Embedded between coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver belongs to one of the most beautiful cities in the world and can be considered a “young” metropolis with its modern architecture. In addition the third biggest city in Canada shows itself to be a little more than young with its quaint old town and its multicultural population. You should begin your car hire tour of discovery “Downtown”, the small peninsular of the city centre. The peninsular offers all sorts of attractions that you should visit. From here with your car hire in Vancouver it is also easy to reach the Old Town “Gastown” and the Chinese quarter. The streets in “Downtown” are laid out in a chequered pattern and all have the word “street” at the end so it’s really simple to find your way around. In Canada Place in the heart of the city stands the symbol of Vancouver - the pretty Congress Centre in the form of an ocean steamboat with white sails. From the lookout tower, the “Vancouver Lookout” which is situated nearby, visitors can enjoy a breath-taking view across the city and the splendid cruise ships. When the weather is good you can even catch sight of America 40km (25 miles) away.
In the afternoon you should park up the hire car and go for a walk through the attractive Old Town, “Gastown”. You can enjoy being photographed in historical costumes and you can listen to the oldest steam clock in the world. The steam from underground pipes provides warmth for many household in “Downtown” and brings the steam clock into musical life every 15 minutes. This Canadian city is characterised due to its many Chinese immigrants and it’s not a surprise that the city has the 2nd largest Chinese district in North America after San Francisco. Once you set foot in this district it feels as through you have just stepped into another world- full of exotic smells and interesting junk shops. The “Chinese Culture Centre” offers a 90 minute tour giving an insight into the history of this district. This interesting guided tour must be booked in advance. You should definitely visit the “Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden” with its meticulously organised green spaces and ponds based on the Taoist principles.
In the evening you should not linger in the red light district between “Chinatown” and “Gastown”, better to steer yourselves towards “Robson Street” and “Granville Street” because this is where the nightlife begins! The weekly magazine “The Georgia Straight” shows the up to dates concerts or theatre performances and can be picked up for free in shops and kiosks. “Robson Street” is definitely the first place for shopping as the second most important department store in Vancouver can be found here as well as exclusive boutiques with Designer Clothing. Take a look and pack up the hire car with goodies to take home.
Due to Vancouver’s location on the Pacific, Vancouver has the mildest weather in the whole of Canada and offers an abundance of outdoor activities such as horse riding, climbing and wind-surfing. For those of you that are fans of winter sports there are 3 ski resorts in close proximity to one another to choose from. They are all easily reached with cheap car hire and are called “Cypress, “Seymour” and “Grouse Mountains”- its no wonder that Vancouver hosted the Olympic Games in 2010. MCR wishes you a pleasant journey with car hire in Vancouver.
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