Vancouver Journals

Vancouver Summer Folk Festival

A July 2002 trip to Vancouver by MJKV

Quote: Traveling to Vancouver for the Folk Music Festival.
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The hostel is made up of individual dorm rooms, used by students during the school year. The rooms are big, private and clean. Linen is provided. The bathrooms are shared, but clean. The floors are divided by sex. Common rooms have small kitchens with fridge, microwave, and sink. There are tvs, and places to spend time with new friends. The atmosphere is very friendly, and helpful for the first time traveller to Vancouver. Transportation is a two minute walk from the residence and convenient.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

Pacific Spirit Hostel
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 822-1000

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If you have never experienced a Chinese garden, this place will amaze you. It is beautiful, peaceful and calming. You exit off the busy streets of Chinatown in Vancouver into an oasis of peace. Walking around and looking at the beautifully, nature-sculpted, stones, seeing the plants and trees they've planted, the craftsmanship of the woodwork . . . it's unreal. I will always go back to spend time in the garden. Definitely a must-see. The walking tour is also a MUST . . . it will allow you to truly appreciate the beauty of the garden.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

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

Jericho Beach/Jericho Beach Park

Attraction | "Vancouver Folk Music Festival"

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This weekend-long festival will introduce you to music that will touch your soul, and make you groove. My first trip to the festival was the summer of 2002, for the 25th anniversary of the festival. What an adventure. Music from all over the world, blending together to make the most beautiful sounds. Songs with meaning . . . what a change. Lyrics that actually mean something. The most amazing part of it all, is that the artists are accessible to the festival goers. If you are bold enough to approach them, they are mingling with the crowd listening to the wonderful talent that has been brought to entertain. The days are full of workshops that bring together different artists who col...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

Jericho Beach/Jericho Beach Park
Discovery Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6R 4K5

Harbour Centre

Attraction | "Vancouver Lookout, Harbour Centre Tower"

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Coming from Toronto, the tower was a little bit of a disappointment . . . but it's hard to rival the CN Tower. The view is nice . . . you can see all of downtown Vancouver (False Creek, Stanley Park, Gastown). If you want to go back twice, you can see Vancouver by day and by night . . . your ticket will be valid all day. Don't forget to check their website, you might be able to get a discount. Was it worth the $10? I'll leave it up to you to decide . . . Will I do it again? Probably not. I didn't wait around for the guided tour, so I may have missed something spectacular, but there are self-guiding panels along the windows at the top; they were i...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

Harbour Centre
555 West Hastings
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 689-7304

Granville Island Public Market

Attraction | "Granville Public Market"

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This market is one of the reasons I fell in love with Vancouver. It is a true market with fresh food and flowers. All the sights and sounds . . . there's nothing like it. On the island, you can take in a live musical or magic performance, see theatre, tour a brewery, feed birds, feed yourself, clothe yourself, and pick up art . . .

It's a social kind of place where you can meet locals and make new friends. It's a great place to spend some time relaxing, and if the sun is shining, all the better.

The market is a must-see, especially for people travelling on a budget -- you can get good, cheap, FRESH food.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 30, 2003

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