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Travelling in Vancouver

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Travelling in Vancouver

We 2 young ladies will be staying in O Canada house for 2 days in early September.What's the best way to reach downtown. We need to keep our luggage & enjoy the city.what are the best mode of transportation in city,where can we buy the passes? How can we reach capilano suspension? As it will be my birthday,which will be the best place to spend the evening & back to house safely.I read about lots of drugs&thefts happening so a bit nervous.TIA.

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We will be staying in downtown for a day again after our trip to rockies.

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Public transit is very good in Vancouver. You can buy a day pass for $10.25 and travel to your heart's content.

You can pick up the free shuttle for Capilano Suspension Bridge. The link below is the schedule, you can pick it up at the Century Plaza Hotel, very close to where you will be staying, see the second link.

https://capbridge-capilanosuspensi.netdna-ss…

https://goo.gl/maps/yuuYtvrPEQr

Vancouver is pretty safe, you should not have any problems. If you are here on the weekend, then perhaps stay away from "the entertainment" district on Granville Mall, between Robson St and Davie Street, bars, homeless and yes drugs it can get out of hand later in the PM.

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You can have a nice birthday dinner at Joe Fortes on Thurlow and safely walk a couple blocks along Thurlow to your accommodation even late at night. http://www.joefortes.ca/

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<<I read about lots of drugs&thefts happening so a bit nervous.TIA.>>

Where are you from? "Lots" is a relative term. If you live in a small, midwest farming town, then yes, you may need to adjust your sensibilities to typical big city issues. However, overall, Vancouver remains a very safe big city. The druggies keep to themselves, the panhandlers seem to be pretty meek and mild mannered for the most part and theft is usually just taking advantage of people who are careless and leave their things lying around where people can steal them. Oh Canada house is is a great location and you have lots to choose from right there with no fear walking around at night. You're fine.

If you are concerned about hauling your luggage to Oh Canada House, then just take a taxi. Otherwise, you can take transit downtown and just walk there. Burrard Station is the closest to Oh Canada House, but you have to change lines at Waterfront to get there.

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If you are thinking of taking public transit from the airport to your accommodations, it can easily be done on the Canada Line. Take the Canada Line to Yale Roundhouse station.

Go up the escalator turn right and you will see a bus stop. #6 Davie bus. Take this bus to Thurlow Street, your Canada Line ticket will be valid on this bus.

Get off the bus, in front of Shoppers Drug Mart, turn to your right, walk to the corner and turn left on to Thurlow St. Walk the few blocks to Barclay, turn left and you will arrive at your accommodations. See the map below.

https://goo.gl/maps/FXrjV5X5o6w

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Thank you all for the replies, waiting to enjoy the city

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Hi All we are starting to plan our West Canada 6-8 week Road Trip starting by flying into Vancouver from the Uk in June 19. Is that a good time to visit and after 4-5 days in a good B&B Guest House outside of Vancouver with easy access to city any cheaper ensuite double rooms you know of in safe area would be much appreciated please as we have to watch our budget being then 71 and retired so can't afford to stop in the city unless you know different. Will I be able to rent a car ok over 4- 5 weeks and which is a good route to take after vancouver, someone said Whistler isn't too far further on in the right direction to visit next. Lastly is it possible to fly back home from Calgary if we buy single air tickets instead of returning to Vancouver. Sorry for so many questions but we have given ourselves 12 months to plan this right so hopefully we can receive lots of helpful advice thx in advance

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JohnRWebb, pls start a new thread. And pls do some reading up on BC, check out some travel guides from the library so you can see just what this vast province as to offer and what piques your interest, your question about 'what to see' is very broad and can't be easily answered. Also, you speak of "Western Canada" - other than BC, where are you planning on visiting and why? (For example, do you have a family commitment in a location that is off the beaten tourist track which commitment can't be changed? If you are going to be in Moose Jaw or Wetaskiwin for a week to attend your great-niece's wedding, for example, that would be useful for us on TA to know!)

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John ~

It is not a good idea to tag on a new question to an existing thread. Your trip needs personal attention which means a line item of your own, visible to all of us regular members.

I would suggest you post in the British Columbia forum because your question is about travelling across the province. Look for the "Ask a Question" button toward the top right in this link:

BC Forum: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g15492…

You can indeed fly in to Vancouver and out of Calgary. Single tickets are not the best idea financially. Best to look into what is called "Multi-city" option in the airline's booking page. As a UK resident, you can use the UK company Canadian Affair to arrange your car between Vancouver and Calgary with no one way drop fee.

Canadian Affair: https:/…car-hire-oneway

In the BC Forum, look in the right sidebar for the Top Questions. There are Trip Reports there as well as an article about which way to go to the Rockies.

As well, it is a huge benefit to read other questions, similar to yours, to glean tips, advice, cautions, suggestions. "Name dropping" is rampant!! and it's free research.

Vancouver and the Rockies are very much in demand in summer. You will need to be prepared to make refundable accommodation bookings in about February or March, 2019. BTW, June is a good time to come.

Edited: 12 June 2018, 03:50
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Thx for your helpful advice MuftiVancouver I have now opened a new question in the BC forum, as to the other reply I got have you never made a mistake before, and our questions may have been broad and not correct but we had to start somewhere and stated we had given ourselves 12 months to plan this trip correctly with local help and of course our own research.

If it was so terrible to put it onto another post I am sorry, but we are all human and life or mine at least continues to be a learning curve John Webb Eastbourne UK

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