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    Visit the new Visitor's Centre at Peace of Arch

    by joiwatani Written May 25, 2009

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    The construction of the British Columbia's Visitor's Center at Peace of Arch is finally finished! Check out the man-made waterfalls at the side of the visitor's center. It is very beautiful!

    Also, the visitor's center if very spacious. There are two doors on each side where visitor's and tourists access easily and on the northern door, there is a new beautiful bathroom they put in! Visitors of Canada, just check this out!

    Also, the store at this visitor's center is displaying their new marketing items for the 2010 Olympics which will be held in Whistler! There are t-shirs, sweatshirts, jackets, pins and stuff toys all marked 2010 Olympics!

    There are also stands available for brochures and pamphlets of all the tourist attractions in Northern Canada : Victoria, Vancouver Island, etc.

    For the Canadian tourists, this is a great place to check out first before you head to Vancouver if you are driving from the U.S. border in Blaine, Washington.

    The customers at this Visitor's Center are very helpful and they will guide you through.

    Vancouver maps are free, too, but you have to ask them

    At the Visitor's Center at Peace Arch 05/24/09 My daughter Shelby at the Visitor's Center, 052409
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    Take pictures at the border's gardens

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    While waiting for the long lines of cars getting into the boarder of Canada, you can actually get out from your car and take some pictures of the welcome sign of Canada. Just the gate park alone is beautifully planted with beautiful colorful flowers! It is such welcoming to see the flowers in bloom - marigolds, sylvians, begonias. I also love the Japanese maple trees! The flag of Canada with its famous maple leaf is lying flat on the ground planted with red and white begonias clustered together. This is actually seen at the front gate of the Canadian boarder.

    The Canadian Flag in Begonia and Sylvia flowers
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    Take a picture of the gate of the USA border

    by joiwatani Updated Jan 2, 2009

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    There are many Americans crossing the border to Canada everyday. Or vice versa - Canadians going to the United States for business reasons, just a plain trip or just visiting friends or families. While waiting for the lines of cars to be checked at the border, you can actualy get out and exercise your legs from sitting for hours in the car. The walk to the Canadian border gate is beautiful. The grasses are so neatly trimmed and the park has all the beautiful and colorful flowers. The flag of Canada was created out of the flowering begonias and sylvias! They planted the red and white begonia for the famous Canadian maple leaf flag!

    %cbDJ posing at the Canadian flag flowers%c* %crThe welcome sign coming back to the U.S.A.%c* %cbThe Vancouver postcard%c*
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    The U.S.A./Canada Peace Arch

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 14, 2008

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    At the border of USA/Canada, there is a huge arch. It is painted white and the two flags of these two countries are proudly flying high!

    This Peace Arch is a symbol of the long standing friendship of these two countries. Make sure to pull over your car when you wanted to get down and take a picture of this arch.

    As of this writing, there is a huge construction going on at the border as they are constructing a new FEMA immigration building for better patrol and security of the border.

    I was visiting Canada yesterday, December 13, 2008 and the construction is still going on so be sure to practice safey. The other lane is fast because it's the nexus lane for faster immigration service for business and merchant me crossing the border frequently.

    A few years back, a car turned over close to the Peace Arch because they were driving too fast. I heard the driver died. So, be careful and drive slowly at the border.

    The Peace Arch The closer pix of the Peace Arch The USA Welcome Sign The border Security sign The USA Immigration Sign
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  • Vancouver is Beautiful!

    by 18carat Written Jul 11, 2008

    Day 1- City of Vancouver
    Canada Place - famous hotel and cruise ship terminal, nice scenery
    Gastown - Steam clock, old warehouses made into art stores, souvenir shops, restaurants
    Robson St- some good shopping
    Granville Island - Public Market, nice scenery, seafood restaurants, marina, just gorgeous on a sunny day
    Stanley Park - take a Horse Drawn tour of the park, totem poles and Vancouver Aquarium

    Day 2 - North Shore
    Take the Sea Bus from Waterfront Station to Lonsdale Quay, where there's another Public Market, quite nice.
    Then take the bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge and then to Grouse Mountain. Take the gondola up to Grouse Mountain - nice view of Vancouver.

    Also, if you have a car, try parking it somewhere and taking the skytrain. It's an experience just on itself.

    Have Fun!

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    Main Street Neighbourhood

    by sinjabc Updated Jun 30, 2008

    Main Street is a great neighbourhood for coffee shops, brunch, and boutiques. It starts around Broadway and goes until 16th Avenue. It starts again around 20th Avenue (great shopping).

    Coffee: JJ Bean at Main and 14th Avenue

    Shopping: Smoking Lily, Life of Riley and Twigg & Hottie (Near 21st Avenue)

    Brunch: Barney's or Slickety Jim's near Broadway, or Locus near 25th Avenue

    Sushi: Sushiyama at Main & Kingsway (across from Kingsgate Mall), Toshi's at 16th Avenue (west )

    Chinese & Dim Sum: Golden Harvest at 20th Avenue

    Lunch: The Reef at 26th Avenue

    Dinner: Zocalo

    Vegetarian: Bo Kong (at 15th Avenue) or Foundation (at 8th Avenue)

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    Commercial Drive Neighbourhood

    by sinjabc Written Jun 30, 2008

    A great neighbourhood filled with Italian cafes, vintage shops, clothing boutiques, ethnic restaurants, and Internet coffee shops.

    Shopping: Banshee (Graveley Street), Dandelion Kids (Charles Street), Spank (Napier Street)

    Coffee: JJ Bean (6th Avenue)

    Pizza: Uncle Fatih's (at Broadway)

    Brunch: Falconetti's (2nd Avenue)

    Lunch: Havana, Red Burrito (1st Avenue), Reef

    Pub: Charlatan (Grant Street) or Stella's (William Street)

    Dinner: Fets (Charles Street), Waazubee Cafe (1st Avenue)

    Vegetarian: Cafe Deux Soleil (McSpadden Avenue), Sweet Cheribum (Napier Street)

    Thai: Take Thai Home (2nd Avenue)

    Gelato: Dolce Amore

    Bakery: Fratelli

    Festivals: Car-Free (June), Illuminaries (July), Parade of Lost Souls (Oct), Culture Crawl (Nov)

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    Site seeing Vancouver

    by leanneedwards Written Apr 20, 2008

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    Vancouver is a beautiful city just to walk in, head to English Bay and walk along the sea wall, Granville Island is a Vegetable Market with small boutiques around.. So if shopping is not your thing it won't be that exciting.

    The seawall goes right in to Stanley Park.. if the weather is good you will have time to walk and just enjoy the view of the mountains and the ocean.
    I believe your hotel is on Burrard St. head toward Robson (crowded shopping street) which is south of you..the mountains are north.. go west on Robson (Right) and you can walk right down to Denman turn left (south) and head for English Bay.. then Right toward the park...
    This will give you a good feel for the city and then with your map from there you can figure out what you want to see..there are alot of different Gardens in the City Van Duesen (sP. If you want to see good Native art there are a couple of shops you can browse through... one is in Gas Town "Hills" they even have totem poles.. just to see.. There is also the Wickininish at Graville Island.
    Not that I think shopping is your thing it is just a beautiful art form and most is only seen in B.C.
    The little seabus that goes from the foot of Seymour across to Lonsdale Quay gives you a great view of the city from the water... it is part of the bus line..There is a great place there to have mussels and sit outside and view the city..
    enjoy..I hope you have great weather too...

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    Shopping, Dining, Drinking, Dancing on Granville

    by leafmcgowan Written Apr 12, 2008

    Ah Granville street, oh how I have missed thee. So many memories from the days that I used to roam around this artsy and entertainment bustling center of downtown Vancouver. I also remember back in the day when the city of Vancouver wanted to relocate all of the nightclubs in the city to just this street which of course never succeeded. During the years that I lived in Vancouver this was one of my shopping and dining tromping grounds. I'd hit up the coffee shops, the restaurants, and even some of the nightlife with shows at the Vogue, Gothic cheers at one of the pubs, and when Luvafair first moved to the Plaza for some britpop and 80's fun. For the visitor or resident of Vancouver, this is a hotspot of activity for pub crawling, club dancing, unique and alternative culture shopping, arts, shows, concerts, and as well as some of Vancouver's notorious seediness and pandhandlers. Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5. Visited almost daily during my last visit 3/26-3/31 as I was staying nearby, and quite often when I was living in Vancouver.

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  • Activities If Staying Downtown

    by LeifBogwald Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Based on your hotel being located downtown and using only public transportation or walking, here are some attractions I would recommend:

    1) Granville Island - A cultural, artsy area right on the water under the Granville Street bridge. There's a market where you can buy food, arts, crafts, etc. Not sure how exactly to explain what is so great about it, other than you just have to go there and experience it. You can get to it by taxi or bus.

    2) Stanley Park - A large park within the city. Great for walking along the seawall, visiting the Vancouver Aquarium or just going for a walk in the park. You can either take a bus or taxi to get there. Alternatively, it's only about a 20 minute walk from downtown.

    3) Yaletown - This is where a lot of the trendy restaurants are located. Great for people who enjoy food or like to go to restaurants with busy, social atmospheres.

    4) Canada Place/Gastown/Lonsdale Quay - Canada Place is on the waterfront and is where the cruise ships dock. Nice to walk around this area as it is right on the water and located downtown. There's also an IMAX theatres where you can watch a movie on a huge screen. From here you can either take a walk over to Gastown which is a bit of a tourist trap, but has lots of souvenir/gift shops, some restaurants as well as the Steam Clock (which lots of people seem to like). Another option would be to take the Seabus over to the Lonsdale Quay. The ferry is located in the old train station next to Canada Place and leaves every 15 minutes I believe. Over at Lonsdale Quay, it is somewhat a smaller scale version of the Granville Island Market. I actually really enjoy it over here as it is less busy and not as touristy as Granville Island, but there's also a lot less to do over here because of this. You can walk to Canada Place from pretty much anywhere downtown within 5 to 10 minutes or you can take a Skytrain from anywhere in the city to Waterfront Station which is the same place you can take the Seabus from.

    5) Science World and area around it - If you have kids, it's a great idea to take them to Science World. It is an educational, very hands on place where they can learn about science. As for adults, some of you will even enjoy it. If not, the area around Science World makes for a nice walk along the water. You can get to this area either by walking or taking the Skytrain to the Main Street/Science World location.

    6) Grouse Mountain - I've never taken the bus up here, but I've heard you can get here by bus. Once here you can get up the mountain either by gondola or by hiking up the Grouse Grind which takes maybe an hour at a leisurely pace, but be warned that you should be in some decent shape if you decide to walk as it is not an easy climb. Grouse Mountain is only nice if it is a clear day. Not worth it whatsoever if it is foggy/cloudy.

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    Bike Riding If You Have Nerves Of Steel

    by Mikebb Written Jan 25, 2008

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    We took the best part of an hour to walk to Granville Island, along back streets to look at interesting things along the way and then the approaches to the busy Granville Bridge when we saw this cyllist in his flash machine. He was stopped at the lights with road vehicles and took off when the lights changed. Brave man, glad it was not me.

    Bike Rider On Busy Granville Bridge Approaches Low To The Ground, Busy Road!!!
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    The "City Beautiful" of Vancouver

    by Jefie Written Jan 23, 2008

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    Rob had promised to show my friend Catherine and I some of the lesser known areas of Vancouver. The day of our meeting was yet another rainy day in Vancouver, but Rob stayed true to his words and took us on a walking tour of the Shaughnessy area. Just like the Town of Mount Royal in Montreal, Shaughnessy was developed by the Canadian Pacific Railway and designed by Frederick Todd, who was inspired by the "City Beautiful" movement in urban design. It was and still is the wealthiest neighborhood in all of Vancouver.

    Over half of the homes in Shaughnessy were built between 1907 and 1939, which makes it one of the city's most interesting areas for historical architecture. Of particular interest is Canuck Place, located at 1690 Matthews Ave. It was built for William Lamont Tait, a wealthy Scotsman who had made a fortune in the lumber industry, and it was modeled after the Scottish mansions of his youth. After Tait passed away, the mansion was bought in 1925 by the Kanadian Knights and for about a year it served as a meeting place for KKK members. The mansion has since redeemed itself, becoming a children's hospice in 1995.

    After you've walked aroud The Crescent and admired its 14 historic mansions, make sure to stop by McRae House (located at 1489 McRae Ave.), better known as Hycroft, the largest house in Shaughnessy. This beautiful Edwardian mansion was built between 1909-1911 for General Alexander McRae, a businessman and politician. The balls and parties that were thrown at the mansion throughout the years have become legendary. In 1942, as his health was declining, McRae sold the house to the federal government for $1, and it was transformed into a hospital for war veterans. Since 1962, Hycroft has belonged to the University Women's Club of Vancouver.

    Catherine and Rob walking around Shaughnessy The beautiful gardens of Hycroft Canuck Place in Shaughnessy, Vancouver
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    Sightseeing by Trolley

    by cinthya_in_victoria Written Jan 5, 2008

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    This trolley will take you to Vancouver's major attractions, famous parks and gardens, shopping areas and restaurants. Then in Grandville Island you can continue by water abroad a cute yacht to sail to Stanley Park and along the beaches of the city. Then, when returning to land, take again the trolley and continue your tour. It costs CND110 and you need to make a reservation if want to take the yacht.

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    Rent a scooter!

    by JennysTravels Written Sep 4, 2007

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    We rented a scooter for the day and made our way to Grouse Mountain and Lynn Canyon. I've never driven a scooter before and was a little nervous, but was fine one we were driving these little plastic things on a three lane hwy! Eeeekkk.... Over the Lions Gate Bridge and back again...nevertheless it was a super fantastic time that afteroon, I think next time I need to obey the law, had some funny looks from some funny people. Make sure to book early and confirm and reserve that you are going to pick it up. We had some minor hassle in the morning ... seems there is only one scooter rental place in Downtown Vancouver and they have maybe ten scooters.

    Price: $75CDN each. yikes ... steep, but worth it.

    After effect.
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    Drive the sea to sky Highway

    by lazyman_1 Written Apr 13, 2007

    Highway 99 runs north/south along the Southern coastline of BC connecting Vancouver with the ski resort at Whistler mountain. The drive would take approx. 2 hours roundtrip and will provide you with some stunning coastal scenery. To one side you will be treated to countless inlets, bays and islands dotting the seascape while the other side will give you majestic, rugged mountains covered in a thick, green forest.

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