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Private Tour: Gardens of Vancouver
"Your private tour starts with a stop at the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. The Chinese have a totally different perspective on what a garden should be and it must be seen to be understood. Take a short wal you travel to the highest point in the city the spectacular Queen Elisabeth Park and its sunken gardens. Originally a rock quarry for the early development of downtown it is now a spectacular garden and view point. Finally you'll enjoy the breathtaking Van Dusen Botanical Garden with an amazing array of what nature has to offer. This mature 55 acre (22 hectare) garden features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illust"""Spend a half-day in Vancouver's wonderful gardens on this private and personalized tour. Beauty
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour
"After pickup from select hotels Vancouver hotels your 4-hour tour starts in Gastown Vancouver's historic district. Stride along cobbled streets past 19th-century buildings. Listen to engaging commentary from your guide about the popular landmarks as you pass. Soak up the lively cultural atmosphere of Chinatown one of North America's largest Chinatowns and drive through Robson Street Vancouver's trendy shopping district in the heart of downtown Vancouver.Enter the urban oasis of Stanley Park and see Brockton Point’s nine historic totem poles built by the First People in British Columbia. Ascend to Prospect Point the highest point of Stanley Park
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Private Tour: Vancouver City Sightseeing
"Enjoy convenient pickup from your Vancouver hotel or the cruise ship terminal and discuss with your private guide what's in store for your 4-hour outing. Get to know the bustling seaport city of Vancouver at a leisurely pace: On this private tour you can focus just on the places that fit your interests. Hear historical facts and anecdotes from your guide as you travel between sites. Discover Stanley Park 1000 acres (405 hectares) of natural oasis bounded on three sides by the water. Check out the park’s perimeter Seawall offering stunning views of Vancouver’s skyline the North Shore mountains and Burrard Inlet. Gaze at Brockton Point's totem poles
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Kitsilano

Favorite thing Kitsilano is Vancouver's cool and trendy beach-side community. Kitsilano is called "Kits" by the locals, and it's the neighbourhood where Vancouver's young people dream of moving to, where many students end up sharing apartments, where yuppies drink their tall, non-fat soy lates along the seawall, where 20-somethings play beach volleyball in the evening, where trendsetters stroll along West 4th Avenue and where skateboarders and snowboarders cruise all the local skate shops.

Of course, this is only one aspect to Kits. Kits is also quite wealthy, and some homes have cliff-side property with million dollar views. All the streets in Kits are lined with trees, and the homes all have front and back yards - ideal for when you want to live somewhere with a garden. Not to mention, the architecture in Kits is quite unique and isn't really found elsewhere in the city, or in the rest of Canada! Most homes have 3 levels including a balcony in the back and a front porch.

Kits Beach is very popular for people-watching. There are some really great pubs just across the street, or if caffeine is more your fancy, go to the local Starbucks. Sure, they're evil. But eveyone goes there nevertheless... and the irony is that Kits used to be home to Vancouver's hippies in the 1960's.

The boundary of Kits could be said to be between Burrard Street to the east and Macdonald to the west, from 16th Ave to the south, all the way north to Kits beach, however, West 4th and Yew is definitely the heart of Kitsilano - a major shopping area with great cafes, grocery stores and restaurants.

Whether you're wanting to shop at the boutiques or eat at the many great restaurants along West 4th or Broadway, or whether you just want to stroll the beach, Kits is a really fun neighbouhood to explore.

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Carmanah
Jun 21, 2003

The beaches

Favorite thing If you're in Vancouver, make sure you take some time out to walk along the beaches around the harbour.

My favourite beach is Kits beach, located in the area of Kitsilano.. You'll know you're at Kits beach when you see the long stretch of sand, and the huge outdoor swimming pool.

Fondest memory I flew back from Ottawa to spend my birthday in Vancouver last April. Ottawa was covered in snow, but it was +15C in Vancouver. I met up with some friends on Kits beach, and played frisbee for a few hours.

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duanestorey
Jun 20, 2003

The Skyline

Favorite thing Vancouver has one of the prettiest skylines in all of the cities I've been to. While it's amazing by day, I really love viewing it from Kits beach at night.

Fondest memory Sitting on a bench on Kits beach, looking at Vancouver all lit up, and eating a donair with my friend Bob.

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duanestorey
Apr 12, 2003

Beachcombing at Kitsilano beach

Fondest memory I remember fondly beachcombing along Kits Beach with my sister in the early 90's. Here you can see the clusters of barnacles and mussels on the rocks on the beach. You can also see the famous Stanley Park in the background, the mountains, and the sailboats in English Bay. Photo Credit: my Dad

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Oct 22, 2002
 
 
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Another great beach to laze...

Favorite thing Another great beach to laze the day away is Kits Beach. Because it is not downtown, there are not as many tourists at this place, but it is still very popular. The beach lies along some of the most expensive and exclusive properties in Vancpuver. There are a number of shops and restaurants along the streets beside it, all very hip places to be....definately a place that the 'beautiful' people go....

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unigirl
Aug 25, 2002

check out the beaches in the...

Favorite thing check out the beaches in the western side of Vancouver. There's sunset beach & English bay in the West End, and Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach & Locarno Beach in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. On a nice summer day, the beaches are nice places to get a good tan and watch people.

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anna123
Aug 24, 2002

Check out the many beaches-...

Favorite thing Check out the many beaches- Kits Beach is my fave but Jericho or the Spanish Banks (pictured) are also great, all in the Kitsilano area.

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Aug 25, 2002

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