Vancouver

Vancouver is worldwide known for its natural beauty and diversity. It is not too far from many hiking trails and ski slopes, so you can hop on your car and go in search of an adventure. However, it also offers many other activities that cater a wide gamma of interests throughout the year like shopping, live entertainment, sports, and theater among many more attractions. Like in any big city, keep your personal belongings close by at all times. Most part of the crimes do not involve violence; the majority of these are petty crimes, especially in the east-side corridor of downtown and other popular tourist destinations like Stanley Park.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Personal safety in Vancouver is very high. Violent crimes are rare; however, petty crime is common.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

Pickpocketing in popular tourists destinations like Stanley ark and the waterfront area is common.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Vancouver is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : LOW

There are virtually no scammers in Vancouver.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Vancouver.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Possible major earthquake due to its location.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Possible but unlikely.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Vancouver is generally very safe for women travelers.

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WHAT TO DO?

Downtown

This is the largest shopping district in the city, but its main attraction is the 1000-acre Stanley Park. The park’s hiking and biking trails make it so popular, as well as the Vancouver Aquarium which is also located there.

Downtown is very busy for most hours of the day and safe; however, if you wander to the Downtown Eastside, you must be extra careful as this is the infamous area of the district. This does not mean that you will get mugged or feel threaten, but you will find beggars, prostitution, and open drug use.

If you are visiting Stanley Park, be cautious in isolated zones if traveling alone. Attacks are rare, but it is best to be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Gastown

Another popular district among tourists. Its cobblestones streets and Victorian architecture give this neighborhood its charm and uniqueness. If you are in the area, you cannot miss the world’s first steam-powered clock that chimes every hour.

Kitsilano

Popular for its many outdoor activities, this district is perfect for a one-day getaway. You can either relax at the Kitsilano Beach or have a picnic at the Vanier Park, which hosts events like the Vancouver International Children’s Festival in May and Bard of the Beach in summer.

Useful Information

Citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and other countries do not require a visa to enter Canada for stays of up to 180 days. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required (except for US residents/citizens). The eTA cost is $7 CAD, and you can request it online; the approval process only takes a few minutes. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The Canadian dollar is the currency of Canada. Canada can be explored on any budget. There are many free and inexpensive attractions, and low-cost food and drinks can be easily found.
With an average temperature of 21°C, July is the hottest month in Montreal. January is the coldest month reaching -9°C.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page