Explore an incredible West Coast city and the great Canadian outdoors

Vancouver Travel Guide

If you’re looking for a taste of why Vancouver is such a beautiful city, then you have come to the right place.

Find out what makes Vancouver famous, take a look at some of its popular sights and discover how to spend your time in and around the city. 

Hollywood North

Vancouver is the third largest production centre for the film industry in North America, giving it the nickname 'Hollywood North'.

Spectacular nature

Lush forests, sandy beaches and mountains will take your breath away. Get ready for hiking, skiing and snowboarding!


Vancouver is consistently rated as one of the world’s top three places to live. You will understand why...

Downtown seawall & Granville Island

Tour the famous seaport city and sample its seafood for a true taste of the Pacific Ocean.

Public Holidays on a Weekday

  • 02 Jan
  • 13 Feb
  • 14 Apr
  • 22 May
  • 30 June
  • 07 Aug
  • 04 Sep
  • 09 Oct
  • 10 Nov
  • 25 Dec
  • 26 Dec

Useful information

Driving Age

Minimum age to rent a car is 21. Additional charges may apply to drivers 21 to 24 years of age. Most rental companies require that you have an international driving license, a second form of identity and a major credit card. 

Smoking laws

Legal age for smoking in Vancouver is 19. Smoking is prohibited in all buildings, including all restaurants and bars. Smoking is permitted outside. If you smoke in a “smoke free” place, you may receive a fine of up to $5000.


All EC Vancouver students must be covered by health insurance for the entire length of their stay. EC can help students to purchase insurance upon arrival at the school. The cost of insurance is $14 Cdn per week. Students will be asked to show proof of coverage on arrival if they are not purchasing insurance through EC.

Drinking Age

Legal age for drinking in Vancouver is 19 and many places will ask for identification.

  • C$2.50

    1 litre of milk

  • C$2.50

    2 litres of water

  • C$2.00

    A loaf of bread

  • C$7.50

    Big Mac Meal

  • C$1.50

    Can of coke

  • C$9-C$15


  • $2

    Coffee in a café

  • C$2

    Coffee in café

  • C$10-C$30

    Cost of sim card

  • C$10 - C$15

    Entrance to clubs

  • $5


  • C$12-C$16

    Average 2 course meal