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What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

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What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

What is recommended for clothing/shoes for going out to restaurants and touring for a Seattle/Vancouver trip in late October?

Also what do you recommend in Canadian currency to have or can credit cards be used for everything?

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1. Re: What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

Also if you only have 3 days what do you recommend for must sees and do's.?

Thank You

Edited: 15 September 2012, 17:37
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2. Re: What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

Hi LKay ::

We dress pretty casually here. Warmth is usually more important in late October! lol You'd be fine in jeans and shirts but if you wanted to wear something more "smart casual" for a nice dinner that would be fine.

Temps here in late October could be a high of about 14C and a low of about 8C. And we can have about 70-75 mm of rain in that month. So you would be best to pack for layers. Shirts - one or two long sleeved, a fleecy or hoody, scarf and gloves perhaps, given you're coming from Texas, and sneakers or other closed toed shoes. And you would be wise to bring a rainproof jacket with hood.

You could bring with you about $100 in Canadian to get you going. Then take any further cash out of an ATM with your bank card which will give you the best exchange rate. The ATM will charge a per transaction fee, so you don't want to be taking out a lot of small amounts. Credit cards can be used for just about everything: restaurants, admission fees, hotels. But if you take the bus by paying cash, you will need exact fare in coins. If you take skytrain or seabus, you can buy a ticket on the respective platforms. You can buy Faresavers or a Day Pass. To see the fare structure for Vancouver, have a look on this site:

www.translink.ca

You might want to know any bank or CC charges that using your cards would incur, so you might check with your bank to find out what those would be. i.e. withdrawing $$ from an ATM, or using your CC. At least you would not get any surprises that way. Also you might find out what financial institutions here are in your bank's network for the best transaction fee amount. And put a Travel Watch on your cards by letting both your bank and your CC know when you will be away and where you are going. Banks freeze cards if they think unauthorized use is going on.

For Seattle, you could probably pack the same way, but there may be a few differences for getting around or for eating out, so you might post on the Seattle Forum just to be sure.

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What to see and do? First I would look through the Things to Do in the left sidebar - including the tabs for Attractions and Tours. You would then be able choose the things that sound good to you. But for questions like yours, I like to post the following:

VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN:

Stanley Park, including the Aquarium

Gastown - for a self guided walking tour: frommers.com/destinations/…0171020034.html

Chinatown

Robson Street

Bill Reid Gallery at 639 Hornby St. between Dunsmuir and Georgia

Vancouver Art Gallery, with its great Gallery Café

The Marine Building at 355 Burrard St. for the exterior, facade, entrance, foyer and the inside of the brass-doored elevators. Notice the marine and ship themes. Office hours only.

NORTH SHORE:

Grouse Mountain

Lynn Canyon Susp Bridge (free)

Capilano Susp Bridge ($$$)

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SOUTH SIDE OF FALSE CREEK

Granville Island and False Creek

Maritime Museum - www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/page216.htm

Van Dusen Gardens

Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Nitobe Memorial Gardens at UBC - http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe

Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Gardens –

www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/canopy-walkway

OUTLYING REGIONS:

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/georgia/index.aspx

Steveston Village

infovancouver.com/things-to-see-and-do/great…

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g181716-d18…

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4. Re: What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

Is/are there places to not venture to and things to absolutely not do? Opposite question from the usual what to do.

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5. Re: What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

No not really. You might be uncomfortable if you go into our homeless neighbourhood which is primarily on Hastings between about Abbott and Gore. But you would be safe. And you would have no need to go along Hastings at night anyway. You will see homeless people panhandling in most parts of the city. A quiet "no" and keep walking is all that 's needed. Not as bad as San Francisco, but some.

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6. Re: What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

Thank You- your response has been most helpful.

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Absolutely not to do? Don't visit Chinatown in the evening or at night - contrary to tourist assumptions, it's a ghost town then. If you must visit Chinatown, go in the morning or afternoon.(Chinatown is one block south of the area mentioned above: Hastings between Pender & Gore).

Edited: 16 September 2012, 22:33
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8. Re: What to Pack for Seattle/Vancouver

Correction: Hastings between Abbott & Gore!

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