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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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Fondest memory Take a look at the Thomas Fee House at 1119 Broughton Street. Pay special notice to the door ornaments. Fee was a notorious Vancouver resident early in the century. He was the first in Vancouver to own a motor vehicle, and was expelled from the board of trade for advocating BC to join the United States.

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Feb 05, 2003

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Fondest memory During this walk you may have noticed some plain boxy apartment buildings that lack the esthetics of heritage buildings. These are mainly built in the 1960s using the modernist style that aims to build housing quickly and efficiently. The walls you see are curtain walls, structural walls are recessed behind the exterior wall and the separation between rooms are just thick enough for the window pane. Needless to say, there is little sound proofing in these units.

Now continue east on Pendrell Street to Jervis Street and you will see St. Paul's parish. This church originally stood in Yaletown since 1805. However, with the influx of railway workers, the original settlers were terrified (scratching your head? Yeah, god-fearing christians seem to be terrified of anyone who has a different background or thinking, this is true even today) and lifted up their church and moved it to its current location is 1895.

The inside of the church looks like the inside of a ship. This is because the builders were carpenters who used to work on ships.

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Feb 05, 2003

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Fondest memory Walk north on Jervis Street for a block and turn right on to Comox Street to see Mole Hill. At 1160 Comox is the Mace House -- the oldest building in the city.

This block has gone through some changes. In 1951 most of the houses were demolished to make room for the park you now see. The city has decided to restore the 1890s' look of the block and so all the heritage houses are being restored and renovated to the Queen Anne style. This style was a very typical architecture in Vancouver until the 1920s when the city hired an architect from St. Louis, Missouri to rezone the West End to a 3-4 storey building zone. The Queen Anne houses mostly have gingerbread details and steep roof. You can see many houses built in this style in the Strathacona area also.

There is also a community garden in the lane behind Mole Hill.

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Feb 05, 2003

Stanley Park

Favorite thing Living close to downtown is an important part of enjoying la vida Vancouver.
"Downtown" is actually a mix of various ressidential and commercial regions that varied and distinct. It's surrounded by beaches, parks and water views that make it one of the prettiest cities in the world... that's according to UN reports and not just me!

Fondest memory Water view from the 52nd floor of the Sheraton Landmark Hotel.

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Jun 06, 2005
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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

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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Nov 22, 2004

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South Granville Rise

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Bloedel Conservatory

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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

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