Vancouver Travel Guide

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Vancouver Things to Do

  • Stanley Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Not far from the statue of the Girl in a wetsuit if you continue cycling or walking, you'll see this light house. There is a view plateau or bench where you can see the distance of the harbor. While standing here, again you'll have the beautiful architecture of Vancouver. Stanley park is really lies in a good location. If you just walked or...

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  • Gastown

    4 out of 5 stars

    I noticed this beautiful war memorial on Waterfront Station as we were leaving Gastown. It is called the Angel of Victory and it was created by by Montreal sculptor, Coeur de Lion MacCarthy. The sculpture shows a winged angel lifting a young soldier to Heaven at the moment of his death. Sculptures just like this were put up in 1922 in Vancouver,...

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    4 out of 5 stars

    I conquered my fear of heights walking over the Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Cliffwalk. It's a lovely day out in the Capilano rain forest. Plenty of things to see and do. Great photo opportunities of the gorgeous rainforest from the tree tops walk or the bridge. Cafe's and gift shop on site.

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Vancouver Hotels

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  • Opus Hotel

    A contemporary hotel located in the very cosmopolitan Yaletown. Top-notch service from a very...

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  • St. Regis Hotel

    The St Regis is a wonderful gem in the core of Vancouver where one can easily enjoy the sidewalk...

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  • L'Hermitage Hotel

    A great hotel from start to finish. Excellent rooms are very comfortable. Service is 5 star and all...

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Vancouver Restaurants

  • Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Afghan Horseman, the

    5 out of 5 stars

    I just knew that I would have to eat at the Afghan Horsemen restaurant sometime while I was in Vancouver after hearing my friend Ed's (Kaspian) account of his visit there. It gets embellished a little more every time that I tell it but I'm pretty sure it involved poor Ed reluctantly removing his shoes, a waiter stepping on his foot, and a normally...

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  • SandBar, the

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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Vancouver Nightlife

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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)

    AVOID AIRPORT RIP-OFF: Buy book of ten one zone tickets from 7-11 on lower level of Vancouver Int'l Airport down below from where you exit with your domestic luggage. Point of sale ticket price at airport is near $10 rip-off from Skytrain machine to extract money from tourists, versus $2.50 regular ticket fare. SAFETY: Skytrain line stations are...

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  • BC Ferries

    Crossing to the otherside of Vancouver the ferry is an easy way to take if you are on foot, bicycle or with car, is a more than an hour sail to the otherside and during the ride you remain inside the passengers deck where you can enjoy the views or do some shopping there are retail and coffee shops inside There are ferries every 2 hour to and from...

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  • SeaBus (Translink)

    A fun way to travel between North Van and downtown Vancouver is to take the SeaBus. This is a double ended catamaran passenger ferry that zips back and forth between Waterfront Station downtown and Lonsdale Quay in North Van every 20 minutes. It can carry 400 passengers at one time. The SeaBus is a part of Translink, the local transit system...

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Vancouver Shopping

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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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  • 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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  • Granville Street (downtown)

    They claim to be the largest used CD store in Canada. They certainly do have a lot of stock. The store is spacious and bright and the stock is arranged thoughtfully. For example, for rock there are alphibetical sections. The top shelf at eye level are stacks of miscellaneous artists, end-on so you can look through them quickly. More popular artists...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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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

    Vancouver is Canada’s rudest, most unfriendly big city and it is unliveable. It sports grandiose delusions of itself as above and beyond the rest of Canada; actually Vancouverites like to believe they’re not Canadian. Their delusions, narcissism and dissociation with the country they actually belong to, highlight their mass culture of mental...

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  • Rain & bad weather

    Vancouver is Canada’s rudest, most unfriendly big city and it is unliveable. It sports grandiose delusions of itself as above and beyond the rest of Canada; actually Vancouverites like to believe they’re not Canadian. Their delusions, narcissism and dissociation with the country they actually belong to, highlight their mass culture of mental...

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Vancouver Tourist Traps

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    This is an update to a review I wrote earlier, as a few things have changed. I visited Capilano, twice, once in 2003, when there was just a bridge, and again in 2007, when they added the tree top adventure. The ticket lady saw our American IDs, and immediately charged us more. When we told her, that this is discrimination, she said nervously, "No,...

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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

  • Lynn Canyon

    Lynn Canyon Park is free entry so if you don't want to pay out to go to Capilano suspension bridge this is a much cheaper trip. I liked the park especially the moss covered trees which I thought were quite amazing.

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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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  • Jericho Beach & Spanish Banks

    During my past three stays with in Laws, i have had the opportunity to stretch my legs and walk off some of the extra cholesterol from Dim Sums and Cantonese restaurant meals. From across the West Point Grey Community centre/ Aberthau Cultural Centre. Being the early waker, what better than to spend the hour or two then return back in time for a...

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Vancouver Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • Vancouver Canucks

    The Vancouver Canucks are Vancouver's professional NHL hockey team, and certainly the biggest thing in sports as far as Vancouver goes. I'm personally not a hockey fan, so I honestly don't care when or where they're playing or how well they're doing. I don't even know when the season starts or ends. I don't feel bad either, because there are way...

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  • 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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Vancouver Favorites

  • Stanley Park

    Lost Lagoon was originally part of Coal Harbour. At low tide it would turn into mud flats. The first nations people gathered seafood here. With the construction of the Stanley Park causeway in 1916 Lost Lagoon became permanently detached from the sea. The name Lost Lagoon comes from a poem written by Canadian writer Pauline Johnson. She had a...

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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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  • Gastown

    Before a former riverboat captain named John Deighton came to town in 1867, Canadian mill workers had to hike ten miles through bear-infested forests to New Westminster if they wanted a drink. Deighton recognized their plight and told the men they could have as many drinks as they wanted from his barrel of whiskey if they helped him build a saloon....

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Vancouver

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

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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