The second busiest airport in Canada, Vancouver International Airport has been bustling with activity. Owing to the success of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver Airport has seen an even greater influx of tourists travelling to Vancouver from various parts of the world.
Vancouver Airport has domestic and international terminals, and has many facilities to keep travellers occupied. In the main terminal, the first floor houses the Airport Services Plaza, and the second and third are for arrivals and departures respectively. Passengers leaving the airport should head to the fourth floor, where train services take you to the city.
The airport is only 12 kilometres from downtown Vancouver. Look for the Canada Line rapid rail service on Level 4 of the main terminal, and board the train to the city. The trip takes about 25 minutes. Alternatively, take the taxi straight to downtown Vancouver, or rent a car. If you are taking the TransLink Bus, remember to transfer to one that takes you to the city at Burrard Station.
In Vancouver, there are plenty of options available to get around. Take the TransLink Bus and explore the city. Apart from buses, train services like the SkyTrain and West Coast Express get passengers from downtown Vancouver to the outer suburbs. The SeaBus and AquaBus services also take passengers to islands across the sea, from the city. Fares are charged based on the different fare zones, depending on where passengers are intending to travel. With such a comprehensive transport system, travellers need not worry about getting around the city.
What to See and Do
One of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, Vancouver boasts a wide mix of cultures, natural splendour, manmade attractions, and many more. It is an explorer’s city, where discovery is around every corner.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, visit Stanley Park, the city’s largest park. It is one of Canada’s historic sites, an endless stretch of green in Vancouver’s largely urban landscape. Explore the 400-hectare rainforest, all the way down to the Vancouver Seawall, where visitors can soak in impressive sights of the 9-kilometre waterfront. Go on a trek of the various forest trails, and soak in the scenery. Bring your children to the Miniature Railway at the Stanley Park Train, where you can take a 15-minute ride through the green foliage and wilderness.
Challenge yourself and embark on an 850-metre climb up the Grouse Mountain Grind, ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’. The path, made mostly of wooden steps, is a difficult hike – but is both thrilling and rewarding, especially when you reach the peak. Otherwise, hop on the Skyride, an airborne gondola, which takes you to the top without you having to break a sweat.
Relax on the beach, enjoy island life, go on an adventure, savour delectable treats and more in Vancouver. Discover this beautiful city where nature meets urban. Book your flight to Vancouver now!
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