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First visit to Vancouver

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First visit to Vancouver

We are two couples ( all 70 ) who will be in Vancouver mid August for two and a half days. We will have a car since we plan to drive to Whistler for a short visit. We would appreciate some help with the following:

Will we need our rental car while in Vancouver or can we get around on public transport?

Need some advice on a hotel near restaurants and some attractions, no problem walking a few blocks.

Top places to see within a two and half day stay?

Thanks and welcome any and all advice.

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1. Re: First visit to Vancouver

You don't need a car in Vancouver but I would rent one to go to Whistler that way you can stop along the way and see the sights. What is your budget for a hotel?

Not sure what you like seeing but there is Capilano Suspension Bridge. You can take shuttle from hotels downtown or could take the seabus to North Vancouver Londsdale Quay nice market and then take local transit to the bridge and then head on to Grouse Mountain.

Granville Island is nice, if you like Museum the Anthropolgy Museum at UBC is nice.

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Downtown is very compact for walking and transit is easy and convenient. Bus fare is exact change in coins, unless you buy a day pass. The skytrains will make change at the vending machines at the stations. Just rent a car for your day trip to Whistler. This leaves you with 1.5 days to look around.

Any hotel downtown or West End or Coal Harbour that suits your budget and amenities requirements will be fine. Have a look in the Hotels tab up top and set the filters the way you want them to get some results. Post names of the ones that appeal for feedback.

Stanley Park - a half day. Granville Island - 1-2 hours. Gastown - 1 hour plus drinks or dinner at one of the many choices. Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, or Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge/Park could take a whole day without a car. Or with a car, add in Deep Cove to the east and Lighthouse Park and even Horseshoe Bay to the west. You may find other attractions and activities that you would prefer over these in the tab up top called Things to Do.

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3. Re: First visit to Vancouver

Thanks for your input. We are planning to rent a car to drive to Whistler. Hoping to keep the nightly hotel rate under $250. Do you think we can do that and find someplace nice in downtown?

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Thanks for your help. Glad we can just park the car and get around in other ways. Now we need to look at hotels. Hoping to find something in downtown for $250 ( American ) or less per night. Do you think that is doable?

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We live in Canadian dollars here. As of today $250 USD = $270 CAD. Conversion rates change constantly but use that as a general guide. Hotel-wise, that amount is doable. Take a look at the green Hotels tab at top of page - you can filter by price and location.

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Thanks for your suggestion and information on money conversion. Looks we

our dollar will stretch a bit.

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7. Re: First visit to Vancouver

Renting a car and leaving it parked seems like needless expense. Hotel parking can be expensive, as can street and parkade parking. Traffic is busy too. Consider renting the car for just the day to Whistler.

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8. Re: First visit to Vancouver

You will be able to stay downtown with the budget just try to figure out do you want to be by Stanley park, English bay or shopping etc. then we can suggest a hotel

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