Crisp, fresh and green. It’s little wonder that the city of Vancouver consistently ranks among The Economist’s World's Most Liveable Cities…
If you’re expecting marching bands, flower garlands and floats think again. You’re more likely to encounter a crowd of rabid zombies and a collection of eight-foot high laughing sculptures (wearing designer hats) in quirky Vancouver where the locals reserve the right to be just a little strange.
Boasting a distinctly bohemian feel as compared with its Canadian counterpart cities, Vancouver and its inhabitants exude the vibe of a city that is comfortable with itself. It’s an organised, unhurried, sophisticated place.
Located on the west coast of Canada, Vancouver lies on the Burrard Peninsula, flanked by the Burrard Inlet to the north and the Fraser River to the south. It’s a city surrounded by ice-capped mountains, deep blue water and verdant parks.
Your cruise ship will arrive at or depart from one of Vancouver’s two cruise terminals, Canada Place and Ballantyne, both conveniently located only 30 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport. Canada Place is located in the city centre, close to shopping, dining, attractions, and Stanley Park. Ballantyne is located east of the city centre and close to Canada Place. The cruise terminals are modern, secure, and world-class.
Downtown Vancouver certainly is a walking city, but getting between the airport and between stops in the greater Vancouver city is very simple on the Skytrain, Vancouver's light-rail public transit. The Skytrain is an unmanned, automatic monorail that travels east-west across Greater Vancouver. The service is limited however as it does not extend north-south and there are only four stations downtown: Waterfront, Burrard, Granville and Stadium.