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Is it advisable to rent a car when visiting Vancouver?

Vancouver has an extensive public transportation system which reaches many tourist attractions.  Subsequently, a rental car is generally not necessary.  It can be costly to park downtown, with many hotels charging upwards of C$20 per day for parking.  Should you have a need to drive, Canada drives on the right side of the road, the same as the U.S., and Vancouver uses a grid system which makes it relatively easy to navigate.  Please note that in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics, construction is common in the area.  So, it's advisable to check road conditions in advance.  As with driving in any foreign country, check local licensing requirements and confirm insurance coverage with your insurer.

last updated 2008.10.29
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