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Oh, Canada!

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A June 2006 trip to Vancouver by onesundaymorning

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Quote: I never really though that Canada could be fun, but I was suprised at all the beauty that Canada had to offer.

Oh, Canada!

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Overview

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The only way to describe Vancouver is Hollywood meets New York only with a small town feel. You see the stressed out business running from building to building amidst the hustle and bustle of the crowd the cameras of Hollywood are filming the next “big” hit. It is a city, but the people are friendlier then most city types and the streets are clean and safe which is unheard of in most metropolises. The city was named after Captain George Vancouver who claimed the land in the name of England in 1972. Originally it was sought out for it’s potential lumbering and fishing industry, but when gold was found in nearby towns prospectors couldn’t make it to Vancouver fast enough to claim their fortune. Unl...Read More

HI Vancouver Downtown

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Hotel | "Hostelling International- Downtown"

HI Vancouver Downtown Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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Quiet, low-key, well kept, and best of all cheap; what more could anyone want from a hostel. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Hostelling International is only a stones throw from all of the attractions that the city has to offer. Rooms start at $25 USD and sleep four people, but there are also private rooms for a higher price. As a shoestring traveler (as in I have no money so I got to come up with creative ways to stretch it) I love hostels, and this was one of the best that I have been to. The rooms are small and bare, but they are clean and have lockers in them to store your travel gear. The bunks are huge, large enough that I could sleep comfortably with a suitcase in my bed (don’...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 17, 2007

HI Vancouver Downtown
1114 Burnaby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E1P1
(604) 684-4565

Stanley Park

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Attraction

Stanley Park Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
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I had only a few days in Vancouver before I was moving on and had to make the most of my time. My first full day in Canada I woke up early and walked to Stanley Park; my original intentions was to spend a half day there before moving onto Gas Town. Once there my plans changed. I didn’t realize that this was Vancouver’s equivalent to Central Park in New York. Stanley Park is 404 hectares park/forest, filled with more attractions than Disney World, and the biggest tourist destination that Vancouver has to offer. There is a path called the Seawall Promenade that winds around the park offering views of the ocean as well as the cargo ships waiting to enter the port. They do offer shuttles that r...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 30, 2007

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

Gastown

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Attraction

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Although the name might sound odd at first Gas Town got its start after the English sailor "Gassy" Jack Deighton settled the area. When I told people at the front desk of my hotel that I wanted to go to Gas Town I was given two warnings, don’t go in the early morning and second, don’t go at night. Their warnings weren’t without merit. Prior to the '70s Gas Town was home to Vancouver’s skid row. Taking their advice I went after 9am, which was a perfect time because the area wasn’t busy yet. I quickly found out that there is really nothing more than souvenir shops, Victorian buildings, and cobble stone streets there. Its biggest attraction is the steam clock located on the corner of Water and...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 30, 2007

Gastown
Granville and Main Streets
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2K7
(604) 683-5650

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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Just on the opposite side of Gas Town is China Town. It’s anything, but hard to miss. Think of any typical China Town that welcomes people with a giant red archway with dragons. My time here was all to short, not only was I short on time, but I choose not to stay there long because in just a few short weeks I was going to China and felt that there were other things that I wanted to see in Vancouver instead. My one reason for going to China Town was to see Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Classical Chinese Garden…it didn’t disappoint. The garden was build solely from items sent from China with the intention of showing visitors the Taoist philosophy of harmony in nature. It is the first full-scale classica...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 3, 2007

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