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Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784282
04/16/02 12:23 AM
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One more thing before I sign off tonight. On Saturday, I'm going to Vancouver (the city, not the island) with my dad and his girlfriend and her daughter. Is there anything there of special interest that you would recomend that I see? I've never been to Vancouver before, so I don't know whats there. Thanks!


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Re: Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784283
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stanley park is the one place in vancouver that stands out best in my memory. and of course, you could go visit norbert!


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Re: Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784284
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There are lots of nice things.

I recomend Stanely park, very beautiful.

When its a nice day!!

Also you can go to science world , there is the IMAX, its great.

China town is interesting too.

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Thanks for the suggestions! I don't know about visiting Norbert. Its not like I can just break away from my group to go visit him, and I'm sure that they could care less. But then again, who knows. Maybe he can meet us somewhere. I don't know how I would arrange it, seeing as I've never been there and don't know where anything is, I don't know what time we will be arriving or what time we will be leaving. I think that we are going to try and fit in Point Roberts as well on the way back home, even though its out of our way (although not by much) and will require 2 extra trips over the border.


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Re: Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784286
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I love Vancouver! A truly international city. Excellent public transit system, great bookstores. When I was there, I discovered Canadians don't charge sales tax on books!!! Now *that's* civilization!

I concur on Stanley Park. Last time I was there I heard 8 different languages spoken within the space of two hours. Beautiful place, with great people-watching. Love their public pool. There are cricket matches, golfing, lawn bowling. it's so European.

Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. Very few people know about this little jewel. It's modeled after classical Suzhou gardens circa the Ming Dynasty. Hand-fired roof tiles, carved woodwork, lattice windows, courtyards pebbles -- all imported from China. The overall setting is very Tao, with a balance of light, dark, small, large, rugged, hard and soft all placed in pleasing contrasts, so yin yang. An oasis amidst the city.

Queen Elizabeth park on Little Mountain, the highest point in Vancouver. Also houses an arboretum and putting greens, sunken and quarry gardens.

University of British Columbia. Check out the Museum of Anthopology. Indigenous Art in huge drawers. i loved it cuz i adore NW Coast native wood sculpture, and there are excellent examples on display there. Watch for Haida art -- they were particularly skilled in steaming wood into incredible shapes and carved with incomparable skill. Ditto the Kwakiutl and Tshimsian (sp?) samples.

Explore the entire West End by foot. Go to Robson Street, the heart of shopping. Rent a bicycle.

Take a ferry to Granville Island. Warehouses with art galleries plus the Emily Carr Art College. Street performers galore on weekends. The Granville island market off 4th street and False Creek is tops. Great fresh produce and flowers plus all the fixings for an outdoor picnic can be obtained here. Good restaurants too. You can rent a small motor boat from there and spend a wonderful day up the Burrard Inlet, which is what I did. Gorgeous and glorious.

Chinatown is a must. Only Hong Kong and S.F /NYC Chinatowns have comparable food. Remember that Vancouver is filled with recent Hong Kong emigrs. I've been to Seattle's Chinatown and alas it's a yawn cuisine-wise, IMHO.

I'm envious. Have fun!

Joy

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Re: Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784287
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I agree with all the suggestions. Taking the seabus to the North Shore can be a nice trip too. It costs only the regular bus fare and you get a great view of downtown and the North Shore mountains. Once you're on the North Shore you can check out Lonsdale Quay, and possibly see the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Its quite touristy, but offers some great views. The skyride up Grouse mountain (the base of which is not far from the suspension bridge) is a bit pricey, but well worth the views.

Cuisine in Vancouver is outstanding. We have pretty much every type of ethnic cuisine you can imagine including Chinese, East Indian, Japanese (lots of sushi restaurants!), Korean, Taiwanese, Greek (lots of Greek restaurants in Kitsilano and west Broadway area), Mongolian... you name it we got it.


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Re: Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784288
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Well, the trip to Vancouver is off. My dads girlfriend, who had invited us to go with her and her daughter, has been having trouble getting proper identification for her daughter. Apparently, her dad has her passport but hes being a jerk about it right now. Its a shame, really, but maybe next time...


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Re: Any must sees in Vancouver, BC? #784289
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That's too bad, Jgoo. There will be another time. I just submitted my passport application (the last one I had was when I was 16, and although I think I still resemble that person, nobody else seems to!! Plus, I believe it's expired anyway) I am SO excited to be moving so close to Vancouver. Such a lot of things to explore! Jodi


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