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Planes, Trains, and Ferry Boats to Vancouver

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An August 2002 trip to Vancouver by Barber E. Lane

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Quote: There are two words that describe Vancouver, B.C. - water and glass. We've just returned from a week to The City of Glass and used the services of planes, trains, ferry boats, rental car, and our own feet to navigate around this gorgeous and fascinating city and vicinity. It is magnificent!

Planes, Trains, and Ferry Boats to Vancouver

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Overview

Vancouver sidewalk Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Vancouver has something for everyone. For the golfers, there are many picturesque golf courses, the majority highly ranked in the golf world, within driving distance. Shoppers will marvel at the diversity and selection from high end clothing and furnishings on Robson Street to the usual glitzy souveniors in Gastown. Granville Island offers something different with arts and crafters actively working on their wares for sale as you watch. We observed fabric hand painting and guitar making during our visit. The Farmer's Market is not to be missed. Of course, Vancouver is an eaters paradise with every ethnic style of cooking imaginable. We ate fresh seafood nearly every night ...Read More

Worldmark the Canadian

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Hotel | "WorldMark at Vancouver"

Worldmark the Canadian Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Best Things Nearby:Shopping, sightseeing, Farmer's Market at Grandville Island, Gastown charming historic area, Chinatown 2nd largest in North America, Stanley Park- huge, green, lush, and relaxing, golf course maximizing the landscape, bridges and water everywhere, suspension bridges, salmon hatchery, shopping, shopping, and more shopping. Best Things About the Resort:The two best things about the WorldMark at Vancouver is the location, downtown Vancouver within walking distance of many attractions and tons of shopping and the quality of the unit and its furnishings. The 43 timeshare units are on the upper floors with the 24th floor (32 in all in the building) being the to...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 14, 2002

Worldmark the Canadian
1080 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2Y7
604.684.3500

Keg Caesar's

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Restaurant | "The Keg"

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The Keg is a chain of seafood steakhouses in the Vancouver area. Approximately 7 were listed in the phone book. This particular location was easily accessible by walking from our timeshare and from other downtown hotels. It is a block from the huge Pacific Center Mall that covers 3 blocks and 3 levels with underground parking. Parking at The Keg was either on the street, which is a challenge to find a spot, or at a public parking lot across the street. It was a beautiful warm, in the 70s, summer evening and so we chose to walk the 7 blocks. The Keg is a lively friendly place that is a bit on the dark side inside. Our party was seated at a booth table with one side being booth styled benches ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Keg Caesar's
595 Hornby St.
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 687-4044

Death By Chocolate

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Restaurant

Death By Chocolate Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Death by Chocolate is a fun dessert and drink cafe that is a must do for chocolate lovers. There are 4 locations in Vancouver as well as 7 more through out British Columbia and Toronto. Their menu consists of 30 totally decadent and eye-amazing desserts and specialty coffees, lattes, and liquers. If you've ever eyed those lovely desserts on the cart at a fine restaurant and only wished you'd left room for one of them, you should make a destination, just for dessert, to one the Death by Chocolate sites when in British Columbia. Upon entering the small trendy styled restaurant, you are handed a notebook and asked to study it to determine what dessert you desire. You might as well take a s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Death By Chocolate
818 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 688-8234

The Teahouse Restaurant

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Restaurant | "The Teahouse Restaurant- Vancouver's "Best Patio""

The Teahouse Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This charming restaurant was our favorite among the many fine places we ate during our week visit to Vancouver. The building that Teahouse Restaurant occupies was originally built as a garrison and officer's mess during World War II. In the 1950's it became a Tea House. In the 80's a glass conservatory was added and two years later a Drawing Room was built. In 1994 "Vancouver's Best Patio" was added over-looking the breathtaking English Bay. It is open for lunch, brunch, and dinner. We sampled 5 of the 6 entrees served for a late lunch. Their "famous Teahouse Mushrooms" consisted of crab, shrimp, scallions, emmenthal and cream cheese. The "Roasted Garlic Chicken Panini"...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

The Teahouse Restaurant
North West side of Stanley Park
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 669-3281

Stanley Park

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Attraction

Stanley Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Stanley Park is a very large, 1000 acre, open, green city park that is reminiscent of a rainforest. A plaque dedicating the park reads: "To the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creed, and customs, for all time, I name thee Stanley Park." It is located at the northwestern tip of the Vancouver peninsula at the base of the Lions Gate Bridge connecting downtown Vancouver with North Vancouver, within minutes of the hussle and bussle of the financial district. Its primary purpose is that of preservation of the giant trees that forested the entire region in bygone days. Upon entering the park, you'll find a one direction street taking you entirely around the perimeter with several cut-...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Stanley Park
843 Avison Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 1A1
(604) 257-8400

Granville Island Public Market

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Attraction | "Granville Island Farmer's Market"

Granville Island Public Market Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I've been to many Farmer's Markets over the years, but the one on Granville Island was a rare treat. The huge berries and large selection of many types of food was immense. I have never seen blueberries as large as large strawberries. There were extensive displays of multi-colored pastas, raviolis, and sauces. You could buy sausages from mild to "Damn hot sausages". There was even a case that contained about 30 different types of olives. The selection of fresh flowers at the market was outstanding. At one end of the market was the Blue Parrot restaurant where you could sit down and get a drink and light snack. It was a joy to walk through the market and view the extensive disp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 16, 2002

Granville Island Public Market
1689 Johnston Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 666-5784

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

Attraction | "Lynn Canyon Suspesion Bridge"

Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Seems like everything costs money when you're on vacation. Here's a breath of fresh air, literally and figuratively--something that doesn't cost money. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is the smaller, free version of the Capilano River Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. The Capilano River Suspension Bridge is the more popular location, but is pricey and very touristy with gift shops and restaurants and lots of people milling around. It's quite expensive just to walk across the suspension bridge. Instead, travel about 10 minutes east in North Vancouver, and you'll come to Lynn Canyon. The suspension bridge here is 20 stories above the canyon floor and is free to traverse. In addition, the ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 23, 2003

Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre
3663 Park Road
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7J 3G3
(604) 981-3103

Capilano Fish Hatchery

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Attraction | "Capilano River Salmon Hatchery"

Capilano Fish Hatchery Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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We just happened on this hatchery while looking for the Capilano River Suspension Bridge, located about two minutes downstream. This salmon hatchery was small, tucked out of the way and a joy to find. You can walk along waters edge and hear the gentle sound of the river spilling over the dam. As you stand there you can count numerous salmon jumping in the water where they enter the stream from the fishway highway from the hatchery. It's fascinating to see how the fish are grown, held, and then released into the stream. Inside the small building is a glassed wall showing the "steps" that the salmon must climb in the wild to migrate upstream during spawning season. There are huge salmon lea...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 23, 2003

Capilano Fish Hatchery
Capilano River Regional Park near downtown Vancouver
North Vancouver, British Columbia V7G 1L3
(604) 432-6350

Golf Shuttle

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With one rental car for two groups staying at two locations within Vancouver, we had to figure out a way for the guys to go play golf and the gals to shop and sight see. I came across the Golf Shuttle via their internet website at www.golf-shuttle.com. Before leaving home, tee times and shuttle service were booked and waiting to transport the guys from the front door of our timeshare to the golf course of their choice, Garden Meadows in Vancouver. Golf packages include green fees, cart, range balls, and hosted transportation by a cheery young man who apparently was quite informative and entertaining. You can book as early as 90 days ahead or same day. It ...Read More