Tourist board information: 00 1 604 682 2222; destinationvancouver.com
Emergency fire, police and ambulance: 911
British Consulate-General: 1111 Melville St, Suite 800, Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 3V6; 00 1 604 683 4421; gov.uk
Flight time: (from UK) London to Vancouver is approximately 9.5 hours
Time difference: -8 hours
Currency: Canadian dollars
International dialling code: +1
Local laws and etiquette
• Always have your passport and driver’s license with you when driving in Canada, in case you get stopped by police.
• You can turn right at a red traffic light (provided you come to a complete stop first, there is no oncoming traffic and no contradictory sign saying ‘no turn on red’).
• In Canadian cities, you have to park with your car pointing in the direction of the traffic on the correct side of the road, otherwise you will be fined.
• Do not park within 5m of a fire hydrant.