Tourism Vancouver has created a special website just for Toastmasters that includes places to stay, activities, restaurants, city information, trip planning and events.
This modern, multicultural and travel-friendly city features energetic restaurants and nightlife, a myriad of exciting activities and great service and value.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Vancouver:
Beautiful and Scenic
Majestic mountains, sparkling ocean views, rainforests and beautiful foliage throughout all four seasons make Vancouver one of the most scenic cities in the world. It is also known for being welcoming, clean and safe—day or night, all year-round.
Catering to any interest throughout the year, you can enjoy world-class shopping, gourmet meals, outstanding live entertainment, sporting events, theatre, outdoor adventure, spectacular sights and attractions—Vancouver has it all.
Gateway to Adventure
With quick and easy access to Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, Vancouver Island, year-round water and land sports—whether you’re looking for extreme sports or family fun—you’ll find your personal adventure here. Vancouver is also the home port for Alaska cruises during the months of May through October.
Welcoming and Accessible
Just as Vancouver welcomed the world in 2010 for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Vancouver is welcoming to all.
Superior Service and Value
Vancouver’s hotels, restaurants and business community offer outstanding levels of service and product quality. And with a consistently advantageous exchange rate on the Canadian dollar, you can have a world-class experience with superior value for your money!
Here are a few fun facts and tips to help you prepare for your trip:
Federal government departments provide service in English and French, but most of the population speaks English as either their first or second language. The City of Vancouver is quite cosmopolitan and is a mix of many multicultural groups. Because the city is multicultural, it’s also multilingual on an unofficial level. People speak a myriad of different languages and many follow the traditions of their native lands, sometimes combining them with Canadian culture.
After English and Chinese, the most common languages spoken in Vancouver are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish. More than half of the city’s school-age children have been raised speaking a language other than English.
Vancouver is in the Pacific Time Zone and observes Daylight Savings Time from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November. You can see Vancouver’s time in relation to most cities around the globe by visiting www.thetimenow.com, which is also home to a Canadian calendar with important dates.
It is recommended that visitors use Canadian currency (the Canadian Dollar - CAD) when travelling within Canada. Visitors can exchange currency at Canadian chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or at offices of foreign exchange brokers, but it is advised to have local currency on hand prior to arriving. Some hotels, merchants, restaurants and suppliers accept U.S. or other foreign currency at a pre-determined rate, which may differ from the daily rate posted by financial institutions.
The Canadian Dollar is made up of 100 Canadian cents. Coins are in denominations of five cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime), 25 cents (quarter), $1 (loonie) and $2 (toonie). Notes are in denominations $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 and $1,000.
Note that Canada phased out use of the one cent (penny) coin in 2013. If you are paying cash, the total amount of your purchases will be rounded either up or down to the closest five cents. Credit card and debit card payments are not rounded. For more information, visit the Royal Canadian Mint website.