Vancouver is regularly voted among the top five places to live in the whole world. Its people are happy, its economy is thriving and its landscape is eye pleasingly gorgeous.
Why hire a car at Vancouver airport?
The city may well be somewhere the majority would like to live, but its appeal undoubtedly comes from its position among mountains and neighbouring towns. Hiring a car in Vancouver gives you the freedom to see it all for yourself and quite possibly, check out the house prices.
That all-important first mile:
driving out of Vancouver airport?
The airport is on an island, so don’t be tempted under any circumstances to go off road. Check a map before you leave, as this part of Canada is divided by lots of different rivers and taking a wrong turn could lead to a time consuming turnaround miles later.
The car rental desks are located just outside the terminal in the car park, or as the locals call it, the 'Parkade’.
Duty free stores are a great place to pick up last minute souvenirs of your trip and there’s quite a selection of them at Vancouver Airport. One of the best is Thinking Canada on Level 3. They will sell you a variety of mementos including ammolite jewellery, clothing, and bears dressed as mounties. Perfect.
Cash machines and currency exchange points are located throughout the airport.
If you’re hungry before your flight you’d better visit Milestones. They serve big, tasty portions from a menu which caters for everyone. Gluten free meals are available here.
Canada is a beautiful country and the locals want it to stay that way. If you can’t find a bin for your litter, hang onto it until you can. Dropping it will make you very unpopular.
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In the city, you’ll find plenty of parks, coastal walks, fishing spots, Victorian architecture, galleries, museums and street side cafes to spend time in. However, it’s an easy place to be satisfied by simply sitting with your eyes open, and yes, everything you see is real.
Known globally as one of the best ski locations on the planet, Whistler draws thousands of visitors to its slopes each year. However, not all of them go for some piste action, aside from the mountains there are great shops, restaurants, bike and hike trails, championship golf courses and spas.
Canada is perhaps best known for its wildlife and its wilderness. To experience both, the Olympic Park is little more than a three hour drive south of Vancouver and is picture postcard perfect. Here, you’ll find racoons, bears, deer, moose and abundant birdlife. Take a camera, a map, a torch and something secure to lock your food in. You do not want to be woken by a bear rummaging in your backpack.