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Vancouver at a Glance

If the 2010 Olympics had you salivating over Vancouver's beauty, you weren't the only one. This cool Canadian city has become a new tourist destination and a launch-pad for outdoor adventures further afield.

Downtown Vancouver rests on a sheltered bay. In the background, the Canadian Rockies rise over the water and make a stunning backdrop for photos of the city. Vancouver is alive with young people and a large Asian population. Different cultural influences can be seen all over the city from the beloved totem polls in Stanley Park to the success of the Chinatown Night Market. Let your eyes, ears and nose wander. 

Vancouver is also renown for its arts scene. Public art is everywhere from the former Olympic village to the Vancouver Contemporary Art Museum. If the city life gets to busy for you, escape to the forests of the Canadian Rockies only a drive away from the city.

What to Expect
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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Vancouver International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American citizens and permanent residents must now have a valid U.S passport or U.S green card to enter Canada. Visitors from other countries may need a tourist visa and can determine their specific requirements by using the website of the Canadian government.  All visitors must be able to convince immigration officials that they have enough money for their trip, that they are healthy, and that they have ties in their home country that will draw them home again at the end of their visit. American citizens can learn more information on world-wide travel at the U.S State Department's website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Vancouver Pacific Central Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather and Seismic Events Vancouver is at risk for earthquakes as well as tsunamis. In the case of a seismic event, stay tuned to news sources to learn if you need to take additional action. 

      Safety Concerns Vancouver has a fairly high crime rate. Protect your vehicle from theft by locking it and leaving personal belongings stowed out of sight. Avoid flashing cash and stick to well-lit, populated places at night. 

      Health Concerns Vancouver is a healthy city with clean drinking water and good sanitation.