Vancouver Travel Guide

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Vancouver Things to Do

  • Stanley Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is one of Vancouver's most famous attractions and features, and well it should be. It is 1,000 acres (409 hectares) with a number of attractions inside, including the Vancouver Aquarium, the Stanley Park Totem Poles, the Nine O'clock Gun, and many miles / kilometers of trails. A considerable part of the park is preserved forest, though if you...

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  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    I wanted to experience the suspension bridge, but I have to say the entrance is very expensive. To be honest, this park offers you too less. It is a kind of place 100% oriented for tourist purposes. I do not recommend! There are many Governmental Parks you get in for free and take much more. Eu queria experimentar a ponte suspensa, mas devo dizer...

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  • Grouse Mountain

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    We caught the bus here from Capilano Bridge. The slight drizzle turned into dense fog as we rose higher into the mountains. Check out these pictures ;o) We do not experience thick fog in Perth Australia as we have a Mediterranean climate. So this adventure was new to us and quite exciting. Following the bear tracks into the mist was a little...

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Vancouver Hotels

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  • Opus Hotel

    A contemporary hotel located in the very cosmopolitan Yaletown. Top-notch service from a very...

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  • St. Regis Hotel

    The St Regis is a wonderful gem in the core of Vancouver where one can easily enjoy the sidewalk...

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  • L'Hermitage Hotel

    A great hotel from start to finish. Excellent rooms are very comfortable. Service is 5 star and all...

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Vancouver Restaurants

  • Samba Brazilian Steakhouse Churrascaria

    3 out of 5 stars

    Submitted Monday, May 9, 2011 - 10:19am [Dine in] To call this place Brazilian is a shame. We were there last night with 9 people. I have been to this place many times but never for a weekend dinner. Once everyone sits down they wait for you to go to the buffet to grab food. The buffet in many people few is not very good to be honest. Then once...

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  • Afghan Horseman, the

    5 out of 5 stars

    I just knew that I would have to eat at the Afghan Horsemen restaurant sometime while I was in Vancouver after hearing my friend Ed's (Kaspian) account of his visit there. It gets embellished a little more every time that I tell it but I'm pretty sure it involved poor Ed reluctantly removing his shoes, a waiter stepping on his foot, and a normally...

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  • Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I was in Stephos this week and did not like the attention of the waiter Allan. When I finalized my food, he even asked me if I wanted the bill and has put the bill on the table. After that, I handed him my credit card for payment. Then he came back and told me that sometimes credit cards from Brazil are not accepted. An absurd! because I used the...

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Vancouver Nightlife

  • Commodore Ballroom, the

    Commodore is a fabulous place to see a band play, and they usually have some amazing acts that come through there. It isn't open nightly, but they have acts through there so regularly, that it is open a good chunk of the week. Acts such as Weezer, Ben Harper, Tom Waits, Moby, I Mother Earth, and so many more take the stage there. Check out...

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  • Roxy, the

    Vary Poor rating from me this was my second time at the Roxy, I was at the Roxy for no more then 30 mins, I walk in pay my $13.00 cover head to the back bar drink jug of beer sharing with some woman then go buy there friends some shots I go to say hi to the security guy because I'm a friendly guy who has also worked in the same business and he's in...

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  • Blarney Stone, the

    I was a frequent flyer at the Blarney Stone (I guess if you call 5 times in a year frequent...so not so frequent). It was a great place for people that just want to go out and have mindless fun with a pint in your hand. The only beef I have with this place is the "security" staff, who are very inconsistent. One night we were blethered and danced...

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Vancouver Transportation

  • Skytrain (Translink)

    Skytrain is the Metro / Subway system in Vancouver. As the name Skytrain implies, much of the routing is elevated above ground. For tourists, probably the most important part of this system is the line to the YVR airport. The Canada Line runs between the core of downtown Vancouver and the YVR airport - but only some trains go there! The rest of...

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  • BC Ferries

    Crossing to the otherside of Vancouver the ferry is an easy way to take if you are on foot, bicycle or with car, is a more than an hour sail to the otherside and during the ride you remain inside the passengers deck where you can enjoy the views or do some shopping there are retail and coffee shops inside There are ferries every 2 hour to and from...

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  • False Creek Ferries & Aquabus

    There are several ferry routes that operate on False Creek (which is actually a long, narrow bay just south of the main part of downtown Vancouver). The ferries connect a number of different locations along False Creek that isn't particularly easy to access on regular transit routes. Many of these locations have tourist attractions near them, but...

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Vancouver Shopping

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  • Granville Island Shopping

    I sort of ran into this store right at the start of Granville Island. It's almost impossible not to notice it really, its in a caboose! All painted up lively. They offer all sort of things for pets, from your standard dog treats to stuff for the truly spoiled pet. If your pet is like mine, he probably isn't going to be too picky when it comes to...

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  • Robson Street

    While I am generally not an advocate of chain stores, and most especially MEGA chainstores, I mention the Virgin Megastore in Vancouver because of it's cool and eclectic selection of books. While they did not have as many books as a bookstore might the ones they did have were great, ranging in subject from all types of music to obscure and cultish...

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  • Pacific Centre

    So Pacific Center has undergone a MAJOR facelift this summer. The Holt Renfrew store (high-end designer goods) has tripled in size and contrary to other reviews is extremely welcoming and friendly – the clerks are pretty used to the fact that most people are there to browse/ogle and tend to leave you alone unless you have a question. I have never...

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Vancouver Local Customs

  • Language, accents & slang

    Though I noticed this in Canada generally...Vancouver had all these lovely little things that you saw when you are walking around town. Like asking you to do something without actually asking.....the picture below speaks for itself...great Canadian humor

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  • Behaviour & manners

    We had seen this vehicle being driven along Robson Street a few days earlier and now had the chance to catch it on camera. We saw him again a few days later, this time the car was parked and he got upset if you took a photo, I think he wanted money. I do not know if vehicles like this are a local custom, but it the only one I have seen and it was...

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  • Multiculturalism

    Vancouver is often considered one of the most integrated cities in the world with more interracial couples and less racial segregation than any other city in Canada. Since its beginnings as a city in 1886, is has always been a multicultural place, with a sizable Chinese, Japanese, First Nations (aboriginal) and Sikh (Indian) community which has...

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Vancouver Warnings and Dangers

  • Downtown Eastside

    The downtown and East side are havens for drug addicts and criminals . Avoid at all cost drug dealers will harass you and criminals will target you . Vancouver has become a modern day skid row everywhere . Never going back !!

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  • Beggars, homeless & junkies

    SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET, WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS We eased off, moving towards our accommodation, breaking away from the Chinese district and headed to East Hastings Street. No-one had warned us, no travel brochure enlightened us, nothing came up on the radar. Suddenly we were in skid row, par excellence. The first block took us by surprise, so...

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  • Bears, birds & other wildlife

    There is no need to worry about wild animals in Vancouver. The bears are frequently seen across the lions gate bridge, and are rarely considered dangerous (but they are wild animals, so keep your distance - but actually coming across one is pretty rare in the north shore). If you are looking for wild bears, consider driving north towards jasper,...

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Vancouver Tourist Traps

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    This is an update to a review I wrote earlier, as a few things have changed. I visited Capilano, twice, once in 2003, when there was just a bridge, and again in 2007, when they added the tree top adventure. The ticket lady saw our American IDs, and immediately charged us more. When we told her, that this is discrimination, she said nervously, "No,...

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  • Grouse Mountain

    I second other users opinion on this attraction. I had read the reviews here before and decided to give it a try nevertheless. It is nice and we had lot of fun but if you are budget conscious and have to pay for 3 adults you may find its severely overpriced. Remember to get the tiny discount from the visitor centre in 200 Burrard St before you...

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  • Gastown & the Steam Clock

    I think that the Gastown area is nice, but definitely an extremely touristy area. I worked on cruise ships that went there, so it was a really easy walk from the ships in the short time I would have. I happen to really like the steam clock. Contrary to the other reviews you see here, it actually *does* run on steam. There was a time period that the...

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Vancouver What to Pack

  • climate preparation

    In case you rent a RV, bring bags in stead of suitcases. They will take less space in the RV. Bring all different clotes, for +30 till -2 if you travel in June Get your BBQ gear ready, but be carefull in summer it is too dry to BBQ everywhere

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  • rain gear

    I walked out of the airport terminal and into a light rain. As we got downtown the rain was getting heavier, but the locals weren't even hurrying to get out of it. Most of them hadn't even broken out an umbrella. And so it went, there was rain the three days I was in Vancouver, there were periods of up to a couple of hours of brilliant sunshine...

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  • camera gear

    Binoculars or Telescope To Cruise to ALASKA Rainwear Lots of film Beachwear & Gear would be cool, Nice beaches in Vancouver & POOL on the Ship SEA SICKNESS PILLS ! Carry a bell so the Bears know that dinner is coming!

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Vancouver Off The Beaten Path

  • Lynn Canyon

    Lynn Canyon Park is free entry so if you don't want to pay out to go to Capilano suspension bridge this is a much cheaper trip. I liked the park especially the moss covered trees which I thought were quite amazing.

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  • Wreck Beach

    One of my favorite beaches in the world because the sub-culture and community that it embraces and its location in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia. For the years that I lived in the area it was my weekend spot during the warm months and even in the fall/winter evenings a remote spot where we could have rituals, campfires, fire spinning,...

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  • Steveston

    I took the trip out to Steveston not knowing much about the area, but having a recommendation from a work colleague. To get there I took a 98 bus to Richmond Centre bus exchange, and then a second bus to Steveston itself. As I was able to just transfer on the same ticket the cost of the journey was only $2.25 each way, and took about 1 hour each...

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Vancouver Sports & Outdoors

  • Vancouver Canucks

    The Vancouver Canucks are Vancouver's professional NHL hockey team, and certainly the biggest thing in sports as far as Vancouver goes. I'm personally not a hockey fan, so I honestly don't care when or where they're playing or how well they're doing. I don't even know when the season starts or ends. I don't feel bad either, because there are way...

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  • skiing & snowboarding

    Vancouver has 3 'local mountains'. (approx travel time from downtown 30 min) Cypress Mountain is the biggest of the locals and has a tonne of great terrain. One powder day in the trees at Cypress and you will be hooked for life. Grouse Mountain is known for its spectacular views of the city. Its a popular mountain with tourists. The terrain is...

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  • Grouse Mountain

    The Grouse Grind has become a very popular hiking trail for Vancouverites and visitors alike. You can read an interesting story about it here. The trail goes take you up an elevation of 800 metres, over a total distance of 2,900 metres. It's not for everyone. Be sure you're in relatively good shape, have water and a cel phone with you, and don't...

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Vancouver General

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  • Stanley Park

    Stanley park is all about the trees. It is 1000 acres of natural rainforest. The park has many walking trails. We spent more time walking round the edges than in the centre. To see it all you need more than one day.

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  • Gastown

    Before a former riverboat captain named John Deighton came to town in 1867, Canadian mill workers had to hike ten miles through bear-infested forests to New Westminster if they wanted a drink. Deighton recognized their plight and told the men they could have as many drinks as they wanted from his barrel of whiskey if they helped him build a saloon....

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  • architecture

    We walked down to West Pember Street near Coal Harbour for a good view of the harbour and marina. In the little park overlooking the seawalk there is a large piece of metal artwork "The Upside Down House". Well worth a look and a challenge to your photographic skills to obtain the perfect photo. This area is a nice part of town with views...

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Top 10 Former Olympic Cities: Vancouver

Rated 5 out of 5 stars

Few Olympic cities can provide the variety of experiences that are available to visitors of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. While some natural occurrences were already ready for the games, like the amazing trails and conditions of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the city also made numerous green improvements in preparation for the Games. The city extended its SkyTrain rapid transit system to downtown Vancouver and created an Olympic village that is LEED Platinum Certified, meaning its eco-friendly and sustainably designed . In addition to seeing the Olympic Cauldron at English Bay in the West End, travelers can also bike or walk around West End's Stanley Park, North America's third largest urban park, with spectacular bay views and greenery. In Vancouver, travelers can even try their hand at some of the Winter Olympic Sports. For example, at Whistler Sliding Centre, the public can test bobsleighs and skeleton rides on the same track used by Olympic athletes!

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