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Seaplane Flight to Vancouver with Fully-Narrated Bus Tour
"Check in 30 minutes prior to your flight departure time at the Victoria Harbour Airport located centrally in Victoria's historical Inner Harbour. Before taking flight take part in a short safety briefing. Then you’ll be ready for your 35-minute scenic flight to Vancouver. Departing from downtown Victoria you'll first fly out over the Peninsula with the world famous Butchart Gardens below Mount Baker in the distance and Salt Spring Island. Then head out into the Georgia Strait
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Seaplane Flight to Vancouver with Fully-Narrated Bus Tour
"Check in 30 minutes prior to your flight departure time at the Victoria Harbour Airport located centrally in Victoria's historical Inner Harbour. Before taking flight take part in a short safety briefing. Then you’ll be ready for your 35-minute scenic flight to Vancouver. Departing from downtown Victoria you'll first fly out over the Peninsula with the world famous Butchart Gardens below Mount Baker in the distance and Salt Spring Island. Then head out into the Georgia Strait
From CAD429.00
 
Vancouver Private Day Tour and Capilano Suspension Bridge
"Experience the beauty of the Pacific on this 5-hour private tour in the comfort of a private SUV with sunroof. Forget about crowded buses or following other people's timelines. On this private tour get to know the places that interest you and suit the needs of your group or family. Be a traveler not a tourist. Your Vancouver day trip starts with pickup from your hotel. Your private local guide will give you a comprehensive tour of Vancouver's major attractions and highlights such as Stanley Park Chinatown Gastown and Granville Park.  Then drive over the beautiful Lion’s Gate Bridge
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Downtown Vancouver Tips (14)

Christ Church Cathedral - Downtown Vancouver

Christ Church Cathedral is located at 690 Burrard Street. It is opposite The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This church belongs to the Anglican Church of Canada. The site of the church has been used as a place of worship since 1888.

During our visit the exterior of the church was covered in scaffolding and was a bit of a mess. However the interior with its wooden beams and floors and stain glass windows was very attractive.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 11, 2015

Small Inukshuk Sculpture

There is a small Inukshuk sculpture close to Burrard Skytrain Station. Inukshuk are sculptures traditionally created by the Inuit people. They are made by placing uncarved stones on top of each other. Some are shaped like humans. The Inuit placed these in the Arctic wilderness to show others you are going the right way or there is something important here. The Inukshuk was used by Vancouver as its logo for the 2010 Winter Olympics. There is a large Inukshuk at English Bay which I will write about later.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 11, 2015

The Marine Building in Downtown Vancouver

The Marine Building is located at 355 Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver. This building was designed by McCarter, Nairne and Partners. It is famous for its Art Deco details. At 22 stories high, at one time it was the tallest building in the British Empire.

This building was completed in 1930. It cost a staggering $2.3 million to build. This was $1.1 million over its intended budget. When it was complete, the Great Depression had begun and no-one could buy it. Eventually it was sold to the Guinness family of Ireland for only $900,000. Nowadays it would be worth around $22 million.

You can look at the front of the building which has many transport related carvings and marine life related carvings and enter its lobby which has a fancy marine life clock, stained glass windows, a zodiac floor. Lifts inlaid with many different kinds of wood. It is quite interesting to visit.

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IreneMcKay
Apr 11, 2015

Downtown Walking Tour #1

Here's a great walking tour of downtown Vancouver, just 4.0 km long, that'll give visitors a great cross section of the downtown core:

1. Start at Torch Cauldron (Thurlow & Canada Place)
2. Walk around the lower level of the new Convention Centre
3. Visit viewing platform of the Pan Pacific Hotel
4. Walk to the east side of the Vancouver Sun building
5. Visit the Sinclair Centre
6. Walk down Hastings and up to Burrard & Georgia
7. Visit the Hotel Vancouver
8. Walk to Georgia & Howe
9. Visit Robson Square & the Court Complex
10. Walk to Burrard & Smithe
11. Visit the new YMCA
12. Visit one of the churches at Nelson & Burrard
13. Walk through the courtyard of the Wall Centre
14. Walk to Burrard & Davie
15. Walk to Davie & Jervis
16. Walk to Jervis & Burnaby
17. Walk to English Bay

Google Maps: http://tinyurl.com/3e396j6

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rmdw
Apr 02, 2011
 
 
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Downtown Vancouver

If you base yourself in downtown Vancouver, you'll be within walking distance to many of the city's attractions and neighbourhoods. It's not like other North American cities where you want to avoid being downtown. In Vancouver, downtown is where all the action is.

The real beauty of downtown Vancouver (aside from the beaches and Stanley Park) is that it's small, compact and walkable. It's 2km north-south and 4km east-west. I can walk from the southern end of downtown to the northern end in 20 minutes easily, so we're talking minimal distances.

When I refer to "downtown Vancouver" I am referring to the entire peninsula in which the city centre is situated upon. Look at the map of Vancouver. You'll notice that Vancouver is vaguely shaped like an oven mitt with the "fingers" pointing westward and the "thumb"pointing north-west. The thumb is downtown Vancouver. The little inlet between the fingers and the thumb is False Creek, and the green patch at the edge of the thumb is Staney Park. Stanley Park is arguably the top attraction in Vancouver, but certainly not the only one!

Other downtown Vancouver attractions include the Vancouver Aquarium, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson Street, Gastown, Chinatown, Yaletown, the West End, English Bay, the Seawall, Granville Street, Coal Harbour, False Creek, GM Place, BC Place, and Canada Place. These tend to be the major attractions, and of course, there are even more downtown, and even more outside of downtown.

Getting to attractions and neighbourhoods outside of downtown, like Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Lynn Canyon, Kitsilano, Granville Island, UBC, Commercial Drive, and the Museum of Anthropology, is easy. They're all accessible either by a short water taxi or short bus ride. You really don't need a car to experience Vancouver.

In terms of amenities, downtown Vancouver has hundreds of restaurant options with all kinds of cuisine types at all different price ranges. You don't have to break your budget to have a good meal in Vancouver, so take advantage of this! And if you prefer, there are plenty of grocery stores, coffee shops, pharmacies, convenience stores, and heck, even a Costco!

While downtown Vancouver does have many shopping districts and nightlife options, the city's quite famous for its restaurant scene. This, in my opinion, overshadows Vancouver's nightclubs, pubs, and shops - and deservedly so.

What's also nice about downtown Vancouver is that, unlike other major North American cities, Vancouver's downtown core has high density residential neighbourhoods. As a result, downtown Vancouver never empties out or feels vacant. People are out on the sidewalks walking their dogs, walking to the grocery store, walking to work, walking home after partying with friends. It's a safe place to be.

Rather than go into detail about downtown Vancouver, I have individual tips for each attraction I highted above. Please take a look through my "Things to do" tips for my elaborations.

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Carmanah
Sep 17, 2008

Rappers Liven Up The City

Just walking through Downtown will keep you entertained whether it be the"Rappers", Salsa Dancing, Music, or just the multitude of tourist and locals on the streets. Just keep your eyes open, or rest in a streetside cafe and enjoy the world as it goes by.

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Mikebb
Jan 21, 2008

Marinas

Since Vancouver verges on the sea, you’ll find that there are many marinas holding boats for the weekend yachtsmen. Not being much of a seaman myself, I still find it interesting to visit the yachts in dock, especially the larger ones that pass through Vancouver on vacation. On the north side of downtown, about your only option is the Bayshore marina in the Westend near Stanley park. On the Southside of downtown, False Creek is almost filled with marinas.

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penumbra
Feb 13, 2007

Granville Avenue

Well this is where I stayed in Samesun backpackers - an absolute dive.

The place had a lot of character, bums on every corner askin for weed, 25c peep shows, pizza slice joints everywhere. Very threatening place but all part of the fun.

It's a very central place to stay on a budget as close to everything in the city but I wouldn't recommend staying at Samesun Backpackers - an absolute hell hole!

7/11 is just up the street down Davie it was my saviour!

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Oct 21, 2006

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Gigantic pendulum

It may not be your usual tourist sight, but this gigantic pendulum has stopped many people in their tracks. The pendulum is housed inside a branch of HSBC bank at Hornsby and W. Georgia, and is continually swinging back and forth throughout the foyer of the building. I was worried about standing beneath it, in case it knocked into me (but of course, the safety people had already worked out that this wouldn't happen! Duh!). I couldn't see a clock attached to the pendulum, I think it's just for show.

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UKDaisy
Mar 17, 2006

Downtown Vancouver

Good shopping and reataurants in downtown Vancouver. Stanley Park offers the excellent and scenic sea wall. You can walk, rooler skate, or rent a bike. The paved trail around Stanley Park is about 11 kilometers. Do the whole thing or portions of it.

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mwkwan
Jan 10, 2005

Downtown Vancouver

Being the central part of the city, downtown Vancouver is everything you expect it to be. Busy yet relaxed, trendy and filled with both victorian and modern architecture and skyscrapers.

Downtown Vancouver is the ideal location for a stay in this city. We stayed at the 3 star Century Plaza hotel (including public parking in the building) in Burrard Street, only a 5-10 minutes walk from the junction with Robson street, the place to be for shopping and eating out. For cheap breakfast go to the Food Market in Burrard Street. For nice and payable dinner go to trendy Earls in Robson Street. See my restaurant tips for more details.

Wished I could stay here forever (as long as the weather is fine of course)

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JanPeter74
Sep 01, 2004

Walking trough downtown

Go walking trough downtown. See the museums, shops and numerous other sights.

Vancouver's downtown area is clean and quite small so everything can be reached by foot. Canada Place is a great place to start, from there, work your way south and zig-zag through town.

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tvdm
Mar 03, 2004

Things to Do Near Downtown Vancouver

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English Bay

English Bay Beach is one of my favorite places in Vancouver. When I was little, I used to come here with my parents and cousin, and walk around the tide pools picking up starfish. Unfortunately on...
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Robson Street

On Robson Street between Hornby Street and Jervis Street it is hyped as a very fashionable place to visit. It is nothing more than four blocks of high priced chain stores that can be found in most...
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Stanley Park

Take some time to go walking, hire a bike if that's you thing, but do take some time to go and explore Stanley Park. There is a huge amount to see here, historical things, wonderous views, beautiful...
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Vancouver Maritime Museum

I am still disturbed and troubled after a visit to The Vancouver Maritime Museum. They have a new exhibit called Scrimshaw which features numerous images of an inappropriate sexual nature on tusks....
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HR MacMillan Space Centre

The Vancouver Museum, which is located in the same building as the HR Macmillan Space Centre, is an excellent museum that walks you through the history of the city of Vancouver and the area around it....
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Vanier Park

Vanier park on English Bay is home to the Vancouver Museum, the Maritime Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (made up of the Planetarium and the Observatory). On a sunny day, there are lots of...
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