FAQ about travelling in Vancouver BC

I am going to a Canucks game at  Rogers Arena were is the best place to stay ?
There are many Hotels that you can walk from to Rogers Arena or BC Place the closest being.
These are literally across the street
Hampton Inn Vancouver
Georgian Court Hotel
Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver

Within a block or two of the Stadiums
Rosedale Hotel on Robson
Opus Hotel Vancouver Yaletown
L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver
Westin Grand Hotel

What is the best way to get Downtown Vancouver from the Vancouver Airport ?
Built brand new in time for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics is a rapid transit system know as Canada Line that takes you right downtown in 22 minutes for a couple of dollars
If I had only 1 or 2 days in Vancouver what should I do ?
Here is what I would consider to be the top 3 things to do in Vancouver if you have limited time ... Top Vancouver Attractions in a day
I get tired of going to the main stream attractions are there any unique Neighbourhoods that are both local and visitor interesting?
Downtown Vancouver Neighbourhood Attractions
Vancouver has many unique neighbourhoods several of them are right downtown with a large population that live work and stay downtown there is the amenities you will find in a regular neighbourhood

Vancouver Neighbourhoods for shopping, dining and exploring
Just outside of the downtown area there are plenty of places to explore.
Chinatown, False Creek, Kitsilano, Fourth Ave, Commercial Drive, South Granville and Kerrisdale to name a few.



Where are the doggy parks in Vancouver ?
Rain or shine, off-leash doggie parks are an everyday necessity. Good thing Vancouver has 34 of them. Enjoy a stroll along a sandy beach at Hadden Park in Kitsilano, and watch your pup frolic in the waves as you make yourself comfortable on driftwood. Avoid wet paws at Coopers’ Park or Charleson Park. Both are on the waterfront, but the play area is restricted to the grass and paved seawall. For a complete list of Fido-friendly parks, visit
I have heard a lot about Robson Street what are the best Hotels to stay at that I can walk from ?
Blue Horizon Hotel Vancouver shopping, sidewalk cafes, and night life
Listel Hotel Vancouver  Robson St. boutique hotel in Downtown Vancouver
Empire Landmark Hotel Affordable accommodations on Robson Street
Rosedale on Robson The hotel is a couple of blocks of the Yaletown
Hampton Inn Vancouver near the two stadiums BC and GM Place
L'Hermitage Hotel Vancouver  close to Theatres and Restaurants
A close family members is going to Vancouver's St Paul's Hospital for some surgery is there some hotels nearby the hospital that offer affordable rates while I visit ?
Right next door to St Paul's Hospital is the Century Plaza Hotel and Suites they accommodate many visitors to the Hospital and offer special rates.
We're off to Vancouver next May and want to stay in 5* hotel.
Any recommendations?
A five star hotel is hard to come by as all the hotels listed are like 5 star hotels to the average mortal, but there is certain criteria that must be met in order to achieve that rating some of that criteria makes no sense in really defining what each person values in getting what they believe is a 5 star experience. In Canada by the way they do not use the star rating they use the Diamond rating. If you want to experience one of the best 4 diamond hotels try the Wedgewood Hotel. here is what they say

Here are some highly recognized Luxury hotels in Vancouver

Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver award-winning Hotel in Vancouver
Shangri La Hotel Vancouver Newly built Luxury Brand Hotel
Fairmont Waterfront Hotel right at the Vancouver Convention Center
Fairmont Pacific Rim Vancouver brand new right beside the Waterfront Hotel
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver historic luxury accommodations
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver top rated luxury hotel chain
Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver near the BC and GM Place stadiums
Loden Hotel Vancouver newer hotel with high guest satisfaction
Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver highly rated luxury hotel
Opus Hotel Vancouver Yaletown funky hotel in Yaletown with great service
Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver Symbolic luxury Hotel at the sails of Canada Place
Renaissance Hotel Harbourside Vancouver overlooking Stanley Park
Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver Downtown Luxury Hotel on Burrard Street
Le Soleil Hotel Vancouver downtown European Style Boutique Hotel
Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver favorite hotel of visiting celebrities
Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver downtown luxury resort at Stanley Park
Westin Grand Hotel  Vancouver downtown business class luxury and service

4 Star Hotels in Vancouver
5 Star Hotels in Vancouver

What's the best hotel to stay at in Vancouver?
It depends on what you are looking for the Westin Bayshore is a great Resort hotel right next to Stanley Park The Pan Pacific Hotel is beautiful sitting right at Canada Place. The Wedgewood Hotel is a smaller boutique hotel that is very popular or if you to go somewhere kind of funky the Opus Hotel in Yaletown would be it.
price wise the Century Plaza Hotel is right downtown with all rooms being suites and a great location for the price.
Vancouver, BC Suburb Hotels?
I'm planning a trip to Vancouver and would like to find a hotel in a suburban area.  Any suggestions?
North Vancouver has a wide selection of fine hotels and Attractions to choose from. Located on Vancouver's North Shore, everyone is only minutes from downtown by Seabus.
is 30 minutes east of Vancouver with several unique hotels and accessible by Skytrain as well as in Burnaby which is directly east of Vancouver and easily connected by Sky Train in 20 min.


What are the Smoking Laws in Vancouver
Each municipality in Metro Vancouver has different rules for smoking in public places such as public buildings, restaurants and pubs.

Within the City of Vancouver, smoking is not permitted by law in all indoor public spaces, including public transit, shopping malls, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and casinos. Smoking is not permitted within six metres of an entryway, open able window or air intake of a building. Signage will be posted to indicate the applicable smoking restrictions. Please smoke in designated areas only.
Horseshoe Bay Ferry?
How long is the ride from Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay?
The ride I guess you know by now it is 1 hour and 35 mins.
I would recommend that you go to their web site and reserve ahead of time. you must be there no later than 30 mins from departure time and no earlier than 60 min. If you do not want to spend the extra $15 and miss the ferry depending on the day and time I have heard 1-3 sailing waits during peak times, which could mean 2-5 hours in your car. Something else worth doing if you are on the right ferry is having the buffet which in itself is average but the view on the ferry cruising over and having a bite to eat is priceless. The buffet depending on time of day is under $20 at dinner. Not all the ferries have the buffet though.
What is the drinking age in Vancouver, BC Canada?
my boyfriend and i are going to Canada memorial day weekend to Vancouver we are both 20 but are they strict there about the clubs and bars? or can we just walk right in no problem???
The legal drinking age is 19 but like everywhere else you need good photo ID.
The problem about walking right in is where the challenge is especially if you go downtown you can expect to line up at most bars or clubs anyways. If you want something quieter like a hotel lounge there would be no problem with the walk right in part or head down to Yaletown there are some neat pubs and drinking spots and if you go earlier in the evening you will have no problem finding a great spot. I guess it just depends what you are into. Another unique area would be is Granville Island lots of bars right on the water.
Best Honeymoon Suite In Vancouver Area?
Looking for something quiet and secluded for the night of our wedding, must have a bath tub, really interested in a houseboat or nightly boat rental or at least close to water. The wedding is in Richmond so something in the surrounding areas is ok. Around $150 a night in summer, something really romantic for our wedding night, something UNIQUE and special.  Thank you for your help

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Wedgewood Hotel Vancouver downtown
Romantic boutique hotel and the dining room Bacchus is were memories are made.

The 2 below are on the water with boat rentals outside their door.
Unfortunately you will have a hard time to find the $150.00 dollar rate for any room in Vancouver during summer.

Westin Bayshore Hotel Vancouver downtown
Great location right by Stanley Park and close to many Restaurants in the area

Granville Island Hotel Vancouver right on the water and maybe the most affordable of the 3 hotels

In Richmond try the River Rock Hotel and Casino