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Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

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Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

I'll be coming to Vancouver for the first time to visit a friend next week. I drive in from Washington State and I understand parking is expensive there. I'd like to park my car and leave it somewhere along the way and then take public transit into Vancouver. Can anybody advise me about where to park my car and which bus to board?

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1. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

www.riverrock.com/contact_us/parking.aspx and jump on the Canada Line which takes you downtown.

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2. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

River rock does have a large parking area, not sure if its free. During the Olympics I drove in and just parked in a residential area off of Granville. Anywhere up to about 15th or so if non metered. The granville bus runs often and takes you into downtown. It would help if your looking for parking for a few hrs, days, etc. Read the signs for parking restrictions. There is reasonable parking downtown, you just have to scout around

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3. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

You don't say what part of Vancouver your friend lives in. Do they live downtown? If so then the advice given applies, if not we might be able to help you further.

Edited: 14 January 2011, 19:31
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4. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

How long do you plan on leaving your car parked? Someone may report it stolen and it may be towed on you if you leave it somewhere other than a parking lot. Just a word of warning.

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5. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

Here's a link to the Translink Park and Ride locations:

translink.ca/en/Driving/Park-and-Ride.aspx

These lots are occasionally targeted by thieves. Not so much that the cars themselves get stolen, but they are sometimes broken into and anything of value is taken. The cautious are sure to remove EVERYTHING out of their cars and leave things like the glove box and the console open so that thieves can see that this car is a waste of time.

The commuter park and ride lots are usually quite cheap. You could gamble with roadside parking as mentioned above. Depends on what your comfort levels are.

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6. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

We use the park & ride at the River Rock Casino. It is sooo convenient to the Canada Line (with a walkway from the parkade to the platform). However, when you buy a ticket to park ($2.50), it is only good for 24 hours. So, it may/may not work with your visit times.

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7. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

David's idea will work. Just find a side street where there is a big hedge, rather than the front of a house (they may want parking for their own guests but a hedge will not). And watch for parking restrictions. The main streets must be cleared for rush hours.

What neighbourhood does your friend live in? Advice given will be different depending.

Another idea is to park your car at YVR Park 'n' Fly for a week. I'm pretty sure you won't want to pay for this when there are other options, but you can only decide that if you know about it. It's completely secure parking, then take their comp shuttle to YVR, get on Canada Line and come into town that way.

http://www.parknfly.ca/content/en/home.aspx

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8. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

We still don't know where the friend lives. I'd wait until the OP says where, otherwise it's all guess work.

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9. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

Parking is not that expensive. But I would follow the advice and dump your car on a side street. Make sure there is no fronting address and you can leave your car for as long as you want. If there is a fronting address the homeowner can call the city to get it towed after a certain amount of time. Also there are several areas downtown that you can park for free, but they are getting fewer and fewer every year. Down in Yaletown at the bottom of Richards and in Coal Harbour near Thurlow.

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10. Re: Park and transit to Vancouver, BC

Wow! Thanks all for your messages - I really appreciate it. My friend lives downtown. I would like to park my car for 3 days, from Friday afternoon through Monday morning. He's just moved to the area from Montreal, so he doesn't know Vancouver really well yet. It's too bad the Park and Rides have a 24-hour limit. He's going to look for a side street option.