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Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

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Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

Arriving in Vancouver 920am on a Tuesday in July and Staying in Vancouver by robs in square for 2 nights. Going to Victoria for my third night. Flight back home leaves at 1030pm on Friday from the Vancouver airport so I need to be back there by 8pm. There is so much to do I can't decide what to fit in. What are the musts that I can jam into such a shirt period. Solo female traveller as my husband has to work. 36 yrs old.

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1. Re: Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

I've seen posts that say if you want to go to Victoria on a short trip that you should go to Victoria first.

The reasoning is that although rare the ferry back could be delayed for some reason or another.

It is also a 4 hour ferry trip from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria one way. The ferry ride is very nice and if you get sea sick the store onboard has something for that.

Easiest way is to take the Pacific coach bus which costs appx $40 one way.

Please also let us know what your interests are so we can direct you to places that interest you. I would honestly stay in Vancouver the whole time and not waste 8 hours on travelling on the ferry. You can take the seabus from downtown Vancouver over to North Vancouver for a nice trip as well as the aquabus that goes around False Creek and to Granville Island.

Here's a couple of tourist Walking maps of downtown Vancouver. hellobc.com/getmedia/c4fb5bf1-6097-4158-b543…

http://www.6717000.com/skycorp/vancouver.html

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2. Re: Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

Hi Rose ~

A more convenient way to do Victoria is to either extend your flight into Victoria, a half hour flight on AC or WestJet. They depart YVR every hour. Don't even need to leave the domestic terminal. So you could get to Victoria Airport by about 11h00-12h00 and then take the AKAL airport shuttle into Victoria. Visit, sightsee, see the city. Next day, take Pacific Coach Lines 1h00 departure with a stop at Butchart en route to Vancouver. You catch the 5 pm ferry and arrive in Vancouver at about 7h30. Victoria done and dusted.

pacificcoach.com/Sightseeing-Tours/Victoria/…

Another options from YVR is to take PCL over to Victoria on the ferry. This would take 3.5 hours or so. PCL is a walk up service and they have a kiosk at the airport. Also done and dusted.

pacificcoach.com/Bus-Coach-Travel/YVR-Victor…

That puts you back into Vancouver where you can spend your 2 nights enjoying yourself, within 25 minutes by Canada Line from the airport.

What to do? You could walk from Robson Square to explore Canada Place, the new Convention Centre views, along Coal Harbour seawall, rent a bike from Spokes at Georgia and Denman and ride around/through Stanley Park. Come out at the English Bay side, snoop up Denman St for a bite to eat, then head on down to the Vancouver Aquatic Centre and the harbour ferry across to Granville Island. 1-1.5 hours to explore/walk to Spokes, 4-6 hours for Stanley Park, 2 hours for Granville Island. Then maybe return the bike and take the #19 bus on Georgia St just outside Spokes, then along Pender St to Gastown. Spend an hour there and have a meal in one of the many restaurants.

http://www.gastown.org/

Map of the above as far as English Bay and Denman St.: http://goo.gl/maps/gVhoJ

From English Bay to Granville island: http://goo.gl/maps/8UZzX

You could return to Spokes by meandering through the West End Streets to enjoy the ambiance and the residential nature of it.

Second day, head off to Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge and/or Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. Directions are in an article in the Top Questions to the right of this page, under the heading SIGHTS. A half day Grouse Mountain, 2 hours Capilano. Or a cab ride for 20 minutes to Lynn Canyon for 1-2 hours exploring. At the entrance to the park, take #229 Lonsdale Quay back to Lonsdale Quay, where you could snoop around the market for 30 minutes or so. Take the Seabus back to the city.

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3. Re: Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

Crossing time of 4 hours? On the BC ferry site it states 1.5 hours? Is it the load/ unload time that makes it longer?

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4. Re: Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

The sailing is 1.5 hours, as BC Ferries website says. Many folks on this site, responding to this question, will give you an estimate of the time it takes to get from downtown Vancouver to downtown Victoria.

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5. Re: Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

Here is the map of what's involved if you take PCL from YVR airport to downtown Victoria. The coach gets priority over cars, so add about 15-20 min to the time shown on Google maps:

http://goo.gl/maps/GeWXp

It is indeed a 4 hour journey from downtown to downtown. Here is the map from downtown Victoria to Pacific Central Station in downtown Vancouver. Allow an hour more to wait for the ferry by car, not as much with the coach option. You can see how much of the journey is ferry crossing.

http://goo.gl/maps/HpCVb

It is also this journey that lends itself to getting back to Vancouver the night before your flight out.

Edited: 24 June 2013, 18:28
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6. Re: Solo trip vancouver and Victoria

Sigh. This will teach me to visit the forums before I make reservations. Oh well. Ill just have to make the best of the ferry and drive. I'm taking the 7am ferry on Thursday (I'm from Ontario so that's actually 10am for me) so ill still get a pretty good day in. I as debating going whale watching that day but I'm not sure it's worth wasting 3 hours in the water. I'm debating driving to Squamish for an afternoon on my second day. Is it worth it?

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