Quick Facts About Vancouver
- Vancouver has the benefit of a mild climate all year round, so people can visit the city in February and it is unlikely to be cold.
- Vancouver boasts one of the most diverse multicultural populations in Canada—alongside English and Chinese, you may also hear Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish as you walk around the city.
- Vancouver has a population of 612,000, whilst the Metropolitan area as a whole has a population of over 2 million, making this the third largest city in Canada after Toronto and Montreal.
- Vancouver is operating in Pacific Standard Time (PST) or in Coordinated Univeral Time (UTC -8).
- Stanley Park, just northwest of downtown Vancouver, is one of the largest urban parks in North America.
- Through various initiatives, Vancouver is on track to its goal of being the greenest city in the world by 2020—currently, 93% of the electricity used in Vancouver is generated from sustainable sources such as hydroelectricity.
- ATMs are found within walking distance wherever you are in Vancouver. International credit cards are accepted throughout the country at most banks, hotels, and the airport.
- The standard Canadian AC power supply comes at 110V (60Hz) and utilizes the NEMA 1-15p and NEMA 5-15p outlet standard. Please bring a travel adapter and/or transformer for your electronic devices (such as laptops and smartphones) and small appliances (such as electric razors, hair dryers, and irons) if you require them.
- 1 CAD = 0.75 USD (as of 29 August 2019) For up-to-date information, please refer to the Universal Currency Converter.
Preparing For Your Visit
- Add warm, waterproof clothing to your packing list, along with sweaters, light jackets, winter boots, gloves, a winter hat, and a heavier, warm jacket. Don’t forget your waterproof, winter boots!
- For excursions outside and on the mountainside, bring along your boots, winter jacket as well as a hat, a scarf and gloves.
- An umbrella is always a good idea as snow often melts quickly in the city center, and rain is probably in the forecast.