City Breaks to Vancouver
What could be better than a paradise city break on the pacific? City Breaks to Vancouver from Ireland ooze glamour, which is just one of the reasons why it might just be the new Hollywood. While many top movie studios are now choosing Vancouver as the perfect setting for their movies, holidaymakers have long known that Vancouver is the perfect setting for a once in a lifetime holiday or short city break experience. For nearly a decade Vancouver has consistently ranked as the world’s most liveable city. This is due to the stunning scenery, endless activities and unique look of this modern city, making it ideal for a holiday or city break. Club Travel can offer you cheap short breaks and weekend breaks to Vancouver from Dublin, where you can visit the location of some of your favourite movies like Twilight, X-Men, I Robot, and Man of Steel to name but a few. Vancouver is a city that offers the best outdoor activities including hiking, snow sports, water sports, whale watching and sea kayaking making it one of the best holidays or city breaks to go on if you are a fan of outdoor pursuits. Vancouver is the home town of movie stars Ryan Reynolds and Seth Rogen, so whether you are into whale watching or celeb spotting, book cheap Last Minute City Breaks to Vancouver with Club Travel today for an unforgettable experience.
Hotels in Vancouver
Club Travel can find you the best accomadtion. Whether you are on a tight budget and looking for cheap hotels or if you are a big spender and looking for something very special we have the best hotel deals for Vancouver. Club Travel has an extensive list of hotels. Listed below are just sample of the wonderful hotels that we can book for you:
The Accent Inn hotel is a shopaholics dream, as it is located in Burnaby which is home to the Vancouver Cities largest shopping mall. This 3 star hotel is great value for money and the rooms are generously equipped and well-appointed with a king size bed, mini fridge, free Wifi, complimentary newspapers, a coffee maker and the hotel also has a pool. What more could you need?
Best Western plus Sands by the Sea Vancouver: This hotel is perfectly situated in Vancouver’s beautiful west end. English Bay beach is just across the street while Stanley Park is only a few minutes away. The hotel features the Bayside Lounge which has stunning views out over the bay. If you love the great outdoors, romantic walks and great scenery then this is the hotel for you.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is an exclusive five star property. This landmark hotel is right in the heart of Vancouver with all the amenities of the city right on your doorstep. Known as the “Castle in the City” this historic building has a spa, a rooftop restaurant and bar, state of the art fitness centre and many more amenities.
Things to do in Vancouver
Grouse Mountain: Much more than just a mountain. This is a destination resort in itself, as there is a theatre, restaurants, a bar as well as many leisure activities such as skiing, zip-lines, sleighing available on the mountain. If you prefer, you could of course just make a snow man instead. The Sky-ride up the mountain using the awesome aerial tramway system is an experience in itself. This is Vancouver’s most visited attraction and can be enjoyed all year round. The mountain is only fifteen minutes from downtown Vancouver.
Whale watching: Vancouver is one of the world’s best whale watching destinations. Grey Whales and Orcas can be seen from March-October.
Walking, Hiking and Biking: Vancouver and its immediate surroundings are yours to explore. There are many forest and mountain trails on your doorstep in Vancouver which are perfect for romantic walks, adventurous trekking and downhill mountain biking. The best place for these activities is Stanley Park Vancouver. In this park you will also find Native-American Totem poles as well as Vancouver Aquirium.
Vancouver Aquarium: Home to a Beluga whale along with penguins, sharks, dolphins, clown fish and a whole host of tropical fish, birds and other interesting creatures.
Vancouver Lookout: A steep rise 450feet upwards in a glass elevator delivers you to the observation deck which allows you an unrivalled 360 degree panoramic view of the city.
Granville Island: This Island is located in the middle of the city. It is a leisure and cultural zone featuring waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes, an amazing fresh food market and its very own brewery that you can visit. There is always something lively happening on Granville Island.
Chinatown: Shop at the markets or grab a bite to eat in North-Americas second largest Chinatown district.
Gastown is where Vancouver began. This historic part of Vancouver is where the original town settlement sprawled out into the metropolis it is today. The cobbled streets are lined with beautiful Victorian style buildings, shops and eateries.
Van Busen Botanical Gardens: After a stroll around these pristinely kept gardens why not treat yourself to afternoon tea at Truffles Fine Food Café which is beside the Gardens.
Science World: A lot more fun than it sounds; this giant golf-ball shaped building hosts many fun and interactive exhibits.
Spanish Banks Beach: Just one of a number of Vancouver beaches. Barbecues are permitted on this beach. Picnic tables, volleyball-courts and washrooms are provided. Lifeguards are on duty from May-September.
The Galley Patio and Grill: Located just beside Spanish banks beach, you can call in here and have some refreshments on a hot sunny day while sitting out on the patio. To say that there is a great view is not really doing it justice, you have to see it for yourself.
Richmond Night Markets: During the summer you can try all sorts of weird and wonderful food here. Dragons Beard Candy, Tornado potatoes and Octopus Balls are all served on the many food stalls.
Whistler Vancouver: Located just two hours north of Vancouver city is Whistler village at the base of the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains. This is a world class ski-resort which manages to give visitors all the amenities they could wish for, without losing that unique “mountain village” feel. Whistler also has four championship golf courses and dozens of bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
An unspoilt wilderness, much of which is protected parkland. The Islands draw is the peace and tranquillity which it provides to travellers as well as water and snow sports. This island is only accessible by ferry as there is no bridge to the mainland.
Food and drink
In Vancouver you will find a diverse range of food on offer. In fact almost every ethnicity is represented. If you are peckish for some Peking duck, no problem, Vancouver is home to North Americas second-largest Chinatown. Downtown is home to a number of high end restaurants attached to the major hotels. The Kitsilano area in Vancouver has a huge number of restaurants; in Kitsilano there is food to be found from all over the world. Whatever you are in the mood for you will find it in this district. Here are some very good local restaurants to try: Oakwood Canadian Bistro is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. Blue Water Café and Raw Bar serves locally sourced fresh Seafood which is held in high regard by visitors to the city and locals alike. Try Dark Table for something different. You are seated in a pitch black dining room and served by blind waiters. The idea is that you use your sense of taste instead of your eyes. Visit Meat and Bread restaurant for a quick, tasty and good value lunch. Granville Street, Davie Street and Denman Street are packed with Bars, nightclubs and Casinos.
Shopping in Vancouver
Granville Island Market: Pottery, books, clothing, glassware, beads, books and many specialty stores such as tea, wine, paper products or kitchenware can be found here as well as fresh produce, meats, fish, baked goods and so much more.
Burnaby: Vancouver’s largest shopping centre Home to 400 shops with the biggest selection of fashion, accessories, sporting goods and apparel, beauty boutiques, restaurants, theatres and in-mall events. Burnaby is just a quick 15 minutes sky train ride from downtown Vancouver.
Chinatown: Green tea, fine embroidered linens, silk robes, exotic fresh produce plus traditional Chinese tableware and cooking utensils.
Commercial Drive: Known as “the drive” or Little Italy, this area features an array of eclectic cultures, coffee shops, restaurants and funky, unique stores.
Most International flights to Vancouver will arrive at Vancouver International Airport. Canada Line is a rapid transit rail link which is part of the “Skytrain” network. It will have you in Downtown Vancouver in just 26 minutes. Car rentals are also available to book at the airport. Taxis are waiting outside the domestic and international terminals. Vancouver also has a smaller second airport called Abbotsford International Airport, although it is used mostly for domestic flights and international charter flights. Getting into the city from Abbotsford can be quite difficult if relying on public transport. It is advised that you organise a car transfer.
Transport in the city The public transport system in Vancouver is extensive and user-friendly, and you have several options. The “SkyTrain Vancouver” is always a popular choice. It runs along mainly on an elevated track and gives some good views around the city. Buses are frequent and cover many different routes. If you’re staying outside of the main downtown core buses can offer more convenience for getting into the city if you’re not near a SkyTrain station. The “SeaBus” connects you from Vancouver downtown to the North Shore and is a passenger service only. The terminal at the downtown end is right near the SkyTrain station so you can easily walk from one to the other.
Money Canada uses the Canadian Dollar. Credit cards are accepted almost everywhere and ATM machines are readily available throughout the city. Keep your receipts for larger purchases as you can claim back the 5% General sales tax which you paid on the products at the airport when you are leaving.
Visa Irish Citizens do not currently need a visa to visit Canada as a tourist.
Vancouver weather The Vancouver climate is among the warmest in Canada with summer temperatures averaging at 23°Celcius and in winter the average temperature falls to about 5°Celcius. Not quite the Antarctic conditions that some first time travellers to Vancouver might expect in winter.
Time difference: -8 GMT
Electricity: Vancouver and the rest of Canada use the same electricity voltage as in the United States, which is 110V. The sockets have two pins. Bring a plug converter or buy one at the airport as they can be difficult to find in the city.