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Actually Victoria is on...

Favorite thing Actually Victoria is on Vancouver Island, about a two and a half-hour ferry and bus ride to Vancouver city. I spent two days in Victoria, and actually wished I could have stayed longer. I took an eco-tour of the west coast of the island, and had a wonderful day hike.

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Aug 25, 2002

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Favorite thing This is, of course, only for flower lovers, which my brother isn't, so he probably wouldn't recommend Butchart gardens as highly as I do. I enjoy flowers, and being an amateur photographer, found plenty to enjoy there. As I was reminded by a fellow vtourist member, I should mention that Butchart Gardens aren't in Vancouver but on Vancouver Island. I liked the island better personally; it felt less crowded.

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Aug 24, 2002

Visit Vancouver island where...

Favorite thing Visit Vancouver island where Butchart Garden and Craigduroch caslte are located. In the evening the capitol buildings of Victoria on the harbor were lit up (outlined). I don't know if the do this all year or if we just happened to be there at the right time of year, but it was very pretty.

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Aug 24, 2002

You must take a ferry boat...

Favorite thing You must take a ferry boat ride over to Victoria. You drive your car onto a modern, cruise-like ferry and watch the beautiful scenery go by. First stop must be Buchart Gardens. It's a little expensive, but very impressive. Then check out downtown and have high tea at the Empress hotel before you catch the ferry back again.

Fondest memory On a hike down to a lake in Garibaldi national park, we stopped to watch a mother bear and cub as they hunted for food. We waited cautiously until they were gone. Then went down a rain forest path to a beautiful mirror-like lake. I think about it whenever I get really pressured at work. I can still remember that dusky, earthy, clean smell deep in the woods.

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Aug 24, 2002
 
 
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When you are in Vancouver you...

Favorite thing When you are in Vancouver you should also visit Vancouver island.
Yes I know it is great and far away, but spending some days on the long beach is one of my fondest memory.
The lonelyness at the campground (you must take all your food with you) and the few people is so very different to Germany.

The picture shows a view onto the long beach on Vancouver island near Tofino.

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South Granville Rise

South Granville (also called "South Granville Rise") is an upscale shopping district south of downtown Vancouver. The heart of South Granville's commercial area spans along Granville Street between...
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VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Vancouver's wet climate produces some of the most lush gardens in North America. Because of the climate and the mild temperatures, Vancouver's gardens are vibrant and green year round. This is unlike...
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Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is a small round building located in Queen Elizabeth Park. I had read another Mother's review of it online and figured it would be a great place to spend an afternoon with our...
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Queen Elizabeth Park

The Bloedel Conservatory is located in Queen Elizabeth Park at the top of Little Mountain. It is a large dome overlooking the city and the mountains. Inside this dome is a large temperature controlled...
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Totem Poles

Located in the northeast area of Stanley Park, the First Nations artwork area is most famous for its totem poles. However, there are also several other pieces of artwork here. This includes a Story...
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Granville Island

Enjoyed all of the restaurants & shops. This was a real foodie paradise with markets, gourmet shops and all sorts of items cooking. We took a water taxi to Granville and the trolley back to our hotel.
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