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Useful information for excursions in Vancouver
In the following paragraphs, you will find information about the cruise port, the most beautiful sights and a lot of useful information for shore excursions in Vancouver.
The most beautiful sights in Vancouver
Vancouver is a city in Canada and is part of the Vancouver Metro Regional District. With 44.4 square miles (115 km²) it is the third largest metropolitan region on the west coast of Canada after Toronto and Montreal. It is located in the southwest of British Columbia and is about 28 miles (45 kilometers) northwest of the border with the USA.
The city got its name from the explorer Captain George Vancouver, who explored the region at the end of the 18th century. Vancouver was founded in the 1860s during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush and quickly developed into a metropolis after the opening of the transcontinental railway in 1887.
Thanks to its unique location between the Coast Mountains and the beautiful Pacific Ocean coast, Vancouver is one of the cities with the best quality of life in the world. Vancouver’s cityscape is characterized by modern skyscrapers, an imposing harbour, extensive parks and restored historic districts. The coastal city is known for its wide range of recreational and leisure activities. In the mountains are well-known ski and snowboard areas such as Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour. In addition to the extensive climbing possibilities in the mountains, the city offers enough opportunities for mountain biking, kayaking, rafting or hiking. Vancouver also convinces with its cultural diversity. The Vancouver Art Gallery is one of the fifth largest art museums in Canada and is the largest museum in the west of the country.
Certainly the most memorable building in all of Vancouver, and a magnet for thousands of tourists every year, is the snow-white sail-like building “Canada Place”. It was built in 1986 by German-Canadian architect Eberhard Heinrich Zeidler. Canada Place is home to the Exhibition and Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific Hotel and the IMAX cinema. Furthermore, the landing stage for most cruise ships is located here. From here you can take wonderful pictures of the North Shore Mountains and the Burrard Inlet.
This historic part of Vancouver is full of Victorian architecture, boutiques and trendy restaurants. Especially worth seeing is the Byrnes Block, a former luxury hotel. It is one of the oldest brick buildings in Vancouver and was built at the end of the 19th century, shortly after the great fire of 1886 destroyed much of the city. Gastown’s landmark is the Steam Clock, the first steam-powered clock in the world. Every quarter hour the clock plays the Westminster Chimes, also known as Westminster Quarters or Westminster Chimes.
Chinatown in Vancouver is Canada’s largest Chinatown and the third largest Chinese settlement in the world outside China. Only the districts in New York and San Francisco are bigger. For more than a century, Vancouver’s Chinatown has captivated visitors with its vibrant colours, exotic cuisine and vibrant culture. The most impressive sight is, among others, the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, which is not only a beautiful garden with numerous plant species, but also a registered museum. It is a unique venue for cultural programs and events, including guided tours, concerts, festivals and exhibitions.
With its 404.9 hectares, Stanley Park is the largest city park in Canada and the third largest in North America. This makes this green oasis bigger than the famous Central Park in New York. It is located on a peninsula that extends into the Burrard Inlet inlet. The majority of the park consists of a naturally grown forest with about half a million trees, among them the red cedars typical for Canada. The Seawall, an 5.5 miles (8.8 km) long wall that runs around the entire park, invites you to take a leisurely walk, bike ride or jog. In addition, the Stanley Park also has enough animal attractions to offer. The Vancouver Aquarium, opened in 1956, is the largest and first aquarium in Canada. The breathtaking aquarium has room for 70,000 animals. White beluga whales, sea otters, dolphins, seals, sharks and numerous species of fish can be admired.
From this observation tower you have a spectacular 360° panoramic view over Vancouver. A glass elevator will take you up to the viewing platform within 40 seconds. The Vancouver Lookout is located in the Harbour Centre, which is located in the business district in downtown Vancouver. The skyscraper was officially opened on 13th August 1977 by US astronaut Neil Armstrong and is 558 ft (170 metres) high.
The peninsula, which was created in 1915 by filling up between two large sandbanks, is a shopping and cultural district. The Granville Street Bridge offers a great view to the harbour district as also to downtown Vancouver. The Granville Island Public Market invites with its great selection of colorful stalls to linger. Unique homemade products and culinary and artistic highlights await you.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
With its 449 ft (137 metres) in length and 230 ft (70 metres) in height, this cantilevered suspension bridge is not for the faint hearted. It was built between 1888 and 1889 and spans the Capilano River, which flows through the Coast Mountains and into the Burrard Inlet, a fjord. This popular tourist attraction is easily accessible from downtown Vancouver via the First Narrrows Bridge.
Just west of Vancouver is the most popular and most visited beach in the city. Numerous year-round cultural events make English Bay a worthwhile venue. The bay is also known for the world’s largest fireworks spectacle, the “Celebration of Light“. In summer, fireworks artists compete in an international competition for the most beautiful lights in the sky.
Whale Watching Tour
British Columbia’s coast and its waters are characterized by an extraordinary variety of species. The estuary “Strait of Georgia” is an approximately 787 ft (240 kilometre) long waterway and is known to be home to killer whales, also known as orcas. From May to October is the best time to observe these highly intelligent animals in their natural habitat and to see them eating salmon. A trip to the surroundings to admire these unique animals is definitely worthwhile!
The Coastal Mountains are a mountain range on the Pacific coast of western North America. They are popular not only for their ski resorts, but also for their magnificent sights and places of interest. These include the Lighthouse Park, a beautiful natural park that is home to the Point Atkinson Lighthouse, a lighthouse built on granite rocks. In Squamish, a town situated on the legendary Sea-to-Sky Highway, there is another main attraction: the Shannon Falls are British Columbia’s third highest waterfalls at 1,099 ft (335 metres). You can also take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, a cable car that connects the ski resorts at Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Peak. From the cable car you have a breathtaking 360 degree view of Whistler, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests.
Map of the cruise port in Vancouver
Canada Place Cruise Terminal is Canada’s largest seaport and is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Cruise ships can moor at three berths at Canada Place Terminal. There are numerous restaurants, shopping facilities and attractions in the immediate vicinity. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is only 30 minutes away. 800,000 cruise ship passengers pass through the port of Vancouver each year. The Port of Vancouver is the home port for a variety of cruise lines that offer trips to exciting destinations, including the spectacular Alaska Route.
Things to know before your trip to Vancouver
Cruise lines and routes
Many international cruise lines call at the port of Vancouver: Azamara Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Cunard Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International.
Most cruise lines use the port of Vancouver as a starting point or destination on their journey to Alaska. Other popular routes are West Coast cruises to ports such as San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles or even as far as Hawaii.
Entry and visa
Please also note the US entry regulations if you are entering or leaving via the USA.
To be on the safe side, we recommend that you contact your cruise line directly to find out about the currently valid entry regulations.
Local currency in Vancouver is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). Change your cash before you travel to Canada or exchange your money at a currency exchange office. Please note that there may be charges. Furthermore, credit cards are widely used in Canada and are accepted as a valid means of payment.
Taxi and public transport
Inside the cruise terminal there are parking spaces for buses and taxis. The official Vancouver taxis are often blue, black, yellow or orange. They are marked with a taxi sign and have a taximeter. Estimated prices are posted in the cruise terminal.
The Canada Place cruise terminal is conveniently located next to the public transportation system at Waterfront Station, which is served by the Skytrain rapid transit system, buses and SeaBus (to North Vancouver). The transportation company Translink offers a variety of public transportation options, which you can use for shore excursions on your own. The Sky-Train, a driverless, automatic subway system, has three lines. The Expo Line, the Millennium Line and the Canada Line. These run partly above and partly below ground. The Canada Line, for example, takes you from the Waterfront Station, which is about 4 minutes walk from the pier, to the airport in about 25 minutes. This line also takes you to Vancouver City Centre Station, the city’s shopping and entertainment district.
With the metro ticket, you can also use the SeaBus, a unique wheelchair accessible ferry service, which is only accessible to passengers. It connects the aforementioned Waterfront Station with Lonsdale Quay, a culinary market on the north coast. The ticket also allows you to use the buses of the Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of TransLink.
At the cruise terminal there are also hop-on/hop-off buses, which serve historical and cultural sights.
Vancouver has a mild climate all year round. Responsible for this are the Pacific currents and the Cascade Mountains. Pleasant, not too hot summers with 20-25 degrees and 4 to 8 rainy days per month and mild, rainy winters. For a classic beach holiday, Vancouver is rather not recommendable despite its close proximity to the west coast. Snow cannot be ruled out in winter in rainy Vancouver, although this is more likely to occur in the higher parts of the city and less in the city center and near the sea. The average temperature in winter is 6-8 degrees.
The peak season for cruise ships in Vancouver is from late April to September.
Website port operators and tourism organisations
Video: Impressions of Vancouver
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