Vancouver is the most populous city in British Columbia and it is one of the best five cities in the world according to the quality of life.
Vancouver is unlike any other city due to its location between the water and mountains which increases its natural beauty.
For the tourists that are interested culture and education, Vancouver is cultural center with many theatres, museums and art galleries like the Arts Club Theatre Company, Touchstone Theatre, The Firehall Arts Centre, the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the Contemporary Art Gallery to mention just a few.
All the others, who want to shop and enjoy the food and night life, there are shopping centers, live entertainment and restaurants among many more attractions.
Warnings & Dangers in Vancouver
OVERALL RISK : LOW
Even though some minor crimes are recorded in Vancouver, major crimes are very unlikely and rare. That is why personal safety in Vancouver is at a very high level, particularly, when tourists are in question.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
You can travel via various ways of transport in Vancouver, and some of them are Rapid transit trains both above and below ground or TransLink bus service during the day. All means of transports and taxis are not considered dangerous in Vancouver.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM
As in every major city, the risks of being pickpocketed are higher on crowded streets and destinations like Stanley ark and the waterfront area in Vancouver.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW
There is a possible risk of earthquakes in Vancouver due to its location. The previous history of this place, where the world's largest earthquakes have occurred in whole British Columbia, shows that there is a chance of an earthquake within the next 50 years.
MUGGING RISK : LOW
Mugging and kidnapping are very rare in Vancouver and there are no records of a tourist being kidnapped. Nevertheless, there are urban areas that should not be visited during the nighttime.
TERRORISM RISK : LOW
Terrorist attacks occurred on numerous occasions in the country's history and can never be foretold. Nowadays, the risk of terrorists attack is improbable, but travelers should be prepared and cautious in case it happens.
SCAMS RISK : LOW
The situation in whole Canada, as well as in Vancouver, is the same regarding the scam risks. There are no scammers in Vancouver, so tourists can feel safe.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW
Vancouver is one of the ideal places for alone women travelers, because it is crime free when women are in question. However, female tourists need to be watchful at night if they happen to be alone, and bear in mind that it is illegal to carry pepper spray or tear gas in Canada.
So... How Safe Is Vancouver Really?
Magnificent mountains, ocean and forests make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Friendly Canadians made this city very welcoming and safe for tourists both day and night. Vancouver’s former status as a community drinking center is proved by numerous bars and restaurants throughout the city. Its forests, parks, and other natural beauties attract travelers to explore the city.
However, the beauty is sometimes followed by the dark side. This city is considered crime free in relation to tourists, since all the major crimes happen to its citizens and away from tourist attractions. Downtown is the most crowded part of the city, but it is still safe throughout the day. During the night, tourists should be careful because of the homeless people, prostitution, and drug addicts. It is not likely that they will attack you, but the sight is often unpleasant. Stanley Park’s isolated zones may be dangerous at night, even though attacks are rare.
Even though Vancouver is one of the least dangerous cities, tourists should be aware of the possibility of petty crimes and pay attention to their surroundings. Popular for its many outdoor activities, Vancouver is the perfect place where you can have a world-class experience.
- Visas - There are certain countries whose citizens do not need to have a visa when entering Canada, The only thing they need is An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), if they stay less than 180 days. The eTA can be request online.
- Currency - The currency used in Vancouver is the Canadian Dollar. The best way to exchange your money is in a bank or an official currency exchange office. Some stores will accept to exchange money for you, but they will not give you the best rates. Cheap accommodation, food and drink can be found throughout Canada.
- Weather - The moderate oceanic climate in Canada is characterized by summer months that are typically dry, especially in July and August, with the temperature around 21°C. The best month to swim in the sea is July. Winters are cold and January is the coldest month with -9°C.
- Airports - Vancouver International Airport in Richmond is about 12 km from the center of Vancouver. After Toronto Pearson International Airport this is the second busiest airport in Canada with its daily flights to Asia, Europe, Oceania, the United States, Mexico and many other countries.
- Travel Insurance - Either you travel as an individual or with family and friends to Canada the insurance policy is a must in order to protect yourselves from unexpected medical or any other kind of expenses or losses.