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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 Day Trip
"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. Enjoy your own private tour with those you love and get the most for your money. After picking you up from your Vancouver hotel your private local guide will give you a comprehensive tour of Vancouver's major attractions and highlights such as Stanley Park Chinatown Gastown
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Vancouver 2-Hour Private Tour
"After pickup from your hotel condo or residence travel in a luxury private vehicle as your chauffeur guide takes you on a journey through Historic Chinatown and Gastown - where the roots of Vancouver began. From here you will pass by Vancouver’s award winning Cruise Ship Terminal and home port for Alaska bound sailings and Vancouver’s 2010 Olympic Torch. Continuing though the financial district drive along Robson Street
From CAD210.00

Downtown Eastside Tips (62)

Be very weary of Hastings...

Be very weary of Hastings Street (and most of Gastown). It's an extremely dangerous place even during the day. News reports litter the news papers and TV news stations with cases of people being...
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Civet
Aug 26, 2002

Dangers in Vancouver

As well-travelled Australians, my husband and I have been to the big cities - Paris, London, Rome, New York, Tokyo, Sydney, etc. But we can honestly say that we have NEVER experienced poverty in a...
mikezara
Jan 01, 2008

Area to (no longer) avoid *Updated Aug 2010

*Two years after having posted this rant, I am happy to say that it is no longer accurate. The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver continues to be an area where street smarts are required, but by and large...
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SfumatoPants
Aug 21, 2010

Where to avoid

In general, Vancouver is a very safe city expecially considering its size. One part of the city that tourists should avoid staying in however is the Downtown East side. The area around Main and...
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chris_i79
Aug 02, 2005

If you are walking from...

If you are walking from Gastown to Chinatown you need to pass a few blocks where it is not very safe.During the day it still should be okay. But you can also take bus 22 north on Burrard street to...
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eddymario
Aug 26, 2002

China town a bit too close to Scary town

One block down from China town and between it and Gas Town is a very bad part of town. One of the locals said it was the poorest block, per capita, in the world. Certainly had several hundred drug...
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Shaft28
Jan 31, 2003

I walked into the courtyard of...

I walked into the courtyard of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's garden in Chinatown and, in the corner, saw a couple of guys smoking something. It looked like they were smoking crack, but I'm not an expert - might...
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btex
Aug 30, 2002

Avoid Main Street, and East...

Avoid Main Street, and East Hatsings at Night, both a bit dodgey. The Pacific Bus station is on Main, so if you're arriving at night, make sure you know what you're doing when you arrive. (get on...
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Stellco
Aug 26, 2002

If you have read other...

If you have read other warnings about Vancouver, you've probably read about the severe area of town known as the Downtown Eastside. The area around Main and Hastings Street is notorious for drugs,...
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unigirl
Aug 25, 2002

Stay Away from Main and Hastings!!!

The East Side of Vancouver is not the most pleasant of places to go see. Vancouver is the heroin capital of Canada (being a port city). There are several users, prostitutes and just generally shady...
australiabound
Mar 31, 2004

Well the only dangers we were...

Well the only dangers we were told about was the area between Chinatown and downtown. It is supposed to be ridden with drug addicts and unsavory types. To be honest we did walk through there in...
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Aragina
Aug 25, 2002

Stay away from East Hastings...

Stay away from East Hastings Street and that area at night and day. This is the worst area in Canada for drug use and has also the highest ratio of people infected with HIV. It is not a fun place to...
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Kindra
Aug 25, 2002
 
 
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South Granville Rise

South Granville (also called "South Granville Rise") is an upscale shopping district south of downtown Vancouver. The heart of South Granville's commercial area spans along Granville Street between...
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VanDusen Botanical Gardens

Vancouver's wet climate produces some of the most lush gardens in North America. Because of the climate and the mild temperatures, Vancouver's gardens are vibrant and green year round. This is unlike...
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Bloedel Conservatory

The Bloedel Conservatory is a small round building located in Queen Elizabeth Park. I had read another Mother's review of it online and figured it would be a great place to spend an afternoon with our...
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Queen Elizabeth Park

The Bloedel Conservatory is located in Queen Elizabeth Park at the top of Little Mountain. It is a large dome overlooking the city and the mountains. Inside this dome is a large temperature controlled...
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Totem Poles

Located in the northeast area of Stanley Park, the First Nations artwork area is most famous for its totem poles. However, there are also several other pieces of artwork here. This includes a Story...
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Granville Island

We were lucky enough to stay on Granville Island. I would recommend that. Anyhow, Granville Island is great itself to wander around. It is filled with charming shops, local arts club theatre, many...
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