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Old 04-23-2009, 05:59 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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A friend and I are coming to visit your fair city of Vancouver in less than a month. We'll only be there for maybe four days at most. We're both a part of the younger crowd. She's a Portlander and I am one at heart if that helps tell you what we're interested in any. We love live music, we like bars and pubs, and offbeat restaurants, but nothing too upscale. Could you point us in the direction of any funky or interesting neighborhoods? What all is a must see if you have only three or four days? It won't be the last time I visit, so if I miss a few landmarks or a few hidden gems then I can catch them next time.

Also, any ideas where to exchange currency or buy travel medical insurance? Would these services be available in Blaine, WA?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I would definitely not miss the "Bill Reid Art gallery" which has some of the most exquisite examples of Pacific NorthWest ( specifically Haida)Art on display. Bill Reid was an absolute genius working on various mediums and his work is sublime.

If you are interested in Native Culture the Museum of Anthropology is one of the best in the world for Native artefacts ( with the Museum in Ottawa).

Restaurant -wise one of my favourite is the "Fish House" in the centre of Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a real pearl of an Urban park and perfect for cycling, skating and walking as it is beautiful and there is so much to do.

Kitsilano is the more laid back park of Town and there are some nice beaches in the neighbourhood too. The ones closest to the University side of Town are the quietest.

I would also take a trip up the "Sea to Sky" highway , the road to Whistler which takes in some fantastic coastal scenery.

We always make a point of taking a day trip to Bowen Island when in Vancouver as it is such a perfect little piece of escapism from the big city, yet close to it.

In the city I love Granville Island Market ( perfect place to have a muffin and a cup of coffee) , Gastown is way too touristy with associated tat but there are among it all some great Art Galleries of Native and Inuit Art.

Yaletown is the sophisticated urbanite par of town with upmarket stores and restaurants.

In Kitsilano we had excellent meals in "The Smoking Dog" and "Shijo" and Yuji" .

I ould avoid the Capilano bridge, it's just a tourt trap but I would definitely recommend a trip up to Grouse Mountain , lovely especially just before Sunset.
And we love "Deep Cove" a lovely little community about half an hour east of the Lion's Gate Bridge.


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Old 04-23-2009, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Norwood, MN
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A friend and I are coming to visit your fair city of Vancouver in less than a month. We'll only be there for maybe four days at most. We're both a part of the younger crowd. She's a Portlander and I am one at heart if that helps tell you what we're interested in any. We love live music, we like bars and pubs, and offbeat restaurants, but nothing too upscale. Could you point us in the direction of any funky or interesting neighborhoods? What all is a must see if you have only three or four days? It won't be the last time I visit, so if I miss a few landmarks or a few hidden gems then I can catch them next time.

Also, any ideas where to exchange currency or buy travel medical insurance? Would these services be available in Blaine, WA?

Thanks in advance!
You might want to watch a Canucks game as they move toward the Stanley Cup championship!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:59 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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Thanks Mooseketeer for all the great, detailed information, with all the links and such... It's much appreciated!

And big daryle, I know you were probably less than half serious, but that's actually not a bad idea at all! I don't think either of us have ever been to a hockey game and that would be awesome if there were any in Vancouver when we're there... I'll have to look into that. Kind of a stereotypical thing to do in Canada, but it'd be lots of fun I bet.
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