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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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    More Clubs

    by spitball Written Feb 26, 2006

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    AuBar is an upscale club for those who are looking for more sophistication with the sort of polished elegance one might find only in a place like New York. Elegant candle light tables, a twisting arrangement of intimate seating areas with beautiful custom furniture allowa you to relax in comfort and style.

    AuBar has become a favorite stomping ground for many of Vancouver's social elite, and has also become well known outside the city as the place to go on a both Friday and Saturday night. Not only has the word spread across Canada, but in the well travelled party circles of Hollywood as well.

    Many familiar faces have been known to frequent AuBar, such as Ryan Phillipe, Cuba Gooding Jr., Heather Graham, Obie Trice, Chris Klein, Carmen Electra and Gary Buse to name a few.

    With a 22 foot ceiling, the club has an open feel while still maintaining two separate and distinct areas. In addition, there are three bars and an immaculately clean and creatively designed space.

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    Even more clubs

    by spitball Written Feb 26, 2006

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    The Buffalo Club, is located on Granville Street in the heart of Vancouver's Entertainment district, it's fast becoming one of the city's most popular hotspots for live music and good times! This hot party spot boasts pool table, great low drink prices, a newly renovated room, plasma screen viewing, and party tunes keeping the party rockin' 7 days a week!

    Weekends bring great live music with one of the house cover bands and featuring DJ Superfly playing the latest and greatest to keep you on the dancefloor. Guestlist is recommended as they tend to fill up early in the evening.

    Make a point of checking out Sundays, one of their signature nights and attracting a huge bar and nightclub industry crowd. Take a ride on the mechanical bull, enjoy $2.50 Coronas and $2.50 Jack Daniels, dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Frost, or just kick back and check out the scene.

    Buffalo Club Event at the Buffalo Club
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    More Clubs

    by spitball Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    BAR NONE was founded in 1992, is located in the heart of Yaletown at the corner of Davie and Hamilton Street. The interior space has a warm, intimate, familiar atmosphere that captures everybody's search for a feel-good, downtown vibe.
    BAR NONE boasts a newly renovated room that coincides with an unforgettable 10 year anniversary. Built around the original post and beam architecture of a converted warehouse, BAR NONE ascends from a history going back to the early 1920's (when the horses that were used to deliver milk door to door) would nestle in for the night under the same roof that exists today.

    Presently ....cool, fresh and vintage sounds fill the airways, featuring both live music and the hottest DJ's the city has to offer. BAR NONE has a handsome clientele and superior bar staff that move gracefully about a postmodern setting. The lighting is romantic and the crowd as fashionable as the venue that envelops it.

    BAR NONE is perfect for provate functions, wrap parties or special events. It is located in the heart of Yaletown, the center of Vancouver's burgeoning high tech scene, also makes it the place to be for all young professionals.

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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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    Landsea tours of Vancouver.

    by balhannah Updated May 8, 2010

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    This is the name of the tour company. They pick you up from your Hotel. Our driver was nice, the bus was nice and clean, with clean windows for photos, and it was no where near full, a great bonus!

    We toured around Vancouver, she [the tour guide], pointed out and explained the sights.
    We saw the smallest shop in the world.
    At Gastown, we stopped for photos, then onto Stanley park for stops at the Totem park, and Prospect Point. Here you go for a short walk to see good views of the Lions Gate bridge.

    After passing by English Bay beach, we arrived at the Granville Island Markets. Here we were left to have a wander around on our own, this was good.

    Our next stop was the Vancouver Lookout, you get magnificent city views from here, fantastic viewing! This was the last stop on a very enjoyable half days outing.

    I can recommend this tour company.

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    ~HOMES ON THE WATER~

    by Biljana Updated Oct 17, 2004

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    Since Vancouver is a coastal city many people enjoy the beauty of the ocean by living in floating homes. Such homes can be found in the False Creek area. Some are particularly stunning during spring time when owners decorate them with flower pots and hanging baskets full of bright spring flowers. A few "water homes" can also be found in Coal Harbour and Deep Cove.

    Floating House in Coal Harbour

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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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    Chillax under the Stars...and planes

    by Jyrki Updated Sep 15, 2003

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    One cool things to do in Vancouver is to take a page out of Wayne and Garth's handbook and watch planes land at YVR (Vancouver's reknowned international airport). Simple? Yes. Boring? No. Go at night, park your car (there is a very large field and room is never a problem). Bring a snack, a little wine perhaps (but not too much), a blanket and that special someone and park yourselves on the hood of your car. It is quite the sight seeing these giant metal birds land and take off...one of my favourite things is to count the number of incoming planes...this is the best at night when you can see the plane lights! Give it a try!

    There is also the World's busiest sea plane base here so if you've never seen them land/take off here's your chance!

    Almost this cool! (Ellen Isaacs photo)

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    Preferred Locations in Vancouver

    by rmdw Updated Feb 3, 2011

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    At the risk of offending several citizens of Vancouver, I'd like to present my tips on where a person, especially a single person, should focus their energies when moving to or just visiting Vancouver.

    Like every other big city, Vancouver is now a metropolis, spread out over a wide area. Like many other cities, Vancouver has adopted the "city centre" and suburb configuration.

    In my opinion, the southern & eastern suburbs of Vancouver are pretty much like the suburbs everywhere else: practical and utilitarian. Nothing wrong with that but there's nothing much unique about it either. North & West Vancouver are somewhat unique though, especially if you love nature.

    If someone wants to really wants to get the "Vancouver Experience" then I'd strongly recommend living in the areas I've indicated in red (or blue for a slightly slower 'West Van' lifestyle).

    In the end, there are different strokes for different folks. These are simply my suggestions.

    [My] Preferred Locations in Vancouver
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    The Mountains of Vancouver

    by rmdw Written Jul 7, 2003

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    Vancouver is blessed with some of the most spectacular scenery of any city in the world. Any visitor to the city should definitely visit at least one of the 3 local mountains: Cypress Bowl, Grouse Mountain, or Mount Seymour. All but Grouse can be driven up at no cost (other than the parking at the top).

    The photo shown here was indeed taken in July. But we had to go WAY UP to find this snow!

    Cypress Bowl ... in July!
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    Vancouver Folk Music Festival

    by Carmanah Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    No, it's not just folk music. The Vancouver Folk Festival (aka: the Folk Fest) is a really fun annual event that occurs for 3 days in July on Jericho Beach, celebrating roots music from all over the world.

    This is my favourite summer event in Vancouver, and I enthustiastically recommend it to anyone visiting in July who would be interested in experiencing a vibrant community atmopshere embracing the sounds of world music.

    The Vancouver Folk Fest brings in dozens of musicians from all around the world. While there are usually famous headliners, such as Ani di Franco, Billy Bragg, Bruce Cockburn or Michael Franti, the lesser-known musicians equally blow you away, whether it's Celtic Quebecois fiddle bands, Portuguese fado singers or Australian Aboriginal dancers.

    The Folk Fest has 7 stages set up through the park. There's one main stage for the evening headliners, but all through the morning and afternoon musicians, singers and bands are performing at all the other stages. Usually the bands play several times through the festival, so if you missed them performing on Friday evening, you can usually catch them again on Saturday.

    The unique aspect to the Folk Fest is that it runs entirely on volunteers. There's also a great multi-ethnic food court, an arts & crafts kiosk, and the ability to walk in and out of the festival grounds if you want to hang out at the beach, or rest elsewhere for a while.

    For music fans everywhere, the Vancouver Folk Fest is a must. When the sun is setting over the water, the pink glow is reflecting off the mountains and distant city skyline, and the headlining artists are performing... it's indeed a magical moment!

    A small stage at the Folk Fest - July 2005
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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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    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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    Visit Vancouver in the Winter!

    by duanestorey Updated Jun 18, 2003

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    Vancouver in the winter is amazing.. it's practically the only place in Canada where you can spend Christmas without sub-zero temperatures. Fortunately, the snow line comes down far enough to make Vancouver very picturesque.

    Although I do appreciate the odd snowfall in the wintertime, it is very nice to not have to go out and shovel the driveway everyday!

    A winter shot of Vancouver

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