Visitor information - vancouver, canada
Located on Canada's west coast, nestled between rugged Coast Mountain Range and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver offers an exciting blend of cosmopolitan amenities, natural beauty and cultural attractions. Consistently rated among the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is the largest city in the province of British Columbia, and is home to more than two million people in 21 municipalities, making it the third largest metropolitan area in Canada.
The city enjoys a rich cultural and ethnic diversity that permeates everything from cuisine and entertainment, to neighborhoods and traditions. World renowned for its setting and scenery, you can immerse yourself in the energy of the city, yet minutes later enjoy the tranquility of a mountaintop lake. Vancouver is one of the only cities in the world where you can ski, golf and kayak all in the same day.
Vancouver is green year-round, with the mildest climate in Canada. You'll never run out of activities no matter which season you come for a visit.
- stroll or bike through an ancient rain forest in Stanley Park,
- shop in trendy districts,
- explore the city,
- enjoy the vibrant entertainment scene of Granville and Robson Streets.
Vancouver's location on the West Coast of Canada offers easy access from most of the Asia-Pacific region. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has consistently been ranked one of the world's best, served by 67 airlines and connected to 119 destinations. Downtown and conference hotels are easily accessed by either the Canada Line train direct from the airport to the Vancouver Convention Centre or by a 20 minute taxi ride.
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Whether you have 1 hour or 72 hours outside your professional commitments, the city of Vancouver got all kinds of experiences and value-added offers to fit your schedule. From cultural attractions, one-of-a-kind adventures and to only-in-Vancouver amazements, here are just a few ways you can fill your time (and your memory bank):
- Attraction and sightseeing tours
- Shops, spas, transportation
- Restaurants, liquor stores & night clubs
If you are arriving by air, you will be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR was named the Best Airport in North America in 2013 and ranks 8th worldwide, making it the only North American airport to be ranked in the top 10. The airport is a major hub for international travel, with good connections by a host of airlines to all major North American and international cities.
The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located approximately 15km (11 miles) or 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The Canada Line Skytrain drops you off across the street from the Vancouver Convention Centre, venue for DOHaD 2022. Take the Vancouver - Waterfront Station exit, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Vancouver.
Lyft, Uber and KABU are authorized providers of Ride App services from the airport. There are 3 pick up areas at YVR:
- International Arrivals, Level 2
- Domestic Arrivals, Level 2
- South Terminal
Please follow the Ride App symbol and directional signage in the airport.
Taxi fare from the airport to the city center is approximately $40CAD. All of these services accept major credit cards. Taxi Zone Fare Map is Available Here!
Porter service is available at the Vancouver International Airport. Rates and policies vary and should be confirmed with the supplier.
travel requirements related to covid-19
- Travel Information: For current information about COVID travel restrictions in Canada, click here.
- Travel Requirements & Exemptions: Travellers entering Canada, regardless of citizenship, must follow testing and quarantine requirements to keep everyone safe. Under certain circumstances, you may be exempt from some requirements.
- British Columbia Proof of Vaccine: The BC Vaccine Card is required to access some events, services, and businesses. More information about this Vaccine Card and for people coming from other provinces and other countries: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/covid-19/vaccine/proof
FOOD & BEVERAGE
An extensive variety of cuisine is available representing the multicultural flavor of Vancouver. Fine dining, casual or family friendly restaurants are easily accessible throughout Greater Vancouver.
Alcoholic beverages in bottles are sold in special 'Liquor' stores. However, alcoholic beverages including beer and wine may be purchased in "Licensed Premises" establishments, such as restaurants, hotel lounges, pubs, and nightclubs. Minors are not admitted into bars. In B.C., minors are defined as anyone under 19 years of age.
The electrical current is the same in Canada as in the United States: 110 volts AC at 60 Hz. Adapters are required for appliances from other countries.
Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone (-0800 GMT).
Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From low 20's Celsius (high 70's Fahrenheit) in summer to a mild 0º to 5ºC (mid 40's F) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. During DOHaD 2022, you can expect an average temperature of 22ºC (71ºF). For current weather conditions visit the following website: www.weather.gc.ca.