Vancouver is a multi-cultural, multi-dimensional city and is tourist-friendly. The best time to visit is in the months from April to June, when the weather is mild and you can participate in many outdoor activities, beautiful garden tours and much more. However, the months of summer also have their own charm – many of Vancouver’s festivals take place, and you will find plenty of activities and events related to music, art and film. Of course, in the winter months, skiing is a popular activity!
Useful tips for tourists flying to Vancouver
Where to shop
Robinson Street and Downtown Vancouver are among the best-known shopping destinations in the city, and are home to several international brands. South Granville is the one-stop for décor and homeware stores, plus commercial art galleries. Do not forget to visit Main Street, for a variety of original Canadian boutiques, as well as some fabulous antiques and collectibles. Yaletown also houses trendy boutiques and interior decorating stores. Local souvenirs should also make it to your shopping list!
What to eat
Vancouver is a city that has something for everyone, when it comes to food and drink. Sushi is a local favourite, as are several varieties of seafood including clam, oysters Dungeness crab, spot prawns, salmon and cod. And being in British Columbia, fish and chips are a must-have, at least once during your stay in Vancouver! Make sure your breakfast includes a healthy squeeze of maple syrup over your waffles or crepes!
The local language
In Vancouver (and all of British Columbia), English, Chinese, Punjabi, German, Tagalog and French are the most common languages.
Here are some phrases and words that should help you understand the local lingo in Vancouver:
• Bank machine – Bank ATM
• Loonie – Canadian one dollar coin
• Pop – Soft drink
• Double-double – Coffee with two creams and two sugars
• Regular – Coffee with one cream, one sugar
Dos and Don’ts
• Do go prepared with appropriate winter clothing, should you visit in the cold months.
• Do take a road trip – one of the best ways to acquaint yourself with the place.
• Tipping is customary in restaurants and cafés.
• Do remember that smoking is strictly prohibited in indoor public spaces.
• Do not spit or litter, and recycle wherever you can.
Emergency contact numbers
• Information Assistance: 911 (for any emergency)
• 24-hour Chemist: Walgreens
• Fire: 911
• Police: 911
• Ambulance: 911
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