Layover in Vancouver

Things to Do, Travel Tips — By Natasha John on August 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

With storm season making its mark across the continent, layovers seem to be inevitable right now. If you find yourself stuck in Vancouver’s YVR airport, all is not lost because there are a number of things to do that are only a short Canada Line ride away. When the Olympics game to Vancouver in 2010, the city made sure that the Canada Line was complete so that it would create an easy form of transportation for visitors and locals leaving and going to YVR airport. It’s definitely the fastest and most economic way to travel and will get you from the airport to downtown Vancouver in about a half hour.

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If you don’t have enough time to leave the airport, there are a few things to do inside the building. Traveling can be stressful, even without any delays, so there is an option to treat yourself to a mini spa treatment at Absolute Spa in the Domestic & U.S.A. Terminal. Whether you’re in the mood for a massage, manicure or pedicure, any of those treats will help ward off a delayed flight’s frustration.

There’s also plenty of lovely art scattered throughout YVR and some cool salt water aquariums that will entertain kids for at least a few minutes.

Sometimes delays can take up an entire day and after spending a few hours in an airport, you may start to feel batty. If time and your flight permits, why not jump on the Canada Line and head downtown? There are stops in Yaletown, which is ideal if you want to go for a quick jaunt around the Seawall, or dine in one of the many restaurants in the area. If you need to do a little retail therapy, there are a number of boutiques that can easily take up much of your time.

Another stop is at Vancouver City Centre and you will find yourself directly by the Pacific Centre shopping mall, Granville Street and Robson Street. These are also popular shopping areas in the city, but if you’re in the mood for something a little more quiet and cultural, duck into the Vancouver Art Gallery and admire the current exhibition.

The last stop on the Canada line is at Waterfront Station in Gastown. There you will find plenty of restaurants to grab a bite, and if it’s a nice day out, the view from the Vancouver Lookout is quite something. Although you may have already had a bird’s eye view of Vancouver from the plane, this will give you a 360 degree view of Vancouver and if it’s a clear day, you can see Mount Baker in all its glory. You can also find lots of souvenir shops in Gastown to bring something back home.

Vancouver’s Canada Line may just be your lifeline during a flight delay and will give you the opportunity to make the most of your layover in Vancouver.

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