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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1502 times:

Hello !

I´m flying to Vancouver in some days and I´m looking forward to visit the Boeing plant at Everett in one day , is this possible ??

How can i get there , by train , car , .. ? And how long ?

What do I need to pass the border I´ve the German Passport , is this enough ?

Is there anything important to visit in Vancouver?

And most important , It's worth it ??

Thanks for all answers !

And expect a good Trip Report , with many pics


Konstantin

[Edited 2007-04-09 11:32:04]

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[Edited 2007-04-09 11:35:40]

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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1492 times:

Hey!

The Boeing plant is about a 2.5 hour drive south of Vancouver. It's very easy to get to. All you do is take Highway 99 south of Vancouver and cross the border, where the road turns into the I-5. Once you get to Everett, just follow the signs to Boeing. Just remember, driving in the US you go by MPH, not KM/H, so use the smaller, inner numbers on your spedometer.

Crossing the border is not a big concern, you should be fine with your German Passport. However, be prepared because sometimes it can take awhile to cross depending on traffic.

There's lot's to do and see in Vancouver. Lot's of interesting places downtown such as Chinatown and Gastown. Vancouver also has a great Aquarium. If you want to go shopping, there are lot's of great stores downtown as well as many malls such as Metrotown in Burnaby (about a 20 min ride with the Skytrain from downtown Vancouver).

Have a great time!



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1493 times:

If you're not going to visit the Seattle area anytime soon, and you're a typical a.nutter, I'd say the trip is worth it. I really have no idea what the customs requirements would be, but there is train and bus service from Vancouver to Seattle. Problem is, it takes 3.5 hours or so, meaning you might be better off driving yourself. Google says it's about a 2 hour drive down to Everett. If you want to visit Seattle as well, that's another half an hour or so south. Hope this helps, and that some SEA-based members can fill you in further.


Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1487 times:

Oh thanks for the answers! Big grin

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 1):



Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 2):



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 1):
There's lot's to do and see in Vancouver.

And how about Victoria Island ??


User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1484 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 1):
Have a great time!

Thank you Big grin


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1475 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 3):
And how about Victoria Island ??

Vancouver Island, my cousin always get's that wrong as well! lol

How long are you staying for? Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia is quite picturesque, very British. If you are staying longer, a drive to the Pacific Rim National Park is a must. This is located between the towns of Tofino and Ucluelet on the west side of Vancouver Island. However, it's a good 4 hour drive from Nanaimo, but well worth it.

To get to the island, the cheapest way would be with the BC Ferries. Ships leave from Horseshoe Bay (to the north of Vancouver) which sails to Nanaimo and from Tsawwassen (to the south of Vancouver) which sails to both Nanaimo and Victoria. You can take the ferry either by car or as a foot passenger. There are also kiosks on board to buy bus tickets to get to other places once on the island. However, taking a car can be quite pricey for the 1.5 hour sailing.



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User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1475 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 3):
And how about Victoria Island ??

Very nice place to visit. The ferry ride from Vancouver to the Island is quite beautiful, and about an hour and a half long, so you could probably make a day trip of it if you wanted to. I'd guess you could probably join some sort of tour if you wanted to shell out the extra cash. Once you'll get there, you'll probably find that there is some truth to the common statement that Victoria is the most British city outside of the UK. The Butchard Gardens are especially nice, if you like that sort of thing.

P.S. The island on which Victoria sits is actually called Vancouver Island.



Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
User currently offlineConnies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1473 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 3):
And how about Victoria Island ??

I think you must mean Vancouver Island. Victoria island is in the Arctic.
The city of Vicotira is the provincial capital and is on Vancouver Island.
It's about 300,000 and prides itself on its' "Britishness" - high tea at the Empress Hotel, for example.
There is also the world-famour Butchart Gardens horticultural centre. Depending on the time of year
it can be quite spectacular. Probably worth a day trip. The ferry crossing is about 1h 45m.

In Vancouver itself, shopping along Robsonstrasse can be interesting - and expensive. It's a question
of whether you're into that. Stanley Park and Van Dusen Gardens are very beautiful, and a trip to
the North Shore over Lion's Gate Brisge can offer some stunning visuals, especially if you go up
Grouse Mountain on a clear day.

Expect the road traffic in Vancouver to be quite heavy almost round the clock.



Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1471 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):
Vancouver Island, my cousin always get's that wrong as well! lol

 Smile Well Vancouver Island

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):
How long are you staying for?

The day I arrive after 13:00 , the next day ,and the day after until 13:00 So 1 complete day and two halves

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):
If you are staying longer, a drive to the Pacific Rim National Park is a must.

I think this is too Far , for one day ...

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 5):
To get to the island, the cheapest way would be with the BC Ferries.

Isn´t there a flying shuttle ?? With an water plane ? As LH employee you get discount


User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1469 times:

Quoting Yellowstone (Reply 6):



Quoting Connies4ever (Reply 7):

This sound good I think I´ll visit the Island


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1464 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 8):
sn´t there a flying shuttle ?? With an water plane ? As LH employee you get discount

Yes, there is. It runs every hour (sometimes twice an hour) and takes about 35 minutes. However, it costs $109, so the ferry is a good deal cheaper.



Hydrogen is an odorless, colorless gas which, given enough time, turns into people.
User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1464 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 8):
The day I arrive after 13:00 , the next day ,and the day after until 13:00 So 1 complete day and two halves

Not very much time I'm afraid. Best thing to do is stay in Vancouver for the first day/night. Head up to Gastown for dinner and a bit of sightseeing.

The following day, do more sightseeing/shopping in Vancouver or make a day trip to either Victoria or Boeing, but I doubt you'll be able to do all three. On your last morning, you might be able to squeeze in a bit more shopping.

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 8):
Isn´t there a flying shuttle ?? With an water plane ? As LH employee you get discount

Yes, there are various floatplane companies that fly from Vancouver's harbour to Victoria's harbour. There is also Helijet, a helicopter service that flies from both YVR and Vancouver's harbour to Victoria's harbour. I couldn't tell you if you'll get a discount or not though.



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1458 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 11):
The following day, do more sightseeing/shopping in Vancouver or make a day trip to either Victoria

I think I´ll go for the Island , 2.5 drive is too much


ACDC8 , thank you very much for your help !

Konstantin


User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1455 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 12):
ACDC8 , thank you very much for your help !

No prob! You can send me over a bag of erdnuss flips for my troubles! Just kidding, you can PM me if you need anymore help.

Have a great time!



A Grumpy German Is A Sauerkraut
User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 13):
No prob! You can send me over a bag of erdnuss flips for my troubles!

:D

Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 13):
you can PM me if you need anymore help.

OK thank you ! n

I´ll PM you my Trip Report  Smile


User currently offlineBoeing744 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1830 posts, RR: 23
Reply 15, posted (7 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1404 times:

Victoria is my hometown, so if you need any advice or anything, also feel free to PM me!

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