Tourists’ FAQ About Vancouver, BC


Every time someone visits from out of town they want to know what things to do in Vancouver and how to do them. I thought I’d put together some answers to a couple of the most frequently asked questions.

How do I get to my hotel from the airport (YVR)?

Tourists' FAQ About Vancouver, BC

Taxi zone rates from YVR

Taxi rates are now by zone from the airport. There’s also some handy rapid transit we like to call the Skytrain. The Canada Line of the Skytrain will take you right downtown, possibly within walking distance of your hotel. Zone fares only apply on leaving the airport. When returning by taxi, you will pay the metered fare.

Aren’t the Canada Line and the Skytrain the same thing?

Nope. The Canada Line (light blue) is one of the three routes of the Skytrain system. They are the Expo Line (dark blue), the Millennium Line (yellow), the green line is the Evergreen Extension of the Millennium Line.

Tourists' FAQ About Vancouver, BC

Skytrain routes

How do I get around once I’m there?

The TransLink website has a very good travel planner and schedules for getting you anywhere you need to go in Metro Vancouver.

Can I rent a bike?

Yes! There are many bike rental shops and bike share kiosks.

Where do I catch those little ferries that come and go from Granville Island?

Tourists' FAQ About Vancouver, BC


There’s two choices here. The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries. Each of their sites has maps of where they pick up and drop off as well as schedules.

What should I see or do while in Vancouver?

Here’s a little article I did about things to do in Vancouver with kids. These are also fun for adults.

Definitely wander through Stanley Park, walk the seawall, go to the Aquarium, take a Hop On Hop Off bus tour, stroll around Granville Island, shop on Robson Street, visit historic Chinatown, check out the Bloedel Conservatory Botanical Gardens at Queen Elizabeth Park, have High Tea at Van Dusen Gardens, walk the length of Gastown, go on a craft brew crawl, rent a BBQ boat, hit the Vancouver Art Gallery, visit the Museum of Anthropology, or just sit on a bench or a log at English Bay and people watch.

Where should I eat?

Tourists' FAQ About Vancouver, BC

Blue cheese mousse

Are you a foodie? Even if you’re not there are so many choices. A few I’ve been to recently are AnnaLena and Kissa Tanto. Also, Sai Woo, L’AbbatoirBelgard Kitchen, Nightingale, Torafuku, Savio Volpe, Joe Fortes, Edible Canada Bistro, Vij’s, and Cacao, just to name a few.

Sushi places are numerous and often excellent, taquerias, food trucks, sandwich shops, mom and pop restaurants; you can’t swing a stick without hitting a restaurant in Vancouver.

Where do people go to party?

Tourists' FAQ About Vancouver, BC

Cocktails anyone?

If it’s a party you want, head over to the Granville Entertainment District. It’s full of bars, music venues, nightclubs, and restaurants.

Do I need to make a reservation on the ferry to Vancouver Island or the Sunshine Coast?

Short answer, yes. Between May and September there’s no guarantee that you will get on the ferry you are aiming for. Whether it’s Vancouver Island, the Sunshine Coast, or the Gulf Islands; don’t waste your time sitting in your car on hot pavement. You can find schedules, fares, and make reservations at the BC Ferries website.

Should I bring an umbrella?

Probably. Although often a light jacket with a hood will do the trick.

Can I bring firearms?

This is a question? No. Leave them at home.

Tourists' FAQ About Vancouver, BC

Comments 3

  1. That is a good primer for the city of Vancouver – bookmarking this post for the time when I visit the city. I assume you live in Vancouver – which is a good area to stay in Vancouver for a first time visitor to the city?

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      To have access to all areas, staying in the downtown core or the west end is a good bet. Although anywhere with close proximity to a skytrain station will get you downtown pretty quickly.

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