Vancouver - Getting Around and Where to Stay

Late August/early September is the end of summer and one of the nicest times of year in Vancouver.  Temperatures average 25-28C during the day, but cool down to about 12-15C overnight.  Rainfall is a possibility but the majority of summer days in Vancouver are dry and pleasant.  At the end of August, sunrise is at about 6:30am and sunset at about 8:00pm.  The 5-day weather forecast can be found at the Environment Canada website.

The Canadian dollar is worth about 75% of the US dollar.  For other conversions, you can use the universal currency converter.

Airport arrivals
The Vancouver International airport (YVR) is located in the suburb of Richmond, south of the city of Vancouver.  Please let us know when you will be arriving and we will be happy to meet you at the airport.  Alternatively, a shuttle bus to downtown Vancouver leaves the airport every 20 minutes.  Car rentals are also easily available (see below).

You are most welcome to stay at Jessica's parents' house in North Vancouver.  Walter and Peggy have some spare beds, a fold-out sofa bed, a tent trailer, comfortable couches, lots of floor space, and even backyard camping if you're interested!  If you would like to take advantage of this free accommodation, contact Jess as soon as possible!

Some other options for accommodation include...

The Jericho Hostel  A good hostel in a terrific ocean-side setting, with bus access to downtown.  Private rooms from $25 per person for Hostelling International members or $30 per person for non-members.

The YWCA Hotel/Residence  Hotel quality for great prices and located in downtown Vancouver.  A variety of room styles and rates to choose from, with rates from as low as $26 per person for some arrangements.

Holiday Inn Express North Vancouver  A moderately priced hotel in the west of North Vancouver (the suburb where Jess and Greg will be based) with super easy access to downtown via the nearby Lions Gate Bridge.  Book by August 4th and mention booking code "2-AME" to receive special pricing.  Rooms with one or two queen beds are $109 plus tax for up to 4 people, including a light breakfast.  Rooms also have a small fridge and a microwave and the hotel has an outdoor swimming pool.  To reserve a room, call 1-800-663-4055 (toll-free within Canada and USA) or send an email to the attention of Nancy.

Holiday Inn North Vancouver  The most upscale of the options we've listed.  A 4-star hotel in North Vancouver.  Also features good access to downtown and the wedding location.  Book by July 25th and mention "Jess and Greg's Wedding" to receive special pricing.  Standard rooms with 2 Queen beds or 1 King bed are $145 plus tax, based on double occupancy.  Additional people are $10 each, except kids under 18 stay free.  Add $10 for a room with kitchenette.  To reserve a room, contact the hotel directly via email or from North America call toll-free on 1-877-985-3111.

Car rentals are available from a number of vendors at the airport.

The public transportation system in the Vancouver area (Translink) is quite good and very economical.  The system includes buses, skytrains, and a seabus.  Fares start at $2 per trip, or daypasses are $8.

We will do our best to get you where you want to go.  Please don't hesitate to let us know how we can help!

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