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You'll clear immmigration and become a temporary resident at your first port of entry into Canada. You told us that you would be entering at Vancouver, so this is where immigration will take place. After you clear immigration in Vancouver, you can do whatever you wish, provided you eventually get to your university in Toronto. Hopefully before classes start!...


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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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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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You basically have three options: Amtrak. Take the Cascades train from Vancouver to Seattle in about four hours. The big benefit here is that the train isn't nearly as affected by car traffic at the border, which can be very lengthy especially going into the US. This is because you actually clear US immigration at the train station in Vancouver before ...


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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 45mins,...


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Sure, there is no problem in doing that. You can take any route you like. After you enter US waters, you should endeavour to stop at the nearest port that has US entry facilities. There, you will talk to a US officer who will admit you to the United States (or not, as the case may be, no idea what might happen if you're not admitted at that point). The US ...


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The tourist industry generates a significant number of relatively low skill jobs. See, for example Tourism industries - employment, which discusses tourism as a route into the labor force for women and young people in the EU: "Regions with high tourist activity tend to have lower unemployment rates". London has an effective public transport system. If you ...


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As per this discussion: I called the customs and border folks at the airport to see if they could give me a number for the train station. He said the train station doesn't have a number, and all the same people from the airport work there. So if you call preclearance at the YVR airport at (604) 278-7422 then you will talk to the staff who will meet you ...


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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 for ...


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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 am not a lawyer or an immigration expert, but if your mother was, in essence, visiting the US once on the way out and then not visiting it on the way back, it is irrelevant whether her Visa Waiver would have expired (ESTA is not a visa - it is merely a certification that allows her to board a plane - the Visa Waiver is what permits her to enter the US, and ...


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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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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 MN, ...


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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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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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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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The best option to get cheap flights once a year over the course of five years is--perhaps surprisingly--simple: Buy the cheapest tickets you can find at the time, with plenty of advance notice (about two months). You might be able to do slightly better if you chase after rewards programs and frequent flier miles and all that, but one pair of return ...


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In addition to Michael's answer: it's (in theory) also possible to hitch-hike. You could hitch to the border, walk across (or journey with the kind soul who picked you up), and continue on. If you're worried about walking across the border - I've done it myself in the past and while you may get some additional questions, it's entirely possible - there's ...


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Well, as you can tell if you're in Vancouver, the North Shore didn't really get winter this year. The BCMC Trail is just east of the Grouse Grind and starts from the same parking lot - it's also a way better hiking trail. The Grind is basically a staircase in the forest and it's name is well-earned. If you don't feel like hiking the trail both ways you can ...


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OP writes: Response from US Customs via email (CBP Officer) If she had an approved ESTA, she would be able to travel to the US. Please contact the airlines Austrian Airlines accepted their fault and admitted that she should have been allowed on the flight They wrote: We were very sorry to hear about your regrettable experience in Vienna. While ...


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Is October a decent time to whalewatch for orca pods in Vancouver, B.C.? Wild Whales Vancouver claims Fall may be the best time: Posted on September 12, 2016 by admin The tree lines are sprinkled with burnt orange and red leaves, the air is a tad crisper, and there’s sadness on the kiddie’s faces as they lug their book bags to and fro. Summer ...


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Let it sink in. A part of traveling is learning about the area and experiencing the realities there. Averting the poor areas, and even the cities altogether, appears not a healthy solution, because not only does ignoring the poor areas or these cities appear immoral, but also means ignoring reality and problems of this world. Is there some better ...


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TL;DR: Get a certified translation of your driving record for the past 3 years (in addition to your drivers license and IDP) and you can register for any car-sharing company in Vancouver. As of 2017, the options for car-sharing in Vancouver are: Car2Go. They do allow foreign drivers, however you currently have to go through some hoops to activate your ...


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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 this ...


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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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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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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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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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Airline loyalty systems are multifaceted in their benefits, and which program to choose varies a great deal depending on what kinds of rewards you prefer, which airline you take, which fares you purchase, and which routes you fly. However, frequent flyer programs are designed to get you to spend more money with a particular airline by providing extra ...


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