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    Camping around Vancouver

    by Carmanah Updated Jan 15, 2008

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you're camping in the region, having a tarp is a handy thing to bring along because you never know when it's going to rain. Be sure to bring rope so you can tie it to nearby trees so that it hangs well above your tent.

    In the summer months after weeks of drought and high temperatures (especially in July and August) there is often a campfire ban throughout BC. While you won't be able to make a campfire, you can still use Coleman stoves to cook your food. I highly recommend bringing one along if you plan to go camping in the summer because you might not have any other option for cooking your food otherwise.

    I personally never use bug spray around Vancouver, although it might be handy to have if you plan on going out into the bush or around stagnant lakes. Mosquitos are never problems around the coast, and black flies - though legendary in and around Ontario - aren't much of a concern. Whether you want to bring bug spray is your choice.

    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Adventure Travel
    • Camping

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    What to Wear in Vancouver

    by canadian_chika Written Aug 8, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You can find any type of clothing in Vancouver ranging from cheap to expensive. However in terms of bringing your own clothing...I would suggest a light jacket in the summer just in case it might be cold one day or raining. Shorts and Tank Tops are fine in the summer of course. In the Winter...bring a jacket, it doesn't get very cold in Vancouver usually the coldest being around -5 C? Long Pants, Shirts...Shoes...etc.

    Miscellaneous: Oh and don't forget your umbrella! Vancouver is just about perfect except for the fact that it could rain at any given time. Sometimes it may be sunny in the morning...but the clouds start moving in later on...and tada...raindrops!=)

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    General stuff to bring

    by eden03 Updated Mar 13, 2004

    Luggage and bags: Backpack - if you go hiking or for day trips.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainjacket

    Photo Equipment: A camera! You will want to take so many pictures.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bathing suit for the beach if its summer
    There are lots of places to camp so you could bring any camping gear if you have it.

    Miscellaneous: If you like hiking I'd pick up a hiking book in Vancouver to find all the places to go. You can find lots of these books at any local book store.
    Another interesting book is 'Secrets of the City' Vancouver edition. Lots of interetsing facts about Vancouver.

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    by Elizabeth_Fa Written Sep 8, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Back pack is essential to a full day of sightseeing.
    Any other suitcases will do.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes, lightweight layerable clothing, and always an umbrella! light, waterproof jacket, sweatshirt, and tees are best, We tend to dress up for fancy occasions, and casual for all else.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Only prescription medication. All else available here.

    Photo Equipment: Any cameras, unless you are tenting, in which case you couldn't charge up batteries, etc.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bug spray in June. Hats for the summer, also sun glasses. Lots of beautiful beaches, but sun block is recommended.

    Miscellaneous: Like any large city, we have a certain amount of street crime. Leave HOME your expensive jewellry, and flashy gadgets. Watch where and when you go, and don't put parcels etc., down and turn your back on them. Just use common sense.

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    by SurfSeeker Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Doesn't really matter what type of baggage you bring to Vancouver, the folks over @ YVR we'll take care of ya. Ha, I see people traveling with anything from hockey bags to LV !!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you come in the summer just bring several pairs of shoes:
    1 pair for going out
    1 pair for sports (runners i guess)
    1 pair for lounging around during the day
    1 (optional) pair of sandles

    Clothing, it's usually not so warm that you can altogether forget about a jacket. Bring something thin and light for those breezy evernings, if you've got it --> suede or leather always works. You must have a goretex shell as well !! Not so likely you'll need one in the summer so in that case just pack along one of those foldable HH rainware jackets, just in case !

    Vancouver isn't particularly 'dressy' compared to most big cities, were pretty cas here out west, nice but doesn't have to by fancy for most restaurants.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: We've got a relatively comprehensive selection of facial and skincare products so you need not worry if you've forgot your nightcream. Just bring the regulars, which should include moisturizing cream and sunblock (spring-summer).
    As far as I know, we don't have any dengue fever or west nile, so don't worry about vacinations. We can get some mosquitos (though not many) in the summer so bring some aloe vera, off and afterbite.

    chapstick in the winter....my lipz get sooo dry

    Photo Equipment: Everything goes, unless your certified and plan on going diving off the coasts of the gulf island don't bother with an underwater camera. You should be able to find pretty much everything you need at either a Future Shop, A&B sound, London Drugs or 'cringe' Radioshack.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We've got awesome backcountry here with everything from bear country to breathtaking alpine !!! Holy crap... the alpine here is awesome !! Even amateurs can experience this without having to go off the beaten path. If you come in the winter be sure to go snowshoeing or hiking up on grouse, cypress is a little more hardcore but nice. In the summer be sure to check out the Grouse Grind (great workout) or the Baden Powell Trail (absolutely sick....).
    If your a real outdoor enthusiast (must be in goodshape if you wanna do this in a day) i recommend a day trip to Garibaldi - hit up the Tusk, the view from there is amazing !! If you decide to make it a multiday trip - camp out by the lake, sooo much fun.... but bring that bug repellant !! And a hawaii bug racket if you've got one......(priceless) Whistler and Squamish have tons of trails for hiking and mountain biking, so be sure to hit those up if you ride.
    Oh and if you do ride check out 'the shore'..... ha.. don't get me started on that though !!!
    Our beaches are OK at best (compared to other beaches around the world);
    the pros: not nearly as busy as other beaches, friendly peeps down there, fair concession prices, lots of Vball...
    the cons: sand is kinda sketchy, during low tide you gotta walk out across tons of nasty seaweed, shells and other debris, H20 is cold as he!!.....

    If your planning on riding the slopes.... well, u should know what to bring !!!! Plus we sell pretty much every type of outer wear you can get; Coast Mountain Sport, MEC, Eco-Outdoors, Taiga etc. --> same kinda stuff you'd find @ an REI

    --> you can't surf here, but you can skimboard.....

    Miscellaneous: - italian sunglasses seem to be in these dayz

    - if you've got room, basketball, soccerball, or hackysack.... oh yeah, and a boombox !!

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    by volarevolare Written Aug 26, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Important to bring warm clothing especially if it's still icy up on the mountains!
    Of course this depends on your level of tolerance for cold too...

    I found that I managed pretty well with a Polartec pull-over, a windbreaker jacket and a mid-thigh one. Some might want to bring along thermal underwear to protect against the cold, cold nights...
    Wear good walking shoes and make sure you have socks too! I actually bought the Polartec pull-over in Vancouver itself, from one of the many shops selling outdoor/adventure equipment! And at a pretty good price at that! ;p

    A pair of gloves is a good idea too.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Moisturiser is a must! Skin gets very dry cos' of the cold air and you should slap on some every day and night... even men should do so to prevent dry, itchy skin. And of course, bring along a lip balm and keep it handy in your pocket! Don't lick your lips to wet them, it'd just dry them even faster!

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film for great scenic shots... :p you'd want memories to last for a lifetime!

    Miscellaneous: Bring along a journal and a pen!
    The landscape is perfect for setting up a reflective mood and it might inspire you to write your thoughts and feelings, or even a little poetry!

    Do make sure to stop and smell the mountain air, and let it infuse itself with your being... and Write!
    Good companion reads will be:

    William Wordsworth's collection of poetry on Nature
    Henry Thoreaus' 'Walden'
    Walt Whitman's 'Leaves of Grass'
    Robert Frost's poems on Nature

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    by hallians98 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: When visiting Vancouver, you must have an umberalla or a rain coat with you because it rains a lot here in Vancouver.

    Photo Equipment: You should carry a lot of photo films because you don't want to run out of it in the middle of your trip.

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    by Stellco Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: One you can throw over your shoulder, its pretty busy and having to drag a bag onto buses etc, not good!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: RAIN GEAR! In support of popular beleif, it DOES rain all the time here. Make sure you've got your brolly and mac at hand.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: They call plasters BANDAIDS!!!!! big confusion over that one.

    Photo Equipment: Something you carry with you all the time, I personally have a big old cannon, but I'm quite happy to sling it round my neck, but some people might prefer to pocket a little APS.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm gear, Rain gear, Gaitors, all for winter.

    Miscellaneous: Lots of Loonies (dollars) and Quarters (25 cent coin) because buses only tkae correct change.

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    by bluefelt Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: If you look carefully, you can see the beautiful mountains behind the city.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring warm clothing. It's even colder than Seattle. brrrrr! If I'm going to be cold, I'd much rather be in Europe drinking tea with people with funny accents. Oui!

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    by Shara.Buchan Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: For luggage, I would suggest strong and sturdy bages that can withstand a lot of moisture. The air is really humid, and it rains a lot in the fall, but it is amazingly beautiful.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Need clothes for warm weather, In October it feels like August, and rain gear, because fall is rain season. Rain Gear: Rubber boats, raincoat, and depending upon how much time you need to spend outside you may also need rainpants.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and bug replent that's about all. ALso some cream for poison ivy.

    Photo Equipment: Any kind of photo equipment you want. It is an amazingly beautiful island. The sky and the water are such an amazingly clear blue. The Sunsets are fantastic, you will wan't what ever you can get. You can also see mountains from the shore, so whatever you can bring do.

    Miscellaneous: In the start it asked, what kind of travel I did to Cortes, well I will use these colums above and add them below to show you the types of travel which are most likely to occur here.
    Work Abroad Backpacking Bicycle Travel
    Camping *Ecotours/Farm Stay
    Gay and Lesbian Travel Off-Road
    Road Trip (Motor Bike)

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    by Lisser Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: I found having a backpack helpful for throwing in everything I needed for a day of sightseeing (camera, purse, jacket etc.)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As for clothing, I was there in April and it wasn't as warm as I expected it to be. Definitely have a sweatshirt on hand for chilly evenings and always, always have a raincoat !!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For me personally, drinking the water while in Vancouver made me sick. It doesn't happen to everyone, but bringing some medication for an upset stomach would be a good idea. Or, don't drink the tap water!

    Miscellaneous: Take more film than you think you'll need- for one, it's expensive in tourist areas, and two, the photo oppurtunities are endless!

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    by joopbie Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: It's pretty safe to use your credit card so no need to pack to much cash. (Tho it might put you in great debt :P)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Please bring a jacket even when you visit during the summer. It gets very chilly at night (Temperature fluctuate up to 10+ c)

    Miscellaneous: It's very dry in Vancouver so bring a lot hydrating lotion/moisturizer/mask, especially if you are from the tropic where it's a lot more humid.

    This does not apply to girls only. My boyfriend was screaming for help when his face started to crack.

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    by vanstudent Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The winter in Vancouver is cold (but great for skiing/snowboarding :-)). My agency (www.eslvancouver.com) told me to pack for cold weather and they were right! It only snows for a couple of weeks in the winter, but it does rain sometimes as well. So pack for cold and dry, snow and cold and wet and cold weather.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always get medical insurance! My agency helped me get it, they recommended student guard.

    Photo Equipment: I brought a laptop and a digital camera with rechargable batteries. The price of Internet is reasonable ($20 per month) plus my English school gives me free fast access.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Take your snowboard when you come, or else buy one when you get here (They are a little more expensive than in Mexico)

    Miscellaneous: I recommend that you bring recipes if you are a student. My homestay was very nice to prepare Mexican dishes for me because I brought recipes.

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    by KatRN Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good walking shoes and some waterproof stuff (not that I own any). OK bring an umbrella and you'll be fine. Just convince yourself of this, the rain really is good for the skin. It does'nt always rain, and it makes your hair a mess...but we have really good microbrewed beer, so you'll be fine. Besides, the rain can be very sexy (and I am very strange).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: London Drugs and Zellers are the cheapest places for basic drugstore supplies. There are stores all over Vancouver and the suburbs (and they are both Canadian companies!).

    Photo Equipment: For simple photo equipment, again try London Drugs. The staff are helpful and friendly, they actually seem to enjoy their jobs there!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: People are really into camping here so you can get everything you need for it.
    There are several lovely beaches in the city, but personally, I would not swim in the water - it's freezing and it's not the right colour (of course I have been ruined by the Aegean).

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    by Selly Written Aug 24, 2002

    Luggage and bags: If you are going to be doing a lot of walking, take a good knapsack with you. It's a good place to carry all those souvenirs you're likely to be buying.
    Also, make sure there is room in your knapsack or suitcase to take everything home with you.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The evenings can be cool, so take along a warm jacket or some sweaters to wear.

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