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The Pacific route is a beautiful route! Expensive, but beautiful none the less. From the West Coast of the U.S., you can take Amtrak's Cascades train (tel. 800/USA RAIL; www.amtrak.com) to Bellingham, Washington; the dock for the Alaska ferry is quite close to the railroad station. From the east, it makes more sense to use Canada's ...


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I went to university in Burnaby. It's not hard to get to, but it's also not central and you miss out on a lot of the benefits of staying in central Vancouver. Plus the skytrain doesn't run much later than midnight so if you want to experience the Vancouver night life you're going to be spending a lot on taxis. Even though my commute to school was over ...


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Yes, you can leave the airport. Green card holders don't need a visa to visit Canada. You will need to go through Canadian immigration after arrival to Vancouver, no matter whether you decide to leave the airport or not. You should arrive at the airport in advance since you will need to clear the US immigration in Vancouver before the departure. Update: If ...


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Whistler is probably your best bet for skiing. You can get to it by bus from Vancouver. As you say, it depends year to year whether they have snow that early or not. It will be the best skiing around if it does have snow.


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Here's a quote from my Vancouver informer, with a little copying and pasting from their websites: You can go to Cypress http://cypressmountain.com/ by bus: By Public Transit - Take Skytrain or Bus to Waterfront Station, connecting via Seabus to the Cypress Mountain Shuttle Bus at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. If you only have a few hours, go ...


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Number 1 is your best bet and about the only sure thing. There is pretty much zero chance for number 2, as employees working when you bed down will not be on duty 8+ hours later when you need to wake up. Even if you fall asleep by the gate with your flight number on a sign, there is no guarantee that flight will depart from the originally assigned gate as ...


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While the cheapest option for locals is the monthly pass, that's not really an option here. Note that normally, bus/Skytrain tickets are $2.50, unless you're travelling more than one zone, in which case it jumps to $3.75. Assuming you're flying into YVR, there's the Skytrain into the city. It's worth noting that straight away, you'll be hit with a $5 ...


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There's a fairly new YHA/HI on Granville which is one of the main drags right downtown. I haven't stayed there but years ago I made both the previous downtown YHA/HI (less central than the new one) and the Jericho Beach hostels home for longer than you're talking about. I was there in 1991 and 1995/1996 and a few times for shorter visits. At the time all ...


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I havent' done it myself, but a friend of mine that I know used to do long haul in that stretch of the country, so I'll relay his findings Chicago has to be a stop on your journey, especially if youre' a sports fan. Being the only four sports town on your route outside of Detroit, there's guarenteed to be a game playing whenever you decide to drive through. ...


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Why not buy a Amsterdam to Toronto, returning from Vancouver ticket? (Often called an Open-Jaw ticket) The price would be similar to an Amsterdam to Vancouver return, but you'd fly into Toronto and back from Vancouver, booking your own train tickets for the Toronto to Vancouver leg. For the train from Toronto to Vancouver, it's "The Canadian", and you ...


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Two things that Europeans often don't get about Canada: It's big. Really big. Toronto to Vancouver is 2000 miles by air, 2500 miles driving (you can't go straight, there are Great Lakes and mountain ranges and such in the way) Our trains, by European standards, are few and far between. Little villages in Europe have three trains a day between them, but ...


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Cypress Mountain has announced that it is opening November 14, 2012, though it is only at higher elevations with artificial snow, and not suitable for beginners. (In 2011, opening day was November 9.) Grouse Mountain, reachable by TransLink bus 232 or 236, opens November 13, 2012. Whistler, reachable by private coach, opens [November 17, 2012].


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I did also stay in the YHA/HI on Granville, but would rather suggest the YHA in Davie Village, still pretty central but very quiet and much cleaner. Granville is one of those old 1920's hotels and get all the party noise during weekends, the furniture in the lobby is very worn out and the rooms and lobby feel very small and narrow, hallways are also very ...


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90W? Ug - that's multiple days of straight-line, boring driving. Interstates were built with getting from here to there in the shortest possible time, so they're built in the most boring parts of the country. My advice - I'd recommend going from TO up to the Bruce Peninsula, take the Chi-CheeMaun ferry go north around Lake Superior get down to Fargo ...


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It seems Greyhound is operating a bus between Vancouver and Whistler, for 30 dollars max one way. The web fare is $20 and if you book at least 3 weeks in advance, it can be as low as $15 .


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The BC Ferries website FAQ suggests that there aren't any scheduled ones running at the moment: Q: Do you have a ferry that travels between Seattle and Vancouver? A: BC Ferries does not provide service between Seattle and Vancouver, and we are unaware of any companies that do at this time. I think the issue is that it wouldn't be popular enough ...


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For me, having a kitchen is one of the defining qualities of a hostel. I'm sure there's some that don't have a kitchen but the vast majority do and should. If you want to meet people I would definitely suggest hostelling. Read online reviews though to find a hostel which suits your style. Some are heavy on partying and others are more family oriented for ...


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I spent two of the last three nights in airports where I was horribly exhausted and jetlagged, and both times needed to be up at 5.30am for the next flight or to meet a friend. I found a bench, had my big pack beside me, and my daypack sitting on top of it. I then wrap my arms inside the day pack, and fall asleep that way. It's a lot easier than it sounds. ...


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Sure! Vancouver is famous for its seawall - the path running the whole way around, especially the downtown region. So in addition to Waterfront, you can go closer to Stanley Park and hit Coal Harbour. There are quite a few restaurants and bars down there, although sometimes quite pricey. The path continues all the way around Stanley Park, and back on the ...


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Granville Island is the first place that comes to mind. It's not far from downtown (just across the Granville St. Bridge) and is right down on the water with lots of restaurants.


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Long story short, yes, you can get cheaper. The price is compounded by several issues: you're booking with not that much notice, in summer (peak season) you're booking close to the Olympics, where 500,000 people are suddenly arriving and departing London, many of whom will also travel around Europe or North America afterwards, depending on where they're ...


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Best solution: Greyhound Bus for $40 return. I've spent about 2 hours researching this and bus is definitely your cheapest option. Rail, Plane and Car rental are going to be more expensive. Looks tough to get any kind of public transport outside of the ski season. Most buses don't seem to be running. EDIT: In my original answer I didn't have Greyhound ...


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Most likely your Greyhound bus will only make a single stop in Vancouver itself, although it may make stops in nearby suburbs like Coquitlam. The stop in Vancouver will be on Station Street, directly in front of the station that the Amtrak services leave from. If you have some time between the two trips you could stroll down and enjoy the views over False ...


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I've been planning on doing it, and reading quite a few forums, the Facebook group, and speaking to locals who have done it. The one thing they all agree on is DO NOT walk back down the Grind. They specifically urge other runners to tell off people walking down, as they get in the way, damage the track as they slip, and on top of that it's brutal on your ...


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It depends on how certain you want to be ;) However, you have more than just the Skytrain option, according to Wikitravel: There are a number of ways to get into town from the airport. Prices and directions below are for getting into downtown Vancouver. SkyTrain - The Canada Line [5] provides the only direct rapid transit public service downtown, in 25 ...


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I've yet to visit Vancouver, but I've done some research for an upcoming trip there, so bear that caveat in mind for this answer! Burnaby is east of downtown Vancouver, but still well within the city. It's about as far from downtown as the airport is (though east rather than south), at about 10 miles away. In terms of the SkyTrain, the Expo and Millennium ...


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London to Bangkok is apparently 5,930 miles / 9,544 km. London to Vancouver is 4,726 miles / 7,606 km, and Vancouver to Bangkok is 7,346 miles / 11,823 km. So, by going via Canada you're adding an extra 6142 miles, i.e you're basically doubling your flight distance! As a general rule, you can add a stopover into a journey without much affecting the cost at ...


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The final solution was two-fold: I ended up staying a few nights in Burnaby. It's a bit further out, but it's far cheaper. The accommodation was the Vancouver Backpacker Guesthouse, and the closest Skytrain stop was Metrotown. Small rooms - I was in a room of 3, and not bunks made it feel like a house almost. Very comfortable, and I'd go back there ...


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You're asking about Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is handy to know if you get lost and are struggling to find it. In terms of the luggage, that will depend on you, as will food time. From the airport, you'd get the Canada line (the only option) sky train in to Waterfront (the end of the line). As you leave the station, you'll see the sea-bus ...


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Vancouver-Montreal is a domestic flight. Thus, you will pass immigration as you arrive in Vancouver, after which you are inside Canada. You can then move within Canada however you want, you can even ditch your plane ticket and decide to walk to Montreal (not recommended). As you don't want to live in fear of missing the connection, I suggest you meet your ...



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