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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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Best of Vancouver Private Evening City Tour
"This 3-hour small-group private tour includes the service of a professional local guide and vehicle and is available for groups as small as two or as large as needed. Small groups will travel in Luxury SUVs or Cadillac touring limos with all seats facing forward and easy in and out.Your talented local guides will show you the best that Vancouver has to offer. The tour starts with 6pm pickup at your hotel. Afterwards you'll visit famous attractions such as Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. Then stop at Chinatown the second largest on the west coast of North America and one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods before heading to Gastown
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West End Walk (2)

Fondest memory Continue to walk along English Bay. This is the first green space in the city by the shoreline. Back in the 20's, a brass band used to play in the stand in Alexandra Park. It is on your left hand side on the block after you have passed the Boat House.

You will also see some older apartments. If a building has balconies, then it must be built after the 70s because it was only then that the bylaw prohibiting balconies was lifted.

Stay on Beach Avenue until you hit Nicola Street, turn left and head away from the water. At 1386 Nicola is Kensington Place that was built with marvellous details. More noticeable are its recessed balcony and poured concrete portal over the door that are evidence of the social status of the original owner. Each unit has area in excess of 1500 sq. ft and has rooms for maids and servants!

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eho
Feb 05, 2003

West End

Favorite thing Did you see any rock display (see photo) when as you walk from second beach to English Bay? There is someone who likes to come to this area and balance stones and rocks on top of one another.

Now that you are at English Bay, we can take a heritage walk around the West End. It will take about two hours.

Since you have just come out of Stanley Park after a few hours of walking, we will start the exploration of Vancouver's heritage by first taking a rest in the Sylvia Hotel restaurant. This hotel is on your left after you have come out of Stanley Park. The Sylvia was built in 1912 and was the tallest building in the west end until the 1950s. The heritage plague (a dark blue plague in the shape of an inverted triangle) in front of the building will tell you more about it.

Get a window seat and enjoy the ocean view here. If you are craving for desserts, move on to the east side Denman Street, there is a store that sells cup cakes and Mondo Gelato just a few stores down has the best ice-cream in Vancouver.

OK, we better get going!

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Feb 05, 2003

Vancouver's old downtown skyline

Fondest memory I took this photo the day Canada won the gold Olympic medal for men's hockey. In fact, I took this picture about 20 minutes after the game ended. Every car was honking and people were cheering until well after the sun went down. During my walk through downtown, I took this photo of some of Vancouver's famous landmarks.
Photo: From left to right: Harbour Centre (the building with the revolving restaurant up top), apartment building, the new Vancouver Sun/The Province building, The Sun Tower (the old Vancouver Sun offices with the green copper roof), the Lions (the twin snow-capped mountain peaks named after an old native legend), and the Woodwards 'W' (the left-over tower from the now-defunct Woodward's Canadian department store which closed in 1994). The Sun Tower was a prominent feature of Vancouver's skyline back in the "olden day" - but not to much anymore. This is only one small section of downtown's skyline - not representative of the entire city.

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Carmanah
Jan 02, 2003

Vancouver

Favorite thing As an architect I was very anxious to see the City Hall building because I had seen it in so many books and movies. It is all exposed concrete with a huge interior atrium and glass roofs over some of the meeting spaces which although no doubt illegal, it was nonetheless very fun to climb out on these roofs and look down at the people and furniture far below. I have also heard from several people that Victoria Island is very beautiful but we were only in the city for a weekend and didn't get a chance to go there.

Fondest memory Driving around in the rain observing (only) the many soaking wet prostitutes in the red light district

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Nov 11, 2002
 
 
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Favorite thing Go to the big city park on the water.

Fondest memory As we entered the city I thought I was transported back to the early 70's because of all the same-style apartment complexes in the city. I thought they were quite ugly, however to this day I can't get them out of my mind, and now looking back maybe they weren't so ugly?

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Packerman
Sep 13, 2002

Modern buildings.

Favorite thing Vancouver has a large and bright skyline, I have never seen a city with so many 35 story buildings, but they can't seem to get any higher than that, except this building here.

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Jun 01, 2005

Amazing Buildings

Favorite thing This is the Sheraton Wall Centre taken during my stay. I was on the 31st floor and took this picture out of my window.

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