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YVR's Top Tips for the Holiday Season

Travelling through YVR this holiday season? On some of our busiest days, we expect to see upwards of 90,000 people travelling through our terminal every day. To help ease holiday travel stress, we’ve put together the following travel tips on how to best navigate the airport and security processes.

  • Confirm travel details in advance. Days before your trip, confirm reservations with your airline, and determine baggage specifications and what your airline offers in the way of onboard service.
  • When packing, remember that restrictions continue to apply for liquids, gels and aerosols in carry-on baggage. These details and a complete list of items not permitted in carry-on baggage, including skis and snowboards, is available through the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) at
  • Don’t wrap gifts before packing them into your carry-on or checked baggage. Their contents may need to be inspected during the screening process.
  • Winter weather here in Metro Vancouver or in other parts of the country could impact flights, so be sure to check the status of your flight at before you leave home.
  • Online check-in is available for most airlines serving YVR. Print your boarding pass before you leave for the airport or have it emailed to your handheld mobile device.
  • If you are driving to the airport, have a parking plan. Pre-book your YVR parking at
  • Travel to YVR on the Canada Line is quick and efficient, delivering you to the terminal door in 30 minutes or less.
  • If you are picking up friends or family at the airport, you can park short-term in our Parkade—or take advantage of 30-minutes of complimentary parking at our Cell Phone Waiting Area.  
  • Allow ample time to check in, clear security and board your flight. Factor in time for traffic congestion, parking and walking to the terminal.
  • YVR has more than 170 shops, services and restaurants, including a number of new options. For a complete list, visit
  • For a broad selection of in-flight food, check out YVR Food on the Fly. Your favourite YVR restaurant will package up a meal or snack to take with you on the flight.
  • Forgot someone on your holiday giving list? YVR’s retail shops offer up an extensive array of gift options and free gift wrapping is available post-security for these purchases.
  • Make sure you say hello to the YVR Ambassador Dogs, part of the Less Airport Stress Initiative (LASI). The dogs are around the terminal Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and can be easily identified by their YVR branded leashes and St. John Ambulance bandanas.  

Need assistance? Keep an eye out for YVR’s friendly group of Customer Care employees in blue jackets and Green Coat volunteers.

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