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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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glass

The Vancouver skyline is dominated by glass and metal...lots of it. I'm no architecture expert, but I have mixed feelings about this style. During the winter months when it rains a lot, the glass and metal tend to have a drab color. Hence the whole skyline looks gray. On the other hand, during the summer, it's more aesthetically pleasing. There are many high-rise apartments, condos, and hotels that have floor to ceiling windows. Kind of neat, but also quite dreary during the rainy season. As a novice photographer, I love taking shots of reflections. That would give the glass one more advantage in my book. I'm still unsure overall what I think about the glass...let me ponder over it some more.

arasnosliw
Jan 21, 2006

Public Art-Murals

Vancouver had some great public art on the walls in the downtown area. This was superb work. Starting in 2008 the provincial government invested $10 million over 3 years to celebrate the history, heritage and culture of Vancouver's first urban areas. From the murals I saw this was an excellent investment.

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GentleSpirit
Apr 22, 2013

More public architecture

this is more the quirky stuff. you have the lovely traditional sculpture on the facades of buildings and then you have....the "original". this was in downtown Vancouver, actually within walking distance of the previous photo.

An upside down house...gotta love it!

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GentleSpirit
May 31, 2012

Vancouver Buildings

One thing I've noticed about the buildings in Vancouver is that unlike buildings in the United States, they are actually big and tall apartment buildings in which people live in them. In the United States I don't think you would see that. Tall buildings in the downtowns of big cities in the U.S. are mainly offices of companies, banks, etc. So how the buildings in Vancouver are being used was pretty interesting. They look different than buildings in the U.S. too because they have balconies. There are also office buildings in Vancouver too by the way.

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Aug 03, 2004
 
 
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public art and architecture

One thing that caught my eye was the varied, and often quirky, public art and architecture that you will see around Vancouver

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GentleSpirit
May 30, 2012

Vancouver's large buildings...

Vancouver's large buildings look very tall and circular. Not very attractive architecture, but a cool view over the bridge.

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Aug 26, 2002

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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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