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Destination Guide to Vancouver

Discover the Vancouver with Avis

Vancouver often comes top of lists ranking the world's "best places to live". Once you arrive it's not difficult to see why. There isn't a place on Earth that manages to combine epic nature and engaging metropolis so successfully and so intimately. The shimmering ocean, towering peaks and verdant forests are literally on the city's doorstep. Be astounded by the nature, but also be sure to take the time to get beneath the city's surface.

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Vancouver Road Trip

With Canada so vast, an Avis car is a great way of packing more into your trip. From Vancouver, head to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal via Highways 99 and 17. Take the staggering boat trip across to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, then jump back in the car and drive up to Victoria to explore the picturesque capital of British Columbia.

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Top spots to visit with an Avis car

Sights

Vancouver Aquarium

Head to this fantastic aquarium to catch a glimpse of a huge variety of marine life. There are sharks, octopi, jellyfish and eels, to name but a few. There are also rare birds, turtles and sloth to be seen. The newest attraction is the 4D experience, coupling stunning 3D theatre with added wind, mist and aromas.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a major Vancouver attraction. The park stretches over 404 hectares and combines excellent attractions with some beautiful scenery. The park is completely surrounded by the Stanley Park Seawall, an attraction in it's own right.

Shopping

Ten Thousand Villages

This fantastic boutique offers products made by artisan workers in low-income countries across the globe. These are some of the most interesting souvenirs available, even if they're from Vietnam and Bangladesh rather than Canada!

Metropolis at Metrotown

This legendary Palm Beach District is known for it's high-quality shops, galleries and antiques. From haute couture boutiques to upscale shops and restaurants, here you'll find luxury at it's best.

Activities

Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak Centre

Canoeing and kayaking are popular pastimes in Vancouver and the sheltered waters at Deep Cove provide the perfect location for beginners to get their first taste. More experienced water lovers are also catered for with some excellent tours and courses.

Grouse Mountain

This is a wonderful winter destination, offering skiing, snow boarding and ice skating. There are also a host of other Christmas attractions, making this a real family favourite.

Useful driving tips

  • A right hand side road system operates in Canada.
  • km/h Motorways
  • km/h Built up Areas
  • Seat belts are compulsory for everyone in the vehicle.
  • In the winter, icy roads and extreme conditions can be a real hazard. Drivers should always make provision for emergency situations.
  • Wild animals on the road are a real hazard in Canada, watch out for deer, elk and moose in particular.
  • You must obtain an International Driving Licence to rent a car in Canada.

Avis benefits for Vancouver

  • No cancellation charges
  • No amendment charges
  • Rapid Return available at most locations
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