Getting Around

TIPS ON GETTING AROUND

With more that 75,000 people living in downtown and surrounding areas, like Yaletown and the West End, walkers rule the streets of downtown. In fact, the percentage of people walking downtown has already exceeded the City’s 18% target for 2021. Today 65% of trips to downtown are done on foot.

The downtown peninsula is easy to navigate with water on two sides and Stanley Park on a third. It’s a planned city, so most streets run parallel or perpendicular to the water. If you get lost, just remember: the mountains are North.

If you need help, just ask a Downtown Ambassador® for assistance. You’ll recognize them by their blue uniforms and friendly smiles.

And, pick up a Map before you head out. 

Interested in seeing art in Vancouver? The  Arts and Cultural Guide to BC provides a self-guided walking tour of some of the city's great cultural venues as well as public works on display throughout the downtown streets.

 

TIPS ON GETTING HERE

Downtown Vancouver is a peninsula. It’s easy to navigate with water on two sides (Coal Harbour and False Creek) and Stanley Park on a third.

Enter downtown via one of four major gateways.

FROM THE WEST/NORTH

Cross the Lion’s Gate Bridge and enjoy the scenic route via the Stanley Park Causeway onto West Georgia Street, a major thoroughfare into the city centre.

FROM THE NORTH

Take the TransLink Seabus from the Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver across the Burrard Inlet (it’s just a 12-minute ride) and arrive at the Waterfront Station/Seabus Terminal on West Cordova.

If you’re coming from downtown Victoria or other parts of the province, float planes take off and land in Burrard Inlet at the foot of Burrard Street.

If cruise ship is your mode of transportation, you’ll dock at Canada Place at the Port of Vancouver in the heart of downtown. You’ll be steps away from shops, restaurants and attractions when you disembark.

FROM THE SOUTH

Greater Vancouver is a region of bridges. Coming into downtown from the south, cross either the Burrard, Granville or Cambie Bridges. Or take the Canada Line directly from Vancouver International Airport into downtown.

FROM THE EAST

Both the Expo and Millennium Skytrain lines and the TransCanada Highway head into downtown from the East.

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