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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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PNE & Playland Tips (3)

Go on the rides at Playland

Playland is an amusement park on the grounds of the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).. Here's you'll find a variety of park rides, including the Hellevator, the Corkscrewn, the Coaster, and Hell's Gate.. An all day ride pass costs around $20 for adults, and around $10 for kids.. Stop by a Safeway on the way and you can get the passes for less money..

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Jun 01, 2003

The Fair at the PNE

Every year at the end of the summer holidays there it means it's time to brace yourself for disco dogs and deep fried anything you can think of and head to the annual Pacific National Exhibition in Vancouver. This event starts around this middle of August and ends during the Labour Day weekend (1st weekend of September). The PNE is some kind of a big fair with lots of weird and yummy food stands, there is a market place with many vendors that are trying to sell you things (think of "as seen as on TV", jewelry, cleaning products, information booths and so much more), there is the Superdogs (a dog show), the Peking Acrobats, farm yard to explore the farm animals, live performances at night and so much more all included in your admission ticket. It's a fun filled family event that most locals will take in during the last 2 weeks of the summer.

In an effort to battle falling numbers, organizers have cut admission prices from $20 to $16 this year, ramped up the live music series and are trying out what they promise to be a blockbuster exhibition. This year there is an exhibition called Genghis Khan: The Exhibition will feature ancient weapons and murals depicting battles that helped the infamous Mongol reign over an area that spanned continents, from modern-day Korea all the way to eastern Europe (there is a fee for this exhibition on top of the admission fee). Every year they may have different exhibitions.

Besides all this you also have access to Playland, which is a small amusement park with many different rides for big and small. You have to have a separate ticket to enjoy all the rides at Playland, but you can wonder through there and have a look at all the different rides. You can buy separate tickets for each ride or you can get a day or half day pass.

We've been going here several times and it's always fun, especially now with our little girl of 3 years old. She enjoyed the Superdogs and the farm animals and she also enjoyed a few of the rides for kids.

The PNE is open every day from 11.00AM until late. Parking however is quite expensive and on the PNE grounds cost $16 CAD, if you get there a bit before it opens you can find parking at the school grounds nearby.

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Aug 28, 2013


Lots of fun with good friends. Make sure you take some Gravol if you are getting a bit myself... The Hellevator is my FAVORITE ride...with the best view in Vancouver as well! I had a great day with my fellow Koot girlz...I especially miss Shoshie! The brightest star in our sky!

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Aug 25, 2002
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