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Vancouver has been consistently rated as one of the best cities in the world to live in. And it's just as good to visit on a holiday...
The city really started to gain recognition on the international stage after the Winter Olympics of 2010. There are many great eateries thanks to its melting pot of different cultures from around the world, not to mention a happening nightlife which will keep you going until the early hours of the morning if you wish.
Vancouver car hire is very easy to arrange as there is a pick-up point at Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The road system is easy to navigate but listen to traffic updates to avoid being caught in congestion during rush hour.
The geography of the city means that Vancouver car hire is one of the best ways to get out and see everything the area has to offer. Vancouver has plenty of sights to see, despite being a relatively young city with just 125 years of history. It is a great starting point for cruises to Alaska or to the nearby skiing resort of Whistler, which has a world-famous reputation for its great range of winter sports.
Other places which are well worth seeing include the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Roedde House Museum and the entertaining delights of Science World, which is guaranteed to be a hit with kids of all ages. The Van Dusen Botanical Gardens are a popular attraction, especially during the summer months when the weather is fine and the city is warm. In fact, Vancouver has a micro-climate which means it enjoys relatively good weather throughout the year and the temperatures rarely drops below zero.
Heading out of the city you'll encounter ski resorts, lakes, mountains and islands, all waiting to be explored in your hire car...
Visit the Granville Islands, Grouse Mountain and the stunning Capilano Suspension Bridge.
If you want to get out of the city then the ferry to Victoria Island runs at regular intervals throughout the day.
Heading north you'll find the ski resort of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain. You'll also reach Prince Rupert and Prince George, both old trading posts.
Inland, there is the beautiful town of Banff, with its many ski runs, lakes and mountains, as well as the many restaurants and bars in the town itself. North of here is Jasper, and the drive through the valleys and passes are stunning. Moraine Lake is drop dead gorgeous, especially on sunny days, as is Lake Louise with its perfect framing between the mountains.