Welcome to another Canadian province I have fallen in love with, British Colombia (B.C). Or as the rest of the Canadians call B.C….BRING CASH! Unfortunately, it is true. This province is that bit more expensive than its neighbours are. Once you get over that, there is a lot to love about this thriving city in the valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Vancouver is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world. With the option of mountain hikes, and city nightlife on your doorstep, it’s a truly unique city. There are a few places in the world I would consider to live but Vancouver is one of them. It’s quirky/hippy vibe still survives today that made this city famous in the ’70s.
Since this city is expensive, especially if you are a budget traveller like me, I am going to focus on the budget friendly tips I learned from my stay. Everywhere in the world can be done cheap if you plan.
First things first: when you land into Vancouver airport, get the Skytrains Canada Line to the Waterfront (Downtown Vancouver) for $13 CAD, and purchase your Compass Card for public transport usage. This requires a $6 CAD deposit that can be collected upon returning your card. Once you get into the city its times to do some sightseeing.
The Tourism Vancouver Visitors’ Centre offers same day ticket discounts on many of its shows and sporting events. Only downfall is, you have to be there and see what is available face-to-face. So you might not get exactly what you want, but hey. Half price tickets? I’m in.
I haven’t touched on food yet. If you are struggling to keep a stomach full in Vancouver, check out Tim Horton’s Cafe. While it’s not the most appetising food, or in fact the healthiest, if you are on a budget, there is nowhere that comes close to matching this place for value. If you are lucky enough to be in Vancouver on a Wednesday…in fact anywhere in Canada on a Wednesday, then you will be there to take advantage of the most incredible deal of them all…..WEDNESDAY WINGS! My favourite day of the week in Canada, where all chicken wings are half price. Amazing.
Need I say look out for happy hours? You can find $4 CAD beers here if you have an eye as good as mine. If you get the chance to visit Vancouver do not pass up on it, its honestly one of my favourite cities in the world and somewhere I could see myself living sometime in the future. If you are going to stay here in a hostel/hotel etc, make sure to book well in advance as places book out fast and can be extremely expensive.
Ultimate Tourist Review: ★★★★☆ Recommended Days: 4
Wreck Beach – UBC (University) – Grouse Mountain – Capilano suspension bridge – Stanley Park – Gastown – Vanvouver Island – English Bay
Go anywhere on Granville Street for the best pubs and clubs