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Trip List by Gareth66


17 Dec 2006  
4.5 of 5 bubbles based on 5 votes

Places of interest in Vancouver.

  • 1. Stanley Park
    Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Great city park on the edge of downtown Vancouver. Surronded by water. A great place to take a relaxing walk. I was there in September so the weather was good , and had a good afternoon strolling around the park. English bay is good for the beach as is the top of the park ( where there is another beach just as good). And make sure to take the time to explore the centre of the park. Very relaxing and a typically BC forested area.

    I sort of ignored the tourist stuff. Who needs THAT in a park???

    Just a few blocks from the West End. A definately nice place to visit.

  • 2. Grouse Mountain
    Grouse Mountain, North Vancouver, British Columbia

    Forget the walk...take the gondalier if you are stuck for time. There will be plenty of time to walk once you are up there. Great views ( on a good day), great place to amble about looking at the bears and the deer.

    They do a good lumberjack show for the tourists, but I preferred the raptor bird show. Owls and hawks and the like. Very enjoyable.

    Everywhere in Canada you can buy a t-shirt for everywhere you go. But you can ignore all of that if you want. But don't always be put off, the Canadians are very genuine and friendly people as a rule, and it makes a change from the usual UK style of service!!!

    Anyway, take a wander around the mountain top like I did, always wondering if one of the wild bears in the area might pay you a visit!!!

  • 3. Granville Island
    Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Granville island is basically a nice market ( very nice and prices are good for your £ rate), nothing too out of the ordinary. What I did like about it was getting there, on those small boats that putter up and down false creek. Reminded me of Hong Kong a bit that did.

    Lots of tourist shops and some nice bars.

    What is of especial note for us English is that they sell incredibly good beer there. It is all made on site ( so to speak) from all that lovely glacier water that Vancouver uses for it's water supply. I got quite merry on a very refreshing beer or two!

    Places to eat too. I got some great Italian style bakery stuff from the market. Spinach and Rocotta wraps which were delicious. ( Especially after a pint or two!!!). I behaved myself I promise.

  • 4. Canada Place
    Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia

    I liked the small shopping precinct, especially since my friend works at Gastown Photography there! Get your batteries and film stuff. Very useful.

  • 5. Coal Harbour

    Coal Harbour lies between Stanley Park and the downtown hub. What I enjoyed about this area was walking from my apartment in the West End all the way to Canada place in downtown.

    It's a nice stroll, and plenty of places to eat and drink along the way.

    Lots of yachts and general port marina goings on to look at.

    I took a couple of trips on the water planes from Coal Harbour to Vancouver island. This is a very exciting place to fly from. And having never flown on one of these sorts of plane before it was a real treat. I would highly recommend it. And it didn't cost a fortune. After all you don't want to travel 5ooo miles and penny pinch now do you eh?

  • 6. Robson Street
    Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

    I though I would add this because people rave about it. Well it's a shopping street like everywhere the world over. Nothing too exciting. And generally the same goods sold as in Europe. ( Everything is multinationals these days).

    I wouldn't recommend it over any of the main downtown shopping areas I've visited on 3 continents. Believe me, it's all the same these days.

    Not bad though. So if shopping is for you, then enjoy.

  • 7. Denman Street

    A very nice flow of eateries and retaurants, generally ethnic. That stretches from Stanley park to English bay. Well worth visiting to eat on every night of the week.

    Prices are good, and the food too.

    Try the restaurant near the Robson street end of Denman. I can't remember it's name, but it has a chicken theme throughout the restaurant. You can't miss it believe me.