Vancouver Travel Guide

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Vancouver Highlights

  • Pro
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     Clean, great scenery, lots to do, friendly and helpful people 

  • Con
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     Can be expensive, the traffic, and a little crowded. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A cosmopolitan city located in a beautiful geographical setting, blending Asian and European influences, unique to both Canada and the world. 

Vancouver Things to Do

  • Stanley Park

    Stanley Park was opened in 1888, named after Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada at the time. It is a must-see in Vancouver, heavily visited by tourists as well as locals! The Park itself is huge, having some 404 hectares (1001 acres). The views from Stanley Park are gorgeous at any time of year. I visited in January and still loved the...

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  • English Bay

    English Bay in Vancouver is the area where you kind of look over the open sea, to the left you have UBC and to the right you have North and West Vancouver. English Bay Beach, near the city's West End residential neighbourhood, is the most popular sunbathing, swimming, and sunset-watching beach in the downtown Vancouver area. Other downtown beaches...

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    Capilano Suspension Bridge is one of Greater Vancouver's earliest tourist attractions, the original bridge was built in 1889 by Scotsman George McKay and well-known Squamish figures August Jack and his brother Willie. The current bridge in place since 1956 is built of wire rope with wood decking and stretch 137m (450ft) across the canyon and 70m...

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Vancouver Hotels

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Vancouver Restaurants

  • Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna

    I was in Stephos this week and did not like the attention of the waiter Allan. When I finalized my food, he even asked me if I wanted the bill and has put the bill on the table. After that, I handed him my credit card for payment. Then he came back and told me that sometimes credit cards from Brazil are not accepted. An absurd! because I used the...

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  • SandBar, the

    The SandBar is a newer restaurant in Vancouver, attracting a unique crowd of hipster urbanites, cougars, and tourists. It's quite large spacially, with a nautical/west coast wood beam decor, three floors and a gigantic 3rd floor deck, an outdoor bar, live seafood tanks, fireplaces, a sushi bar, and a live DJ setup for the evening. It combines...

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  • La Bodega

    I have been to La Bodega many times to share plates of Spanish tapas and pitchers of sangria. Everything has always been wonderful and savoury. I was not a fan of sangria until I came to this restaurant. Love the ceviche, mussels, prawns, potatoes, and paella (excellent!). Do not forget to check the fresh board (blackboard). Reservations...

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Vancouver Nightlife

  • Commodore Ballroom, the

    Commodore is a fabulous place to see a band play, and they usually have some amazing acts that come through there. It isn't open nightly, but they have acts through there so regularly, that it is open a good chunk of the week. Acts such as Weezer, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Moby, I Mother Earth, and so many more take the stage there. Check out...

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  • Roxy, the

    Vary Poor rating from me this was my second time at the Roxy, I was at the Roxy for no more then 30 mins, I walk in pay my $13.00 cover head to the back bar drink jug of beer sharing with some woman then go buy there friends some shots I go to say hi to the security guy because I'm a friendly guy who has also worked in the same business and he's in...

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  • Blarney Stone, the

    I was a frequent flyer at the Blarney Stone (I guess if you call 5 times in a year frequent...so not so frequent). It was a great place for people that just want to go out and have mindless fun with a pint in your hand. The only beef I have with this place is the "security" staff, who are very inconsistent. One night we were blethered and danced...

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Vancouver Transportation

  • Skytrain (Translink)

    In my opinion, one of the best things to have come out of the 2010 Winter Olympics is the skytrain Canada Line that now connects Vancouver airport to the downtown area. Tickets cost $8.75, or $7.50 if you happen to be traveling on the weekend or after 6:30 pm on weekdays. However, to get back to the airport, you don't have to pay the additional...

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  • BC Ferries

    You are correct it will be rushed, but I have no choice. I have a question on the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria. What does cost to take the car and 2 passengers across? How early do we have to get to the dock?

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  • Vancouver International Airport

    Vancouver's International Airport YVR is a modern facility. The Olympic Winter Games must have been a driver to set up the terminal in such a spacious way. Everything I needed was there; immigration was not a special hassle and with friendly service. I only had trouble to find the shortest way to the rental car agency desk (go right in front of...

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Vancouver Shopping

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  • Robson Street

    While I am generally not an advocate of chain stores, and most especially MEGA chainstores, I mention the Virgin Megastore in Vancouver because of it's cool and eclectic selection of books. While they did not have as many books as a bookstore might the ones they did have were great, ranging in subject from all types of music to obscure and cultish...

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  • Pacific Centre

    So Pacific Center has undergone a MAJOR facelift this summer. The Holt Renfrew store (high-end designer goods) has tripled in size and contrary to other reviews is extremely welcoming and friendly – the clerks are pretty used to the fact that most people are there to browse/ogle and tend to leave you alone unless you have a question. I have never...

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  • Granville Island Shopping

    I sort of ran into this store right at the start of Granville Island. It's almost impossible not to notice it really, its in a caboose! All painted up lively. They offer all sort of things for pets, from your standard dog treats to stuff for the truly spoiled pet. If your pet is like mine, he probably isn't going to be too picky when it comes to...

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Vancouver Local Customs

  • Drugs & alcohol

    A clever new nickname for Vancouver that I just heard recently. Let me dispel the rumours somewhat. Yes the laws towards marijuana are somewhat less strict here (and everyelse in Canada) than other parts of the world but I don't like it is quite Amsterdam, West. While most people know a guy who knows a guy, weed is not really seen (or smelled)...

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  • Multiculturalism

    Vancouver is often considered one of the most integrated cities in the world with more interracial couples and less racial segregation than any other city in Canada. Since its beginnings as a city in 1886, is has always been a multicultural place, with a sizable Chinese, Japanese, First Nations (aboriginal) and Sikh (Indian) community which has...

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  • Behaviour & manners

    We had seen this vehicle being driven along Robson Street a few days earlier and now had the chance to catch it on camera. We saw him again a few days later, this time the car was parked and he got upset if you took a photo, I think he wanted money. I do not know if vehicles like this are a local custom, but it the only one I have seen and it was...

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Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

  • Downtown Eastside

    It's good to go to these places to experience what they're like. You can't close your eyes to the east side of Vancouver because it would leave you ignorant and inexperienced in your knowledge about the city. Don't look for altercation and you won't find it. In my opinion it's a must see when visiting this beautiful city.

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  • Beggars, homeless & junkies

    It is hard to not feel disgusted when you see all those proceedings on Vancouver's Dontown-East side. Now you can, as mostly here you guys did, claim that the bastards got what they wanted to. I can tell you those are very brave people just for keeping up with their life. Humiliated, hungry, heavily addicted, yet still fighting for the next day....

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  • Drugs, tobacco & alcohol

    Just a warning to anyone who doesn't know how the liquor stores work in Vancouver. You can only purchase alcohol in designated stores. You will not be able to purchase it in grocery outlets or corner stores like Safeway, IGA or Seven-11. You'll have to go to a BC Liquor Store, or a cold beer & wine store. BC Liquor Stores are provincial...

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Vancouver Tourist Traps

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    Although the bridge is not really a tourist trap, it can be very overcrowded during the high season plus if you are on a budget, its $32 (2012 rate) (less 10% for us oldtimers) entrance fee for the bridge and park is a bit steep. http://www.capbridge.com/hoursrates.php An alternative is to go to the Lynn Valley suspension bridge which is some 160...

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  • Gastown & the Steam Clock

    I think that the Gastown area is nice, but definitely an extremely touristy area. I worked on cruise ships that went there, so it was a really easy walk from the ships in the short time I would have. I happen to really like the steam clock. Contrary to the other reviews you see here, it actually *does* run on steam. There was a time period that the...

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  • Grouse Mountain

    I second other users opinion on this attraction. I had read the reviews here before and decided to give it a try nevertheless. It is nice and we had lot of fun but if you are budget conscious and have to pay for 3 adults you may find its severely overpriced. Remember to get the tiny discount from the visitor centre in 200 Burrard St before you...

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Vancouver What to Pack

  • climate preparation

    In case you rent a RV, bring bags in stead of suitcases. They will take less space in the RV. Bring all different clotes, for +30 till -2 if you travel in June Get your BBQ gear ready, but be carefull in summer it is too dry to BBQ everywhere

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  • rain gear

    I walked out of the airport terminal and into a light rain. As we got downtown the rain was getting heavier, but the locals weren't even hurrying to get out of it. Most of them hadn't even broken out an umbrella. And so it went, there was rain the three days I was in Vancouver, there were periods of up to a couple of hours of brilliant sunshine...

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  • camera gear

    Binoculars or Telescope To Cruise to ALASKA Rainwear Lots of film Beachwear & Gear would be cool, Nice beaches in Vancouver & POOL on the Ship SEA SICKNESS PILLS ! Carry a bell so the Bears know that dinner is coming!

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Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

  • Wreck Beach

    One of my favorite beaches in the world because the sub-culture and community that it embraces and its location in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. For the years that I lived in the area it was my weekend spot during the warm months and even in the fall/winter evenings a remote spot where we could have rituals, campfires, fire spinning,...

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  • Steveston

    I took the trip out to Steveston not knowing much about the area, but having a recommendation from a work colleague. To get there I took a 98 bus to Richmond Centre bus exchange, and then a second bus to Steveston itself. As I was able to just transfer on the same ticket the cost of the journey was only $2.25 each way, and took about 1 hour each...

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  • Lynn Canyon

    Why would you pay over $30 per person to go to a beautiful, forested area with a suspension bridge when Lynn Canyon sits about the same distance from the city and can be reached by public transit? This was one of those "I'm going" things that I came up with. I wasn't worried if anyone was going with me, but I encouraged everyone to try. In the end,...

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Vancouver Sports & Outdoors

  • Grouse Mountain

    The Grouse Grind has become a very popular hiking trail for Vancouverites and visitors alike. You can read an interesting story about it here. The trail goes take you up an elevation of 800 metres, over a total distance of 2,900 metres. It's not for everyone. Be sure you're in relatively good shape, have water and a cel phone with you, and don't...

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  • skiing & snowboarding

    Vancouver has 3 'local mountains'. (approx travel time from downtown 30 min) Cypress Mountain is the biggest of the locals and has a tonne of great terrain. One powder day in the trees at Cypress and you will be hooked for life. Grouse Mountain is known for its spectacular views of the city. Its a popular mountain with tourists. The terrain is...

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  • water & beaches

    Chartering boats and heading out onto the water is a fairly common in VanC. I took my sister and brother inlaw on a fishing trip.there are many companies orgaising group excursions around Granville Island and Steveston. We went with Bonnie Lee out of Granville Island. The trip lasts 5 hours min which allows plenty of time to catch the local Chinook...

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Vancouver Favorites

  • Whistler & Blackcomb

    Blackcomb/Whistler are usually packed with people and very expensive. Instead, drive to Mount Baker in Washington, USA in just 1-1/2hrs to avoid crowds and high fees. You can get a cabin @ Mt. Baker that sleeps 4 for only $139/night. Food and beer is also incredibly cheap in Washington. In Whistler $139/night won't get you anything. Or there's...

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  • architecture

    We walked down to West Pember Street near Coal Harbour for a good view of the harbour and marina. In the little park overlooking the seawalk there is a large piece of metal artwork "The Upside Down House". Well worth a look and a challenge to your photographic skills to obtain the perfect photo. This area is a nice part of town with views...

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  • Stanley Park

    I was very disappointed that we ran out of time to take the Horse Drawn tour of Stanley park. The cost of this tour was included in our Vancouver card, which we had purchased for sightseeing in Vancouver. We saw it, and passed it in Stanley park, what a great way to get around and to see the sites, clip, clop, clip, clop, a nice slow pace, and...

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Vancouver

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Few Olympic cities can provide the variety of experiences that are available to visitors of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. While some natural occurrences were already ready for the games, like the amazing trails and conditions of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the city also made numerous green improvements in preparation for the Games. The city extended its SkyTrain rapid transit system to downtown Vancouver and created an Olympic village that is LEED Platinum Certified, meaning its eco-friendly and sustainably designed . In addition to seeing the Olympic Cauldron at English Bay in the West End, travelers can also bike or walk around West End's Stanley Park, North America's third largest urban park, with spectacular bay views and greenery. In Vancouver, travelers can even try their hand at some of the Winter Olympic Sports. For example, at Whistler Sliding Centre, the public can test bobsleighs and skeleton rides on the same track used by Olympic athletes!

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