A multicultural metropolis with snowcapped crags, city-hugging beaches and waterfront forests
Vancouver is a popular destination for backpackers from all over the world. This is partly because as a backpacker wanting to explore Canada or the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is a well-connected place and easy to travel from. Vancouver is also a good base from which to take short hops to resorts such as Whistler, where those with work permits often find temporary jobs which allow them to have a working skiing or snowboarding holiday before setting off to the next adventure. Canada has working student agreements with many countries including the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands, which allows full time students to apply for short-term working visas. There are also other work visas for young people which although limited by number are relatively easy to apply for.
Vancouver suits backpackers well as it’s a laid-back city with a great social life, as well as plenty of reasonably priced places to eat and drink. There are a number of very good hostels, including three Hostelling International locations in central Vancouver, a SameSun hostel and the reasonable Cambie hostels on Cambie and Seymour. All of these have their own cheap bars and restaurants or are situated within spitting distance of good places to hang out and meet fellow travellers.