Cruise Ship Embarkation Ports
Profiles of cruise ship embarkation ports located around the world including terminal and parking information, and a preview of what to do around the area.
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Vancouver is known for having clean air, water, and a panoramic view of beautiful mountains.
Vancouver is considered to be one of the most livable cities in the world but one of the most expensive cities to live in North America.
Vancouver was the home of the 2010 Winter Olympics
Vancouver currently has the second largest trolley bus fleet in North America after San Francisco.
Vancouver has been called a "city of neighborhoods", each with a distinct character and ethnic mix.
Getting around Vancouver
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Reservations are recommended when traveling from the cruise terminals in order to avoid potential delays. Both terminals are serviced by regular shuttles and buses to major destinations, as well as city taxis, car rental companies, and limousines.
Regular shuttle service is provided from both terminals to the airport and Richmond hotels as well as downtown hotels. Regular bus service from Vancouver to Seattle's SeaTac airport and to Victoria is also available.
Shuttle Reservations - firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-251-3500
All taxi vehicles serving Vancouver cruise ship terminals are six years old or newer, most of them hybrid, and drivers have completed comprehensive training courses in safe driving, customer service and assisting persons with special needs.
Fares from Canada Place to hotels within 3-6 blocks can range from $5-$8 and from 7-13 blocks between $8-$12. The fares to downtown hotels from Ballantyne can range from $12-$15. Please make sure to negotiate your fare with the driver before you leave. Prices subject to change
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Vancouver is a coastal city and major seaport located in the Lower Mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. The city is bounded by English Bay, Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River, the city of Burnaby, and the University Endowment Lands.
Vancouver has one of the largest urban parks in North America, Stanley Park, which covers 1001 acres. The North Shore Mountains dominate the cityscape, and on a clear day scenic vistas include the snow-capped volcano Mount Baker in the state of Washington to the southeast, Vancouver Island across the Strait of Georgia to the west and southwest, and Bowen Island to the northwest. Canada Map
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Positioned on the southwest coast of British Columbia in Canada, Port Metro Vancouver serves as homeport for the Vancouver-Alaska cruise industry. Port Metro Vancouver is the only Alaskan homeport offering both one-way and round-trip cruises through the Inside Passage.
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49°15′N 123°6′W Vancouver Neighborhoods
Victoria offers a sub-Mediterranean climate meaning moderate weather year-round. Summer air is dry and mild -average temperatures range from the mid 60's - mid 80's.
Things to do in the area
It is recommended by the Vancouver Tourism Center that all visitors use Canadian currency when traveling within Canada.
Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre,200 Burrard St. Plaza level, Burrard & Cordova, (fax:604-682-6839. 8:30AM-6PM. Offers maps, brochures and other information for visitors.
Get 360° aerial views from the tallest building in Vancouver. Located at Harbour Center Tower.
Take the water-taxi over for shopping, restaurants, galleries and museums. At the The Public Market, browse the aisles and sample local and exotic flavors. Visit the Granville Island Brewing Company (Canada's first Microbrewery. There's kids stuff too including the giant indoor "Adventure Zone" area featuring magic and juggling shows, live turtles, party gifts, Water Park, and more.
Galleries and Museums
Downtown Vancouver features the Vancouver Art Gallery, BC Sports Hall & Fame Museum, and the Roedde Museum. Vanier Park features the Vancouver Museum and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
Vancouver's Chinatown is the third largest in North America. Visit the classical Chinese garden on Carrall St.
Gastown was Vancouver's first downtown core and is named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman, steamboat captain and barkeep who arrived in 1867 to open the area's first saloon. Gastown is a national historic site located at the northeast end of Downtown.
Visit the official Vancouver Tourism website for a complete list of things to do and see in the area.
Abbotsford Air Show
This annual event, since 1962, usually takes place in August. website
Bard on the Beach
Western Canada's largest professional Shakespeare Festival takes place June through September. website
Caribbean Days Festival
Annual July event sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society. of BC. website