Honeymoons in Vancouver
If you are looking for a honeymoon city destination that has a mixture of modernity and old world charm with plenty of things to see and do, then welcome to Vancouver. The city itself gives of a real cosmopolitan vibe so why not take a bus tour and explore what the city has to offer. Alternatively if you have your sea legs, then you can also explore Vancouver by boat, as it is surrounded by water on 3 sides. Whatever you decide Vancouver makes for a perfect honeymoon destination.
One thing's for sure, if you honeymoon in Vancouver you certainly won't run out of things to see and do here. Voted one of the world's best cities it's not hard to see why. The city itself is a modern vibrant place that sits side by side with its past. Take a trip to historic Gastown where you will see what Vancouver was like back in the day. Walk around quaint cobblestone streets and visit the shops and restaurants surrounding them. Some of which harp back to a bygone age. The Gastown steam clock is also worth a visit. A visit to other districts such as Chinatown and Granville island are also a must. If you really want to see what the city looks like then climb to the top of the so called 'Vancouver lookout' an observation deck that is part of the Harbour Centre Tower. It happens to be the tallest building in the province. If you want to get away from the city a visit to Stanley Park set in over 1000 acres offers great vies of the city and harbour. The Vancouver aquarium which is also situated in Stanley Park is the oldest aquarium in Canada and here you can see the beautiful Beluga Whale amongst others. Finally if you want to see the real thing, then why not take a boat trip out and go Whale watching. On the whole Vancouver has so much to offer and flights from Johannesburg with fly here via 1 stop which means getting here is relatively simple. So what are you waiting for?
Vancouver is such a lively and vibrant city and as a result there is a whole host of things to see and do. Why not take in the sights on one of the cities 'Big Buses' or shop till you drop at one of British Columbia's largest shopping malls. For a truly awesome spectacle, then how about some whale watching. Vancouver has so much to offer and is a great honeymoon destination.
The city of Vancouver has a modern but cosmopolitan vibe and is officially recognised as one of the best cities to live in the world. This comes as no surprise when you actually take a look at all the things they have got going on. Getting here from other parts of Canada is a piece of cake with flights leaving from most airports, you can be enjoying everything his city has to offer quicker than you think. So what do you do when you get here. Gastown is not only the historic part of the city, but is fast becoming the culinary heart as well. Here you will find a myriad of great restaurants. Why not take a 'Big Bus' tour and with over 22 different stops including Chinatown, Stanley park, Granville island, it's a great way to get around the city. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, then the Metropolis shopping mall has over 450 stores offering great bargains. If you prefer walking, then the city itself is fairly compact and easy to get around. Vancouver is known for its wide pavements with cafes at every turn. Why not grab yourself a coffee and simply people watch. For that touch of romance, why not take a harbour cruise at night. If it's nature and wildlife you're after then a visit to the Aquarium has over 7000 aquatic animals. Alternatively how about seeing them in their natural habitat and take a whale watching tour. In essence whatever you decide to do, your honeymoon in Vancouver may be a lot of things, but what it it certainly won't be is boring!
Key Facts for Vancouver
Currency: Canadian Dollar
Flight time: 5 hours from Toronto
When to Honeymoon in Vancouver
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With a moderate climate, Vancouver enjoys warm summers and cool winters. From October through March you can expect frequent rain showers, characteristic of Vancouver’s weather, with temperatures rarely falling below zero. If you love the idea of being outdoors and basking in the sunshine of a Canadian summer, July to September is the best time to book a honeymoon in Vancouver. Summer temperatures remain at an average of 22 degrees Celsius, with slightly cooler evenings. For a honeymoon in Vancouver it’s always a good idea to layer your clothing and carry an umbrella, particularly if you plan to spend time enjoying the outdoors.
Departing from London Heathrow, you can get a direct British Airways flight to Vancouver which takes just under 10 hours.
UK passport holders can visit Canada as tourists for up to six months without a visa. The only requirement is a valid passport. A rental car is not required within Vancouver, as the city boasts a convenient public transportation system (including sky trains!). That being said, a car is useful if you plan to do some exploring outside of the city during your honeymoon in Vancouver.
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Getting Married in Vancouver
Located in British Columbia, the city of Vancouver is a coastal one – meaning a wedding abroad in Vancouver will give you some beautiful coastal scenery that will make the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs. If you want to get married in Vancouver then you will have plenty of options when it comes to searching for the perfect wedding venue, whether you want to get married in a beautiful hotel, you can even get married in a picturesque park if you apply for a licence. Vancouver has a great balance of busy city life and quiet and tranquil landscapes, so whether you are looking for adventure or you want to escape from it all, Vancouver will have something to offer. A wedding aboard in Vancouver is perfect for a couple wanting a wedding abroad with a difference.
You do not have to be a British Columbia resident to be married in the province. However, you are required to get a Marriage Licence which is valid for a term of three months and only valid in British Columbia.
Anyone over 19 years of age is eligible to apply for a marriage licence in BC. If one or both individuals were recently divorced within the last 31 days, proof of divorce must be provided. No licence is issued until the courts finalize a divorce, normally 31 days after the divorce decree is issued by the Courts.
For further information visit: http://www.vs.gov.bc.ca/marriage/howto.html
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