WELCOME TO VANCOUVER!
Join us in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, on Canada’s West Coast! Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains, Vancouver is sassy, sophisticated and outdoorsy. Vancouver is home to two million inhabitants who enjoy a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a wealth of recreational activities. Enjoy all the very best of world class destinations: superlative shopping, exceptional dining, great entertainment and galleries – all perched on nature’s edge.
The cosmopolitan city of Vancouver encompasses a mix of many ethnic groups. Out of this multiculturalism comes a remarkable culinary diversity, which, when combined with BC’s extensive selection of local ingredients, is born a distinct regional flavour that is unmistakably Vancouver. Visitors will enjoy the freshest seafood, award winning local wines from our emergent wine industry and one of the best selections of Asian dining in the world.
Vancouver has been described as one of the most spectacularly situated cities on earth. The downtown core stands proudly on an ocean swept peninsula surrounded by beaches, sailboats, parks and wildlife. The downtown core is only one mile across at its widest point making it a perfect city for walking. Local sightseeing opportunities include everything from whale watching tours to kayaking along the city shores, mountain biking some of the best trails in the world, to a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain to visit the grizzly bears.
Vancouver is also the gateway for further travel in the west coast. After the Games spend a few extra days in the area and explore the world-renowned ski resort of Whistler, only a two-hour drive away. It’s buzzing in the summer too. The quaint city of Victoria on Vancouver Island is a picturesque two-hour ferry journey to the west. Wine tours, exquisite dining and lakeside days await you in the Okanagan Valley, BC’s internationally recognized wine region. Or, hop on a cruise ship from Vancouver harbour and sail up the BC coast to Alaska – a once in a lifetime experience that is not to be missed.
Vancouver entices visitors with its beauty, captivates them with its cosmopolitan charm and draws them in with its profusion of unforgettable attractions. Put simply, it’s one of the world’s finest cities. Join us in Vancouver, you won’t regret it.
Visit Tourism Vancouver for more information.
The Games LOC has also worked with the Vancouver Attractions Group to put together a special website offering discounts to many of Vancouver’s top attractions. This offer provides CTA members with the opportunity to pre-purchase a number of attractions in advance at discounted prices. The more attractions you choose, the higher the discount.
US Travellers can visit THIS website for American Citizens entering Canada.
Requirements for International Visitors entering Canada: Persons visiting from countries other than the United States must have a valid passport and may require other documentation such as visas. Check with the nearest Canadian Consulate well in advance of travel. Do you have a DUI charge? For more information, please click HERE.
A new Electronic Travel Authorization form is now required as of March 15th, 2016. (eTA ) Who needs an Electronic Travel Authorization? Citizens from countries other than the United States (U.S.) who do not need a visa to enter Canada will need to obtain an eTA before flying to Canada. To view the list of countries, please visit the Government of Canada eTA website..
Note: Travelers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land or sea. Please go to Tourism Vancouver for more information.
Altitude: Sea level
Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time
Metro Area Population: 2.3 million
Telephone Area Code: 604 and 778
Climate: Vancouver has one of the mildest climates in Canada. Summer is sunny and warm, almost never too hot and seldom humid. Temperatures in July: average daily high 21C, average daily low 12C.