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Vancouver lies within a spectacular setting, framed by stunning mountain and ocean scenery on a peninsula between Burrand Inlet and the Fraser River delta. A superb place to get away from it all, it offers you the opportunity to enjoy world class entertainment, fantastic cuisine and some of the finest shopping around.


In Vancouver you can enjoy the wide open spaces, the sandy beaches, majestic forest and rugged Coast Mountains. Or try your hand at skiing, windsurfing, scuba diving or roller-blading. For the kids there's the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, Science World and the Kids Only market.

Vancouver Island is only a short ferry crossing away. Here you will find the provincial capital of Victoria which along with the spectacular Butchart Gardens is a place that's not to be missed.

The natural geography of Vancouver makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The backdrop of mountains and the harbourfront setting are scenic and are a focus point of everyday life.

Vancouver by night

Ranked by many as their favourite city, it is a melting pot of cultures and has a wealth of top restaurants, nightlife, hotels, shopping and theatre.

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Founded in the mid-18th century by Captain George Vancouver, the city that took his name has expanded into a truly cosmopolitan, modern, vibrant city. It enjoys Canada's mildest climate and a genuinely spectacular coastal setting, surrounded on virtually all sides by water, with forested mountains to the north and east.

Bustling downtown, with its high-rises and historic buildings, is compact, stretching from Stanley Park in the north west to Chinatown in the south east. Stanley Park itself comprises 1,000 acres of mature forest, lake, picnic areas, water park and miniature railway fringed miles of seawall footpaths.
A major Pacific Rim commercial hub and popular port of call for cruise ships, Vancouver and its environs offer visitors the choice of beauty, history and diverse culture – the latter dominated conspicuously by the very big, long-established and largely affluent Chinese community, predominantly from Hong Kong and Taiwan.

On the Pacific coast, in the south west corner of mainland Canada, in the province of British Columbia; Vancouver Island lies just off shore. 123km (76 miles) south of Whistler ski-resort. 227km (141 miles) north of Seattle, USA. International airport 12km (7 miles) south of downtown Vancouver.

Downtown is concentrated on a slight hill. The city and suburbs extend over a coastal area with scattered islands and inlets.

Something for every taste and budget. Abundant fresh seafood, particularly Pacific rock salmon, lobster and crab. A vast range of oriental and ethnic cuisine befitting a multicultural city. Fine array of bistros and restaurants along fashionable Robson Street and inside the Pacific Centre. Plenty of pavement hot-dog stands and fast food chains.

Spoiled for choice. The epicentre of downtown features the Pacific Centre shopping mall and fashionable clothing outlets and boutiques are situated along Robson Street. The Waterfront Centre offers shops and food outlets. Chinatown and Little India offer ethnic specialities; antiques on South Granville Street and artisan works can be found in the markets of Granville Island.

Full day: Whistler ski-resort; scenic drives along Northshore to Horseshoe Bay and ferry to Vancouver Island or east through rich farmlands to Fort Langley and Harrison Hot Springs resort; whale-watching (May to October); Grouse Mountain adventure resort.

Two days: Victoria; Vancouver Island; Seattle, USA

An efficient bus service runs across the city. Plentiful taxis. Skytrain loop serves the outlying areas. Seabus ferry links downtown with north Vancouver.

Something for everyone and every pocket. Largely business orientated, although a particular favourite with middlemarket American, Canadian and European couples and older families – many using it as a sophisticated stopover on their way to skiing in nearby Whistler. The city is also a popular stopover point for those on cruises to Alaska.

Getting There
Direct scheduled and charter flights to Vancouver can be booked from the UK here at Hessle Travel.  The flight time to Vancouver is approx 10 hours.

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Airport Transfers
Vancouver Airport is approximately 6 miles from downtown Vancouver. The journey time takes about 25 minutes, excluding rush hour when times vary! Taxi's or the airport bus service are available.

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Vancouver Island - Victoria

The sedate provincial capital of British Columbia, Victoria is a low-key city with a distinctly old world feel, which is hardly surprising given its history as a British outpost. The combination of restored colonial buildings, colourful public gardens and one of the mildest climates in Canada make it a popular stopover with international and domestic visitors alike.

The central area is compact, less than 1.6km (1 mile sq), and easy to explore on foot with its mix of historic sites, the ornate grey granite Parliament Buildings and plain modern commerical buildings. Although largely laid out on the typical grid plan, there are no skyscrapers and the population is approx. 100,000, which is tiny in comparison with Vancouver, the commercial capital, of BC.
The locals are polite, friendly and easy-going, and it has plenty of things to occupy the visitor. British tourists may find it rather like a home from home.

Victoria, on green forested Vancouver Island, still retains much of its colonial heritage. Tour the city by London style, red double decker bus and see the parliament buildings, indulge in traditional afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel or watch the many visiting yachts and seaplanes in the pretty harbour.


Beyond Victoria lies the exquisite Butchart Gardens, the log cabin you dreamed of near Parksville, glorious stretches of white sand beaches and some of the best whale watching and fishing opportunities from Tofino and Campbell River.

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