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Vancouver boasts a plethora of bicycle shops which are happy to rent bikes (including tandems and some fairly sophisticated models) and helmets to those wishing to explore this wonderful city's extensive network of bike paths. Rentals can be arranged by the hour, half or full day, and they are quite reasonable. We pedaled around Stanley Park in less than two hours, stopping frequently to take photos or simply enjoy the vistas.
We happened to rent from Spokes, and were completely satisfied. The contact information is for their outlet near Stanley Park. Do consider getting something other than the cheapest "cruiser" as some of the hills in Stanley Park could benefit from the use of gears!
Written Jun 6, 2009
Phone: (604) 688-5141
A conveniet way to get to/from the Tsawwassen Ferry terminal to downtown Vancouver.
To go to Tsawwassen/Victoria, go to The Pacific Central Bus Terminal, the skytrain stops near there.
If you are in the ferry and want to take it to downtown Vancouver, there is a stand selling the tickets, and at the appropiate hour, go to the low decks and take the bus all the way to the bus terminal.
I offers service from downtown to the Airport and vice versa.
Written Jan 4, 2008
Two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Calgary was a wonderful luxury train ride. Beautiful scenery, impeccable service, and luxury hotels at night make this a must-do once in your life trip. The Rocky Mountaineer staff make all of your arrangements and make sure everything goes smoothly the entire trip. I only hope we can take another trip with them very soon.
Written Dec 21, 2007
If you're looking for a different way to reach Granville Island, step back in time on board the Downtown Historic Railway (DHR). Staffed by volunteers, the DHR operates 2 beautifully restored interurban trams. The service operates on weekends and holidays between May (Victoria Day long weekend) & October (Thanksgiving Day long weekend). Round trip fares cost $2 for adults & $1 for seniors/children.
Written Nov 2, 2007
The Lions Gate Bridge crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, and is officially called the First Narrows Bridge. This beautifully designed bridge connects Stanley Park to Vancouver's north shore. The 4,978-foot long bridge opened in 1938, and was privately owned by the Guinness beer family, where they earned a profit on their investment by charging a toll, until it was sold to the province in 1955. The bridge received its decorative lighting in 1986, and its decks were replaced and widened in 2001-2002 to accommodate wider traffic lanes and wider sidewalks at a cost of $100 million. This is still the longest suspension bridge in western Canada.
The bridge's nickname comes from the peaks called the Lions (1,646 meters & 1,599 meters), that tower over North Vancouver at the end of Capilano Lake.
Written Oct 6, 2007
A nice and practical way to get a different view on the town is the usage of the aquabus, which is the ferry for pedestrians from Granville Island to the other side and along the False Creek even towards the Sience World.
Check the homepage for a detailed info about their service.
Adult fare is 2.5 $.
Written Apr 8, 2007
In case you are new to BC and Alberta and you are currently thinking about how to get to Vancouver, you should definitely consider the bus. From Jasper for example, it is a pretty long trip, but you will have the great opportunity to cross the Rockies. Myself, I stayed in Edmonton for two weeks and after two days of camping in Jasper I continued by bus to Vancouver.
The price was 121.90 Canadian Dollars (Juli, 2006). During the trip they made several stops.
Updated Mar 25, 2007
Pacific Coach Lines is a reputable local bus company that provides service connecting Vancouver with many other cities, as well as sightseeing tours. We often use PCL to get from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver (when we're too tired for the city bus). Traveling between the islands, your bus fare includes the cost of the ferry ticket.
The phone number below is for sightseeing tour bookings. For info on regular scheduled service between cities, see the website.
Written Feb 23, 2007
Phone: (604) 662-7575
It sometimes rains here; (that's an understatement in some peoples' views) so, that means you should be extra cautious not just with yourself, but other drivers. Seems to be a Universal Problem. I'm talking about "the Phone Talkers" drives me nuts! What's even worse now, is I'm keeping a list of just how many people I see on their bicycles; talking on their damn cell-phones!! They're Bicycles for gods sake!! You need TWO hands for that!!! How do you apply the breaks?! Pull-over and have your chat, or tell them you'll call them back.
Transit in Vancouver is still a fairly good way to get around; although at this time, there is much disturbance with roads being upgraded and widened in preparation for the 2010 games that are coming to the city.
Written Nov 13, 2006
Charter Bus Lines of British Columbia
For this tip, I leave it up to you to check out their website, it can give you the type of information you'll be needing.
8730 River Rd. , Delta
Updated Oct 11, 2006
Phone: 604 940-1707
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