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Visiting Vancouver, eh

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A September 2002 trip to Vancouver by Harry Potter

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: My friend living in Seattle had never been to Canada, so an overnight to Vancouver was a must on my visit especially with the current favorable exchange of the Canadian dollar. We did it up; sightseeing during the day and barhopping at night while staying at an inexpensive, convenient hotel.

Visiting Vancouver, eh

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Vancouver waterfront Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Exchanging U.S. dollars for Canadian dollars and seeing our money grow; however, the high taxes on purchases made the exchange rate a bit less lucrative than we originally thought Asking for loonies and toonies when requesting change - we could never keep a straight face Jogging across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the astonishment of other visitors gingerly making their way across with their hands grasped on the ropes Experience the serene, classical Chinese Garden, a wonderful oasis in Chinatown not to be missed Being the only diners in the late afternoon on the patio of the Sette Bello restaurant Having fun drinking and dancing to ...Read More

Bosmans Hotel

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Hotel | "Bosman's Hotel"

Bosmans Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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We wanted to stay cheaply in a hotel in the heart of downtown Vancouver, and from our web search, Bosman's seemed perfect to fit both criteria. Upon driving through downtown Vancouver, we easily found the small motor hotel on the left on one-way Howe Street. The hotel has a parking lot with complimentary parking for guests. We parked so we could see our car from the window of our room, which made us feel more secure since we had been warned several times about car break-ins. We checked in at the tiny lobby with 2 chairs and took the single elevator to our floor. There are a total of 4 floors and 100 rooms. Our room had a good amount of space and comfortably fit 2 double beds, a desk and ch...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Bosmans Hotel
1060 HOWE STREET
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z1P5
604-682-3171

Settebello Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Sette Bello"

Settebello Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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After shopping on the trendy Robson Street, we found ourselves hungry but it was just before 4pm and we weren't sure how many restaurants would actually be serving at this odd time between lunch and dinner. We were attracted to a menu posted in a shopping area at street level, below the actual restaurant and decided to ascend the stairs to see if the restaurant was open. We were assured they serve food anytime but they took some time deciding whether to give us a lunch or a dinner menu. We were the only patrons in the restaurant at the time and we opted to sit on the partially sunny terrace. Since it was Thursday, we took advantage of the Thursday Martini Madness at $5 CN and Beauties specials at...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Settebello Restaurant
1131 Robson St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E 1B5
+1 604 681 7377

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Attraction | "Chinese Garden"

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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A visit to Vancouver should include time in Chinatown specifically to visit the Chinese Garden, officially called Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. This garden, built in the 1980's, is billed as the first authentic Chinese Garden built outside of China and it is as peaceful, exquisite and inspiring as I can only imagine would be a real Chinese Garden in China. Admission is $7.50 CN for adults, though our AAA card gave us $1 CN off and admission includes a guided tour at scheduled times. The garden is open 10am - 6pm daily with more limited hours and tours in the winter Chinese Garden hours . We arrived just in time to ...Read More

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
578 Carrall St.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 5K2
(604) 662 3207

Roxy

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Attraction | "The Roxy"

Roxy Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Being our first time in Vancouver, we were not sure where to go for nightlife and wanted to stay close enough to walking distance from our hotel. We picked up a local paper and saw there were several places on Granville Street, only one block parallel to Howe Street where we were staying. We ventured down to Granville Street, in search of Stone Temple which sounded from the paper like it would be fun, and were pleasantly surprised to discover there was no cover charge for ladies. However, we spent a short time here--just long enough for the DJ to announce two birthdays in the house--a 19-year-old guy and a 20-year-old girl. We walked farther up the street and easily found the next place on our list...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Roxy
932 Granville St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1L2
+1 604 331 7999

Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Attraction

Capilano Suspension Bridge Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Granted that all walking suspension bridges are pretty cool because they give you a feeling of excitement as they move and sway while walking across them and from their height, offer a view of nature below and beyond, but some are definitely better than others. Since I have walked across others, perhaps my expectations were a bit high, and thus I was fairly disappointed with the Capilano Suspension Bridge especially since it had been billed as Vancouver's oldest and most famous attraction. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is not hard to reach and was a natural next place to visit after Stanley Park. From Stanley Park, we drove over the famous Lions Gate Bridge and after about 10 minutes of driv...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 11, 2002

Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Road
Vancouver, British Columbia V7R 4J1
(604) 985-7474