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We shed some light on the unknown, to stop any further procrastination of your trip to Vancouver.

Vancouver has a lot to offer Aussies looking to indulge in sightseeing, experience fine dining in a novel way or even those searching for the opportunity to go whale watching. Its vibrancy and diversity offer holidaymakers a stay that promises variety.

Whether you’re a foodie, a fan of galleries and museums or into watersports, Vancouver caters to all. So, what’s stopping you from booking that flight?

What to know before you go

Is Vancouver in Canada?

Yes. Vancouver is a coastal seaport city on the mainland of British Columbia which is the westernmost province of Canada.

Is Vancouver the capital of Canada?

No, Vancouver isn’t Canada’s capital. Ottawa is the capital city of Canada..

Is Vancouver an island?

No. Vancouver is not an island itself. Vancouver Island is a separate location situated just off the coast of the city of Victoria, in close proximity to Vancouver itself.

How did Vancouver get its name?

The city’s name name was taken from George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 and gave various places British names.

Does Vancouver have snow?

Yes. Vancouver does get snow annually. However, the temperatures in Vancouver tend to be warmer than most of Canada so the snow that falls in the city doesn’t stick around for long.

The first snowfall of winter usually arrives in December, but can arrive as early as October. The season's last snowfall typically happens in February or March, although it has been known to snow as late as April. Vancouver is normally snow free every year between May and September.

Is Vancouver cold?

The climate in Vancouver is classed as moderate oceanic climate that borders a warm-summer Mediterranean climate. The summer months are typically dry, which commonly results in moderate drought conditions. This usually occurs in July and August. The rest of the year sees plenty of rainfall especially between October and March.

Temperatures in winter (December to March) hover between 3-7 degrees Celsius, while summer temperatures tend to range between 14-22 degrees Celsius.

Health and safety

Is Vancouver safe?

Vancouver is considered to be fairly safe, and crime rates are low. There are still some hazards that you’d need to be aware of to keep you safe.

  • Wildlife. Vancouver is a short distance from a multitude of hiking trails ready for the explorers. Whilst indulging in the beautiful natural surrounding, be aware that predators such as bears, cougars and bald eagles are in abundance in this area of the world.
  • Crime. Whilst crime rates are low, crime is not unheard of, and so, within the city, keep your personal belongings close. It’s also not unheard of for thieves to target cars. As you would at home, always lock your car before you walk away.

Getting around and things to do

Does Vancouver have beaches?

Vancouver has public beaches with waterfront access. It has a total of nine beaches, eight of which are by the ocean, and one is set by a freshwater lake. The beaches total approximately 18km of beautiful outdoor space to lounge in the sun, swim in the water, indulge in sports and picnic with friends and family.

Does Vancouver have Uber?

No. Uber has been prohibited from operating within the City of Vancouver. Local taxis are readily available, highly reliable and fairly priced.

Does Vancouver have a subway system?

No, Vancouver does not have a subway system. Instead, you can travel around Vancouver by SkyTrain. SkyTrain is the metropolitan rail system of Greater Vancouver. It features approximately 79.6km of track and uses fully automated trains on grade-separated tracks running on underground and elevated guideways. This allows SkyTrain to hold consistently high on-time reliability.

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