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vancouver and vancouver island september 2013

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Used stay and park at Acorn lodge Horley for value. Flew Air Transat Gatwick to Vancouver, used Aspire Lounge Gatwick South before Flight. Flight on time. paid for extra leg room seat, well worth it. Arrived Vancouver airport, went to domestic terminal for book of 10 faresaver tickets for Sky Train, bus, seabus journeys, also used after 6pm, day passes and weekend discounted fares, there is also a discount for seniors over 65 with ID. Stayed at Holiday inn Express, Burnaby with good access via Sky Train to centre for the value. Travelled via public transit to Waterfront station near Canada Place and walked to Stanley Park and walked the perimeter, it was a very flat walk, we saw the totem poles and various other sights and beaches. We travelled via skytrain, seabus, and bus via Lonsdale Quay to Lynn Canyon where we had a lovely walk, forgot to check last bus back but we were fine, visited the Lonsdale Quay on return and bought lovely home made soup to heat up in the microwave provided in our room, the market is well worth a look round. Third day after I had got a Vancouver guide to mark the exact spot on their tourist map that the 257 Horseshoe Bay Express bus starts (all bus stops are marked with the number of the buses that stop there) we set off for the Ferry Terminal at Horseshoe Bay, drops you right outside terminal. Unfortunately miserable day. Ferry was very late going. report continues on Vancouver Island forum. Then back to Vancouver via Victoria ferry, arrived at Tsawwessen terminal, ferry was late, took 620 bus to Bridgeport and then took Skytrain back to Holiday Inn Express Burnaby, only one 620 bus for loads of passengers, we got on first and bus was really late setting off after everybody was crammed on and then even though only 3PM or so traffic was horrendous, something to do with under the tunnel to Bridgeport there are four lanes and these have lights to control which way you can use them and at that time of day there was only one lane for the way the bus was travelling. Using public transport for this Victoria to Vancouver trip is significantly cheaper than using Pacific Coach lines which offer a through service on a coach which has your luggage in its hold and takes you to centre of Vancouver from centre of Victoria but you have to decide is it worth the hassle. Our 90 minute saver ticket then ran out over the whole journey so we had to use more tickets. If you use faresaver tickets or day passes they have to be validated before you go on to the actual platform or you validate them when you board a bus, if you get on a bus and then buy your ticket bear in mind that you have to ask for a transfer if you wish to use another transport taken within the 90 minute allowance and also they do not offer change on buses. Our last day we went to Pacific Spirit Park for a walk, we used the bus, we got off the bus when we saw the signs that we were at Pacific Spirit Park but we could have stayed on and got off at a bus stop which was called Pacific Spirit Park which would be the main entrance. We then boarded another bus to go to the end of the line at UBC where there is a bus terminal. We decided to board a bus to Waterfront and then decided to get off and walk around False Creek shoreline which was marked on the Downtown Vancouver walking map we had picked up, not sure where, either hotel or tourist guide. On the walk we went through the Olympic Village and by Science World which had some interesting exhibits outside, we then continued round really enjoying the view and then went over by taxi to Granville Island market where we had a really good Chinese Meal in the Food Court and then enjoyed looking round the market itself, we returned by sea taxi and walked up Hornby Street to Waterfront Station. We took the Skytrain next day in rush hour for our flight home, not for the faint hearted, both Skytrain and buses seem to just let everybody on, no matter the crush. Used baggage drop as at Gatwick, used the Plaza lounge, breakfast and then dinner served while we were there in our two hour slot. Air Transat had problems with computer, we were fine as it had be ok to get boarding passes online, when everyone was on board there were lots of people that had not been able to get a seat number, we left about 1 hour late but most of that time was caught up on journey. Any questions welcomed on either this or Vancouver island forum for more detail.

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(It's easier to follow, if you read it out loud to yourself. )

In any event, congratulations on making such good use of public transportation. It really does cut down on costs - although you need to have patience at times (e.g., taking the 620 to Bridgeport Station). We have been caught in the Massey Tunnel heading north in late afternoon while "counter-flow" was in effect. The last time, it took us over an hour to get through.

From what I can tell, once I caught my breath at the end of your report, you had a good time and saw quite a bit. Thank you for the work that went into your TR. Do try paragraphs with your other reports (they grow on you after a while). However, I do hope you come back and see us again.

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Thanks amdramhwife for posting your two Trip Reports. It's always nice to read how people make out when they are here , what they see and do and how they get around. Your trip reports have been added to the Trip Report Collection.

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I actually loved reading this TR ! Felt like I was on a whirlwind tour of Vancouver and totally understand the image of buses just getting more and more crowded! Hope you had a good time and thanks for posting.

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