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Whales, Bears and Flying Beavers

Nestled between mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver rivals the most beautiful cities in the world. The largest city of Canada’s British Columbia province is worth exploring by land, sea or air.

Anyone taking to the air in Vancouver will have plenty to see. Besides buses and boats, flying “Beavers and Otters” offer an ideal mode of transport to enjoy the plethora of sights. These propeller-powered floatplanes operate throughout the country and alight on Canada’s myriad lakes.

Quick facts Vancouver

Flight time

10.40 h

Distance

8330 km

Time difference

- 9 hours CET
Ø Temperature in March
10 °C

Exchange rate

CHF
1.00
=
CAD
1.34
Airport transfer & car rental

Language

English

A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 2.99

A city of superlatives

The best way to discover this timelessly beautiful city on the Pacific is by rental boat or water taxi: there’s the urban oasis of Granville Island, for instance, which is situated on a peninsula and features inviting little shops and a market; or the delightful village of Horseshoe Bay, and not to forget the local beaches.

Vancouver is famous for its parks, with Lynn Canyon Park figuring as the Vancouverite’s preferred choice. Stanley Park is one of the largest urban green spaces in North America and also home to the Vancouver Aquarium. Considered one of the world’s most spectacular footbridges, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is another landmark not to be missed.

High mountains, warm weather

Big adventures are to be had outside the city. Vancouver Island, which includes the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, is a popular starting point for whale watching tours. Grouse Mountain is a mostly untouched nature haven that offers a refuge for bear and wolf orphans, as well as truly stunning views! The enormous ski resort of Whistler, which includes three glaciers, can be reached by car within less than two hours.;;; With the Coast Mountains serving as a barrier to cold fronts, Vancouver has one of the mildest climates of all major cities in Canada. It is perfect for camping – followed by travelling across the rest of Canada in a campervan.

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