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Vancouver, British Columbia

by K Gordon Schultz

Vancouver: Culture and Accommodations with Your Canadian Rockies Vacation

Located on the southwest coast of British Columbia, Vancouver is the largest city in the province. It’s proximity to the ocean and prevailing winds make for a mild climate that sees a lot more rain than snow.

But Vancouver is one of the most popular cities in North America; Condé Nast Traveler magazine named the city Best City in the Americas in 2004, 2005 and 2006, based on ambiance, friendliness, culture and sites, restaurants, lodging, and shopping.

And don’t forget, this West Canadian city is a gateway to adventures, not the least of which are in Canadian Rockies: Whistler is only a few hours away, while the Rocky Mountaineer train departs to Banff, Jasper and Calgary from downtown Vancouver and from North Vancouver. You can also opt to travel from Vancouver to Whistler by train via the Whistler Mountaineer.

There is also plenty to see and do in Vancouver itself, of course. Near the city center is Stanley Park. This green zone is also home to Vancouver Aquarium, as well as native totem poles and trees that are hundreds of years old. Cycling is also a popular recreation for both residents and visitors alike – you can rent a bicycle to get around town, or even roller blades, if you prefer; the sea wall is a popular spot to do both. While you’re there, don’t forget to take a ferry or seaplane to visit Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city, on Vancouver Island.

Of course, there are plenty of options for accommodations in Vancouver – whether you are looking for simple and easy or luxurious and pampering, you can find a hotel or resort that suits your needs.

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Vancouver Monthly Average Weather

Month High (°C) Low (°C) Rain (mm) Snow (cm)
January 6.8 2.7 143.6 15.3
February 8.4 3.4 173.5 10.2
March 10.6 4.6 153.1 2.7
April 13.5 6.5 117 0.9
May 16.8 9.5 86.7 0
June 19.6 12.2 69.9 0
July 22 14.1 49.1 0
August 22.3 14.4 48.3 0
September 19 11.6 71 0
October 13.9 8.2 131.9 0
November 9.3 4.8 219.5 2.7
December 6.8 2.8 211.5 11.8

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