Helpful Tips

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To make your trip as easy and fun as possible, we've provided some practical information and tips for visitors to Vancouver:



Baggage Handling

Porter service is available at the Vancouver International Airport. Most tour group companies provide baggage handling services on arrival and departure. Rates and policies vary and should be confirmed with the supplier.

Climate

Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver enjoys mild temperatures year-round. From high 70's Fahrenheit (low 20's Celsius) in summer to a mild mid 40's Fahrenheit (0° to 5° Celsius) in winter, the climate is always hospitable. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows, except on our local ski hills.

Average Daily High Temperatures:

Month Celsius Fahrenheit
January 5 41
February 7 44
March 10 50
April 14 58
May 18 65
June 21 69
July 23 74
August 23 74
September 18 65
October 14 58
November 9 48
December 5 41


Holidays

There are 10 statutory holidays celebrated annually in British Columbia. Generally, banks, school and most offices are closed on holidays. In addition, Easter Monday and Boxing Day are also often observed as holidays. Theatres, restaurants, and many retail stores remain open for business as usual, especially those in malls and downtown shopping areas.

Holiday 2014 2015 2016
New Year's Day Jan 1 Jan 1 Jan 1
Good Friday Apr 18 Apr 3 Mar 25
Easter Monday Apr 21 Apr 6 Mar 28
Victoria Day May 19 May 18 May 23
Canada Day Jul 1 Jul 1 Jul 1
B.C. Day Aug 4 Aug 3 Aug 1
Labour Day Sept 1 Sept 7 Sept 5
Thanksgiving Day Oct 13 Oct 12 Oct 10
Remembrance Day Nov 11 Nov 11 Nov 11
Christmas Day Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25
Boxing Day Dec 26 Dec 26 Dec 26


Population

The following are approximate population numbers based on 2011 Canadian Census reports:

City of Vancouver: 603,502
Metro Vancouver: 2.3 million
- 52.5% of BC's population of 4.4 million.
- 50% considers English as its mother tongue, while 25% consider Chinese as their first language
- Age-wise, the age groups 20 to 39 and 40 to 64 are tied at 34.5% each of the total population.

 


Smoking Laws

Each municipality in Metro Vancouver has different rules for smoking in public places such as public buildings, restaurants and pubs.

Within the City of Vancouver, smoking is not permitted by law in all indoor public spaces, including public transit, shopping malls, restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and casinos. Smoking is not permitted within six metres of an entryway, openable window or air intake of a building. Signage will be posted to indicate the applicable smoking restrictions. Please smoke in designated areas only. Smoking is also prohibited in all Vancouver parks and on beaches, including on the sea wall and other paths and trails.

 


Tipping

Some properties and resort hotels include tips or gratuities with group bookings to simplify bookkeeping. This will usually include gratuities for housekeeping, bell service and food service. If meals are included in the price, customary gratuity will be calculated at 15 per cent. Visitors should be advised that the standard tip in most restaurants is 15 per cent.