May 25th, 2011
In a recent tourist survey carried out by ORC International, it was found that Americans know very little about Canada (only 29% knew what city is the capital of Canada.)
1) Do we have to have Canadian money while in Vancouver?
Yes. We have Canadian currency, which at the moment is worth a little more than U.S. currency. So yes, it’s a good idea to have some Canadian walking around money. You can charge most things on your credit card.
2) If we use our U.S. credit card in Vancouver how will we get charged?
The U.S. bank that holds your credit card will charge you according to the rate of exchange on the date of the transaction. The bank will do the conversion and you will be charged in U.S. dollars.
3) When we arrive at the airport, how will we get to the Manor?
Vancouver is a big city of over 2 million people. There are lots of taxis at the airport. They are all bonded and they all have meters. It’s about a 20 minute drive from the Vancouver International Airport to the Manor Guest House.
4) Can we use our cell phones in Canada?
Yes, you can, but roaming charges may apply. Check with your service provider. At the Manor Guest House we do offer free local and long distance calls anywhere to the U.S. or Canada, so if your service provider will ding you, we won’t.
5) If we’re coming to Vancouver for a long weekend, will we have enough time to visit Banff?
It may look close on the map, but Banff is actually about 850 miles away.
6) We’re coming to Vancouver in July. Will it be cold?
Vancouver is in the Pacific Northwest, 150 miles north of Seattle, so we have pretty much the same weather as they do. We have a temperate climate. Days in the summer are generally warm, not humid, (75 degrees) and it gets cooler in the evening, so it’s always advisable to bring a sweater or a jacket. It will not be cold. You’re also not likely to swelter.
7) Do we have to bring an electrical currency converter to Vancouver?
No. All your appliances will work here. We’re on the same wavelength.
8) We learned French in school. Will we get a chance to practice in Vancouver?
The short answer is, unlikely. Although both English and French are the official languages of Canada, French is not spoken much beyond the province of Quebec where you find the cities of Montreal and Quebec City. But you’ll be able to read French on anything you can find that has packaging. And if you really are dying to speak, ask for Brenda who’s the general manager of the Manor Guest House. She’s from Montreal and she’d love to speak French with you.
9) Will we get to see the Queen of England?
It’s true that Vancouver is in the province (not providence) of BRITISH Columbia. But that’s just the name of our province. The Queen lives in England. We have extended an invitation to Her Majesty to stay at the Manor. We’re waiting to hear.
And by the way, the capital city of Canada is Ottawa.