If you long for a mix of modern cityscapes and breathtaking natural surroundings, you should definitely consider visiting Vancouver. This metropolis is located in southwestern Canada. It’s in the province of British Columbia, on the Pacific coast, near the Coast Mountains and the US border. With nearly 2.5 million inhabitants, Vancouver is Canada's third-largest metropolitan area. The city itself has about 630,000 inhabitants. Perhaps surprisingly, settlement of the city only began in the 1860s. Vancouver also has a large port, which now exports more goods than any other port in North America. What many do not know, is that after Los Angeles and New York, Vancouver is the third most important location for the North American film industry. There is therefore much to see in "Hollywood North", as the city is known.
Vancouver is a perfect place to discover with a hired car. Make use of DriveBoo and compare offers of many different car hire companies and choose the one that suits your needs best.
If you want to enjoy the Canadian summer, we recommend planning your holiday for the months between May and September. Winter is often hard and icy cold here - we imagine that most people do not want to make a city trip under these conditions!
You will probably arrive in Canada by plane. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is easily accessible and connects the city with the rest of the world. In terms of passenger numbers and aircraft movements, it is the second largest airport in Canada. It is located just 15 km south of the city, on Sea Island. With a hired car, you can get from the airport to the city centre in no time. Then, you can discover not only the city itself, but also the sprawling, beautiful surroundings of the metropolitan region.
Our specialists working at Driveboo confirm that booking a hired car at the airport is always beneficial for the following reasons:
The roads in Canada are well developed. Therefore, some routes require a toll, such as parts of Motorway 407, as well as some tunnels and bridges. You will also have to pay a toll when driving on the Golden Ears Bridge and the Port Mann Bridge in Vancouver.
When driving in Vancouver, be sure to always keep an eye on your speedometer. The maximum speeds of 40-50 km/h in urban areas and 80-110 km/h outside of urban areas are strictly enforced.
In Canada, speed monitoring is performed by radars installed in police cars. If you are caught speeding, you will be prosecuted. We have summarised some of the possible penalties for you.
|120 km/h instead of the allowed 100 km/h||ca. 100 CAD|
|140 km/h instead of the allowed 100 km/h||ca. 300 CAD|
|Illegal parking||ca. 150 CAD (towing also possible)|
If you are ever unsure, it is best to park in a designated car park. Parking by hydrants or in other forbidden areas can be very expensive if you land a fine. If the curb is marked in yellow, then you can be sure that you cannot park there.
We also strongly advise against throwing away a ticket. The authorities will contact your car hire company - who will already have your credit card details.
Yes. This has nothing to do with Vancouver in general but more with the fact that every car hire company bills a deposit based on the value of the vehicle. If the car is returned without damage, your deposit will be repaid almost immediately.
|Emergency situation||Phone number|
|Police, Fire brigade, Ambulance||911|
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Vancouver is situated, as already described, in the beautiful southwest of Canada. Both the city itself and the surrounding area offer wonderful sights and attractions. These include:
And this is only a short list of the area’s sights and destinations—you’ll find many more when you visit!
Vancouver is a breathtakingly beautiful, modern metropolis. If you plan to enjoy not only the city itself, but also its surroundings, you should definitely hire a hired car. We highly recommend exploring of this corner of Canada.
|Destination||Distance with a hired car||Time|
|Lynn Canyon Park||16 km||20 min|
|Lighthouse Park||20 km||30 min|
|Bowen Island||30 km||60 min|
|Whistler Mountain||120 km||100 min|