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Vancouver sightseeing

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Vancouver sightseeing

We will be in Vancouver only 1 1/2 days the first part of August before heading to Whistler and then onto Victoria, and wondered how to best do some sightseeing in Vancouver. We'll be arriving early evening on the Rockey Mountaineer on Friday and departing for Whistler around noon on Sunday.. We'd thought of booking the North Shore Tour but see that is about 6 hours. We don't want to spend the majority of our time there just getting from point A to B. We'll be staying at Holiday Inn Vancouver Hotel and Suites. Any ideas of how best to spend this day and a half. Thanks

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I'll just post this itinerary that I prepared. You can adjust it as you need to to make it suit your plans. Getting around Vancouver is easy and convenient. Public transit is easy, and taking a cab for anywhere in the downtown core would cost you about $12-15.

I don't think you would have to spend the majority of your time getting from place to place. Vancouver to a North Vancouver attraction would take about 45 minutes one way. Perhaps choose just one of them. Getting from downtown Vancouver to Granville Island on the bus would take about 14 min and from dntn Van to Stanley Park about 14 minutes as well.

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On your half day, you might want to do something light. I would suggest you consider taking a taxi from your hotel (max $10) to the foot of Thurlow at False Creek and take the harbour ferry across to Granville Island. You could also take the #50 False Creek bus southbound anywhere on Granville from Pender south. For the tourist season, GI stays open until 7 pm. There is a lot to see there besides the market. Here is a link to the now permanently closed Model Train museum map that highlights the buildings by hovering your mouse. There is an art gallery in the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The Maritime Market area is interesting with some boats possibly up out of the water being worked on. And the Net Loft has a variety of shops.

www.modeltrainsmuseum.ca/trains/about/map.cfm

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On your full day, you could head out for Stanley Park and English Bay. Here is a look at selected sections of the seawall from Coal Harbour right round Stanley Park to English Bay. At 3:37 you will see one of the harbour ferries that takes people from the foot of Thurlow over to Granville Island.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e37FgokH3nc

If you spend any time in Stanley Park, as well as cycling or walking around it, you will have spent a good half day, perhaps even more than a half day. You might be interested in walking around Lost Lagoon. You can also cut straight through and end up at Second Beach next to English Bay. You might be interested in the area around the Aquarium with its Rose Garden, the Pavilion area, Artists’ Walk, Aquarium, Miniature Railroad, Lumberman’s Arch. As well, around the seawall, you will want to notice our 9:00 gun, Brockton Point (totem poles, perhaps a cricket game going on at Brockton Oval) and Prospect Point (cafeteria and outlook over the First Narrows and the Lions Gate Bridge.) And last, but definitely not least, are all the trails that criss cross through the woods. Here is a link to a map of Stanley Park. Just “Download Stanley Park Map.”

vancouver.ca/parks/…spmap

So now you’ve covered Granville Island and Stanley Park, perhaps it’s time to visit the natural beauty of North Vancouver. Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge. Lonsdale Quay is a market with food and retail outlets.

From Waterfront Station, take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay. Transfer with the same ticket to #229 Phibbs Exchange via Westlynn which will take you right to the park entrance. Park trails are available from the map on the following link.

http://www.dnv.org/ecology/park_trails.html

When ready to return to Vancouver, you would take the #229 Lonsdale Quay bus from the entrance of LCP.

In the Top Questions (at the top right of the Vancouver Forum) you will find a lot of information for popular questions about Vancouver, including the public transit information for the above attractions.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g154943-i81-k44683…

Lonsdale Quay is worth a brief look see, if only for getting something to eat. The best soup at Soup Meister in the far corner (just near the elevator) opposite to most of the food outlets.

I would also like you to know about Shipyard Sal. Between May - September, from Wednesday – Sunday, at either 1:30 or 3:00, Shipyard Sal gives 45 minute tours of the former Burrard Dry Docks area that details the North Vancouver shipyards’ wartime efforts. The tour starts from the old Pacific Great Eastern RR station at the foot of Lonsdale, right next to Lonsdale Quay market. Rivet catcher, hair bandana-ed, overalls and all.

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Other random thoughts for using spare time:

Vancouver Maritime Museum near Granville Island.

www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/page216.htm

Native arts at the Bill Reid Gallery, 639 Hornby or on Water Street at Hill’s (two storeys.)

Queen Elizabeth Park on Cambie @ 33rd Ave. 1) take the Canada Line to King Edward Station and walk 10 minutes to the quarry gardens, or transfer to the #15 Cambie bus at KES for the final 8 blocks – 25 min. or 2) take the #15 Cambie bus from eastbound Pender @ Seymour to 33rd – 18 min.

www.translink.ca for their Trip Planner.

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Wow, thanks

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My pleasure. Enjoy your time here.

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I stay at the Executive which is close to the Holiday Inn. There is a hop on bus that goes very close and offers a two day ticket. For simplicity it may be the easiest to see a bit with easy transport.

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