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Travel Tips

Climate – And What To Wear

Vancouver enjoys warm, comfortable weather with moderate temperatures that are tempered by sea breezes.

August weather in Vancouver is sunny and warm:

  • Average temperature: 18ºC / 65ºF
  • Average high: 22ºC / 71ºF
  • Average low: 14ºC / 57ºF

There are about fifteen hours of sunshine per day. Light fabrics or short sleeves is advisable during the day, with a light jacket or sweater for evenings. Visitors can expect warm weather and sunshine.

Accessibility
Vancouver enjoys a reputation as being one of the most accessible cities in the world among travelers with special needs. Whether using wheelchairs, white canes, seeing eye dogs or hearing aids, Vancouver leads the way in making the area a more livable place for people with disabilities through its progressive transportation systems, innovative housing and recreational opportunities.

Accessibility Shuttle – UBC Campus
The UBC Accessibility Shuttle is for people with conditions that impact their mobility who need assistance traveling to and from main pedestrian areas on campus. The shuttle is a free, shared ride service available only by reservation. You can find more information to book a ride on the Accessibility Shuttle here, or by calling 604-822-9929.

Languages
Canada has two official languages – English and French. English is the predominant language in British Columbia. Vancouver is multicultural and also multilingual. After English and Chinese, the most common mother tongue languages spoken are Punjabi, German, Italian, French, Tagalog (Filipino) and Spanish.

Time Zone
Vancouver is in the Pacific Standard Time Zone (PST). Daylight savings time is in effect from the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.

Metric Measures
Canada follows the International Metric System. Temperatures, rainfall measures, distance, weights, velocity are expressed in metric units. Distance is measured in kilometres (km).

Electricity
Outlets and voltage (120 volts) are the same as in the United States. Small appliances such as hair dryers, irons, razors, etc. can be used in Canada. For those from other countries, adapters are required for electrical appliances. The frequency of electrical current in Canada is 60 Hz.

Currency
The currency of Canada is the Canadian dollar (sign: $ or C$; code: CAD).
To avoid exchange problems, visitors are advised to exchange their funds to Canadian dollars at a bank or a foreign currency exchange outlet.

Money
Paper bills: $5 (blue), $10 (purple), $20 (green), $50 (red) and $100 (brown) denominations.
Coins include the nickel (5¢), dime (10¢), quarter (25¢), ‘loonie’ ($1) and ‘toonie’ ($2).

Electronic Transactions
Credit cards, ATMs, and direct-debit cards are commonly used in Canada.
Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards are widely accepted in most stores and restaurants.

Banks
Banking hours are generally 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday. Some banks are open on Saturday.

ATMs (Automated Teller Machines or cash machines) are found at the airport, banks and in retail areas.

Time Zones / Daylight Savings Time
Most of BC is on Pacific Standard Time, which is one hour behind Mountain Standard Time (Alberta and some eastern areas of BC) and three hours behind Eastern Standard Time (Ontario/New York).

Tipping
Tipping in Vancouver is normal and is around 10 to 15% of the bill.

Smoking & Alcohol
Smoking is restricted at many places in Vancouver, including public transportation, restaurants, places of work and enclosed public areas. The current legal drinking age in B.C. is 19 years of age.