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Vancouver Travel Guide and Activities

Consistently rated as one of the top three places in the world to live, Vancouver is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountain range. Massive totem poles and large stone figures called Inukshuk welcome visitors. Students enjoy the world-famous Stanley Park in the middle of the city for strolling along the oceanside sea wall or visiting Granville Island with its marinas and artists’ studios.

5 things to see

  • Museum of Anthropology
  • Stanley Park
  • Whistler
  • Granville Island
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

5 things to do

  • Visit the Olympic Cauldron
  • Visit Vancouver’s Chinatown (largest in Canada)
  • Take the ferry to Victoria
  • Hiking, skiing, snowboarding in the mountains
  • Whale watching


Vancouver enjoys the most temperate climate in Canada. Daytime summer temperatures are typically 22°C, while winters are around 6°C. Spring and fall are usually 14°C.


  • Currency: Canadian dollar CAD$
  • Major credit card companies in Canada: American Express, Visa and Master Card.
  • Standard banking hours: Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 16:30. Some banks and specific branches may be open later and even on Saturdays and Sundays.

Public holidays falling on a weekday

25 December 2019, 26 December 2019, 01 January 2020, 17 February 2020, 10 April 2020, 18 May 2020, 01 July 2020, 03 August 2020, 07 September 2020, 12 October 2020, 11 November 2020, 24 December 2020, 25 December 2020

Telephone Country Code

+ 1


110 V; 60Hz - 2 flat-pin plug.

Tap water

Tap water is safe unless there’s a sign to the contrary.


If you have a medical emergency, go to the emergency department of the hospital closest to you. Take some identification with you, and your insurance policy number. Some hospitals may ask you to pay a fee. Keep the receipt to send to your insurance company for payment. For Emergencies call 911.

Go to a walk-in medical clinic are for medical problems that are not emergencies. You do not need to make an appointment. You can simply go see a doctor. The closest walk-in clinics to EC Vancouver is: Coast Medical Walk-in Clinic, 1018 Seymour St Vancouver, BC V6B 3M6.
Phone: 604-569-3632
Fax: 604-569-3624
Japanese Line: 604-720-0777

Public Transport Info

  • Transit cost varies, depending on time of day, day of the week and distance of travel. Vancouver’s transit system is divided into three zones.
  • One ride: CAD$2.75 (one zone), CAD$4.00 (two zone), CAD$5.50 (three zone)
  • Monthly transit pass: CAD$91 (one zone), CAD$124 (two zone), CAD$170 (three zone)
  • Schedules & Maps
  • Fares & Passes
  • Trip Planner


For Visa information please read Applying for a Visa in Canada

Cost of Living

Coffee/cappuccino (Starbucks) C$3.75-C$5.00
Bottle of water/soda (0.33 litre) C$1.25-C$3.00
Fast-food combo meal C$9.00-C$11.00
Meal, inexpensive restaurant C$13.00-C$20.00
Fitness club (monthly, 1 adult) C$35.00-C$70.00
Public transport (local transport) C$2.50-C$3.00 (one-way)
Public transport (monthly pass) C$95.00-C$130.00

Other Useful Information

Driving Age

Minimum age to rent a cars is 21. Additional charges may apply to drivers 21 to 24 years of age. Most rental companies require that you have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card.

Alcohol Age

Legal age for drinking in Vancouver is 19 and many places will ask for identification.

Smoking laws

Legal age for smoking in Vancouver is 19. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, including all restaurants and bars. Smoking is permitted outside (6 metres from the nearest entrance or ventilation system). If you smoke in a “smoke free” place, you may receive a fine of up to CAD$2000.


All EC Vancouver students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay. EC can help students to purchase insurance upon arrival at the school. The cost of insurance is CAD$18 per week. Students will be asked to show proof of coverage on arrival if they are not purchasing insurance through EC.