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Bill in Canada - VANCOUVER

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A September 2004 trip to Vancouver by billmoy

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: Vancouver seems to me like a Canadian version of Seattle, with a bit of San Francisco and Hong Kong thrown into the mix. These are all cities that I like, so that makes Vancouver a tasty concoction. Looking ahead, Vancouver will host the Winter Olympic Games in 2010.

Bill in Canada - VANCOUVER

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Overview

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden and Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the meandering waterfront with joggers, bicyclists, rowers, sailors, birds, seaplanes, and helicopters. From its southern shoreline alongside Coal Harbour, you can gaze at the widespread mountains beyond North Vancouver. Stanley Park is a beautiful and diverse patch of nature attached to central Vancouver. Be sure to go enjoy part or all of it. There is a free trolley that loops the perimeter of the park during the summer months, making for a very informal and pleasant sightseeing tour. Pose for pictures with the totem poles! Every large city seems to have a themed community art project nowadays, like Chicago’s "Cows on Parade" a few years ago. Vancouve...Read More

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown

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Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This mid-rise hotel of the Marriott chain, in central Vancouver along a somewhat quiet street, has 22 floors and 200 apartment-style guest rooms. The lobby is reminiscent of what you may find at a condominium. There is a cozy seating area where you can wait for your friends, a rack with tourist brochures, and the MiBar and Grill restaurant is next door. The front desk staff was helpful with my check-in and check-out processes, and I received a handy free map of Vancouver too. The tour desk is not staffed all the time, but there are little pocket-sized maps and cards of local restaurants and museums. You will need to use your key card to operate the elevators, a safety concept at many hotels now...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Residence Inn by Marriott Vancouver Downtown
1234 HORNBY STREET
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z1W2
604-688-1234

Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast

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Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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The Kingston Hotel has carved itself a rather favorable niche above its competitors in the budget accommodations category. A pocketbook friendly price is nice, but I was not overly satisfied with my experience here. It was as simple as the water. Built in 1910, this "heritage building" has three floors of rooms and prides itself as being a European style property, which will immediately get the attention of backpackers. Most of the basic guest rooms share bathroom facilities, which is fine if you do not mind the slight inconvenience. The rates for the few rooms with en-suite baths are marked up quite a bit more. My major issue was with the quality of the water flowing through the faucets of the ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast
757 Richards Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
(604) 684-9024

Floata Seafood Restaurant

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Restaurant

Floata Seafood Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Floata is the largest Chinese restaurant in Canada with a seating capacity of 1,000 (including a stage for banquets), and it has the reputation of serving the best seafood in Chinatown. We took the chance by dining here at 2:30pm, a rather late hour for dim sum, basically a traditional Chinese brunch with tea and a variety of appetizer-like dishes. Floata occupies the fourth floor of a large shopping mall in Vancouver’s Chinatown. This is the second of its two locations (the original is located in the suburb of Richmond and seats nearly 400 diners). Once you walk into the mall, you may be temporarily bewildered by the shops and stalls selling Chinese goods while searching for the elevato...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Floata Seafood Restaurant
400-180 Keefer St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 1X3
+1 604 602 0368

Brother’s Restaurant

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Restaurant

Brother’s Restaurant Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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One of the quirkier theme restaurants in Vancouver has to be Brothers Restaurant, a fun and touristy spot in Gastown, which lifted the nickname of saloon keeper Captain John Deighton. The restaurant is located near the statue of Gassy Jack, who was one of the neighborhood originals of this "old town" of Vancouver. Amazingly, the schtick has been going on here for well over 30 years. Yes, all the waiters at Brothers sport brown outfits that make them look like Franciscan monks! These brotherly "monks" do not take a vow of silence, but they basically stay out of your way and are there when you need them. The interiors of the restaurant have a vaguely monastic look about them, with dark wood, stone...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 8, 2004

Brother’s Restaurant
1 Water Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Stanley Park

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Attraction

Stanley Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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My Vancouver visit in 1990 was so filled with activities (including a David Bowie concert and a minor league baseball game) that I did not have time to visit Stanley Park. I have finally redeemed myself in 2004, and you should definitely put Stanley Park near the top of your to-do list. This peninsula was named after Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada (1888-1893), who also lent his name to hockey’s illustrious Stanley Cup trophy. These 1,000 acres form the first public park in the city. You can ride the no.19 bus from Georgia Street into the park, but, for full effect, we strolled along the shoreline from Canada Place towards the veritable forest of trees within the grounds. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

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

Canada Place

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Attraction

Canada Place Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Vancouver has the busiest harbor in Canada, and walking beside its scenic shores is one of the marvelous pleasures of this city. While the southern coast is burdened by numerous high-rises that are gray and anonymous, it does feature Canada Place, now the signature building of Vancouver. Designed by the architectural firm Zeidler Roberts Partnership, it is nearly 2,000 feet in length. Expo86 brought Vancouver to a worldwide audience and was the catalyst of several notable buildings, one of which is now known as Canada Place (it originally was called the Canada Pavilion during the Expo in 1986). The mixed-use complex is the home to the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, the posh Pan Paci...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Canada Place
999 Canada Place.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3C1
604-681-2111

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Attraction

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Most Chinatowns in the world are bustling enclaves of immigrants operating restaurants and shops that cater to the local communities, as well as tourists and visitors in general. If you wander into most Chinatowns, you are probably there for some food, a colorful souvenir, and not much more. There may be a small museum or a little park filled with Chinese men smoking cheap cigarettes, but rarely does a Chinatown have a real and distinct tourist attraction. Vancouver’s Chinatown is the largest one in Canada and perhaps that is why it is fortunate enough to have the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Completed in 1986, it is regarded as the first authentic classical Chinese garden created...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

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

Robson Street

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Robson Street Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Robson Square may be a difficult place for an outsider to appreciate. Its three blocks form the modernist heart of the city, but its gussied-up touches cannot hide its overall cold and intimidating appearance. Arthur Erickson, one of the most noted Canadian architects of his generation, played a major part behind the design of this development. The square incorporates the Provincial Government Offices (1978) and the Law Courts (1979), brooding buildings, designed by Erickson, of concrete and glass. A series of water cascades add a bit of much-needed spirit to this portion of the outdoor plaza. The Robson Square campus of the University of British Columbia (UBC) contributes some local life to th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

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

Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops

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Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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This complex is anchored next to the appropriately named Lonsdale Quay, the central port of North Vancouver and the launching point to popular attractions, such as Grouse Mountain and the Capilano (not free) and Lynn Canyon (free) Suspension Bridges. The SeaBus is a ferry service that transports locals and tourists from the Waterfront Station next to Canada Place for a smooth 12-minute passage perpendicularly across the Burrard Inlet to the North Shore. Lonsdale Quay Market and Shops has the feel of a generic suburban shopping center, but its waterside location rescues it from this ignominious fate. The striking white exterior, with its bright red trim and X-bracing, glimmers in the occasional ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2004

Lonsdale Quay Market & Shops
123 Carrie Cates Court
Vancouver, British Columbia V7M 3K7
(604) 985-6261