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Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour
"Board a classic turn-of-the-century trolley at any of the 34 stops and enjoy live commentary as you see Vancouver’s most noteworthy attractions. You can hop on and off as many times as you like for a 1-day or consecutive 2-day period. Buses run from morn giving you flexibility to discover the city at a pace that suits your schedule. In the summer the route covers two loops Green and Red which are combined into one super loop during the winter. (See below for a full list of stops.) Both routes begin at Canada Place a convention center built for Expo ’86. The Green Route then travels through West End before winding through Stanley Park 1
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"Vancouver Trolley Hop-on Hop-off Tour Lookout Observation Deck and Vancouver Aquarium Combo""See the best of Vancouver aboard a classic turn-of-the-century Vancouver Trolley which runs on environmentally friendly propane fuel ensuring Vancouver stays beautiful. Take the entire tour in two hours or hop off the trolley at any of the 34 stops to visit Vancouver's major downtown attractions go shopping or dine out. Then re-board another Vancouver Trolley to continue on your tour which includes live commentary and operates year-round. Your hop-on hop-off ticket can be used over two consecutive days. During April to October
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Vancouver Self-Guided Audio Tour
"Immerse yourself in the many cultures that make up the beautiful and vibrant city of Vancouver! This amazing audio tour will have you exploring the many ethnicity that surround Vancouver such as the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden. You’ll also lear the Hudson House Gassy Jack's Memorial Statue Victory Square the Queen Elizabeth Theatre the famous Robson Square the Christ Church Cathedral and the Bill Reid Gallery. Vancouver is eclectic and full of art and crafts. Enjoy a delightful visit - your tour
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Vancouver Public Library Tips (15)

Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library is a beautiful building which looks like the colloseum . There are several cafes inside before you enter the library itself. The building was designed by Moshe Safdie Construction of the library was completed in 1995. Vancouver Public Library is located Is at 350 West Georgia Street. We sat inside this building for a bit of a rest after a long day of sightseeing. It is well worth a visit.

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Apr 11, 2015

Roman Colosseum or Public Library?

As you wander downtown you may come across this beautiful modern looking arena in the middle of the city. If that's the case, you just bumped into the Vancouver Public Library. This building opened 1195 and the winning design is by team Moshe Safdie and Downs/Archambault. The nine-story oval library is designed to look like the original Colosseum in Rome. A 22-story federal tower curves around one corner. The library has 35,100 sq meters for books, online catalogues, a computer labs, children's library and more. There is a gift shop, sushi bar and a shop-lined concourse.

This building is just beautiful to see for it's architecture and just to walk around here. There are some small shops and coffee shops inside, so you can just sit and relax to take it all in. So, if you have the time it's definitely worth to have a look at this wonderful building.

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Apr 24, 2012

Vancouver Public Library

Completed in 1995 at a cost of 100 million this elegant building was inspired by the Colosseum in Rome. Because of the circular shape of the building and the large windows, it is beautifully lit inside.

It was designed my Moshe Safdie. It incorporates the public library, office building, retail space and underground parking and takes up an entire block of downtown Vancouver.

Innovative and elegant design and a very pleasant place to walk through and relax.

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Nov 21, 2011

Impressive Library photo # 1

This is the most impressive Public Library I have ever seen. It is modelled on the Roman Colloseum, and having been to the original, yes the resemb lance is there.

The library covers a whole city block between Georgia and Robson, and Hamilton and Homer Streets.

It was designed by Moshe Safdie, and is definitely worth seeing.

On the mezzanine level, you will also find indoor sidewalk bistros, gift, flower and card shops.

I took quite a few photographs of the library to show the different angles, they are on more things to see pages.

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Apr 04, 2011
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Vancouver's most interesting piece of architecture

The Vancouver Public Library's Central Library building was completed in 1995, following the design of Moshe Safdie (of Montreal Habitat 67 fame). The Central Library's unusual round architecture gives it the look of a Roman Colosseum and allows for a large indoor walkway that sort of goes around the main building and where you'll find some coffee shops and other small stores. Total cost for the construction: over 100 million dollars, or roughly $1 per book. Of course, if you're only visiting Vancouver you probably won't want to check out a book, but the library does offer free Internet access and it's just worth checking it out because of its unique design.

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Jan 20, 2008

The Vancouver Public Library

While the Vancouver Public Library might not sound like the most exciting place to visit, in this city of often bland and uninspiring architecture, the Vancouver Public Library's central branch is actually quite a visually stunning building and is definitely worth a visit! You have to experience this library at least once, because this isn't your typical public library, and it's one of the most famous buildings architecturally in the city.

The Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch was designed by world-famous architect Moshe Safdie and opened in 1995, giving downtown Vancouver some bright, modern, yet classically themed architecture. Some draw initial comparisons of the library's collonaded elliptical shape to the famous Roman Collesium. Safdie claimed that Vancouver was a city of glass and therefor he needed to "anchor the downtown" with a building more solid than the typical Vancouver glass structures.

The library is 7 stories high, with each floor dedicated to a different them. For example, the first floor is entirely children's books. The second floor is popular fiction. My favourite floor is the 6th floor, because it's where you can find travel books, art books, and hundreds of CD's and videos. Another thing to note about this library is that if you don't want to spend a dimeat the local internet cafés, the Vancouer Public Library is a fantastic place to take advantage of free internet.

I always say that the library is worth checking out just for the view and the atmosphere, even if you have no interest in taking out books. Just walk through the entrance door into the outer promenade (a glass covered walkway), and explore the little shops and cafes, and you'll soon understand why so many people enjoy it. It's a public space that feels like you're a part of an ancient tradition of socializing and learning. Architecturally, it definitely stands out as a crucial aspect of Vancouver's postmodern identity.

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Sep 24, 2005

It's Architecture Madness!

Okay, so everyone else recommends the Vancouver Public Library be given a look-see. In this case, it's not a tourist trap; the attention is probably deserved in this case.

Vancouver is constantly lauded for its architecture -- me, I don't see the charm. But the VPL, well, that's a different story. Modeled after the Roman Colisseum, it's just plain gorgeous.

And hey, if you get bored of looking at all the pretty curved lines and earthquake-proof glass, just think of all the books!

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Mar 06, 2005

really beautifull building

we really liked this building (but we dont even have 1 pic of it......:-(

just in the middle of the street , with all kind of tall modern buildings u see this building that looks like nothing around it

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Oct 24, 2004

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This building is cool. Its based on roman architecture and provides and cool conversation peice considering the buildings next to it (especially the post office, ugly). This building caused lots of debate when it was being built but I am glad they did cause it adds a uniqueness to Vancouver.

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Apr 22, 2004

Vancouver Public Library

I had no idea when I got there, that the library would impress me but I like surprises (mostly). The library is one of the best examples I've seen anywhere of succesful modern architecture. Superb building from a layman's perspective.

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Aug 24, 2002

Vancouver Public Library

For me, this library is an architectural wonder! Even if it looks like the Coluseum. There are guided tours.

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Jan 04, 2008

Vancouver Public Library

This controversial building by Moshe Safdie has been said to be a Roman Coliseum inspiration, but he has denied the fact. I truly enjoyed the building, and it's dead quiet inside.

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Feb 23, 2006

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Getting to Vancouver Public Library


350 W Georgia Street


  • Sunday 12:00 to 17:00
  • Monday 10:00 to 21:00
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 21:00
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