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2 1/2 Days In Vancouver. What To Do  
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2137 times:

Hey guys, for my big trip to the US, im now going to Vancouver for 2 days, the half day is when i get there at 1340 on the BA flt.

What do the locals suggest is a MUST see. I heard about the parks, but what else is there. I can look at travel guides and stuff, but why not ask the locals.

Im gettin the AMTRAK on the 9th to SEATTLE to spend my 25th B'DAY there

Cheers for any help guys

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User currently offlineGulfStreamGirl From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2129 times:

I suggest the corner of Hastings and Main street , lots to do, and lots to see, and the people, there great , LOLz, but really, just check out down town, more then enough things to do there, im sure you will find many things to do in this beautiful city.

GulfStreamGirl



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

Quoting Trekster (Thread starter):
2 1/2 Days In Vancouver. What To Do

Hook up with Gulfstreamgirl  Wink  duck 

Get her to show you the sights  Smile




Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineDavidT From Switzerland, joined Oct 2005, 477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2120 times:

Stanley Park.

Walk around downtown, when I was there I did a big circle ending near the library.

Walk around downtown again, but this time the western area with the smart shops.

Take the ferry to North Van. I personally found the area a bit dead and spooky but theres this large centre with shops.

I stayed there for a week last summer but I can't honestly remember what I did. It was a work conference so there were dos in the evening - but stanley park is a good day out and you can spend the rest of the time walking around the place.

Canada Place is worth a look too, I stayed in the Pan Pacific there.


User currently offlineKerberos From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2103 times:

The local activities are completely weather dependant. If its nice, you can rent roller blades or a bicycle and explore Stanley Park, English Bay and False Creek. Granville Island is always a popular tourist destination. If you feel like renting a car, the Whister is only 2 hours away, and its a very scenic drive. If the weather is so-so, there's numerous indoor activities: Museums, Art Galleries, Markets, China town is always interesting. For evening activities, pick up a Georgia Straight when you arrive, anything thats going on at the local clubs, bars, theaters etc, is listed in there.

If you have any specific questions about stuff, post it here - there's a few Vancouverites around here.

Oh, and despite GSGirls advice, Main and Hastings is NOT the best place to stand around, though that part of town is definitly great people watching. Better from a vechicle though. Quick story - I was riding my motorcycle through that part of town once, and was stopped at red light. A guy came at me with a needle in a somewhat threatning way. I got the #$@% outta there!

Dont be put off my that story, Vancouver is a very safe city, and just like any large city it has it areas that should be avoided.

Enjoy your trip!

Peter



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User currently offlineGunsontheroof From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3500 posts, RR: 10
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2093 times:

Sounds like a fun trip. Stanley Park is a pretty cool place to spend an afternoon, a few beers in Gastown is a good way to spend an evening...You really can't go wrong in Vancouver, it's great just being there. You'll have fun in Seattle too, let me know if I can help with any suggestions around here (av or non-av). Cheers.


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User currently offlinePsa53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2084 times:

It's been awhile since I been to Vancouver,
but I will always remember the Hotel Harbourside
and the fabulous view on top at the restaurant.I forgot the
name of it.Have breakfast there.Highly recommend!Stanley
Park and Gastown was great.Wintersports at Whistler or further away
is Grouse Mtn.Very beautiful clean city.



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User currently offlineBenThePlaneHen From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 2069 times:

You could go to Cypress Mountain and on your way up there is a place where you can see all of Vancouver even YVR.
After your done your touring you can go to a really nice café called Artigiano.
They have really nice cofee,tea,hot chocolate,desserts,etc. For directions visit their website http://www.caffeartigiano.com/locations.html
Ben



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2055 times:

Cheers for all the info guys, keep em coming.
Id heard about Stanley Park from a Canadian Lass i work with (She lived in YYZ though) only went there once.

Was not really lookin forward to YVR, did not know what was there, but now cant wait.

Cheers again guys


User currently offlineGulfStreamGirl From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

LoLz bmiflyer  Smile

Here are some views from Stanley park, very nice definitely worth going around there on Rollerblades, or bike,or even walk



that's a view of Coal Harbour, scary to think that a 2 bedroom apartment there goes for well over a million dollars *puts pinkie to mouth and says oneeee milllllion dollllllllars* lolz



another view of Coal Harbour from Stanley Park



and here's looking to West Vancouver, you can also see the Lions Gate Bridge


oh one more thing, there's a Cannon that's located in Stanley park,make sure to stand right beside it at 9 pm sharp, lolz  Smile

GulfStreamGirl



If it wasn't for women ...there would be no such thing as Man :o)
User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2022 times:

WOW, that looks, ummm WOW

Cheers for the pics


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2015 times:

there is also Capilano suspension bridge in North Vancouver, and there is a lovely view from Grouse Mountain over the city. You can see everything from North Vancouver all the way over to the US of A.

User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

Quoting Kerberos (Reply 4):
China town is always interesting

Very rough, none the less.

In regards to food wise, I would definately suggest going to a Chinese restaurant called "Hon's". Definately the higlight of our trip. The food was amazing and it was a pretty neat experience.

Cheers,
Boeingfanyyz  airplane 



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User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2001 times:

If you have time and can stomach the price for the cable car, be sure to visit Grouse Mountain. I went there after dark and had some coffee. It's truly a magnificent view to see over Vancouver when everything is lit up. One more thing: You may be tempted to visit the revolving restaurant on top of Sears Tower. In a word, dont! The view may be nice, but the food was some of the worst I've ever had. It's also mighty expensive.


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User currently offlineGulfStreamGirl From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1985 times:

"One more thing: You may be tempted to visit the revolving restaurant on top of Sears Tower"

Sears Tower isnt in Vancouver, you're thinking about Harbour center i think, Sears Tower is in Chi town isnt it?

And AC773, you're right about the food, t'was dissapointing  yuck 

GulfStreamGirl



If it wasn't for women ...there would be no such thing as Man :o)
User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1953 times:

A wonderful city, and 2.5 days is a good amount of time to spend there.

Weather permitting, rent a bike and ride around the Stanley Park seawall...you'll see the views GSG posted, and more. It's a pretty bike-friendly town (by "town" I mean downtown/West End.)

Rainy? Do take the SeaBus over to the North Van market and wander. Go hungry ad you'll leave happy! Same is true for Granville Island, and the boats there are even cuter. The Maritime Museum, a short walk from Granville Island (shorter if you take the AquaBus direct) is also nice.

For a dining experience that you won't replicate back home, try the Liliget Feast House on Davie Street. The east end of Davie, nearer to Granville, is the "rainbow village" of Vancouver, but it;s hard to tell why. The bookstore's good, and there are a couple of yummy Greek restaurants there.

And have a White Spot Triple-O!

Enjoy, and enjoy the train ride, I always wanted to do that and haven't yet. The Dash-7 flight to SEA in clear weather is SO much fun, so many islands to dream about living on!


User currently offlineCFCUQ From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 712 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1947 times:

Quoting Maury (Reply 15):
And have a White Spot Triple-O!

That's a definite, I failed to mention it in the "World's Best Burger" thread because I didn't know if anyone else would know what it is.


User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Quoting Trekster (Thread starter):
Hey guys, for my big trip to the US, im now going to Vancouver for 2 days, the half day is when i get there at 1340 on the BA flt.

What do the locals suggest is a MUST see. I heard about the parks, but what else is there. I can look at travel guides and stuff, but why not ask the locals.

Im gettin the AMTRAK on the 9th to SEATTLE to spend my 25th B'DAY there

Cheers for any help guys

Vancouver is N.America's prettiest city. The downtown is beautiful and
there are a bunch of nice shopping areas and there are some great
Indian restaurants. I spent 3 weeks there last April. Mostly in Surrey.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1942 times:

Quoting PIA777 (Reply 17):
Indian restaurants. I spent 3 weeks there last April. Mostly in Surrey.

We could have met then. I left Vancouver on april the 15th  Smile


User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1935 times:

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 18):
We could have met then. I left Vancouver on april the 15th

I thought that I was India to be honest. I was in Surrey for 2 weeks and
downtown for 1 week (stayed at the Wall Center Sheraton, very nice).
I don't think we have anymore projects there. I did some upgrades for
Rogers.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1932 times:

Quoting PIA777 (Reply 19):
I thought that I was India to be honest. I was in Surrey for 2 weeks and
downtown for 1 week (stayed at the Wall Center Sheraton, very nice).
I don't think we have anymore projects there. I did some upgrades for
Rogers.

sounds nice! as previously mentioned, I was there as an exchange student for 8 months. Very cool experience that I would recommend for anyone at my age.


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

Quoting GulfStreamGirl (Reply 1):
I suggest the corner of Hastings and Main street ,

GulfStreamGirl, yes, the corner of Main and Hastings is a very interesting place to visit I must say. I think for sure that everyone should experience it there....and I'm sure they will never ever have another complaint about how bad life is for them....I know as my son worked there for 7 years helping the street people who are there....

This is the corner of Main & Hastings.......



This is a pic I took from Stanley Park... the bridge is amazing....



There is also "Gastown"....there are lots of shops ...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v414/MsLock/Chip1133.jpg

And this is a pic I took while on the ferry going over to North Van...



At Canada Place you can sit and watch the float planes coming and going around every 3 minutes....it is amazing!



I don't think you'll run out of things to see or do when your there for sure!!!

Have fun!

Phyllis  bouncy 


User currently offlineGulfStreamGirl From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 203 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1905 times:

Vaporlock, whats sad is that Hastings and Main could be very nice, its just the unfortunate circumstance in which most live down there, cudo's to you're son for caring enough to help, many people would just brush them off as drug addicts, you're son seems very compassionate.


GulfStreamgirl



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (8 years 5 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 21):

Think i might take a trip to YVR myself Big grin


Lee



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