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Travel Guide: Siwash Rock in Vancouver, Canada #travel

Siwash Rock

Vancouver, Canada

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Coronavirus in Vancouver

As much as it pains us to say, now is not the best time to be boarding that plane, boat or train. More and more countries are going into COVID-19 lockdown and closing their borders, which is making it virtually impossible to travel anyway. You can track the current coronavirus right now.

Culture in Vancouver

We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to traveling in Canada. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to Canada.

Money in Vancouver

Currencie(s): Canadian dollar

  • 1 Canadian dollar = 0.65 €
  • 1 Canadian dollar = 0.79 $
  • 1 Canadian dollar = 0.58 £

Tipping: Tipping is practiced in Canada in a similar manner to the United States. 15% is standard, but 18-25% of the total bill is a good rule of thumb. Workers who receive tips are legally required to report the income and pay income tax on it.

Corruption: Canada has a corruption score of 19 out of 100.
If your itinerary runs through Canada, you're pretty safe. According to Transparency International, Canada is one of the least corrupt nations around the world.

Canada is not concidered to be a dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 1.33 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.

Language in Vancouver

Language(s): English & French
Here are a few basic lines to get you started:
  • Yes = Oui
  • No = Non
  • Thank You = Merci
  • Hello = Bonjour
  • Do you speak English? = Parlez vous anglais?
  • Please = S'il vous plaît
  • Bye = Au revoir
  • Excuse Me = Pardon
  • Where is the Bathroom? = Où se trouvent les toilettes?
  • What is your Name? (My Name Is) = Quel est votre nom? (Mon nom est)

Food & Drinks in Vancouver

5 National dishes: Poutine, Nanaimo Bar, Butter Tarts, Tourtière & Peameal Bacon.

Tap Water: It's safe to drink tap water.

Drinking age: The minimum age for drinking in Vancouver is 18.
18: Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec; 19: British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, Yukon

Religion in Vancouver

Canada contains a few regions that are considered as a religious. According to the Gallup Poll in 2009 research, only 42% of the population thinks religion is important in their daily life. More info about this study can be found here. The religous adherents are Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant 23.3% (including United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16% (2001 census). Read this article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

Sex & Relationships in Vancouver

Age of Consent: 16 years.

Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is legalized in Canada since 2005.

Canada scores a 10/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.

National Sports in Vancouver

A lot of countries and cultures have an obsession with sports, almost reaching religious proportions. In this case, Lacrosse & Ice hockey is Canada their national sport.

Other practical tips for Vancouver

Timezone: UTC-08:00 to UTC-03:30

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Power adapters and converters: 120 V (60 Hz), Plug A / B

Weather: Currently few clouds, with a temperature between 8.3 and 10.6°C (47 and 51°F)

Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 6.43 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So you have nothing to worry about when travelling to Canada.

Fly to Vancouver, Canada

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