A June 2003 trip
to Vancouver by Constance
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.
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 !
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 inside the exhibit.
The outside displays are equally impressive. You really feel up close and personal with the marine life. The seals and otters played within feet from me!
The aquarium is a great place to stop off and take a break while visiting Stanley Park.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 30, 2003
845 Avison Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 3X8
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 ocean was always in view and the scenery constantly changing from sandy beaches to grassy parks to rocky shores.
The ride itself was not challenging and basically flat, so it's not to be used as a cardio workout. However, it's well worth it to see the park from this viewpoint. You would miss so much of it in a car or by walking. I found myself stopping many times to appreciate the scenery.
In a couple areas you have to get off and walk your bike through public places and in two areas around some dangerous curves. I can only imagine how many cyclists have gone off the trail and into the rocks below.
This is one activity that is not to be missed!
843 Avison Way
Vancouver, British Columbia V5K 1A1
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 time I got there, but from the outside they seemed amazing! It was probably for the best that they were closed since I can tell I would have spent a fortune in these one-of-a-kind galleries!
False Creek, under Granville Street Bridge South End
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3S3
Attraction | "Aqua Bus"
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 restaurants, one-of-a-kind house boats, kayaks, ducks, geese, an occasional seal, amazing apartments, cool funky boats, etc that you just can't see from land.
It's a great way to relax on the water and check out the overall scene and decide what you want to check out the next day.
This is the best way to see another side of Vancouver and was one of my favorite activities while there.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3X3
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