Unless you have a burning...
Unless you have a burning desire to pay $13.95 ($7.95 for students) to walk across a bridge, give the Capilano Suspension Bridge a miss and go instead to Lynn Canyon not far away (also in North Vancouver), which also has a suspension bridge, but is free!
Also, avoid the tourist shops in Gastown. Gastown itself is really overrated, and I only go there because I like a couple of restaurants (Incendio and Water St. Cafe) and to attend some special events at the club venues of Sonar and Purple Onion.
I feel I should warn you, if...
I feel I should warn you, if you want to go shopping at all the best shops and go to the theater every night. THis island is not the place. There a very few street lights, Only outside stores, it is very dark, and during the rainy season (fall) they lose power quite often. It is an amazing place to visit though.
I hate to admit it, seeing...
I hate to admit it, seeing that I consider myself to be a somewhat experienced traveller, but my husband and I were had! By an innocent-looking elderly Asian man. While we were standing in front of the transit ticket dispensing machine, wondering how it worked, he told us it was broken and sold us a couple of his tickets. In reality, the machine was turned off because, due to the transit strike, all trips on the Skytrain were free! My gut told me, 'Don't trust this guy', but my upbringing said, 'Don't insult the poor fellow by refusing his help'. No harm done really, we were only a couple of bucks poorer. Just goes to show you that when you're new in town, better go with your gut feeling.
This is a picture taken when...
This is a picture taken when Dominique, her mother and I were heading out to Kelowna. Those smiles on our faces, they're smiles of come-on-take-the-picture-fast-I'm-freezing!!!! Kelowna is an icky, fabricated resort town. It's super expensive, and just think: pre-fabricated resort for tourists. The 4 and a half hour drive from Vancouver was more worth it. We ended up staying only about half an hour. We got out of the car, looked around, went to eat and went back to Vancouver.
I expected the Vancouver...
I expected the Vancouver Museum to be the largest museum of BC. Alas! I had a look around and finished within 20 mins. The greatest disappointment. Maybe I should have gone to the space museum (nextdoor) instead. Even the giftshop wasn't any good.
What was in the museum?
Permanent collection: the origin of Vancouver, city of loggers (not bad)
Exhibits: 4 e.g. Millennium views of inhabitants. (not really relevant to foreign visitors, although the stories were interesting)
Yes, there are a bunch of Chinese living here. So? Don't waste your time here!
Fun Alternatives: Lots of alternatives. See other tips.
Shopping in Vancouver can be a...
Shopping in Vancouver can be a bit expensive especially in downtown so it is advisable to go around town for better deals like Metrotown,Richmond Centre,Oakridge Mall.
Here's looking back at the...
Here's looking back at the downtown skyline (with the Vancouver Yacht Club in the foreground) from Stanley Park.
We went clothes shopping. ...
We went clothes shopping. Don't bother.
It was worth it because Ilana and I found this really cool sign stuck onto a wall that said, 'there is a beauty here.' I found it appropriate.
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