With four different bodies of water lapping at its edges and miles of shoreline, not to mention a major mountain range, numerous bridges, and a handful of islands, Vancouver’s geography can seem a bit complicated. At least it’s always easy to orient yourself: The North Shore Mountains (which are, indeed, to the north) are visible from just about everywhere. Most of your time will likely be spent in Vancouver city proper, which covers a peninsula that comprises Stanley Park, the West End, Yaletown, Chinatown, and Downtown. It’s bordered to the north by Burrard Inlet, the city’s main deep-water harbor and port; to the west by English Bay; and to the south by False Creek, which is actually an inlet. There are four key east-west streets on the peninsula—Robson, Georgia, Hastings, and Davie—and three major north-south streets: Denman, Burrard, and Granville.
Tourist information centers and most hotels can provide you with a detailed downtown street map. A good all-around metropolitan area map is the Rand McNally Vancouver city map. If you’re an auto club member, the Canadian Automobile Association map is free to AAA and CAA members.