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Old 10-22-2010, 01:49 PM
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Hi there, I will be visiting Vancouver next week with my mother, and hopefully I can get some nice tips here.

I will be staying in Van for 4 whole days, excluding 1 day in Victoria. We will be relying on public transit. Right now, my plans don't seem to fill those days. I will be staying close to waterfront station. Here is my plan:

Day 1: Stroll in downtown, visit the converntion center, Canada place, Gastown, Chinatown, Yaletown and Grenville Island
Day 2: Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium. If there is time left, shopping on Robson St
Day 3: Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver (since Grouse Mountain is expensive)
Day 4: Maybe Vancouver West/ UBC? not sure if it is worth the time

My question is, what else to see in downtown with scenic views (we are not into museums). What part of Vancouver has the best ocean/mountain view? Is there much to see in the west part of the city? I went there a few years ago and it seemed nice but very residential. Any other hidden gem that I am missing?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 10-28-2010, 06:22 PM
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Hey kkgg7,
It sounds like you have a great trip planned! You must be looking forward to it
Vancouver is a beautiful city with many interesting areas. Hopefully the weather works out for you because now is our rainy season. Fingers crossed for you!

English Bay and Kits Beach are great areas to hang out and dream about sailing into the open ocean. Great view of the mountains from there.
In the west side of the city (Kitsilano) there are many neat shops and cafes. A cool culture that is different from the one you will experience downtown.
The greatest views, however, are from the tops of the mountains. If you don't feel like hiking, Grouse Mountain is just up from Lynn Canyon and has a gondola that you can ride to the top (it's a little pricey but the view is fantastic). There is a restaurant and concession there to have a coffee or drink.
If you want to hike, Mount Seymour's Dog Mountain is a relatively easy hike that leads to a beautiful lookout.

So many wonderful spots in the city. You might make a wrong turn and find something amazing.

Have fun!
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