Province of British Columbia Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by CatherineReichardt

Province of British Columbia Warnings and Dangers

  • Downtown Eastside

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    It's good to go to these places to experience what they're like. You can't close your eyes to the east side of Vancouver because it would leave you ignorant and inexperienced in your knowledge about the city. Don't look for altercation and you won't find it. In my opinion it's a must see when visiting this beautiful city.

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  • Street Smarts

    Victoria Warnings and Dangers

    Many of Victoria's street intersections are at strange angles, rather than being 90 degrees intersections between strict east-west and north-south streets. Instead, most of the streets fit with the shape of the peninsulas on which Victoria is built. I found that this makes it very easy to make wrong turns in almost all locations. Free maps of...

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  • Beggars, homeless & junkies

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    It is hard to not feel disgusted when you see all those proceedings on Vancouver's Dontown-East side. Now you can, as mostly here you guys did, claim that the bastards got what they wanted to. I can tell you those are very brave people just for keeping up with their life. Humiliated, hungry, heavily addicted, yet still fighting for the next day....

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  • Health/Safety

    Victoria Warnings and Dangers

    I was just in Victoria, went to Robbins Parking Lot, nice looking and seemed like they would have security.....they don't and when I came back for my car the window was smashed and mine lap top computer that was well hidden from site was now missing. The parking lot attendant reported to us after the fact that they are having lots of car break ins....

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  • Driving & traffic

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    I wouldn't quite call it a danger, but more or less a warning! This might be something you may not think of immediately, but for those of you traveling beyond Vancouver be aware of the new Port Mann Bridge (part of Highway 1) which crossed over the Fraser River. This is a toll bridge although you may not notice it when you drive over it. If you...

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  • Financial/Money

    Victoria Warnings and Dangers

    As in many other countries, Canada returns the TAX you pay in purchases above 50 CND in the same ticket and before tax. Just watch out you exceed it because I had two tickets for 49.50 each and I couldn't get a refund in those two... what a shame! All tickets within a year you letft Canada can apply. Also be aware that all prices are listed before...

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  • Car break-ins & property crime

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    The one bad moment during our trip came during a visit to Stanley Park. We parked our car for no more than 15 minutes, just to walk a bit and take a few photos. We returned to find someone jimmied the lock and broke into the car. Luckily it seemed like a quick snatch and grab so they didn't get away with much, but please take care when leaving your...

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  • Weather

    Victoria Warnings and Dangers

    When I was here in Victoria, I ran into someone probably from Seattle or Portland that was complaining about the 77 degree weather and that it was too hot. I am writing this as the news is reporting 103 here in Meridian. I think the locals appreciate the weather here(24 inches of rain, Vancouver 43 inches of rain) and they are very positive , but...

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  • Bears, birds & other wildlife

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    There is no need to worry about wild animals in Vancouver. The bears are frequently seen across the lions gate bridge, and are rarely considered dangerous (but they are wild animals, so keep your distance - but actually coming across one is pretty rare in the north shore). If you are looking for wild bears, consider driving north towards jasper,...

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  • Drugs, tobacco & alcohol

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    Just a warning to anyone who doesn't know how the liquor stores work in Vancouver. You can only purchase alcohol in designated stores. You will not be able to purchase it in grocery outlets or corner stores like Safeway, IGA or Seven-11. You'll have to go to a BC Liquor Store, or a cold beer & wine store. BC Liquor Stores are provincial...

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  • Rain & bad weather

    Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

    It was between 18-22C in the first part of July and rained a lot. Just be prepared with some sort of light jacket that is rain repellent. Not everyday was clouds and rain, we got some sun too! Just don't let the weather spoil it, we didn't!

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  • First Nations

    For Americans this is especially important.Though the Canadian constitution refers to "Indians", the terms "indian" and "eskimo" are considered pejorative. Accepted terms are "First Nations" and "Inuit"

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  • Shopping and Taxes

    Remember that when you are shopping the tax is not included in the price so don't bother couting the correct change before you buy something as you pay the tax at the checkout.Remember to add on the tax before you buy something because you think it is cheap. You may change your mind after the 14 per cent taxes are added on. In BC the regional tax...

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  • Bears

    This tip also appears on my Tofino and Vancouver Island pages, and I don’t normally repeat tips but I’m including it here too as you really can’t be too careful around bears.Also, I’ve realised on re-reading my diary that I was wrong to say on those pages that we’d seen no bears on the mainland of British Columbia – we spotted one on our first day,...

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  • Take care on your hikes

    It's important to beware of bears on any hikes you do . This warning is not to be taken too lightly..The Ministry of environment warns ..."Bears may be encountered throughout the parks during the summer months.Food-conditioned bears lose their natural fear of humans and become a threat to park visitors as they roam through the park in search of an...

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  • Wildlife

    Traveling in BC provides many opportunities to spot wildlife, more so if you venture out of the Lower Mainland and up into the sparsely populated areas of the province. There are hundreds of species of animals living throughout the province, ranging from the unexciting (think pheasants and squirrels) to the magnificent. On any given day in BC, you...

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  • Outhouses...

    Outhouses are toilets, along the road, at trails or at campgrounds... They don't have running water, mostly no lights and if your lucky they do have toiletpaper. Basicly it's just a hole in the ground...Take your own toiletpaper with you just in case. If you have to go after dark, bring your flashlight. What's even better is if you have one of...

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  • Bear info!

    Hiking is one of the most wonderfull things you can do in Canada. But make sure you know what to do in case of a wildlife encounter!! In my case, I would have been a lot more relaxed if I had know what to do when I stood face-to-face with that black bear... (see my BC intro page)

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  • Sailors warning

    In the inside passage waters, there is a phenomenon that occurs with the tides and currents between the islands. They are rapids that occur in relationship to tidal changes, currents and cold fresh water melt off. The combination creates rapids that can be 4 - 17 knots. Sail boats and trawlers must heed to the slack tide in order to pass through...

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  • Main Street, Vancouver & surrounds.

    Look without over hyping the place, here is my opinion...Every city has its sketchy areas. you just have to use basic common sence. So with that said...I personally wouldnt be around this area in the night.During the day, I dont see a problem. Just stay alert and be cautious.

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  • Canadian Geese!

    These visious little creatures are the only unfriendly thing to come out of Canada! Where ever you are in the world AVOID Canadian geese at all cost they DO and WILL bite and chase you!This is not a joke! Don't go anywhere near them!

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  • Locals can't drive

    I'm not sure about the rest of British Columbia, but when in Vancouver, I've discovered the locals simply do not know how to drive. If you don't go at least 15 miles over the speed limit, they will run all over you. Not to mention, they have a tendency to be very impatient, especially when you try to be a safe and careful driver. My only advice to...

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  • Vancouver smash-and-grab thefts

    When in Vancouver, especially if you are from the US, be sure to lock your belongings in your trunk. There have been a series of smash and grab thefts reported within Vancouver. This is especially true for those vehicles that have US plates on them, so be careful.

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  • Wild Animals

    In the years i have been visiting this province, usually for camping, i have never had a bad run in with a wild animal but .. You must make sure you are aware this is bear country! There are also wolves and a few other animals you would not want to run into. If camping make sure that your food is either locked in the car ( with the windows shut!)...

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  • Forest Fires

    Summertime is forest fire time in BC. Last year, we had 100s of huge forest fires, and several of them threatened communities all over the province (100 Mile House, Kelowna, Barriere/McLure, Cache Creek, etc.). In my hometown, we housed 100s of evacuees, and were surrounded by smoke and fire.If you are planning on travelling to BC during the...

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  • Weather, the Good, the Bad and the...

    British Columbia is a beautiful province, with many vistas and charming towns for you to explore. Travelling BC, you will see giant mountains, rolling plateaus, rainforests, and much more. The downside to these extremes in environment is the accompanying extremes in weather. For those of you travelling in summer, be aware that in many mountain...

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  • Fuel prices

    Be ready to spend $4/gallon in Canada for fuel on the Alcan. I met lots of folks at gas pumps that were upset with their large non-economy vehicles.

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  • Bears!

    I came across this mother with her two cubs on my way back from Jasper. Wind the window down and take pictures but DO NOT get out of the car and try and get a closer shot!

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  • Wildlife

    As with anywhere in the Rockies, this is home to some beautiful animals, give them space and respect they deserve, even the cute looking deer can be aggressive

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