Vancouver Journals

First Time in Vancouver?

A June 2006 trip to Vancouver by koolbargan

Lookout! Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia More Photos
Quote: First timer traveller's perspective on Vancouver, BC. Places to see on a short trip, hotel feedback, etc..

Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel

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Hotel | "Renaissance Vancouver Hotel Harbourside"

Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Location:(Rating: Excellent)Coal Harbour is the best location for a hotel. Our hope was maybe the hotel will stand by its name and provide a nice view. Wrong! It was not only a nice view but a fantastic view of the harbour and coastal mountains! We couldn’t even decide if the night or the morning view was the best or even when the mist totally enveloped the harbour and it was just gray all around. No matter the time or the weather, the view from this hotel is great! One thing to remember though, when booking your room, request a room facing the harbour and on the floor where the ice machine is located. (Tip #1: We got a room on the 4th floor and this was perfect as not only did i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 27, 2006

Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel
1133 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6E3T3
(604) 689-9211


Attraction | "Lookout Tower"

Lookout! Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
Days : OPEN Year-roundHours : Summer 8:30am – 10:30pm Winter 9:00am - 9:00pmFee : (CAN) $ 13.00 (Adults)Tip : Fee is good for the whole day so keep your ticket and go back in the evening to see the same view at night."Your Best First Stop in Vancouver" is this sight’s flyer tagline and indeed is true!Located right smack downtown, Lookout Tower is actually the top of Harbour Centre which also houses a food court, shops and services.Lookout Tower offers unobstructed 360 degree view of the city, ocean and the mountains. One p...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 5, 2008

555 West Hastings St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4N4
+1 604 689 0421

Van Dusen Botanical Garden

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Van Dusen Botanical Garden Photo, Vancouver, British Columbia
GARDEN & SHOP HOURS : Open 7 days a week (EXCEPT Christmas Day) Jan – Mar 10am – 4pm April 10am – 6pm May 10am – 8pm Jun – mid Aug 10am – 9pm Mid Aug – Labour Day 10am – 8pm Labour Day – Sept 30 10am – 6pm Oct – Dec 10am – 4pm Festival of Lights* 5pm – 9:30pm *Second wk of Dec. to New Year’s DayADMISSION FEES : (CAN) $ 8.50/adultAbout 15-20 minutes from downtown Vancouver via bus, which we didn’t have any problem with taking.It was convenient, easily accessible from downtown, safe, and only cost us more or less (CAN)$ 2.00 each one way. The bus stop was just a crosswalk away ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 7, 2008

Van Dusen Botanical Garden
5251 Oak St
Vancouver, British Columbia V6M 4H1
+1 604 878 9274