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Coal Harbor or False River

Hi

We,ll be coming off a cruise in July. Looking at Home Away and other sites for renting an apt/condo for 3 nights in Vancouver. One that has attracted our attention is in Coal Harbor. The other is in False River area. Any suggestions which location might be more "attractive". We are planning on renting some bicycles-seeing Stanley Park, Granville Island... any advice appreciated

Also looked at PanPacific Hotel- any thoughts on that hotel?

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1. Re: Coal Harbor or False River

Pan Pac is a first class hotel close to Coal Harbour. Coal Harbour is a 40 minute walk from False Creek. False Creek is more active with Yaletown and its restaurants out the window. Coal Harbour is more scenic with mountains and Stanley Park outside and trippy Denman Street's ethnic restaurants. Either is a winner. Both have bike rentals nearby and, by bike, they are very close. Flip a coin. They are both special.

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Yup - my thoughts as well. One difference is that if you are pointing in the right direction, you'll be looking directly at the mountains from Coal Harbour.

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3. Re: Coal Harbor or False River

False Creek (not False River) is an ocean inlet on the south end of downtown - very popular place with joggers, people walking their dog, as well as a hub for the city's watertaxis, sailboats, kayaks, etc.

Coal Harbour is a marina on Burrard Inlet - an ocean inlet on the north side of downtown. Stanley Park is literally next door and across from Coal Harbour are the mountains... but the waterfront's very busy with seaplanes taking off/landing, as well as freighters, cruise ships, and yachts.

Coal Harbour might give you a better first impression of Vancouver for a first-time visit, while False Creek might be a vibrant place to return to on return visits. Note that you can walk from the north side of downtown to the south side of downtown in 20 minutes (at a fast walking speed). Also, the seawall begins in Coal Harbour and goes all the way around Stanley Park to English Bay, connecting up with False Creek - you'll be able to cycle and experience both.

Edited: 28 March 2013, 21:27
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4. Re: Coal Harbor or False River

My vote would be for Coal Harbour. The closest to Stanley Park, downtown restaurants and shops, Denman St to English Bay, warerfront Station and the Seabus to North Shore attractions.

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Pretty tough to find a lot of choices for such a short-term rental at the busiest time of the year. Most renters want week long rentals in the summer.

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6. Re: Coal Harbor or False River

For the Pan Pacific it depends on what you are looking for in accomadations.

The hotel itself has great views of the harbour and mountains (if you ask for a harbour view room)

The rooms are average size but very comfy, with small bar fridge, coffee maker, nice bathroom. Heated pool, hottub, suana for use. Great views from the restaurants of the mountains and harbour.

Its really in a great location, It is close to sighseeing Gastown, Chinatown etc . Heres a map www.6717000.com/skycorp/vancouver.html

The hotel is located on top of Canada Place and where the ships dock, so you also get off the ship and take the elevator right up to the hotel, no taxi or walking.

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Thanks everyone Very useful information

Does one ride a bicycle over to Granville Island or other means?

Any suggestions for must sees or must eats- We are not gourmands, but like a nice meal with a comfortable atmosphere- not fast food

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One can ride one's bicycle around False Creek to GI, one can take the small passengers ferries or if one is really lazy one can take one's bicycle on the same ferries.

http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/

http://theaquabus.com/

http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

http://www.ediblecanada.com/bistro.php

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http://goo.gl/maps/jr7L2

The above is a bike route from Georgia and Denman (Spokes Bike rental) around Stanley Park, along English Bay to Sunset Beach. Carry on east to Science World at the east end of False Creek, then west again along the south shore to Granville Island. A total of about 20 km. You can instead take the harbour ferry (The Aquabus' Cyquabus boat will take your bikes) from Balloon D across the water to Balloon F.

Granville Island has a lot of eateries. I wouldn't discount them for not being sit down restaurants, although Bridges is a sit down restaurant at GI with a view. It would be fun to grab something at one of the kiosks and take it out on the plaza where you can watch people, watch the boat traffic, listen to entertainment on the stage as well as buskers hanging around the edges, and devise defensive moves to outsmart the seagulls who will have an eye on your food.

For things to do, you could browse the "Things to Do" section in the green navigation bar to find things that appeal to you. For a question like yours I tend to post some of the highlights of Vancouver.

VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN:

Stanley Park, including the Aquarium ..... vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanle… ..... http://www.vanaqua.org/

Gastown ..... http://www.gastown.org/

Chinatown ..... tourismvancouver.com/do/…

Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Gardens .... http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

Robson Street ..... three blocks between Burrard and Jervis for shops, high end fashions, restaurants, coffee shops and services.

Bill Reid Gallery at 639 Hornby St. between Dunsmuir and Georgia ..... http://www.billreidgallery.ca/

Vancouver Art Gallery, with its great Gallery Café ..... http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

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. Once the tallest building in the British Empire and a significant example of art deco architecture ..... vancouverhistory.ca/archives_marine_building…

NORTH SHORE:

Grouse Mountain ..... http://www.grousemountain.com/

Lynn Canyon Susp Bridge (free) ..... http://lynncanyon.ca/

Capilano Susp Bridge ($$$) ..... http://www.capbridge.com/

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SOUTH SIDE OF FALSE CREEK

Granville Island and False Creek ..... tourismvancouver.com/vancouver/…

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

Van Dusen Gardens ..... http://vancouver.ca/vandusen/

Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory ..... vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-…

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC ..... http://moa.ubc.ca/

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

Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Gardens ..... www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/canopy-walkway

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