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Getting to Vancouver

Getting to Vancouver

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For things to do in Vancouver, see our port of call description, starting on page 373.

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Vancouver, British Columbia is on the North American mainland, about 140 miles north of Seattle, Washington. The city hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and is a top tourist destination in its own right—its transportation and tourism infrastructure is in tip-top condition. You can arrive conveniently by air, road, or rail, and easily spend a few extra days here seeing the sights.

Air travel is the prime choice for visitors from outside the region. Vancouver and the Alaskan cruise itineraries draw large numbers of visitors from Australia, China, Great Britain, Japan, and New Zealand, as well as Canada and the US. Use the tips on page 69 for booking the best airfare to Vancouver. Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is Canada’s second-busiest airport, welcoming about 45,000 passengers daily. It’s about 9 miles/14.5 km from the Canada Place cruise terminal, on Sea Island just south of the city. Visit http://www.yvr.ca or call 604-207-7077. Airport address: 3211 Grant McConachie Way, Richmond, BC, Canada. The far smaller Coal Harbour Airport (CXH) is just a short walk from Canada Place, for those who can arrive by seaplane. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) can also be practical. From there, Quick Coach bus (http://www.quickcoach.com, 800-665-2122), rail, car rental, and commuter planes are all possible.

If you opt to drive from the States, I-5 gets you there. Allow 2½ hours from Seattle. I-5 becomes Provincial Route 99 at the border and follows Seymour Street in Downtown Vancouver. Take Seymour St. to its end at Cordova St., turn left, then right two blocks later at Howe St., which takes you straight to the cruise terminal entrance (just drive down the ramp). It doesn’t get much easier! By bus, Quick Coach (above) offers shuttles from downtown Seattle, and Cantrail (http://www.cantrail.com, 877-940-5561) has service between Seattle’s Amtrak station and Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station.

Jennifer in Vancouver

Rail travel is a prime, very scenic choice. Amtrak’s Cascades Line provides a gorgeous ride along the Pacific Coast from Eugene, Oregon through Portland and Seattle, and the Coast Starlight Line runs from Los Angeles. For details, visit http://www.amtrakcascades.com or phone 800-USA-RAIL. The rail trip through the Canadian Rockies is legendary, with the deluxe Rocky Mountaineer from Calgary to Vancouver via Banff delivering a spectacular pre- or post-cruise two-day rail tour (We loved it!). Visit http://www.rockymountaineer.com or phone 877-460-3200 for rates. VIA Rail Canada (http://www.viarail.ca, 888 VIA-RAIL), offers regular service originating in Toronto, following a more northerly route through the Rockies via Edmonton, Alberta. The trip from Toronto takes 3.5 days. All these trains take you to Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, with direct SkyTrain light rail service to Canada Place.

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