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"I Have a Feeling I'm Not in Idaho Anymore, Loki!"--My Trip to Vancouver.

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A September 2004 trip to Vancouver by Wildcat Dianne

Vancouver High Rises. Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: The city of Vancouver is small in land size, but it is a city with a big heart, friendly people, beautiful architecture, and a booming nightlife. I came here for the Igougo.com Get Together and left with many memories for the rest of my life.

"I Have a Feeling I'm Not in Idaho Anymore, Loki!"

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Vancouver High Rises. Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Okay! My dog Loki didn't come with me to Canada, but that was the feeling I had as I entered Vancouver in my car on September 16. I was overwhelmed by the old-town charm in a sea of high rises and people.Vancouver has got to be the friendliest city in the world. It is a city of about three million people on the Pacific side of Canada. I was surprised to know that Vancouver is a fairly young city, and British Columbia did not become a part of the Canadian Confederation until 1871. Boise, my hometown, was about seven years old by then....Read More

Barclay Hotel

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Hotel | "The Barclay Hotel"

Barclay Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Coming into Vancouver after a long drive from Kennewick, Washington, I was glad when I saw the Barclay Hotel sign. Now, the next thing to do was to find the parking lot or garage, and that wasn't easy. It was rainy, and I drove into two parking garages that catered to Barclay customers, but for 2-3 times the fee the Barclay was going to charge me for the day.Finally, I was told that the parking lot was right behind the hotel. DUH! I thought. If it was a dog, it would bite me! Oh well, I parked my car and locked it up because there was no way it was being used for the next three days of my trip in Vancouver.Upon entering the lobby of the Barcla...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Barclay Hotel
1348 ROBSON STREET
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E1C5
604-688-8850

Prospect Point Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Prospect Point Restaurant and Souvenir Shop"

Prospect Point Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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After arriving at Prospect Point, Ellen and I took a short walk up to the point. We took several pictures of the Lion's Gate Bridge, which provides a beautiful backdrop to this fine park, and I ventured down the stairs for even better shots of the bridge and its surroundings. Then, Ellen and I went shopping in the souvenir shop for our friends and family. The shop is reasonably priced and has many locally made souvenirs and t-shirts. After putting a dent in my debit card, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

Prospect Point Restaurant
5601 Stanley Park Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 669-2737

Beach bunny and friend. Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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As my friend Ellen and I walked or rode around Vancouver, I was surprised to see these brightly colored statues of whales in front of businesses throughout the city. Ellen said that they were part of a campaign to promote Vancouver tourism.Vancouver is not the only city in the world that has this kind of city promotion. There is a city in the Midwest that has cow statues everywhere. Berlin, Germany, has bears, and Warren, Rhode Island, has decorated fire hydrants....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2004

Stanley Park

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Attraction

Stanley Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Ellen and I planned to see Stanley Park before coming to Vancouver in order to breathe some fresh sea air and walk the trails. We got an all-day bus pass from the 7-11 near our hotels and got on the bus to Stanley Park. We were let off at the beginning of the park, from where we proceeded to the information center. The park's trails are about 30 miles long, and we decided it would be best to shuttle around to see what the park was like before walking. The lady at the information center told us to take the shuttle from the stop across the road to look around. A shuttle cam...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

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

Abbott House

Attraction | "Abbott House."

Abbott House Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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On the way to dinner on the Friday night we were in Vancouver, Ellen and I stumbled upon the Abbott House. Nestled in a sea of highrise hotels and apartments, the Abbott House is a great example of old blending in with the new. Rhis is one of the only early 20th-century buildings left in downtown Vancouver. There is a sign posted on the fence of Abbott house that tells you about its history. It was built in 1900 by one of Vancouver's wealthy families. By the end of the century, Abbott House was showing its age and underwent a major renovation and paint job. The present-day look is a magnificent sight, and we were tempted to go inside, but, since it looks to be private apartments, E...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

Abbott House
Jervis Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Chinatown Walking Tours

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Attraction | "Walking Tour of Vancouver's Chinatown"

Chinatown Walking Tours Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I signed up for the Chinatown Walk because I was very interested in the history of the Chinese in Vancouver. After learning about the Chinese experience in Idaho, I wanted to see how the Chinese lived in Canada in the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries.Ellen and I met at her hotel and took a taxi cab to Chinatown since the valet said it would take about an hour to walk there, and he was concerned about her bad ankle. So, after taking the cab to Chinatown, we met our fellow Igougo guides and waited a while in the rain for our guide to take us around.We started the tour in the museum of Chinese Culture and History in the Cultural Center. It showed a very interesting...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 29, 2004

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

Breathing in the Sea Air at Canada Place

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Breathing in the Sea Air at Canada Place Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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After a lovely morning and lunch at Stanley Park, Ellen and I wanted to breathe some sea air and watch the ships come in or leave from Canada Place, so we caught the first bus available and asked the driver to take us to Canada Place. He said we could get off at Burrard Street and take a short walk to Canada Place from there. On the bus ride to Canada Place, Ellen and I spoke with a native about our trip, and he made sure we got off at our stop without trouble. He pronounced Burrard like burr-ahdee and looked like a throwback to the '60s, but he was very nice and made the bus trip to Canada Place very enjoyable. Once we got off the bus at Canada Place, we were amazed by the size of t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2004

Breathing in the Sea Air at Canada Place
Vancouver Harbour
Vancouver, British Columbia

A View to Kill! Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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When I heard that the 2004 Igougo Get Together was going to be in Vancouver, BC, I knew I couldn't pass up that offer of a get together with good friends and people with the common interests of travel and history. I was the only guide who drove up to Vancouver in her own car. As The Who song, Going Mobile, goes, "Don't care about pollution, I'm an air-conditioned gypsy, that's my solution. Watch the police and tax man get me, I'm Mobile! BEEP BEEP!!"I enjoyed getting together with guides samepenny, zabelle, Linda Kaye, SF Photocraft, Re Carroll, and others. It was great meeting the editors and CEO Tony Cheng, and talking to them about our writings and lives in ...Read More