The city of Vancouver and its people are very environmentally conscious, which means the city does what it can to minimize the number of vehicles and their harmful pollutants on the streets. As a result, the city is extremely well connected by bus and the Translink skytrain. The skytrain is just like a subway or metro system, but the trains move mostly above-ground. Easy to use route maps are available at www.translink.bc.ca.
The best way to truly appreciate the many facets of any city is generally by foot. Drivers in Vancouver are particularly courteous when it comes to pedestrians and are willing to stop to give them the right of way. But be careful when and where you step off the curb. Pedestrian crosswalks are usually marked with a white sign. When driving, pay special attention that no one is about to cross near these signs.
There is a ferry between Granville Island (on the West Side of Vancouver) and the Hornby Street dock (in downtown Vancouver). It runs from 7:00 to 20:00. For more information check out www.aquabus.bc.ca.
Hailing a taxi in Vancouver is not a problem, especially near the entrances of large downtown hotels and along main roads such as Robson Street and Georgia Street. However, be advised that taxis in Canada are expensive. The average cost of a five-minute ride can be as high as $15.00, depending on the distance you travel.
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