Hi! I will be in vancouver for the marathon and sightseeing ,may 4-11. Heres my transportation logistics. I will be based @ Robson suites- 777 Bidwell Street. Ive never been to canada and am not familiar with the train systems. I tried to look at translink times and it confused me a little bit...I apologize in advance - i am really visual and gets easily confused w/o a map to look at. I know that canada line runs N-S and the other two runs E-W.
may 4 Arrival- Take Canada line to Vancouver City Centre station. I think the hotel is a 15 min walk from here. Also,I need to pick up my bib at the expo in Canada place. Is there a canada place stop or is this walking distance from robson suites?
may 5 -RACE DAY-Canada line- I know this metro line has two routes from downtown,
( to Richmond Centre and Airport. Signage on the cars will be either "Richmond/Brighouse - Waterfront" or "YVR/Airport - Waterfront".) Which car should i get on? I don't want to make the mistake of heading in the opposite direction.( This has happened to me before in previous travels)
PLAN- Take Vancouver city station to king edward station. Start line of the race is at Queen Elizabeth Park. I Plan on being at the train at 530 am. Race starts at 7 am.
Is it safe to walk from bidwell st to vancouver station @ 5 am? Is this the nearest canada line station from hotel?
may 7- Grouse mt/Lynn Canyon.- either the free grouse mtn shuttle bus from canada place ( i read this in frommers guidebook)Is there really a free shuttle?
or Cross burrard inlet via Seabus , bus 236 to lonsdale quay- (Thanks for theVery good info on the top questions on the right)
can i buy the seabus tickets and bus tickets on the day of or should i get it ahead of time?
may 9 -whistler-PAcific coast line from fairmont watrefront hotel @ Howe st. -1040 departure. Can i buy tickets on the day of travel? ( want to see if my legs can still handle whistler after a race) where can i buy tickets aside from online? ANy other transportation options that leave earlier?
I think the rest i can figure out when I get there...Thanks for any assistance!