Besides the capital Ottawa and Canada’s largest city Toronto, Vancouver is also definitely worth visiting. This article describes a number of reasons why a visit to Vancouver and Vancouver Island should not be left out during a tour of Canada. In addition, we will discuss the eTA Canada, the travel authorization that travellers must have before leaving for Canada.
Canada is a sparsely populated country. The metropolis of Vancouver, with its 2,300,000 inhabitants, has the third-highest population of all metropolitan areas in Canada. This is partly due to the fact that Vancouver is a popular place to live. Vancouver is also important internationally. The city has one of the most important ports in the world. Because the city lies on the Pacific Ocean and has the largest port in Canada, Vancouver is an important transit point for Asian products to the Canadian market.
Vancouver is a beautiful city, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains. In addition to its beautiful skyline and a cosy centre with several restaurants and terraces, Vancouver has a 400 hectare city park with an aquarium and wild animals (Stanley Park), a park with many interesting museums (Vanier Park) and long white beaches at English Bay. Moreover, Vancouver’s Chinatown is the third largest in North America. Due to the presence of both mountains and ocean, there is a wide range of outdoor sports to be enjoyed in and around Vancouver, from kayaking, sailing and diving in the summer to skiing in the winter. The best known ski areas are north of Vancouver. The town of Whistler and Cypress Mountain hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.
If you are in the west of Canada, it is a good idea to visit Vancouver Island. Vancouver Island can be reached by ferry from Vancouver in approximately 2 hours. The island is located off the Pacific coast of British Columbia, about 80 kilometres west of the city of Vancouver.
The island covers an area of 32,000 square kilometres and has a coastline of 27,000 kilometres. Thanks to the mild temperatures, which hardly ever drop below freezing in winter, the island has a great variety of flora and fauna. A number of species are found only on this island, including the Vancouver scrub and the Vancouver wolf. Because Vancouver Island is situated on a geological fault line, hundreds of small earthquakes occur every year.
If you visit Vancouver Island during your tour of Canada, it is a good idea to try out the Malahat Skywalk. This 650-metre long walkway is expected to be open to the public by the summer of 2021. From the walkway, you have a perfect view of the beautiful nature. In addition, Vancouver Island is one of the best places in the world to spot whales. It would be a shame not to take advantage of that. Another popular tourist attraction on Vancouver Island is the Butchart Gardens in Victoria. These gardens are considered to be one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.
eTA Canada application
A direct flight from the UK will take you to Vancouver in around nine to ten hours. Since an eTA Canada is valid for five years, travellers can apply for an eTA well before booking their flight and planning their trip. This can be done online by filling out the eTA form on this website. In most cases, filling in the application form takes about ten minutes.
An eTA can be used for a holiday, a business trip, a visit to friends or family or a layover in Canada, as long as the stay does not exceed 6 months. Before departure, travellers should check that they and their travel plans meet the requirements of the eTA Canada. If not, a Canada visa can be applied for at a Visa Application Centre