We've never been to Canada, so we're going to visit Vancouver a few days before boarding RCI for our cruise. Even though they have their own currency, do they use/accept US currency in Canada? Also, any advice on what to see while in Vancouver? Thanks.
We're going there for the 1st time ourselves in Sept., so everything I'm telling you is what I've read in travel books I got at the library. We were in Niagara Falls Canada 2 years ago, & I'm fairly certain they took American money, but not sure now.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge looks like a neat place to check out in Vancouver; however, it's not free. The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge park does not charge admission. Stanley Park looked like a nice, pretty area to walk around in. Also, my travel agent says Robson Street has lots of shopping.
Hope this helps. We are looking forward to seeing this city also the day before our cruise leaves.
Spent 2 nights in Vancouver last summer and we're leaving from there mid June on H/A. I exchanged dollars while there at a bank, also saw exchange places downtown, tried to use credit card when possible. Message boards say US Dollars can be used, expect the exchange rate will vary.
Stanley Park was good, went to the aquarium. Walked around downtown(robson st) one night. Highly recommend Granville Island Public Market. Taking the Water Taxi from south downtown is half the fun, there was a nice hole n the wall fish n chips place round the small bay in back of the market that had some great halibut.
The value of the Canadian dollar has been rising against the US dollar so while almost everyone here will take US money don't expect the 8 -10% premium in your change which will be in Canadian money.
The best way to get the proper exchange rate is to use credit cards or to exchange money at a bank or one of the many money exchange places around the city.
The sites mentioned are all good. There is a tremendous choice of restaurants if you like eating ethnic foods or seafood. One thing that a lot of tourists notice about Vancouver is the number of panhandlers on the street. Most of them are harmless but we aren't proud of them.
I believe RCI uses Ballantyne Pier. The pier itself is safe but you should take a taxi to get there - do not walk downtown to or from Ballantyne as it is a rough area. Canada Place pier on the other hand is in a very safe but congested area.
The main downtown and tourist areas are very safe but take the same precautions you would in any large US city.
There is also a lot of road construction in Vancouver due to the expansion of the subway out to the airport.
Have fun in Vancouver and please spend lots of money ;-)
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E...could you please recommend a neighborhood or area of Vancouver where we can stay one night before our HAL cruise to Alaska. I have been to Vancouver twice and the last time we stayed in the Richmond neighborhood. However, this area has gotten very pricey for a one night stay. We'll have a car and I am willing to drive to the outskirts of Vancouver to stay in a pleasant and interesting area where the hotels will be nice and hopefully reasonable.
Any other suggestions you have will be appreciated.