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Vancouver - Outdoors

A June 2003 trip to Vancouver by Constance

City View Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: The perfect city for those who want to make the most of parks, fine dining, shopping, and culture. I opted to spend most of my time outside in one of the most amazing parks I've ever been to.

Vancouver - Outdoors

Overview

City View Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Stanley Park is a MUST! Then check out the waterfront homes and apartments near the arena. They are amazing. There are great restaurants down there as well where you can enjoy the breeze off the ocean and take in the views as you dine. The snow-capped mountain serve as a backdrop from almost anywhere in the city! One of my favorite things about Vancouver is how healthy everyone is. Even the hotdog carts on the streets offer a Tofu Dog! They actually grill it on a proper grill right in front of you (along with a freshly grilled bun), then offer a selection of 12 toppings to put on it. All this for !Quick Tips: Bring comfortable shoes. This is a great city to walk and see the sights. I'm ...Read More

Vancouver Aquarium

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Attraction

Vancouver Aquarium Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
After biking around Stanley Park, I headed over to the Aquarium, parked my bike, and took a much needed break among the marine wildlife. The Vancouver Aquarium is fairly small and easy to see in about two hours. The exhibits are great and the animals are all wonderfully cared for. The large main tank is inside just after you enter and features an abundance of marine life--everything from a huge octopus to sharks and giant fish. It is two stories high so you can see it from a variety of angles and feel almost immersed in it. From here head into the Amazon Jungle exhibit. It's incredible. Having actually been to the Amazon, I was impressed by how they brought it to life ins...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

Vancouver Aquarium
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3X8
(604) 659-3474

Stanley Park

Attraction

Stanley Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This is the most amazing city park I've ever been to! It covers 1,000 acres and has more activities then you'll be able to do in a weekend. Choose between walking, kayaking, in-line skating, biking, the Science Center, Rose Garden, Lost Lagoon, Vancouver Aquarium, or beach combing. There is something for everyone here. Parking is only $4 per day and there is even a free shuttle bus that operates daily. The bike trail was freshly paved and flawless. It was divided perfectly into sections for bikers and walkers so as to minimize congestion. My favorite part of the afternoon was the amazing views I was treated to as I biked around the perimeter of the park. The ocea...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

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

Granville Island

Attraction

Granville Island Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This indoor market is incredible! Hundreds of vendors offer fresh cheese, fruits, vegetables, as well as a range of prepared bakery and deli items. There's also a sort of food court offering everything from grilled Polish sausage and Asian foods to sushi and ice cream. I opted to grab some cheese and fruit and head down to the park for a picnic dinner while watching the sunset. I also saw everything from people kayaking to dogs playing in the ocean surf. It was a great way to end a busy day. My only regret is that I missed the artist lofts that were located right behind the market. Numerous local artists make and sell their crafts to the public during the day. They were closed by the tim...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

Granville Island
False Creek, under Granville Street Bridge South End
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
(604) 666-6655

Aquabus Ferries

Attraction | "Aqua Bus"

Aquabus Ferries Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This cute little water taxi is more like a large child's bathtub toy. They have a large multi-colored fleet and are hard to miss as they travel around the river. The boat sits low in the water and provides great visibility along the waterway. Each boat has two open doorways and windows around the entire boat so you'll have a front row view of everything. The boat travels slowly from dock to dock and makes for a great picture-taking experience. I took this from Vancouver to Granville Island for $2 each way and from Granville Island to Yaletown for $4 (the farmer's market is just down the street from the drop-off point). Along the way you'll see a variety of great r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003

Aquabus Ferries

Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3X3
(604) 689-5858