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Old 07-04-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Underwood Wa
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My Wife and I are taking our 18 Year old daughter to Vancouver in a couple of weeks. We will be driving and spending two full days in the city. When we are in Seattle we like to hit Pikes market, take a ferry ride, my daughter loves the malls up there and we are always up for some reasonable Thai, itailian, or healthy vegetarian choices (my wife of course). We also like short hikes (like Green lake or in the hills close by).

What do you guys reccomend for us in Vancouver BC? Love to get some insider's ideas

Thanks.
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Canada
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2 days doesn't really give you much time to see everything but you can still see a lot. You could go to Granville Island Market (it is at False Creek under the Granville Bridge), you could visit China Town and Gas Town, you could take a boat tour of the harbour and False Creek, you could go hiking around Queen Elizabeth Park and see the MacBlo conservatory and quarry gardens, Stanley Park and the Aquarium or 40 acres of Van Dusen Gardens. There are miles and miles of beaches. There are hundreds of ethnic restaurants, just let your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages or click through internet to find them. No matter where you are bunking up for the night there will be something delicious close by.

Here is something just to start with:

Things To Do | Vancouver, BC | Tourism BC - Official Site
Granville Island Vancouver bc canada tourism images pictures photographs
Vancouver Restaurants: Food Vancouver BC Restaurant Reviews & Dining Guide

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Old 07-04-2010, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Underwood Wa
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Wow, thanks Zoisite! You have some great ideas and we are checking out the links. What you have suggested sounds great and we are really getting excited about the trip. We appreciate your quick reply and of course all other ideas are appreciated.

Hmmmm, maybe we should schedule a couple more days.....I'll chat with my boss next week

The Wilburys
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Old 07-11-2010, 03:44 PM
 
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This time of year, the night market in Richmond is a fun place to go.

A couple more days may be a good idea, especially during the summer. I don't know exactly when you're going to be there, but the Celebration of Light starts on Wednesday, July 21. Some of the best fireworks you've ever seen, among hundreds of thousands of your closest friends. Here's a snapshot from last year:



Believe it or not, the crowds are not nearly as bad as they look, and the fireworks are fabulous!!

I would definitely go to the tourism links that have been provided to you, because you never know what festivals may be going on this time of year when you are there. We have to take advantage of the couple of months of good weather, you know.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Pacific Northwest
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What a great capture mishigas74! Yes, the fireworks are great fun.

What you don't see in the photo is the huge floatilla of boats crowded together in the bay taking it in also.


Great post Zoisite .. lots of good ideas!

As she mentioned, Granville Island is fun .. not as old, ethnic or big as Pike Street (and not quite as interesting) , but always lots of activity going on. The small ferries used to be a dollar, so can't be too much .. maybe a couple now? They take you across to the West End, which is the central hub and downtown of Vancouver. From Granville Market to the beach across, you can walk along to English Bay, and on to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Beach in Stanley Park, etc.

Always a hub of activity around English Bay, especially during the summer. Close proximity to a few of the more interesting streets in the area, for people watching, great selection of multi-ethnic type foods to choose from, lots of good hole-in-the-wall type places, coffee places, shopping.

Davie Street, stemming off English Bay in one direction, has lots of interesting little places to eat about ten blocks up or so, Greek, lots of sushi, Chinese, .. Falafal King!

Denman is an interesting street, also stemming off English Bay. Fun to walk around, people-watch and scope things out. Down a few blocks is Robson Street, the most well-known for hanging about, people-watching and mega-buck shopping. Again, lots of interesting places to eat along this street, especially upper part near the main part of downtown.

At the end of Denman Street is a bicyle rental which is really popular, as Stanley Park is just across the street and a great sea wall to cycle/walk around.

Stanley Park is withing walking distance also if you were to take the small ferry over from Granville Island. and also as Zoisite mentioned, you can also go to further destinations, or just a little cruise around the harbour. They're quite small with lots of them cruising here, there and back and forth.

From Granville Island, you can also pretty much walk seawalls all the way down and along the beaches on that side, which are all pretty nice. Miles and miles .. great walking and scenery.

About three blocks from Granville Island, along the sea wall walk, is a really popular 'concession type place' called 'Go Fish'. Excellent! always a line-up, but an interesting place to hang about gazing over the huge marina. Usually fresh sea food available for purchase from the fishing boats docked there.

Along Denman Ave if down around English Bay, another Falafel King, delicious and cheap. A few blocks down, you come to Robson St. about six blocks up Robson is the Gyoza King with the best gyozas. All tiny places that you probably wouldn't otherwise check-out as there's always so much to choose from!

Stanley Park is somewhere that you may wish to check out. Easy and beautiful to drive through and see all the different areas. Walkable from around English Bay area, around Lost Lagoon, and gorgeous grounds and gardens with a rose bowl not far away. It's seven miles to drive or walk around.

Gorgeous stretches of coastline in different areas, but not sure how much driving you want to do.

A drive along the beaches of Kitsilano/Point Grey area is central and very beautiful .. right from Kits Beach to Spanish Banks. (by the way, the best fries at the concesson place at Spanish Banks) You can walk for miles along the beaches here, and usually a nice breeze happening.

You probably won't have time to explore the north shore, but spectacular scenery following the coast to Horseshoe Bay, where the ferries connect to Vancouver Island and other smaller islands.

The next fifty-mile stretch along Howe Sound to Squamsh is some of the best scenery I've encountered. If you were to do the drive, do it on the lower road in West Vancouver along (Marine Drive). Lighthouse Park is a few miles before you come to Horseshoe Bay, and if you're into hiking, it's a great spot. Very beautiful! .. huge fir and cedar, with the ocean crashing over the rocks, etc. It's a big place, but easy to get around in and well-marked.

Horseshoe Bay is cute and quaint and kind of fun for a quick visit or lunch.

With two days you're going to be very busy and the time will fly by. Probably have fun around the central hub in places mentioned.

Enjoy!
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