Vancouver is a city on the move - a city that has been in a state of perpetual change for several decades. From a large ethnic population to its beautiful landscapes and new position as the Hollywood of the north, the Rough Guide to Vancouver covers it all. Includes lively accounts of all the sights and neighbourhoods, from the animated streets of Gastown to the semi-wilderness of Stanley Park, with in-depth coverage of beautiful Victoria, along with excursions to the Sunshine Coast and Whistler and discriminating reviews of the best places to eat, drink, and stay, to suit every budget.
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WHEN TO VISIT
Vancouver has a reputation for rain – David Duchovny, star of The X-Files, lamented that it rained 400 inches a day in the city. The actual figure is about 46 inches, or 117cm a year (23 inches, or 59cm in Victoria), still a fair amount; however, only about ten percent of the year’s total falls in the summer months of June, July and August. And unlike the rest of the country, Vancouver’s generally benign climate means it can be considered a year-round destination.
The best time to visit is in summer – July and August – when you’re likely to enjoy plenty of hot sunny days. "Indian summers" are also common, often prolonging the good weather into September and/or October. Still, the city can also have a sunny June and wet July. July and August are the busiest months in terms of visitor numbers, but the city rarely feels overcrowded. Accommodation prices are highest between June and early September, though many hotels divide the year into four seasons, with appreciably lower rates in even the grandest hotels from December to February.
Winters are mild and damp, but there is little snow in the city. Snow is present on the Coast Mountains, however, allowing you to ski or snowboard just minutes from downtown. Whistler, one of North America’s finest winter-sports resorts, is around two-hour’s drive away. The winter season here extends to around April.
Spring and autumn – roughly May to June and late September and October – are temperate, which is to say you can have great days and grim days. Note that the ocean and mountains mean Vancouver has several microclimates. The nearer you are to the mountains, the wetter you’ll be: Grouse Mountain has an annual precipitation of 3500mm (140 inches), downtown receives 1400mm (55 inches) of rain, and Richmond (near the Fraser River) just 1000mm (40 inches).
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Description du livre Rough Guides, 2001. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 1858287146