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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
From CAD75.00
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
From CAD104.00

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Salmon Fishing

Chartering boats and heading out onto the water is a fairly common in VanC. I took my sister and brother inlaw on a fishing trip.there are many companies orgaising group excursions around Granville Island and Steveston. We went with Bonnie Lee out of Granville Island. The trip lasts 5 hours min which allows plenty of time to catch the local Chinook Salmon. While on the water you'll get a great panoramic view of the city and you;ll see plenty of wildlife from the seals (who will try and eat your catch) to birds and maybe whales! figure on around $100 - $150 per person depending on the number in the group. Of course you need to be wary of the weather as the waters get get rough and of course the rain. The guides here are excellent and you can get your fish smoked, frozen, tinned or prepared anyway you like it for your trip home.

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Apr 30, 2006

Ski Tube

If water skiing is not quite for you, you can experience almost the same thrill by being towed on a tube behind a boat. To be sure, the boat driver still requires some skill in maneuvering the boat, but the rider pretty much just has to hang on an enjoy the ride. It’s not just circular tubes any more either. An amazing variety of towable water sports devices are available.

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Aug 27, 2005

Go Sailing or PowerBoating!

Cooper Boating lets locals and visitors charter sailboats and powerboats from their central Granville Island Marina. The very friendly staff went out of their way to help a friend of mine visiting from California.

Too many people who set foot in Vancouver never get out into the amazing ocean that is so much a part of what the city is all about!

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Jul 25, 2005

Charter a Sailboat!

I was hijacked and taken aboard this 28ft sailboat for a evening of cruising the harbour. Jeremy, the skipper went out of his way to make this boating adventure one we will never forget.
It began by a cruise into the harbor around Stanley Park out in the bay watching the sunset below the horizon. It was a great experience and very romantic. About a 4 hour excursion but you can book longer.

Equipment Bring Layers. It gets chilly!

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Jun 30, 2005
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This is a very large swimming complex in Richmond (south of Vancouver). It has a large swimming and diving pool with a hot tub, wave and kiddie pools as well. Two large waterslides loom overhead. Off to the side are the sauna and steam rooms. I've been to many of the aquatic venues in Vancouver but this is one of the best and admission is VERY reasonable!

Equipment swimming suit and towel. A quarter for locker use if you want.

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Sep 05, 2004


Summer; Vancouver's got a growing bike culture (both road and mountain), so if you're a roadie, definitely pack your bike to head out around Richmond or the North Shore mountains (90 km rides).

Off-roadies will definitely want to hit our North Shore mountains, or for the less vertically inclined, try the trails at UBC's (University of British Columbia) pacific spirit park.

Equipment Helmets are mandatory - it's illegal to ride without one and you'll get a fine.

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Mar 13, 2004

Da Beach

Wreck beach is quite surprising. I lived for a full year just above it and let me tell you...lots of weirdos...

There's even some that live there year round...better not disturb them at night.

One thing that I'll remember for life is a hardcore nudist that was fully dressed except for a small spot somewhere in the middle of his shorts...quite surprising...

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May 14, 2003


If you're in the Kitsilano area, you can stop by and see the Kits Sailing Club. I'm in the process of getting a membership there, so if you find me, maybe I'll take you out sailing on the water this summer! I still need to pass a course, but once that's done, I'll be able to take a few of the boats out on my own.

Equipment There are many boats at the Kits sailing club, but unfortunately, you need to be a member to use them. So, sign up now, or find someone like me to take you out!

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Apr 12, 2003

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Bloedel Conservatory

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Queen Elizabeth Park

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Totem Poles

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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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