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  • Lions Gate Bridge
    Lions Gate Bridge
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  • Stanley Park

    Vancouver Favorites

    Lost Lagoon was originally part of Coal Harbour. At low tide it would turn into mud flats. The first nations people gathered seafood here. With the construction of the Stanley Park causeway in 1916 Lost Lagoon became permanently detached from the sea. The name Lost Lagoon comes from a poem written by Canadian writer Pauline Johnson. She had a...

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  • Parks/Nature/Gardens

    Victoria Favorites

    A lot of people come to Victoria for the flower gardens, especially the Butchart Gardens (which are actually not in Victoria, but are in nearby Brentwood Bay). While it's true that there are certain seasons for certain flowers, Victoria experiences such mild winters, and since most trees in Victoria are evergreens, it actually stays green year...

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  • architecture

    Vancouver Favorites

    We walked down to West Pember Street near Coal Harbour for a good view of the harbour and marina. In the little park overlooking the seawalk there is a large piece of metal artwork "The Upside Down House". Well worth a look and a challenge to your photographic skills to obtain the perfect photo. This area is a nice part of town with views...

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  • Inner Harbour

    Victoria Favorites

    One of the most emotional statues at Victoria is the Homecoming statue at the Inner Harbour next to the Victoria Visitor Centre at Ship's Point. The sculpture is made by Nathan Scott. It was made for the100th Birthday of Canada's Navy. The commemorative bricks around the statue are the result of the fundraising for the Militairy Family Resource...

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  • Gastown

    Vancouver Favorites

    Before a former riverboat captain named John Deighton came to town in 1867, Canadian mill workers had to hike ten miles through bear-infested forests to New Westminster if they wanted a drink. Deighton recognized their plight and told the men they could have as many drinks as they wanted from his barrel of whiskey if they helped him build a saloon....

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  • Siteseeing

    Victoria Favorites

    I first passed this beautiful church on the bus then went back to see it, because it looked so lovely. The Church of Our Lord dates from 1876 making it the oldest church in Victoria. It is located on the corner of Humbolt and Blanshard Streets. It is a carpenter gothic church, meaning it has features of traditional gothic churches, but is made of...

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  • English Bay

    Vancouver Favorites

    English Bay is also known as First Beach. It has a lovely sandy beach. The Vancouver sea wall continues past here. English Bay had some great sculptures. One of these is called A-maze-ing Laughter. This was designed by Chinese sculptor Yue Minjun. It was placed at English Bay in 2009. The sculpture consists of 14 statues each about three metres...

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  • Historical

    Victoria Favorites

    Outside of Victoria, sits another National Historic Site; Fort Rodd Hill. From 1878 until 1956, a system of artillery positions guarded Victoria and Esquimalt harbour. Originally a link in the worldwide chain of defences for the British Empire, this system evolved into a watchdog for Canada's security and sovereignty of our west coast. Like...

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  • Downtown Vancouver

    Vancouver Favorites

    Need a rest from museums and sundry sightseeing? Then pop down to Robson Square on Sunday Afternoon at 3pm for the Salsa classes, beginners from 3pm and Latin Dance from 5 pm. We came across it by accident and took a half hour to obseve the action, many styles , all shapes and some real talent!!! Anyone can join in and it is totally free, the...

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  • Parliament Buildings

    Victoria Favorites

    B.C. Parliament Buildings, officially opened in 1898, and the aristocratic ivy-covered Fairmont Empress, designed by renowned architect Francis Mawson Rattenbury, opened in 1908 as one of the grand and elegant Canadian Pacific Railway hotels. It was March 1892 that Rattenbury; then just 25 years old, was chosen after a year-long Competition to...

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    Vancouver Favorites

    One of the oldest tourist attractions in the Vancouver area is the Capilano Suspension bridge. The bridge, with aid from the other bridge walkers, sways back and forth across a canyon . Once you have reached the other side there are hiking trails for you to enjoy as well as the new tree top adventure. This is a series of paths constructed high in...

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  • Maps/

    Victoria Favorites

    The Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre is located downtown at the Inner harbour at 812 Wharf Street. Phone: +1-800-6633883. Hours of Operation: Daily 9AM - 5PM. City Counsil webpage. Victoria Preference Exploration Map.

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  • Queen Elizabeth Park

    Vancouver Favorites

    Queen Elizabeth Park has some lovely sculptures. One called knife edge - two piece is by Henry Moore. It is located next to the park's fountain. The other is called Photo Session and it's a lot more fun. It is by J. Seward Johnson, Junior. It shows a photographer taking a picture of three friends and the sculptures are wonderfully detailed.

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  • Cultural

    Victoria Favorites

    At first sight is strange to see a statue with the name Juan Francisco de la Bodega y Quadra. What is the reason this Spanish gentleman is honoured at Victoris? Well, it turns out he was Captain in the Spanish Royal Navy and explorered the West coast of North America. He became Governor of the spanish settlement of Nootka on Vancouver Island. The...

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  • Chinatown

    Vancouver Favorites

    The Chinatown Memorial Square located on the 100 block of Keefer Street is marked by a special monument commemorating historic achievements of Chinese Canadians. The shape of the monument is like the Chinese character "zhong", denoting the Chinese. Also, there are two bronze statues of a railroad worker and a Chinese Canadian World War II soldier...

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  • Chinatown

    Victoria Favorites

    Victoria's historic Chinatown serves as a visual reminder of Canada's first Chinese settlers. This Chinatown once had the largest Chinese community in Canada. Now it is a small and peaceful section of Victoria with old, interesting architecture. Many of the buildings are marked with their names and the year they were built. So I strongly recommend...

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  • Yaletown

    Vancouver Favorites

    "There must be some rich people living here." With all the yachts and glass towers, that's my first impression of Yaletown when I arrived by Aquabus (see photo). Once I walked around, amazingly I found these glass towers mostly residential, not office buildings. Not sure how much it'll cost to live in one of those lofts. "Trendy" and "yuppy" are...

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  • Empress Hotel

    Victoria Favorites

    Victoria's famous Empress Hotel is a highlight for visitors. This hotel's architecture is impressive. It was designed by Francis Rattenbury who also designed the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. At the Empress you can enjoy a tradition Afternoon Tea which you shouldn't miss.

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  • Whistler & Blackcomb

    Vancouver Favorites

    Blackcomb/Whistler are usually packed with people and very expensive. Instead, drive to Mount Baker in Washington, USA in just 1-1/2hrs to avoid crowds and high fees. You can get a cabin @ Mt. Baker that sleeps 4 for only $139/night. Food and beer is also incredibly cheap in Washington. In Whistler $139/night won't get you anything. Or there's...

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  • Outside Victoria

    Victoria Favorites

    Victoria is a beautiful city and the biggest on Vancouver Island. It worth a visit for itself, and if you only have 2-3 days, spend them in the area. On the other hand if you can spend more then that, Vancouver Island has SOOOO many beautiful places and things to do. So think, when will be the next time you can afford to come here?! Don't miss the...

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  • False Creek

    Vancouver Favorites

    One of the nicest memories is our few hours at Granville Market, not the market itself which is a nice attraction but sitting on the wharf and having lunch whilst taking in the spectacular view provided by False Creek, the boats moored in the marinas, the apartment buildings on the other side of the Creek, Granville Bridge and the activity of the...

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  • Attractions

    Victoria Favorites

    This is a list of my favorite places and attractions in Victoria: - Butchart Gardens - Inner Harbor - Craigdarroch Castle - Whale watching - Royal BC Museum - Beacon Hill Park - The Bay Centre - Parliament Building - Bastion Square - Government St. My fondest memory… well, very difficult to say. But one thing is for sure, among all my trips this...

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  • Kitsilano

    Vancouver Favorites

    Kitsilano is Vancouver's cool and trendy beach-side community. Kitsilano is called "Kits" by the locals, and it's the neighbourhood where Vancouver's young people dream of moving to, where many students end up sharing apartments, where yuppies drink their tall, non-fat soy lates along the seawall, where 20-somethings play beach volleyball in the...

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  • BC Ferries

    Victoria Favorites

    is being on a BC Ferry for the first time. It was during the summer of 1985, and we were on our way to spend a week in a lakeside cabin in the town of Youbou on Cowichan Lake. Cowichan Lake is north-west of Victoria. Photo: My mom, my sister Erin and myself (in braids), on the deck of the ferry. You can see the Gulf Islands in the background. Read...

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  • Vancouver cuisine

    Vancouver Favorites

    The food!!! If you're like me, from a landlocked location, then definitely try the seafood, in particular the sushi! But for anyone, you must try out the Asian cuisine. There are lots of choices, and if you're Asian, you'll be amazed at the authenticity and quality. If you're not Asian, there is much less chance for you to end up at a place that...

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  • totem poles

    Vancouver Favorites

    Almost a automatic tourist photo. The Totem poles of Stanley Park are a major attraction set in beautiful Stanley Park. On a sunny summer day, you will have to fight for you space to get a clear photo of them among the tourists.

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  • Grouse Mountain

    Vancouver Favorites

    The main attraction on the Grouse Mountain, aside from the views, are the two Grizzly bears. They are very friendly, and it appears that they have been trained to stand up for cameras. If you come here with kids, this is a must see. Even if you are not here with kids, it is a must see, and one of the most memorable encounters in Vancouver. There is...

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  • Vancouver Island

    Vancouver Favorites

    Actually Victoria is on Vancouver Island, about a two and a half-hour ferry and bus ride to Vancouver city. I spent two days in Victoria, and actually wished I could have stayed longer. I took an eco-tour of the west coast of the island, and had a wonderful day hike.

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  • gardens

    Vancouver Favorites

    Vancouver in the spring is a breathe of fresh air. The city goes out of it's way to beautify the center of town. Little gardens line the walk-ways through the business sections and harbor areas of town . Tulips are in all their colors of the rainbow, and many assorted flowers fill the planters alongside doorways. It is not hard to bring back the...

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  • wildlife

    Vancouver Favorites

    What a fantastic city! If you can manage to see as much of Vancouver away from the bustling city centre, then I'm sure you'll have a truly astonishing time. Some of the natural beauties on offer are beautiful, and 'tis an amazing experience, horse riding bareback on an open plain. I was fortunate enough to be staying on a family member's ranch, and...

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  • GM Place

    Vancouver Favorites

    In this town if you ever go you should take a tour of the Gm Place. The tours for this arena are so cheap you wouldnt belive it. This city has so much tourism in it you wouldnt belive. There is also a science centre that is a big silver ball thats really cool and neat in side. If you take the sky train in this town you will see all the big tourist...

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  • Vancouver Aquarium

    Vancouver Favorites

    The sea-otters in Vancouver Aquarium were the stars of the show the day I visted that place. It's hard to believe that these little critters were nearly slaughtered to the point of oblivion for their pelts! Thank goodness they are now protected. These two sea-otters are drying out after a bit of a swim on a lovely warm Vancouver summer's day. If...

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  • Canada Place

    Vancouver Favorites

    You cannot miss Canada Place located on the waterfront between Coal Harbour and the Burrard Inlet and identified by the 5 sails standing on top of the Cruise Ship Terminal. It is from here that many of the cruise boat depart on the Alaska cruise, and it is also the home of The Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Well worth walking down to...

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  • Gay Pride Parade

    Vancouver Favorites

    The gay pride weekend always coincides with the BC day weekend (first weekend of August). The highlight of this weekend is the parade on Sunday. Tens of thousands of people line the streets from Denman to Beach Avenue.

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  • University of British Columbia

    Vancouver Favorites

    When I first went to the University of British Columbia, the only place I could attend college in Vancouver was their main campus over by Pacific Spirit Park / Wreck Beach / Spanish Banks just west of Jericho Beach. But during my Multimedia studies, UBC decided to open a branch at Robson Square. I remember it was desired as well as controversial....

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  • Harbour Centre

    Vancouver Favorites

    I used to work for an internet company located in the Harbour Centre building downtown. This is the building in the picture. The company was preparing to set up wireless internet on April 4, 2001, and because of that, they needed to install an antenna on top of the building. My manager asked me if I wanted to go up to the roof with him - so of...

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  • The Sea Wall

    Vancouver Favorites

    The seawall plays a major role in the authentic Vancouver experience. And it's fair to say that you haven't experienced Vancouver until you've strolled (or jogged, or cycled, or skateboarded, or rollerbladed) the seawall. The seawall is what surrounds most of Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. It starts at Canada Place, heading west through Coal...

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  • weather

    Vancouver Favorites

    Yes that is a plam tree growing in Canada! Vancouver has a very mild climate compared to most of Canada, the winters are mild and wet (lots of rain, but it rarely snows).I saw snow in the city maybe 5 times last winter, but its ussally just a dusting that melts off by the afternoon. However the local mountains get lots of snow, cypress mountain has...

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  • Commercial Drive

    Vancouver Favorites

    Sometimes refered to Vancouver's "Haight-Ashbury", though I'm not sure if there's anything else like it in other cities. In the first half of the 20th century Vancouver's Commercial Drive area used to be the city's major Italian neighbourhood. If there were new Italian immigrants, this is where they settled. Italian coffee shops, bakeries, grocery...

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  • Mount Seymour

    Vancouver Favorites

    Forget about spending money to get to the top of Grouse Mountain. Grouse is sponsored by Tourism Vancouver, so while very nice, it's also very crowded with tourists. If you want to do something more local, and especially if you have access to a car, drive to the top of Mount Seymour. Mount Seymour is located in North Vancouver, just north of the...

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  • West Vancouver

    Vancouver Favorites

    No visit to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to the North Shore. The North Shore, as the name implies, is the region across the Fraser River, on the North side of downtown. There are two bridges connecting Vancouver with the North Shore (represented by North and West Vancouver): The First Narrow's bridge (also known as the Lion's Gate...

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  • North Vancouver

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    As well as being one of Vancouvers free attractions it is also a great spot to have a picnic. There are picnic tables right by the bridge, but further around to the right are more tables and it is a nicer spot amongst the trees.

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  • Jericho Beach

    Vancouver Favorites

    check out the 'Day of the Longboat' at the Jericho Sail Centre. it's the 2nd jewel in the University of B.C. Triple Crown and takes place the 2nd or 3rd week of October. Team registration is $250 for a community team composed of up to 10 paddlers. The 2 Km. race course takes you from the Jericho Sailing Centre to Jericho Beach where one member must...

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  • THE SELKIRK LOOP

    We only managed to do part of the Loop, only wished we could have done more. The area it covers is very scenic, they say breathtaking, and I would agreed with that!It takes in the Selkirk Mountains in northeast Washington, north Idaho and southeast British Columbia, where there are numerous waterfalls, gorgeous lakes, snowcapped craggy peaks,...

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  • MURAL MAP OF CANADA

    This tip is not just for BC, but for the whole of Canada.If you like looking at Murals, like I do, then before you head of touring around Canada, check out the website I have listed.http://www.muralroutes.com/mmapcan.htmIt tells you where Murals are located in Canada.

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