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    Burnaby Village Museum

    by jasperdo Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Tucked away in a city park in suburban Burnaby is one of the hidden gems of the Vancouver area, Burnaby Village Museum. It is a collection of historic buildings gathered from throughout the area and recreated in the village. The theme is the 1920's, and they have a Main Street lined with various businesses. There's a bank, a gas station, a music shop, printing shop, candy store. Every building has been wonderfully recreated to a circa 1920 appearance. Altogether, there are about 50 buildings to explore.

    If you happen to be there in December, Burnaby Village has a Heritage Christmas. All the buildings are lit and decorated, and there are carolers. There is even a play that is included in the price of admission. Well worth a visit.

    Burnaby Village Museum Schoolhouse Bank Building Gas Station Barber Shop
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    Seymour Demonstration Forest

    by jburron Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One cool place to inline (and bike, and walk) is the Seymour Demonstration Forest. It's mostly flat (a couple of hills, which you can get up/down if you're in intermediate blader. It's long, too...and, well, you're in the woods. Apparently the X-Files and other productions were filmed here.

    Oh ya, and you can learn about trees here too.

    Ah, at one with nature.
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    Take a Harbour Cruise!

    by rmdw Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If the weather is sunny then try taking a cruise around Vancouver. The one I went on took us all the way up to "Indian Arm", northeast of Vancouver.

    The scenery was absolutely beautiful. I even learned several things about my home town that I didn't know before. Most inspiring!

    The food was above average though not life-changing. The service needs much improvement!

    Vancouver Harbour Cruise
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    by travelgourmet Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Yaletown to Granville Island is a bit of a drive, but via water only a little boat ride away. Aquabus via False Creek is the way to go. These little bathtub shaped private ferries make the five minute trip from the downtown side to the docks at Granville a fun experience and an appetite maker for all the food stalls and restaurants on the island. It reminds you that Vancouver is a water wonderland.

    Check out the Aquabus Virtual Tour website to see all the docks and areas of service map.

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    South Granville Rise

    by tvor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There's a section of Granville Street, just across the bridge and past Granville Island called the Rise. It's about 10 blocks long and features an amazing array of shops and restaurants, Galleries and antiques. I didn't get a chance to shop here but saw it from the bus going through and i am definitely making a stop here next time.

    There are busses that go from downtown up Granville street.

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    Yaohan Centre

    by AVSENT Updated Dec 21, 2008

    The asian Osaka Market and food mall in Yaohan Centre in Richmond is good place if you like asian food. If you arrive by air, it is close to the airport. Just go across the bridge to Richmond instead of going to Vancouver when leaving the airport.
    Here you will find a large grocery store with all kinds of asian food and also, cooked foods in the deli. There is also, a large food court with different varieties of asian food.
    I usually stop here first after the flight in and buy snacks for my stay; and then I get fresh food from the deli and eat them in the food court. Or, you can eat nearly the same stuff in the food court. The prices are generally lower than if you go to a restaraunt-the meals are like fast food variety. Great deli if you just want to sample and not spend, alot. It can be very busy in the market.

    At Night Yaohan Centre as seen from #3 road
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    Ride the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay

    by sinjabc Updated Jun 30, 2008

    For a fun afternoon, ride the Seabus from Waterfront Station in Gastown to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. You can visit the shops and restaurants in the Quay for the afternoon and then return via Seabus back to Downtown.

    Great to combine with walking around Canada Place or a visit to the latest CN Imax film.




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    Manning Provincial Park,...

    by Carmanah Updated Feb 11, 2008

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    Manning Park is a huge provicinal park located in the wilderness of the Cascade Mountains, about a 2-3 hour drive east of Vancouver.

    It's a beautiful mountainous park with a variety of hiking trails, several lakes, canoeing, mountain biking, several provincial campgrounds, horseback riding trails, picnic sites, fishing, meadows of wildflowers, and even skiing!

    Most tourists know little about it and therefore it tends to be more of a place that locals go to get away from the city. At least that's been my experience. It makes for an ideal weekend getaway camping experience. If you want to feel a million miles away from civilization that's easily accessible from Vancouver, Manning Park's great. Of course, you'll need a car to visit - there's no other way around it.

    When you drive east of Hope along Hwy 3, you will enter Manning Park shortly afterwards. The highway becomes very twisty as it follows along a flowing river, climbing up and down along the mountains. What makes a drive through Manning Park particularly unique is that it divides the lush, rainy coast of BC from the semi-arid Thompson-Okanagan region. There is a noticeable difference in the climate when you drive through the park. It takes about one hour to drive through the entire park along the highway, just to give you an idea of how large it is. All the main attractions in the park are accessible off Hwy 3, some further away from the highway than others.

    Unfortunately a lot of the forest has been recently damaged by the mountain pine beetle infestation - a result of global warming. You'll therefore see large patches of red (dead trees) in the forest. However, I last visited in August 2005 and feel that it's still very beautiful, although somewhat sad to see.

    If you're looking for a scenic drive heading east out of Vancouver, Hwy 3 through Manning Park is worlds more scenic (in my opinion) than driving along the faster Coquihalla Hwy. While Hwy 3's a slower drive, Manning Park gives you many opportunities for stopping and taking in the scenery.

    My sister and I at Manning Park
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    A remnant of Yaletown's humble past

    by Jefie Written Jan 20, 2008

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    Although Gastown is known as Vancouver's most historic district, Yaletown, which was established right after a great fire destroyed practically all of Gastown in 1886, also dates back to the 19th century. Numerous warehouses then occupied the land which was located near the CPR train terminal, on False Creek. As transportation shifted from trains to trucks in the course of the 20th century, most of the warehouses were shut down and the area was deserted until, at the beginning of the 1980s, plans were made by the city to replace the old warehouses with modern, high-rise residential buildings. Yaletown has now become a hip and trendy area where you can find art galleries, local designer stores, high-end restaurants, microbreweries and nightclubs.

    Dating back to the mid-1880s, the Yale Hotel, located at 1300 Granville Street, is one of the few historic buildings left in the Yaletown area. It was originally built to accommodate and entertain warehouse and CPR workers, and despite the changes that have taken place all around it, it has stayed true to its roots, and is now known as Vancouver's home of rythm and blues. You can catch a live show every day of the week while soaking up the atmosphere of the place which has been made famous by the passage of numerous blues legends such as John Lee Hooker, Jeff Healey, Colin James and George Thorogood.

    The Yale Hotel, in Vancouver
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    Hula Hooping at the Art Gallery

    by mikelisaanna Written Aug 17, 2007

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    As we walked throught the Art Gallery's courtyard, we stumbled across a group of hula hoop fanatics that apparently gather there every weekend when the weather is good. They were extremely friendly, and went out of their way to help us improve our subpar hula-hooping skills. Anna had a blast, and was able to do two hoops at once after less than an hour of tutoring. Mike and Lisa's hula-hooping skills were less impressive, but did improve from terrible to semi-competent after some tips from the local experts. In addition to hula hooping, the group in the courtyard also included jugglers and stilt walkers on the day we were there.

    Anna doing two hoops at once The Vancouver hula hoopers and their friends
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    Queen Elizabeth Park

    by mbsimjam Written Aug 14, 2007

    Just off of Cambie St. at about 32nd Avenue is a large park called Queen Elizabeth Park that is situated on a huge hill that covers about 16 sq blocks. It is a great place to just wander around, and relax. But at the top is an amazing Japanese garden with breathtaking views of the city.

    Check this place out for yet ANOTHER way to get away from the bustle of the city without even leaving.

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    Deep Cove in North Vancouver

    by susanpingu Written Jul 20, 2007

    The Baden Powell trail is an extensive natural trail(some 48 km) which links Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay and can be accessed at several points throughout the city of North Vancouver, but the small town of Deep Cove is a nice starting point. When in Deep Cove you can park your car anywhere in the free parking lots then, walk north along Panorama Drive for about 1/2 block until you come to the sign marked "Baden Powell " Trail. You will see wooden steps leading to a steep hill on your left. This is where you begin your hike. After some 40 mins you will reach Quarry Rock which is a nice lookout point with a postcard view of Indian Arm and the mountains.

    Baden Powell Trail sign View from Quarry Rock Bus stop near Deep Cove Park Quarry Rock, Deep Cove Hiking trail

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    Cultus Lake

    by BMer Updated Jul 1, 2007

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    About 45 mins from Vancouver is a great park for family activities. Camping (tents and full hookups), fishing, hiking trails, waterslide park, picnic area, golf, bumper boats, go-carts, canoe, boat and jetski rentals, marina, restaurants, etc. Great for daytrips.

    To get there from Vancouver, take Highway 1 East and follow the signs. You can't miss it. Exit Cultus Lake just before Chilliwack.

    View From The Picnic Area

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    Cannibis Cafes

    by malianrob Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Well smoking isnt my thing but it is Robs so off we went to check out the "special cafes". Unlike in Amsterdam you cant buy cannibis here but you can smoke it in these cafes as long as you purchase a drink. They do sell pipes, papers and bongs and things like that. Rob made friends pretty quick and they explained the ropes to him.
    All this was along Hastings Street and Cambie right before it gets into the really bad part.
    From what I found out The cannibis is alot cheaper here and good quality. If you get cannibis at a medicinal place here in the States its all locked up and you can chose what kind you what and its so much more controlled. It very different in Vancouver.

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    Hastings Mill Park Museum

    by ChadSteve1975 Written Apr 14, 2007

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    The Hasting Mill Park Museum was a find. I was actually taking a walk towards Jericho Beach and decided to head towards the waterline before I needed to. The museum is in the park just up from Jericho Beach. I believe it was Alma St.

    The museum is housed inside an old building which was tranported from another part of the city. Thanks to the fires of Vancouver which destroyed Gastown, the building is the oldest surviving building of the city.

    The building is owned by a historical women's group and staffed by nice volunteers. Indeed they are very welcoming of tourists from out of town and happy to show you some of the buildings historical highlights.

    Admission is by donation. It is open on weekends between 1 and 4pm. I am unsure of weekday open times but would assume they open it up to school groups and by appointment for other groups.

    Sadly it is not a busy museum, and I'd suspect many locals don't even know of its existence. To me it was a great little bonus find. It takes only 15 minutes to rush through but any budding history buff I'm sure would spend an hour looking through the place.

    Between the beach and the museum is the Vancouver Yacht Club, and the Jericho Tennis Club. Both places I suspect you need to be a member to set foot inside.

    The musuem in the park near Jericho Beach A Quaint little museum Old stuff Vancouver map of yester-year
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