, including the Canada Line with direct access to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Protected by the mountains and warmed by the Pacific ocean currents, Vancouver is one of the warmest cities in Canada. Although Vancouver has a reputation for rain, it actually ranks as the 9th rainiest location in Canada. Vancouver’s wettest months are November and December with an average precipitation of 182mm. July and August are the driest months in Vancouver, with an average of just 41mm of precipitation.
Major shopping areas include Robson Street, Granville Street, and Burrard Street. Along with typical weekday hours, most shopping locations are also open on weekends and some public holidays.