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Mini-Buses, Collectivo's. etc.
These are starting to make an appearance in some suburbs, notably North Vancouver and Surrey. They are receiving considerable opposition from the taxi companies, but are making inroads. They mainly operate like a taxi, picking up several people at a time who call for their service. This is similar to a service I used frequently in Cape town, SA. It does not operate, as in most 3rd world countries, where Collectivo's cruise up and down busy streets picking up riders.
Taxis & Limo's
Taxis are expensive, and without trying to sound racist, are generally under the control of the Indo-Canadian community. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of controversy lately over the apparent lack of English skills of a number of the drivers, and also lack of knowledge of the city in general. While some of these comments are racially motivated, there are some drivers who fit in this category. All taxi's work on meters, they start at a fixed amount which then increases (very rapidly) in 10 second increments.
Consider hiring a limo to take you around. Nice touch if you have a group together, and want to attend an event in style, or have enough people to justify using one to look around the city in. Try Gentleman Jim's Limousine. It runs about $60-$100 Canadian an hour (including a driver), hold 10 people and they also have buses available for larger groups.
MalRob Limousine, Whistler Limousine, Vancouver Limousine Service , VIP Limousine, Amron Limousine , XP Limousine & Platinum Limousine all offer tours, transport to Whistler, transport to the cruise ships, weddings, etc.
Unless your a good looking girl in shorts and a halter top, you will find hitchhiking difficult. It used to be easy in the 60's, but not anymore. The standard hitchhiking signal is an outstretched thumb. Hitchhiking on the freeway is illegal, but you can do it on the on-ramps. Vancouver, like anywhere else, has its share of weirdo's, so its not advisable to hitchhike alone.
Vancouver is generally friendly to cyclists. Some buses have bike racks, which are free to use. There are also some set bike paths, notably the one that follows under the Skytrain guide way. There are also set bike paths in Stanley Park. Motorists are generally used to cyclists and you will find most are aware of your presence. Cyclists in Vancouver have been quite militant in getting bike lanes established. The down side to cycling is that Vancouver is a generally hilly city, aka San Francisco, so you have to be in good shape. Some trails on the local mountains are also available for use by mountain bikers, but be careful of hikers, they have right-of-way and will get very annoyed if they have to jump out of your way. If you are driving in the downtown core, watch out for bicycle couriers, they are crazy. Biking around the Province is not advised unless you are in exceptionally good shape.
Seaplanes & Helicopters
You can fly to one of the Gulf Islands for about $70 one way or to Victoria for about $80 one way on Harbour Air, West Coast Air, or to Nanaimo on Baxter Air. Helijet Airways will fly you to Victoria or Whistler. Phone 604-273-1414 or 1-800-665-4354, or visit their website at http://www.helijet.com/. They also fly between Seattle & Victoria.
If you are looking to charter a bus, try International Stage Lines