An August 2005 trip
to Vancouver by MCJ graduate
Quote: This Vancouver, B.C., trip was a splendid one! My group of three all shared their ideas of what she wanted to do. Hence, it was going to a tattoo parlor, staying at a B&B, and seeing the city highlights of Vancouver. Therefore, we had a hodgepodge type of a vacation.
As soon as we arrived in Vancouver, I was looking for Electro Ladylux tattoo parlor, while my partner was looking for our B&B. Unbeknownst to us, the tattoo place was across from our B&B’s parking lot. As a result, we were overjoyed with this. Therefore, after checking in at our accommodation and eating at a restaurant we strolled over to get our tattoos. But after I had an old tattoo of mine re-inked, I wished I had waited longer—Ouch!
Our B&B was a nice accommodation in a very trendy, diverse, and accommodating locale. Besides having a cozy suite equipped with a stove, microwave, fridge, cable TV, and a private phone, we were steps away from restaurants, entertainment venues, shops, and a bus stop. A person couldn’t ask for a better place to stay. We stayed here for 3 days and nights.
We wanted to see Vancouver’s main attractions; therefore, we went on a city highlights tour. The company we went with was called Landsea. Our guide, Albion, took us to the various sites: Canada Place, Gastown, Robson Street, Chinatown, Harbour Centre Tower, Stanley Park, and Graneville Island. Although it was an overall good tour with an enthusiastic, young college man giving it, the time restraint of the tour jeopardized us in seeing the attractions in depth. In spite of this, we did like the places we were allowed to get off the tour bus to see.
We enjoyed our vacation in Vancouver. I think it was the way we planned it that did this. We, as a group of three, had diverse likes, but as a united unit, we could share all of these with each other. Consequently, our hodgepodge itinerary was a success!
Canada Place is a building located on the Burrard Inlet waterfront of Vancouver, British Columbia. This place houses the city’s Convention Centre, the Pan Pacific Hotel, and an IMAX 3-D theater, the first in the world. Our guide also told us that it is the main cruise ship terminal. This is where most of Vancouver’s well-known cruises to Alaska started. It was built for Expo 86 as the pavilion for Canada. Being built here made it the only venue for the fair that was not at the main site on the north shore of False Creek.
The stunning white sails of this building are a main landmark for Vancouver. Some people even compare it to the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. What we liked about it is that it is so noticeable, whether you are viewing from The Lookout or viewing it at Stanley Park.
In 2001, Canada Place was expanded to accommodate another cruise ship berth. And now, the Convention Center is currently being expanded by the Vancouver Convention Center Expansion Project. It is being constructed on the waterfront beside Canada Place. This expansion will triple the capacity of the Convention Centre. The new structure will possess a living rooftop and will host many venues in the Winter Olympics in 2010
Landsea Tours include this attraction in their city highlights tour of Vancouver. This tour is 3 1/2 hours long. The tour current charges are the following in American dollars: $48 for adults, $45 for seniors, and $30 for children. Their phone number is 800/558-4955. Their website is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 23, 2005
999 Canada Place.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3C1
Attraction | "Getting Tattoos at Electro LadyLux"
Getting a tattoo can be an intimidating experience if you think about it. I mean, as soon as you enter a tattoo parlor, you hear the tattoo needle gun buzzing, you see the tattoo artists’ bodies smothered in large tattoos and, in some cases, piercings, you notice the tattoo artists’ large portfolios spread across the receptionist’s counter, and you see other tattoo enthusiasts waiting for their turns to be inked again. If you pass this test without running for the hills, you may still make your appointment. Well, this is what my friend and I did.
My friend, who had never gotten a tattoo before, wanted to go first. I didn’t care because I wasn’t looking forward to this activity anyway. As a result, she sweated in the vinyl chair, waiting for Teresa to tattoo her. Then Teresa and she discussed the design and size of her tattoo. Basically, Teresa told her the dragon she selected to have for a tattoo needed to be enlarged for detail. Hence, my sweaty friend with a stiff upper lip told Teresa to do it! Next thing I knew, my partner was taking pictures of our friend and the tattoo artist while she was getting her tattoo. After an hour or so, Gabi was transferred from a conservative-looking professor (which she is) to a trendy individual sporting a Chinese dragon tattoo. Teresa had done a nice job!
After Gabi was finished, it was my turn. I wasn’t looking forward to this. I had gotten a tattoo before, and the color had faded, so I wanted Teresa to re-ink me; plus, I wanted a new tattoo (or I thought I did). Anyway, Teresa did re-ink my lips tattoo, but after it was finished (excruciating pain for me), I couldn’t get a new one. In spite of me not getting a "new" tattoo, my friend and I still had a "cool" experience.
We had a neat experience at Electro LadyLux because of the following reasons. One, it had a friendly receptionist who greeted you with a warm smile and enthusiasm. Two, the tattoo artists were helpful with their patrons about getting a tattoo. Three, the décor of the parlor itself was refreshing. It didn’t have skull heads, snakes, crosses, etc. stencils hanging off its walls, like some tattoo places have. Instead, it had a gorgeous, painted mural-type of a picture of a woman on a wall in the back where you got tattooed. Three, there was also privacy here. Teresa had like a shower curtain up, so if you wanted it done in private or if it needed to be done in private (due to where you were getting it), this was possible. Lastly, the place was very clean and sterile. I watched the receptionist clean and set up the artists’ tattoo area.
I would overall recommend Electro LadyLux, even though my "touch-up" of my old tattoo was expensive. I mean, I just needed mine re-inked--she didn’t have to draw it. I was charged $85 in Canadian money for the re-ink job and the stencil of the tattoo I thought about getting. Teresa gets $85 minimum (up to ½ hour), whether or not she re-inks or draws a new one and fills it in. I knew that in advance about the minimum, but I didn’t think it applied to a re-ink job. Anyway, my friend’s tattoo charge was $150. According to Electro LadyLux website, regular charge is $130 an hour.
Electro LadyLux is located at 876 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V5L 3Y5; the phone number is 604/488-0284, and the website is email@example.com.
Electro LadyLux Tattoo
876 Commercial Drive
After Pauline gave us a summation of Vancouver restaurants and tourist attractions, she proceeded to take our money. Although the website said that it would accept Traveler’s Checks, she made us pay in cash or credit cards. This was disappointing for us, since we purposely bought traveler’s checks to pay for our stay here. We did question Pauline about this, and she said that was not an option. In addition, our friend Gabi was humiliated when Pauline had not made her credit card transaction properly and it was rejected. However, right after this happened, Gabi bought herself lunch on this same card. Consequently, these are two issues we have with Penny’s Place. If it wasn’t for these two problems, I would highly recommend this B&B. But because of these issues, I can only recommend this place with reservations.
In spite of the above issues I had with Penny’s Place, there are many positives about it: the accommodation itself, the location of it, and the price.
Concerning our bedroom suite, it was enormous. It had a large eat-in kitchen that had a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dining room table with chairs. Along with this, it had pans, silverware, and a coffee pot. The bedroom was large, too. There were two double beds, a dresser, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom, although small, was clean and attractive with its gold, glittery shower curtain. The living room was huge. It had an antique writing desk, pullout couch, cable TV, private phone, two antique chairs, wall pictures, and an enormous area rug. Lastly, the hallway had numerous pictures and a runner rug on the floor.
The location of Penny’s is great! It is on Commercial Street. This is an area where you can get a tattoo, eat at a different ethnic restaurant every day, and enjoy entertainment from poetry readings to jazz bands. In addition, less than a 5-minute walk is a bus stop. Therefore, you can take a bus downtown to sightsee or shop. Lastly, Commercial Street is a trendy, youthful, and fun street. You will see a variety of people here: street performers, different ethnic groups, college kids, etc.
Penny’s Place is a moderate-priced B&B. In American money, with taxes, we paid $100 a night. For as large as our accommodation was and where it was located, I thought it was a great price!
As aforementioned, I recommend this place with reservations. However, I would stay here again. In addition to what I have already mentioned concerning the positives about staying here, it is in a secured building and has laundry amenities within the premises.
A Place at Penny’s is located on 819 Commercial Dr., Vancouver, BC V5L 3Y5. The phone number is 604/254-2229 and the fax is 604/255-3708. Check-in time is 4pm and check-out is noon. This place has three rooms to rent.
The totems have an interesting history. They were the British Columbia Indians "Coat of Arms". The totem poles were carved from western red cedar. What is interesting to note each of these poles have a story behind it whether it is real or a mythical event. As you view the totem poles here, you will notice eagles, whales, wolves and frogs on these poles. Each of these has a meaning. For instance, the eagle represents the kingdom of air, the whale the lordship of the sea, the wolf, the genius of the land, and the frog, the transitional link between land and sea.
A more in-depth look at explaining what a totem pole can represent can be seen with the following totem pole called Ga’Akstalas:
The Ga’ Akstalas was carved by Wayne Alfred and Beau Dick in 1991. It was based on a design by Russell Smith. This pole represents several essential figures in Kwakwaka’ wakw culture. For example, the red cedar-bark man is an ancestor who didn’t perish in the great flood and gave the people the first canoe. The hero Siwidi on the pole is riding a killer-whale and was taken under the sea to the home of the sea-world’s chief and brought back the right to utilize all of the sea-kingdom masks. Lastly, at the base of the pole is Grantess Dzunkwa. She symbolizes her central role in bringing music and wealth to her people.
In the words of the totem pole carvers, Dick and Alfred, they carved this pole "to be a beacon of strength for our young people and show respect for our elders. It is to all our people who have made contributions to our culture."
Besides the totem poles in this area, an interpretive centre was built in 2001. This was done by building a separate structure that has working areas, many signages, a gift shop that possesses related items and a refreshment place. As a result of this, the totem poles received an upgrade with the landscape around them. You now can view plagues that inform you about what story each pole has to reveal.
I highly recommend this area to go to while you are visiting Stanley Park. It is a great place to learn about the British Columbia Indian culture and a spectacular site to take pictures.
Stanley Park is located at 2099 Beach Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, V6G 3E2; the phone number is 604/257-8400. The following are ways to get to Stanley Park:
By taxi: A taxi ride from downtown Vancouver to the entrance of Stanley Park (at the Rowing Club) is only a five-minute ride (about $6 CAD). The yellow cab phone number is 604/681-1111.
By Vancouver Trolley: Use your Vancouver Trolley pass to get into Stanley Park. Ask your hotel concierge for the closest trolley stop. The trolley driver will give you a guided commentary along the way. You need to get off the trolley at either 14, 15, or 16 stop in Stanley Park, depending on what you want to do there. You can hop back on the trolley to head back to your hotel at any of these stops too.
Landsea Tours include this attraction in their city highlights tour of Vancouver. This tour is 3½ hours long. The tour current charges are the following in American money: $48 for adults, $45 for seniors, and $30 for children. Their phone number is 800/558-4955. Their website is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon) commemorated the observation deck on August 13.1977 by putting his footprint in concrete. It was officially opened then.
The lookout gives you a 360-degree view across the Lower Mainland, from the mountains in the north to the valleys in the south. In addition, it has a huge screen video theatre. And there are light snacks and beverages served at the cappuccino bar. There are also multilingual guides to show you the highlights and also tell you little known facts and trivia about Greater Vancouver.
While we there, we saw a variety of sites. These include the enormous cruise ships, mountains, bodies of water, Canada Place, Gastown, Botanical Gardens, Woodworth Building, Vancouver Islands, Point Grey Peninsula (where University of British Columbia is located on the western tip of it), Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Holly Rosary Cathedral, etc.
Our tour guide Albion, told us various trivia stories, such as Gastown is also called Water Street (it is lined with trees), Vancouver Island gets 35 inches of rain per year, Seattle and Vancouver each get 50 inches of rain per year and Vancouver is number three in North America where the most movies are made (e.g. Fantastic Four and X-Men were made here).
Harbour Centre Tower houses many businesses and services: Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant, the downtown campus of Simon Frasier, a 28-floor office tower, and two levels of shops and services, which include a pharmacy, a liquor store, and food fair.
I highly recommend going to this attraction for four reasons. One, the sites from 581 feet are gorgeous with a 360-degree view. Two, there are guides here who give a free narration of the highlights. Three, there are photo plagues that let you know what you are viewing. Four, there are a variety of things to do here. These include site seeing, sipping on a cappuccino, eating at the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant, shopping at the stores, etc.
The Lookout is located at 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4N4. It is open 365 days a year. The seasonal hours are as follows: Winter 9am-9pm, Summer 8:30am-10:30pm. Information and Reservations phone number is 604-689-0421. The ticket cost is adult $10, senior (60-plus) $9, student with ID $7, youth (11-17) $7, child (5-10) $4, and children (4 and under) are free. There are also group rates available.
The directions to The Lookout are as follows: Located downtown at the Seabus and SkyTrain station. It is not far from the Cruise Ship terminal and historic Gastown.
After the salon was built, a sawmill, a seaport and general trade and commerce became present. Then in 1886, the town was incorporated as the City of Vancouver. However, the "Great Vancouver Fire" happened the same year it was incorporated leaving it with only two buildings. But Vancouver was rebuilt again and prospered until the Great Depression in the 1920’s. This then caused Gastown to become a neighborhood of the larger city which became in decline and rundown until the 1960s. As a result, residents concerned with keeping Gastown’s unique and historic architecture influenced the provincial government to declare the area a historical site in 1971. Hence, this action has protected its heritage buildings today.
As we viewed Gastown, I noticed the different sections of it. For instance, it has a tourist-oriented business area with restaurants and nightclubs but there is also general poverty here. This is mostly restricted to Water Street. Along with this, a notable site is present. This site is called The Warehouse Studio. It is located in the refurbished brick building that once was the home of Vancouver’s City Hall on Powell Street. Among other musicians in Vancouver (Avril Lavigne. R.E.M., Sarah MCLachlan, David Foster, etc.) Bryan Adams has recorded here. There is also one part of Gastown which has a lot of the 1970’s look. Coffee houses, thrift stores, head shops and cafes like the Cannabis Café are present here. In addition, there are youthful, trendy restaurants and expensive boutiques here.
Our tour also viewed the most famous attraction here that sits on the corner of Cambie and Water Street. This landmark is the steam-powered clock. After being powdered by electricity for a long time because of is previous breakdown, the steam mechanism has been restored because of the financial donations from local businesses. It is interesting how it works: Low pressure district heating steam is the type of steam used. It powers the miniature steam engine in its base, which in turn causes a chain lift. As a result, the chain lift moves steel balls upward where they are released and roll to a descending chain. Consequently, the weight of the balls on the chain going down causes a conventional pendulum clock to release, which is geared to the hands on the four faces. In addition, the steam also powers the clock’s sound production. Instead of bells, whistles are utilized instead. This is so it will produce the Westminster "chime" and to signal the time.
It is also intriguing to note, that Gastown has popular annual events. These include the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and the Tour de Gastown international bicycle race.
I highly recommend this section of Vancouver to tour. It not only has the statue of "Gassy Jack", the steam-powered clock, the vintage buildings, restaurants and boutiques but it has a lot of culture to learn about and history to inhale.
Gastown is located between Downtown and the Downtown Eastside. It can be seen if you take a tour company such as Landsea, drive to it yourself, or if you take public transportation.
Public Transportation: Skytrain, Vancouver’s rapid transit system, Seabus (ferry service from the North Shore), West Coast Express and city buses, from all areas of Vancouver and the Lower mainland can bring you to Gastown.
Walking: The Cruise Ship Terminal and Trade and Convention Centre are located just two blocks west of Gastown. It is just a five-minute walk from here.
Land sea Tours include this attraction in their city highlights tour of Vancouver. This tour is 3½ hours long. The tour current charges are the following in American money: $48 for adults, $45 for seniors, and $30 for children. Their phone number is 800/558-4955. Their website is email@example.com.
Chinatown's center is located around the Chinese Cultural Center (CCC) in Pender Street. The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Park and Garden is behind the Chinese Cultural Center. In 1986, this $5.3 million garden opened for the Vancouver world expo. It is considered the first full-scale classical garden ever built outside of China. This Classical Chinese Park and Garden took 52 experts from the city of Suzhou to build it. They used ancient techniques of the originals. This garden is named after the founder of the first Chinese Republic. The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Park and Garden took a year to build. This place possesses many multiple buildings that are done in an Oriental style. But yet it has a balance of vegetation, pools, and rocks.
Our guide told us that there are 300,000 Asians in Vancouver and 15% made up of Vancouver’s population. He proceeded to tell us that Vancouver became populated with the Chinese community because it built the railroad/railway. For every 1.6 kilometers of railway that was built, one Chinese person lost his life.
Chinatown like other Chinatowns is populated by many old-timers. And similar to other Chinatowns it has several restaurants, banks, markets and other shops catering to the locals.
As we drove passed the Sam Kee Building, our guide also told us about Sam Kee. Kee built the narrowest building in the world. It is only six feet wide. The floor space is about 52 inches wide. The story is Sam Kee wanted enough room to build a "new" building. But when the city decided not to make the street wider, it gave Kee a very small piece of land. The city thought he would use it for parking but instead out of anger he built his new building on this six foot wide strip of land. Now, I believe an insurance company has taken up residency here. This building is in The Guinness Book of Records.
Albion, the tour guide, also informed us about a Chinese lady we saw (she had a yellow smock on) who sat in front of a market. This lady was the only person who can sell fish on ice. No one else is allowed to do this. But since this is a Chinese tradition, she is allowed to.
I was impressed with this historical site. It not only has Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Park and Garden but it has vendors who sell seafood, vegetables, fruits, trinkets, clothes, etc., here. It is a shopper’s paradise for whatever you want to purchase. In addition, our guide told us about the markets being open at night too. This is advantageous if you are sightseeing other areas of Vancouver during the day. As a result of these things, I highly recommend you to come here. Besides the grand shopping experience, you will learn a little about the Chinese culture too.
The easiest way to get to Chinatown from downtown is to go east on Pender Street to Carrall Street and find parking on the street. You can also park in the International Village Parkside at the corner of Pender and Abbott and walk east on Pender and into Chinatown.
Our guide, Albion, left us off on the island for an hour. We could go anywhere we wanted to. My partner, friend and I elected to walk around. We went into some stores and made some purchases such as ice cream, beef sticks, cheese, and fudge and went down by the waterfront. In addition, we took many pictures of the Island.
What is nice about this attraction is that it has many things to see and do. For instance, you can purchase vegetables, fruit and seafood at the Public Market, eat at one of the several restaurants or cafes, go to a artist’s workshop, take the children at the Kids Market (stores aimed at them), charter a boat for fishing, see live theater at The Arts Club Theatre/New Revue Stage, etc. Also, it is located in a gorgeous place, False Creek. And if the crowds get to you, you can always walk around the seawall. This will provide you with spectacular views of the mountains and the city.
I highly recommend you visiting Granville Island. It is an attraction for all ages. Granville Island’s Public Market is a shopper’s paradise and has educational highlights concerning the art world (many artists and studios here). In addition, it is a great place for children. There are playgrounds and stores for them.
While at Granville Island, I recommend you grab an island directory so you can find where you need to go. This will assist you in finding certain shops, services and restrooms. The directory is available on the Island.
The Public Market is closed on Mondays from Thanksgiving Day to Victoria Day. But the craft shops and Kids Only Market are open every day of the week. For additional information on Granville Island, you can call the following number: 604/666-5784.
Granville Island is located underneath the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. By car, you can get to it by crossing the Burrard Street Bridge going south, and turning left around 2nd Avenue. By Ferry: Service from the Aquatic Centre, South end of Hornby Street, Stamp’s Landing, Vanier Park, Yaletown, Science World, and Plaza of Nations. By bus: Bus #50 Waterfront/False Creek, to and from Waterfront Station. For more transit information call 604-953-3333.
Albion our guide talked about the significant role Lord Stanley played in the history of the park. He said that Lord Stanley, Governor General of Canada in 1889 did a dedication at the time the park opened. He quoted Lord Stanley’s dedication: "To the use and enjoyment of people of all colours, creeds and customs for all time". And then he mentioned how a bank is named after him and so is the Stanley Cup.
Albion then told us that Coal Harbor had million dollar condos. Then he proceeded to tell us that Dead Man’s Island was an Indian burial ground but then England put a naval reserve on top of it and is that way yet today. The story is that many, many years ago one Indian tribe captured the women and children of another tribe. But then there was a trade made. The first tribe traded the women and children of the second tribe for the warriors of the second tribe. The first tribe then took the warriors of the second tribe to the island and killed them.
After the above narration, the tour guide dropped us off at Totem Park for 15-20 minutes. Here we all took pictures of the totem poles and I read the signage about the poles. And we took pictures of the body water across from the totem poles.
As aforementioned in the entry of the Totem Park, I enjoyed the Totem Park the most while I was at Stanley Park. There are eight totem poles here. It is the First Nation’s culture I was enthused with. What some people do not know about totem poles is that the figures on them are called crests and are part of s family’s inherited rights. The crests and stories associated with them are considered property owned by First Nations lineage groups. This expresses their origins, inheritance, and pride.
Albion then continued his narration with telling us that the Lions Gate Bridge was built by a family called the Guinness (the same family noted for Guinness World Records). It cost them six million to build it. Then it became a toll bridge but this family sold it to Vancouver for the same amount they paid to have it built.
We then were told by Albion that the Big Red Cedar trees we saw at the park were 1,200 years old; and that the First Nation people used its wood fiber to make totem poles, log houses, baby diapers, etc. In addition, he mentioned that you could actually plant trees from the top of a stump of one and they would grow because these trees are like sponges. Also, he said animals tunneled in them during forest fires and live there.
Prospect Point was our other stop we were allowed to get off the bus and take pictures, grab a quick meal or an ice cream. I noticed there were a variety of restaurants, a Starbucks, patio dining and a gift shop here. My partner and I just walked around and took pictures from the Lookout Point. The scenery here was fabulous. At Prospect point you will see the western side of the North Shore and glimpses of Vancouver Island. Along with this, you will see the flower bed that encircles The Prospect Lookout Point Landmark Area. Prospect Point also offers many park trails, forest walks, hiking and educational and interpretive material.
"Girl in the Wetsuit" was a sculpture by a man named Elek Imredy, a Hungarian immigrant. My understanding is that he was commissioned by a lawyer to do this sculpture. It was to represent Vancouver’s dependence on the sea. It was donated to Stanley Park.
Brockton Point Lighthouse is located at Brockton Point in Stanley Park. It can be reached by car along the park drive. A lot of runners and walkers stop here because of its location on the seawall. It is one of the two lighthouses in Stanley Park that serve the Port of Vancouver. The other one is called Prospect Point Lighthouse. The first Brockton Point Lighthouse was built in 1890, but the present one was installed in 1915, when the Coast Guard installed a fully automated light.
What is interesting to note is that originally, the Brockton Point Lighthouse was manned by an operator who would throw a stick of dynamite out the window of it at 9pm. Eventually, though, the dynamite was replaced with a cannon. And, in time, the operator was replaced with automation.
The Hollow Tree is probably the most famous tree in the park. There are more archival pictures of it than of all the other attractions in Stanley Park. This old tree has such an enormous diameter that it is the largest diameter of any tree (dead or alive) in Stanley Park. Although no one is completely certain how the tree died, it was probably hit by lightening.
Concerning the beaches at Stanley Park, there are three. However, one of them, called English Bay, is not within the boundaries of Stanley Park, but it is still attached to the Stanley Park Seawall. Just to the northwest of English Bay is the entrance to Stanley Park. And to the south of it is False Creek.
English Bay Beach has many people to view the various sights here. You can see the mountains, islands, and water here. In addition, people of course go tanning and swimming. Also, you will see the presence of musicians. There are hot-dog stands here, too. In addition, there are various events that happen here. For example, the HSBC Festival of Light is annual international fireworks competition. It lasts for 4 days. Then, in the winter (early morning of the first of January), this beach holds another event. It is called the annual Polar Bear Swim. This is where tons of people arrive at this beach and try to survive the cold-water swim.
The Second Beach is located on the southeastern corner of Stanley Park. It possesses a lot of attractions. One of these is where it is located. This area of the park is the sunniest and thus becomes the busiest, and it also has lovely views of English Bay. Another well-known attraction here is the pool. This recently built pool takes the place of the old-draw-and-fill pool from the 1930s. No longer is the water taken from the ocean and warmed by the sun. Instead, it runs on a closed system providing fresh water. There are slides for children here that possess a large shallow section of water for them. In addition, adults are provided with a section where they can swim lengths. Another nice feature here is the lifeguards on duty. This place has a food stand that serves cold beverages and hot dogs. Also, there are showers and changing rooms here. Lastly, near the pool there is a huge lawn area where you can have a family picnic and children can play on slides and swings.
Second Beach is open May to September. There is a general admission charge to enter here. A family minimum charge is US$4.50, but the general admission is as follows: Adults- US$4.50, Youth- 13-18 US$3.40, Child- 6-12 US$2.25, and Senior- US$3.20. The phone number here is 604/257-8370.
The Third Beach is located between Ferguson Point and Siwash Rock on the west side of Stanley Park. This place is very popular because people elect to tan and swim here in the summer. What is nice about this place is that it has a lifeguard on duty from May to September. In addition, there is a food stand available here. And, if you are into history, there is a signage that marks the burial place of the ashes of Emily Pauline Johnson Tekahionwake. She is the Mohawk poet and storyteller and friend of Chief Joe Capilano and later became a Victorian celebrity. Vancouver became her permanent residence in 1909. Some of her published writings are "The Siwash Rock" and "Deadman’s Island." She succumbed to cancer in 1913.
Our Stanley Park tour ended after we passed the beaches and our guide started to drive us to Granville Island. Overall, I would say that parts of this tour were wonderful. For instance, Albion was a very energetic college man who tried to make the tour a good one by cracking jokes and answering our questions about the sites we viewed. But on the other hand, a 3- to 31/2-hour tour is not enough time to view the city highlights of Vancouver in depth, especially Stanley Park. Therefore, I somewhat recommend this tour.
Stanley Park is located at 2099 Beach Ave., Vancouver, B.C. V6G 3E2. The phone number is 604/257-8400.
By taxi to get to Stanley Park: A taxi ride from downtown Vancouver to the entrance of Stanley Park (at the Rowing Club) is only a 5-minute ride (about C$6) . The yellow cab phone number is 604/681-1111.
By Vancouver Trolley: Use your Vancouver Trolley pass to get into Stanley Park. Ask your hotel concierge for the closest trolley stop. The trolley driver will give you a guided commentary along the way. You need to get off the trolley at 14, 15, or 16 in Stanley Park, depending on what you want to do there. You can hop back on the trolley to head back to your hotel at any of these stops, too.
Landsea Tours include this attraction in their city highlights tour of Vancouver. This tour is 3 1/2 hours long. The tour current charges are US$48 for adults, US$45 for seniors, and US$30 for children. Their phone number is 800/558-4955. Their website is firstname.lastname@example.org
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