Vancouver Downtown
Vancouver Downtown
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Pbergman
San Diego, CA74 contributions
Jun 2022
Looking for an easy way to get in from the airport and save money? Try the Canada Line direct from the international airport (YVR) through the downtown area. If you are staying downtown, the train is very easy to find and gets you to many locations through downtown in the areas of Yaletown, Vancouver City Center, and Waterfront (on the North side) Located on Burrard Inlet between downtown’s historic Gastown and Canada Place, Waterfront Station is the sole northern terminus station of Canada Line as well as of the West Coast Express, Expo Line and Seabus.

The trip takes about 30 minutes and costs about $9.50 CDN per person.

To catch the Canada Line, pickup your bags on level 2 and head out toward public transportation. The train is located on level 3 across the street.

You can get a ticket at the station via the automated kiosks with cash and credit card. Note, if going downtown, you will want to get a 2 zone ticket. If you only get a 1 zone ticket, you may need to pay more when you exit.
Written June 27, 2022
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KatieQC
Perth, Australia185 contributions
Apr 2020
Great way to explore Downtown Vancouver is to walk around Yaletown and the Westend. Lots of places to shop and eat around Granville, Howe and Seymour Streets. We stayed in the International Village, which was reasonable, safe (despite a few homeless near the Arena) and an easy walk to Gastown, Coal Harbour and False Creek, where you can catch a Ferry to Granville Island.

We actually visited in April 2019, and only had 2 days to explore this beautiful city so on Day 1 walked form Chinatown, to Gastown, Coal Harbour and Stanley Park and then back through the central Westend back to Chinatown. Day 2 we took in Yaletown, Granville Island and Downtown and good way to explore.

If we had longer a visit to the Capilano Bridge and Butchart Gardens would be on the cards....maybe next time, if we ever get back! Although a short visit this was definitely the most beautiful and our favourite city in Canada.
Written July 23, 2020
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spud0018
Mississauga, Canada739 contributions
Aug 2021
So much to see and you can shop to your hearts content. Wear good walking shoes!! A huge variety of stores including many high end stores that you don't see elsewhere in Canada. So difficult to choose where to eat - so many options. Very busy! It is sad to see the juxtaposition of rich and poor though in this city - East Hastings is eye opening to drive through (don't recommend walking through this area).
Written August 7, 2021
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Adam G
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Lots of 5 stars reviews in here, I don't understand why. I mean have left the hotel once. My impression of Vancouver was really one of price gouging. From books to food, the cost of regular things here is much higher than what I've seen, even in Toronto. I would recommend most people to avoid going on Hasting st and some parts of downtown, too many addicted people in the street and they are NOT friendly. Even in the bus I didn't feel safe but more as if I was in a Walking Dead episode. The #16 bus itself smelled like a sun baked trash bin. My heart goes out for all bus driver in that city.
This place looks like a city in China, but many parts of it are more akin to a third world country. If you don't believe me just Google Hasting st Vancouver and look at the shanty town. All in all, we wanted to see, we saw, we smelled and now thank God we are leaving and we won't ever come back.
Written October 1, 2022
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Chris D
New Westminster, Canada3,094 contributions
Dec 2022
First, I want to be clear I'm talking about the downtown neighbourhood, not the peripheral areas like Stanley Park, False Creek, UBC, etc. I reported about a year ago that things are devolving into a gray forest of high-rise buildings with less pedestrians and more homeless than I'm used to seeing. I see quite a number of people have seen fit to agree with me. I was hoping the Christmas season would bring some coloured lights and vibrancy to the area, but no such luck. The new mayor and new premier have promised to clean up the DTES (downtown east side); maybe they'll do the same for this neighbourhood.
Written December 18, 2022
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Christopher N
Nottingham, UK2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
The setting of Vancouver along the ocean and fringed by mountains is lovely. However, this is a city with problems! Homeless and drug addicted people are everywhere and parts of the city are definite ‘no go areas’. Added to this, a number of daytime shootings do not make this a pleasant city to visit. There are a few interesting sites to visit but the overall and lasting impression is the terrible homeless situation - conditions one would expect to find in a third world country.
Written August 11, 2022
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S_Wanderlust
Bengaluru, India88 contributions
Apr 2023
Be ready to spend all your day expenses at every parking spot. I have never seen such hyped prices - $8 for 1 hour in few major downtown roadside parking and Inside Canada Place parking $32 from evening to next day while there isnt much to explore at Canada place itself unless you have a cuise. Also in Seattle we can buy parking in one place for 2-3 hours and can use to park elsewhere in downtown with the same ticket within that time but dint find that option too. Ended up paying everytime
No concessions for weekdays
Written April 18, 2023
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,470 contributions
Feb 2020
Whether you find yourself in Coal Harbour, Gastown, Granville Island, Yaletown, or (my favourite) neighbourhood the West End, you will find that there is much to see and do simply by walking around. Vancouver is a very walkable city but naturally there are other transportation options available. Unless you have the American dollar's 30% advantage be forewarned that fall, winter, and spring are the seasons to visit as accommodation prices skyrocket in summer.
Written February 3, 2020
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AWilliams1978
Harpenden, UK829 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
We spent 3 days exploring Vancouver on foot and public transport and I think some of the other reviews here are really harsh. There are homeless people - but what big city doesn’t have people who need help.
It’s nothing compared to say San Francisco.
It’s clean, quiet and beautiful as far as big cities go!
Written September 11, 2022
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Kevin C
1 contribution
Jun 2022
We lived in downtown Vancouver for the last 10 years before having to change provinces. Going back for a visit this year, I must say, we miss it greatly. Despite the traffic problems, you can walk anywhere downtown and always be fascinated by the sights. There are buskers playing on the sidewalks, great restaurants everywhere and a real vibrant city feel.
Sadly there is a lot of drug and homeless problems which the city is continually dealing with and with the warmest climate in Canada, there is no end in sight.
Despite this issue, downtown Vancouver is highly recommended as a must see. You won’t be disappointed.
Written December 25, 2022
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