The largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, Vancouver is also the third largest city in Canada. The city is nestled between the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains, and is renowned for its majestic beauty and cosmopolitan atmosphere. In fact, the city often ranks as one of the best cities to live in the world, and visitors will be taken aback by the unique blend of culture and natural beauty. The airport is a hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Express and Air Transat, in addition to being a focus city for the low-cost carrier WestJet, who are a good option for getting a cheap flight to the city. With such a large number of carriers currently offering routes to Vancouver, make sure to compare prices online to optimise your chances of getting cheap fares on departures from Gatwick, Edinburgh and a whole host of UK airports.The city has a wealth of beautiful parks, the most famous being Stanley Park located at the edge of the downtown peninsula. The park has many miles of trails suitable for hiking and cycling, and some incredible views and attractions. The most popular trail in the park is the Seawall, which runs about 15 miles in length around the perimeter of the park; the renowned Vancouver Aquarium is also located here. The city's picturesque University of British Columbia is home to The Museum of Anthropology, which has a large collection of impressive artefacts from all over the globe. The Vancouver Art Gallery is located in the heart of the city and houses a variety of specialised exhibitions, concentrating on the finest local artists.
Once your flight to the city has landed there are a few transport options to bring you to downtown Vancouver. The Skytrain (Canada line) is an excellent service that provides direct transport to the city centre within 25 minutes. The fare from the airport to the city is currently $9.00, which is made up of a $4.00 charge for the train, and a $5 surcharge for purchasing from a vending machine. There are a large number of taxis lined up outside the departures section of the airport; the journey to the city will cost you about $25 or $30. Limousines offer a comfortable and luxurious alternative to taxis; a ride to downtown Vancouver will cost you between $40-55.