Vancouver is located on the west coast of Canada. It is one of the largest cities in Canada with a metro population approaching 2.5 million. The original settlement was Gastown, founded in 1867. It quickly grew as people flocked to the area, and Vancouver was established in 1886. The railway arrived the following year, cementing Vancouver's role in the development of Canada's west. The railway allowed the county to take advantage of the harbour and large natural seaport. It wasn't long until the city was an important hub on the trade routes between North America and Asia.
Because of its strategic location in western Canada, Vancouver has state-of-the-art port facilities, and its natural resources make forestry and mining some of its most profitable industries. However, Vancouver’s sources of wealth do not stop there, in recent years, hospitals and educational institutions have been cornering the market as well as aiding in the development of biotechnology. Tourism itself is another reason, why Vancouver hotels are so often busy. After you arrive, you can start to explore this beautiful city. One of the best places to start is with Stanley Park located on a small island just off the down town core. Here you can go for a job on the seawall, wander around Beaver Lake in the centre of the park, or discover the fabulous monuments scattered around the park. From there you can head down to the beaches, or take a cable car to the top of Grouse Mountain. When looking for a hotel in Vancouver, remember to use HRS for quality you can trust
As is expected from a large, international city, Vancouver offers great cultural activities as well as latest fashion, shopping and fine dining. For ideas on where to go for dinner, ask the staff at your hotel in Vancouver for the best spots. Plan your trip around one of the many cultural festivals the city has to offer. For a taste of Chinese-Canadian culture, come for the Dragon Boat Festival in June, for a taste of Hollywood, join Vancouverites in the Vancouver International Film Festival. Travel to Vancouver through the Vancouver International Airport. If you are driving, you can take the Trans Canada Highway from Calgary, or if you are in the USA, head north form Seattle on the I-5 to the border and cross into Canada at the Peace Arch. Public transit in Vancouver is excellent. The SkyTrain links the major districts to one another, and there is extensive bus coverage. Buy FareSaver ticket books to save on the transit fares. Remember to book your hotel in Vancouver in advance as they are quickly filled.