Vancouver is one of Canada’s most vibrant and diverse urban centers, and its surrounding Greater Vancouver area is one of the largest in the country. Whether visitors are headed to historic Gastown, Stanley Park, the University of British Columbia, or any of the regions and neighborhoods that make up this exciting city, getting around Vancouver is a snap. There are a number of options to choose from. For the visitor committed to seeing the city up close, there’s “Shank’s mare.” Vancouver is blessed with an abundance of readily available taxis. Vancouver’s public transit systems are varied, ubiquitous, and user-friendly. And for ranging farther afield, car rental Vancouver is ready to hand.
Walking the Downtown Districts
Downtown Vancouver is located on a peninsula, the north end of which is occupied by Stanley Park, one of North America’s largest urban parks. This highly concentrated area is the city’s business, sports, and cultural center, and includes major historical areas, such as Gastown, Chinatown, and Little Italy. The best way to explore the downtown area is on foot. Stanley Park with its zoo, aquarium, gardens, and trails deserves a stroll, or even a jog.
Getting There in a Taxi
If time is of the essence, then traveling withing the city is easily accomplished by taxi. Many major hotels are located downtown, and with the Vancouver International Airport in nearby Richmond, cabs and minivans are readily available for hire at all times of the day or night.
Vancouver’s Transit Options
Vancouver has been at the forefront of intelligent and responsible urban transport development for over fifty years. The urban and Greater Vancouver area, known as Metro Vancouver, covers over a thousand square miles of city and suburbs, and is committed to maintaining and developing sustainable means of public transportation throughout this region. Information about Vancouver’s bus system both downtown and throughout the Metro region is available from the Translink internet site, while the Coast Mountain Bus Company provides transportation to areas across the province of British Columbia. Buses link to SkyTrain, the metropolitan rail system that serves the Metro region. Skytrain has 47 stations on three different lines, offering speedy transport and some truly panoramic views of the city.
Driving in the downtown districts of Vancouver may not be the best option for seeing the city for the first time, since nerves are easily frayed under the stressful conditions of a major urban center. But to get out and about in Metro Vancouver, to take a drive up to the ski resorts at Whistler (site of the 2010 Winter Olympics), or to ferry across to Vancouver Island, renting a car can be a convenient option. There are a number of major car rental agencies active at the Vancouver International Airport and throughout the Metro area. To gain more information, Discount Car & Truck Rentals may be able to provide additional insights with their online resources.