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Wet and Wonderful in Vancouver

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A March 2004 trip to Vancouver by SarahQSpano

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Quote: It may be soggy and grey, but under that dark cloud is a vibrant West Coast city ready to knock your socks off. When the sun comes out, you'll find Vancouver even more dazzling.

Wet and Wonderful in Vancouver

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Vancouver Harbour Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Vancouver is a unique city - not only in Canada, but in the world. Regularly voted as one of the most livable cities in the world, Vancouver has everything a traveller could desire - the sea, the mountains and occasionally, even the sun. It has all the features of a cosmopolitan area while retaining its respect for the natural environment and adding a healthy dose of laid-back West Coast attitude.The city combines a beautiful harbour and beaches with plentiful and accessible green spaces and easy access to snow-capped mountains all year round. And that's just for the nature and sports nuts! Once you're done exploring the beauty of Vancouver's natural wonders, there are many museums, art ga...Read More

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown

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Hotel | "Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown"

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The Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown is just that - downtown. Located on West Hastings Street its in the middle of the financial/business, just a few blocks from Canada Place (the location of the Vancouver Convention & Exhibition Centre). The location makes it ideal for business travellers, and as such, the hotel caters to business clientele.Rates are generally between $180 and $300 CDN per night, depending on the season; however, we found a great deal through Hotwire (which we *highly* recommend) and paid about $90 CDN. The hotel itself is in a very striking (and reflective) building, and the clean contemporary lines continue on in the decor o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2006

Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
1128 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E4R5
(604) 684-1128

Pan Pacific Vancouver

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Hotel

Pan Pacific Vancouver Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Before you read on , let me state for the record that this review is biased, due to the fact that we paid $165 for a $3000-per-night suite. Looking for a thorough review of the hotel - might need to look elsewhere. Want a glimpse of how the other half lives? Read on.The 5-star Pan Pacific is located at Canada Place (where the cruise ship terminal and convention centre are, topped with large white sails that are often featured prominently in photos of Vancouver). The hotel boasts 504 rooms with panoramic vistas of the harbour, mountains, Stanley Park and the city skyline. Rooms have all the ameneties you would expect from a swanky hotel, in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2006

Pan Pacific Vancouver
300-999 Canada Place
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C3B5
(604) 662-8111

Samba Brazilian Steak House

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Restaurant

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Samba is a Brazilian “churrascaria”, a barbeque place, that is definitely a unique dining experience--as long as you’re a carnivore, that is! Although they offer a standard lunch and dinner menu, the specialty of the house is the "Rodizio" - if you ever wondered how much meat you could eat at one sitting, this is your chance. Prices are $12.95/24.95 CDN for lunch/dinner on weekdays and $12.95/27.95 for weekends and holidays (children under 10 are half price). The basic premise is that it's all-you-can-eat. There is a salad and tapas bar to begin, and then it's all meat from there. The meat is skewered on swords and roasted over a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 1, 2006

Samba Brazilian Steak House
1122 Alberni Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E1V8
+1 604 696 9888

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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If you are looking for a quick getaway from your hectic travels, a must see is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. A serene, tranquil and beautiful place, it transports you to another time, another place, another world altogether.The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is the first authentic full-size Chinese Garden built outside China, and were created in the Ming Dynasty style. The purpose of the gardens is to create an atmosphere of tranquility for contemplation and inspiration. There are four major elements in the Garden: water, rock, plants and architecture. The relationship of these four elements reflect the Taoist b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 2, 2006

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

Vancouver Trolley Company

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The Vancouver Trolley Company offers an easy and informative way to get to all the best Vancouver attractions. The company uses replica San Francisco trolleys to conduct a hop-on, hop-off commentated tour of the city that includes 23 stops (including interesting neighbourhoods, specific attractions, and hotels/transportation hubs). The cost for the "City Attractions" tour is C$30 for adults and C$15 for children (free under 4), and your ticket is good all day, basically from 9am to 6pm, depending on the seasonal schedule. The easiest way to obtain a ticket is to purchase it from your driver, but they are also available through ticket sellers a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2006

Vancouver Trolley Company
875 Terminal Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2M9
(888) 451-5581

Granville Island

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Attraction

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Granville Island is a must-visit in Vancouver, an abandoned industrial area converted into a colourful Public Market, art school, shops, restaurants, theatres, galleries, a hotel, and more!Granville Island is easy to find, as it's located right in the middle of the city, on False Creek under the Granville Street bridge. A number of buses are available in the general area, but the no. 50 False Creek will get you the closest to the island entrance, and you can certainly get there on foot as well. More fun options include the local water taxis. The Aquabus or Fals...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2006

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