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Tyler, Texas
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Vancouver for a month

We are finishing up our month away from the Texas heat in Durango CO.

We are thinking of Vancouver for Aug 2013. I think the main issue is: Can we fly there and live without our car for a month; rent one for daytrips as needed. We would like a VRBO, be in walking distance of coffee shops,bakery,groceries and public transit.

Appreciate the good,bad and ugly of this idea.

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1. Re: Vancouver for a month

There is no need for a car here. Any "downtown" accommodation works fine. Vancouver is a downtown of condos that can be walked across is under an hour. Here are some samples: http://www.vancouverdreamrentals.com/properties-rental-vancouver+downtown.html

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2. Re: Vancouver for a month

Vancouver downtown is VERY walkable, and the transit system is pretty good too. August is a wonderful time to travel here, although the kids don't go back to school until September.

Renting a car for day trips, to Whistler, or even a few more days to Vancouver island, is easy to do. Parking a car downtown is a pain, and can be expensive, depending on the location of the rental unit you get.

Do you like bike riding??? Great city for cycling too, with lots of designated bike lanes.

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3. Re: Vancouver for a month

Hi Felschurch ~

Yes you could spend a lifetime here without a car. You could easily rent a car for day trips. Look for a condo in the downtown area of Vancouver, although the Fairview neighbourhood and Kitsilano neighbourhood would also be ones to look at. Walking is easy and public transit is very good.

One thing to keep in mind though is that there is a lot to see out and away from Vancouver. Heading to Vancouver Island: south Island around Victoria; mid Island around Pacific Rim National Park and/or Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach; north Island around Telegraph Cove and Pt McNeill. So you might want to build in some nights out of Vancouver as well.

Tyler, Texas
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4. Re: Vancouver for a month

Thank Mufti. I was hoping you would reply. Your responses are wonderful. If we can find the right price we will use the VRBO as homebase. I'll begin to look possibilities

Tyler, Texas
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5. Re: Vancouver for a month

Alegre.. What a selection!

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6. Re: Vancouver for a month

JOan,,,My bike has gone to rust from lack of use

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8. Re: Vancouver for a month

No excuse Felschurch... you can rent them! Right down by Stanley Park actually. It's a great way to see the park, riding around the sea wall. They even supply the helmet!

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9. Re: Vancouver for a month

Yes you can live without a car if you are in Kits, West End, Commercial Drive, North Shore and East Van. All depends where your VRBO is. August is usually our summer so weather is a lock. Enjoy!

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10. Re: Vancouver for a month

Plenty to do and see. Be sure to browse the Top Questions to get some ideas for how you might spend your time. If you are patient and persistent, there is a good range of sights accessible using transit. The occasional day rental use of a car will fill it out nicely.