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Meeting IGO UGO North of the Border

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A September 2004 trip to Vancouver by SFPhotocraft

Pacific Palisades Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: I didn't know what to expect. Meeting a group of people I only knew from the Internet... well, at least it was in a cool city. I was surprised to meet so many great people and new friends, in a city that certainly is cool!

Meeting IGO UGO North of the Border

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Overview

Vancouver  Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I had no idea what to expect. I signed up to head up to Vancouver and meet some other IGOUGO guides and staff. I was a new poster and had no idea what I was getting myself into. It felt a lot like a blind date. My reasoning was, heck, if this is really, really weird, I am in a great city and can just ditch this whole IGOUGO crowd. So I bit the bullet and went on the blind date. First off, the hotel IGOUGO picked (The Pacific Palisades) was outstanding. It was a great location and the rooms we got were like apartments. Okay, so this blind date knew a good hotel. Not a bad first impression, looks are important. The first night I met everyone was on Friday for the Chinese dinner. Eve...Read More

Pacific Palisades Hotel

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Hotel

Pacific Palisades Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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If Robson Street is the trendy area of town, then Pacific Palisades is the signature hotel for this area. The hotel is Kimpton's fun and funky Vancouver jewel. IGO UGO booked this hotel as the headquarters for our 2004 member get-together, and a good choice it was. First, the location is in the center of Robson Street, so exploring Vancouver is only a few steps outside the front door. The hotel is made up of two 20-story twin towers. The hotel once was a pair of apartment buildings, and by the size of the rooms, they must have been great apartments. From the outside, they are a bit bland, but they blend in well with the Vancouver skyline....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Pacific Palisades Hotel
1277 Robson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E1C4
(800) 663-1815

Four Seasons Vancouver

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Hotel

Four Seasons Vancouver Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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The time I was in Vancouver prior to this visit, I stayed at the Four Seasons, Vancouver. When walking by the hotel on my way to Chinatown, I stopped in to take a few shots for IGOUGO and recall my last stay here. The hotel is not stunning or splashy. It reminds me of a Canadian - it's elegant and sophisticated, without being loud and flashy. The building is a graceful tower that you really won't take notice of walking by. The hotel is in a business pocket of Vancouver and is walkable to Robson Street, Gastown, or the water. However, the few blocks around the hotel are pretty uninteresting. A bellman will welcome you to a very plain entrance on ground level. You enter the hotel and tak...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

Four Seasons Vancouver
791 WEST GEORGIA ST
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C2T4
604-689-9333

Zin

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Restaurant

Zin Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
Zin is the hip, ultra-cool restaurant in the Pacific Palisades Hotel. The front door can be entered off of busy Robson Street or from near the hotel lobby. Zin is visual. The interiors were done by famed designer Judy Henderson. She uses bold oranges to accent this room. The room is so bright and wild it seems to be in motion. The bar is mid-century modern, and a large fireplace is framed with plasma screen TVs showing cooking shows. Plush couches surround the fireplace, an excellent spot to enjoy a cocktail on a rainy Vancouver evening. I only had the pleasure of having breakfast here. I ordered a bowl of Groats, which are steel-cut oats ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Zin
1277 Robson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 408-1700

Ichibankan Japanese Restaurant

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Restaurant

Ichibankan Japanese Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
I arrived in Vancouver on a wet, Thursday night. I checked into my hotel and was starving. The desk clerk at the Pacific Palisades advised me that a lot of places on Robson Street start closing at 10:00pm. It was now 9:00pm so I had a good hour to hunt down my first night's dinner in Vancouver. I threw my bags in my room, washed my face and hit busy Robson Street. It was raining, there was a chill was in the air. I knew exactly what I wanted to eat. I wanted a nice, hot bowl of miso soup and some udon or katsu donburi. . I was in luck, I found a little place called Ichibankan about a block from my hotel. The hours posted on the door said closed at 10:30pm. I was in luck; it was only 9...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 3, 2004

Ichibankan Japanese Restaurant
770 Thurlow Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 682-6262

Water Street Cafe

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Restaurant

Water Street Cafe Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
I found myself in historic Gastown at lunch. The rain and clouds were starting to clear and tourists and locals were filling the streets again. I stopped to watch Vancouver's famous steam clock blow off some steam (a little disappointing), and my stomach was doing its own alarm clock and telling me it was time to eat. I looked directly across the street from the clock and saw a charming cafe that looked great. Water Street Cafe is picture perfect. It has big baskets of fresh flowers hanging from the patio. It has an attractive patio and big glass window overlooking busy Water Street. I went by looks on this one and headed to the door. I couldn't have been offered a better table. I w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Water Street Cafe
300 Water Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 689-2832

Bread Garden

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Restaurant

Bread Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
This was the morning of our Chinatown tour and big event banquet. I did not want to start the morning off with a big breakfast, just a light muffin and coffee. I headed down Robson Street to find anything on the level of a Starbucks for my breakfast. Just off Robson Street on Bute, I noticed a pleasant outdoor patio and sign saying BREAD GARDEN. My first thought was that this was a bakery and may have what I was in search of. When I got closer, I saw that this was one happening place. The tables inside were full, and there was a small line at the register. It looked pleasant - there were some cushy, comfy chairs, a plasma TV on the wall, and great lighting (gay guys know great lightin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2004

Bread Garden
812 Bute Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 688-3213

Imperial Chinese Restaurant

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Restaurant

Imperial Chinese Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
This is the restaurant that Tony picked for the first night get-together. It was nice not having to make a decision on where to eat and just show up on time. I was a little nervous, as I had not met any of the staff or other guides at this point, and, honestly, was not sure what to expect. The Imperial is located in the historic Marine Building on Burrad Street in the center of the business area of Vancouver. The Marine Building is lovingly restored and has some great architectural details. The restaurant has a wonderful panoramic view of Burrard Inlet from their elegant, chandeliered dining room. But, I have to admit, the lighting in the restaurant was bad - it was very bright and har...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Imperial Chinese Restaurant
355 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 688-8191

The Cavery

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Restaurant | "The Cavery (in the Fairmont Hotel)"

The Cavery Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
I am a sucker for a good hotel. Whenever I am in a city with a grand dame hotel, I have to stick my head in and look around. My favorites are the old CP Hotels in Canada. They were built by the CP railroads and linked Canada from east to west. They are miracles of construction and engineering and as close to castles as we get here in North America. Vancouver has one of these grand hotels in its downtown. This proud lady was opened in 1939. Fairmont has bought the chain and the hotel is now the Fairmont Vancouver. So I went in and poked around the lobby. It was noon and my stomach was asking for some attention. Then I noticed that the lobby lounge was serving sandwiches, which sounded good ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

The Cavery
900 West George Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 684-3131

Chinatown Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Chinatown Walking Tour"

Chinatown Walking Tours Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
I walked from my hotel to Chinatown to meet our group for a walking tour. You can't miss Chinatown, as you cross under the huge Millennum Gate on Pender Street to enter this area. This is the largest Chinatown in Canada. Our group gathered outside the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens. The weather was a little damp. The first thing we did was spend some time in the Cutlural Center Museum. It was interesting, although not well organized. The bulk of the collection was of photographs from different decades in Chinatown. They had some artifacts, but not as many as I would have liked to see. I would have enjoyed seeing more how the people who lived here w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Chinatown Walking Tours
50 East Pender St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 3V6
+1 604 687 0729

Harbour Air Seaplanes

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Attraction | "Harbour Air Seaplane Adventures"

Harbour Air Seaplanes Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
I am often glad I am an impulsive person; it often has paid off for me with some of the best thrills and travel memories I own. I was walking around the harbor and enjoying the seaplanes coming and taking off. I was having a ball photographing them. I followed the path over to the Harbour Air terminal, trying to get some better, closer pictures of the planes. I went in to pick up a brochure and started talking with one of the ticket agents. She informed me that a Vancouver Panorama tour was leaving this minute and they had one seat open. She called the plane, held it, collected my C$75, and, before I could even think if I wanted to take the tour, I was sitting on the DeHavilland DHC-2 seaplan...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 2, 2004

Harbour Air Seaplanes
4640 Inglis Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V7B 1W4
604-688-1277

Appleton Galleries

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Attraction

Appleton Galleries Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
One of the things I really regretted about this trip was that I didn't have an afternoon to spend at the Vancouver Museum. I love the Native American art from this area, and I wanted to spend an afternoon getting to know it better. However, my time in Vancouver was jammed packed and this was not my weekend to study Inuit art. I took a walk down Hornby Street to catch the small ferry to Granville Island. I was almost at the water when I walked by a rather plain building that said Appleton Gallery and had a sign for original Canadian Inuit art. I was rushing to the island, but something told me to go inside and take a quick look around - I was glad I followed my instinct. The gallery was...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2004

Appleton Galleries
1451 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1W8
(604) 685-1715

Granville Island

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Attraction

Granville Island Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I love the story of Granville Island. It's a story of a city turning around an area and making it vibrant, fun, and full of life. The island isn't really an island, it's a peninsula connected to the land on the opposite side of the city. The peninusla was an industrial complex for years and years. It was loaded with factories, cranes, and a place you stay clear of. During the Second World War, the peninsula became the hub of Candian ship-building activity. Then when the war stopped, the little peninusla feel into disrepair. It was urban blight at it's best. A few insightful city planners wanted to turn this area into the city's premier entertainment, art, and cultural center. It wa...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 7, 2004

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

Granville Island Public Market

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Attraction

Granville Island Public Market Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
Okay, so for years I was hearing about this great farmer's market on Granville Island. It sounded nice, but there was always something else to do or see. I'm not against a good farmer's market, but I come from northern California and we have a ton of them every weekend. How good could this one be? Well, this trip, I made the ferry ride to see what I had been missing. To call Granville Island Public Market, JUST a farmer's market is like calling the Grand Canyon just a hole. This is the granddaddy of all farmer's markets. Once you hit the front door, your senses go into overload. There are vendors all over selling all kind of foods. There are butchers, fishmongers, bakers, green gro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

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

Robson Street

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Attraction | "ROOTS"

Robson Street Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Quote:
Everyone knows ROOTS from the Olympics. One of their major contracts is with Olympic teams to do the uniforms and gear. They do all the uniforms for Canada, the U.S., Great Britian, and Barbados. I always think it's odd they do the clothing for the U.S.; it seems it would drive our own designers and appareal companies crazy. However, game after game they clothe our athletes. ROOTS stores are all over Canada. You can find a ROOTS store in most major Canadian cities, and they always have a shop in major ski areas like Whistler or Banff. A few have started to spring up in the U.S.A., like in Aspen, Park City, Sun Valley, and, of course, Beverly Hills. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

Robson Street
Downtown and West End
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 669-8132