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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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Robson Street and Granville Street: Posh and Funky

I got off the bus at the Granville station on Seymour street just across from the Bay. I had intentions of shopping my way up and down Robson Street, famed for it's upscale shops. But i kept getting sidetracked. Granville Street has loads of really funky shops, from goth to second hand records and cd's to interesting boutiques. Check it out.

Robson has many upscale designer shops and good restaurants but don't let that scare you off. There are also souvenir shops and chain stores like Chapters books and a huge Winners store.

What to buy Haida Native art is stunning! tshirts, wooden carvings, fridge magnets, jewellry, even oven mitts, tea towers and canvas tote bags. There are lots of shops featuring the First Nations art all over the City. Some are very expensive and some are very affordable.

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Nov 11, 2003

various: Downtown Vancouver

There is plenty of shopping to do downtown, it can easily be a whole day trip.

Granville Street has some nice "campy" shops which I find the most interesting.

Robson Street is Vancouver's most famous shopping district. There are a wide variety of shops and great restaurants to be seen. The stores are more on the high-end, but not completely beyond reason.

Stores to mention: Roots, Virgin, Pacific Centre Mall

Restaurants: Kobe Steakhouse, Milestones, Cactus Club

The shopping districts are accessible from the Granville, Burrard and Waterfront skytrain stations.

What to buy Anything you want! Just don't buy anything from those cheezy tourist shops, please! =)

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esnVancouver
Nov 13, 2002

Scratch Records: your other favourite music store

I have been coming to Scratch for longer than I could probably remember.

Scratch is the place to go for albums and artists you would not find at the bigger music stores, but be prepared to pay because they don't exactly run cheap.

I love buying tickets to various shows at Scratch because there exists a $1 service charge and turns out much cheaper compared to the overpriced ticketmaster.

The staff are helpful and pretty friendly and you can get an idea on what shows are coming to town by taking a look at the walls on your way in.

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Feb 13, 2005

Tierra Del Sol: Mexican & South American Handicrafts

I just checked out this wonderful store, not too far from the cruise ship terminals. They have a wide variety of art and clothing from Mexico and parts further south.

It was particularly interesting to see because I was just down in Mexico for 2 months!

What to pay Prices are somewhat higher than one would pay in the lands where the items came from but they're not unreasonable for similar Canadian items

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Jun 23, 2004
 
 
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Death by Chocolate

One of the best places in Vancouver to indulge yourself is Death by Chocolate. There are several locations throughout the city, just check their website below.

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Feb 24, 2006

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Inside this gorgeous hotel you will find a nice little gift store, may be a little more expensive than other places, but better quality. There is also a GUCCI store.

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