Iona Beach Regional Park is a great place to ride your bike, rollerblade or just to go out for a simple stroll. The 30-hectare park includes a small beach, a 4-kilometer jetty that goes out into the Georgia Strait, ponds, wetlands and riverbanks. The extensive marshes and tidal flats make the area one of the best birdwatching spots. I'm not a big birdwatcher but I have spotted white pelicans here. Not a lot of people come out here so it is a great place to relax and watch the birds, airplanes and the sunset -all in one sitting!!!
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!
If you'd like to see the latest display of architecture in Vancouver then head down to Coal Harbour (north of Georgia Street, beside Stanley Park). Here you will see a virtual forest of green-blue glass towers.
With the city's growing population and limited space building upward really is the only possibility.
I think right now the area looks too "sanitized" but hopefully over time a sense of community will develop.
There are hundreds of parks, city or provincial in British Columbia. One such municipal park in outside of the city of Langley, in what is called the 'lower mainland' of BC, just oustide of Vancouver.
This is a nature park, bird sanctuary, hiking trails, bike paths and horseback riding trails. The park is called Campbell Valley Regional Park.
If you're in Vancouver and looking for a place to walk your dog then I'd strongly recommend you visit the small beach that is just NE of Kitsilano Beach and directly West of the Maritime Museum.
It's generally never too crowded and you can see a variety of dogs of all sizes. I just love it!!
This is an ideal summer hike that will not take up your whole day. This mountain is closed in the winter to hikers since it is a cross-country skiing hotspot. I found suggetsed times for a round trip estimated as high as 5 hours. It took us no where near this long (2 hours round trip with a 20 minute break at the peak). But judging by out company on this trail (dogs, kids, people in there 70's) I can see why this was the suggested travel time. Other than a lot of rocks and roots on the path this hike is by no means difficult. It is about 4.1km with steep sections at the beginning and end of the trail. The 360 degree view from the peak is quite spectacular with the Lions to the north, the city to the south not to mention the ocean to the east and various other peaks to the west.
To get here take the cross-country skiing turn-off and park at the parkway. Take the 'powerline' trail up to a cabin and follow the signs marked 'Hollyburn Mtn'.
This interesting statue was built by the people of the Northwest Territories and first featured at Expo '86. It's now permanently situated along the Stanley Park Seawall, just east of English Bay.
As you're walking along the seashore of Vancouver, look carefully for smaller versions of rock balancing performed by anonymous artists.
Every year for a week the Greeks in Vancouver throw together a summer festival. The festival takes place around Canada Day, July 1st. This is a great place to come for delicious and inexpensive food, Greek music and dancing. The festival takes place right in the parking lot of the Greek Orthodox Church on Boundary Road in Burnaby.
For a longer, more strenuous hike check out the Garibaldi lake trail. To put it best this hike is relentless, not overly steep (like the cheif) but seemlingly endless switchbacks that gain you altitud quickr than expected. This trek is for the more experienced hiker, especilally if you do it in the winter or even the spring where you will definately need skis or snowshoes. We tackled this bad boy in mid-May and there was snow from about the 5km (out of 9km) mark all the way to the lake. Make sure you either have hiking boots with good traction or a hiker's pole. While the journey up to Lake Garibaldi may seem endless but you can take pit stops and take in some of the surroundings such as the impressive barrier (see if you can see the rocks that you hear falling) and lower Garibaldi lake. Once arrived at the lake absorb the scenery, which includes the infamous Black Tusk and glaciers that of course feed Lake Garibaldi. Also be prepared for drastic weather changes if visiting anytime except the summer. We had near blizzard conditions followed by 20 degree (celsius) weather in the span of about a minute. If you are a strong hiker give yourself about 6 hours round trip plus pit stops, if you are a more leisurly hiker give yourself about 8 hours. Despite its length this is also a very popular hike so don't expect to be alone in the wilderness.
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.
I believe the idea of painting fiberglass animals and placing them around a city started with cows in Zurich, Switzerland back in 1998. Since then many cities, including my hometown of Chicago, have used this idea to draw tourists to their cities and then ultimately benefit charity by auctioning them off at the end of their stay.
Vancouver has done this three times according to my local hosts, first with salmon, then with orcas (killer whales) and currently with bears. You can still see some of the orcas around town and the bears are everywhere, mostly in downtown Vancouver but we also saw several in Victoria.
And apparently the Bears are very restless, both Robert and Dave claimed that some were gone from where they were originally placed. You can find maps on the attached website.
The Spirit Bears will be on display until October 2006.
This area is located out of Vancouver, in a place called Pitt Meadows. It is suburb, past Port Coquitlam on highway 7, maybe 40 minutes away from Vancouver to the east. The dikes are popular for wildlife viewing and take a nice stroll. Local use it for bike ride and takind long walks. At Pitt Lake, which is North you can rent canoes and go up a really nice river, and then land, have a picnic, and take a short hike to the falls.
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.
A smoke friendly café. You will find a wide variety of people in this place. Snacks and drinks available. They do not sell pot but let you smoke it. They sell a large variety of pipes and other goods. You have to be 19 or older to enter.
Take a trip over to West Vancouver and visit this natural wonder. You will be greeted with a nice walk through the woods and at the end of the trail, a view of the lighthouse and the water. Lighthouse Park, just west of Cypress, offers a seascape semi-wilderness at the extreme western tip of the north shore, 8km (approx. 6 miles) from the Lion's Gate Bridge. Smooth granite rocks and low cliffs line the shore, backed by huge Douglas firs up to 1500 years old, some of the best virgin forest in southern BC. The rocks make fine sun beds, though the water out here is colder than around the city beaches. A map at the car park shows the two trails to the 1912 Point Atkinson lighthouse itself you can take one out and the other back, a return trip of about 5km which involves about two hours' walking. Although the park has its secluded corners (no camping allowed), it can be disconcertingly busy during summer weekends.
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