Things to do in Vancouver, BC?

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    Sep 30, 2009 4:07 PM GMT
    Hello all:

    This weekend I am taking a short, somewhat spontaneous family trip to Vancouver, BC. Does anyone have suggestions about some fun things to do or sights to see?

    Thank you!
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    Sep 30, 2009 4:23 PM GMT

    lol, where do we begin?

    Check out the Planetarium perhaps, Science World, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park, the Aquarium.

    Take a little ferry from the West End to the Granville Island Market.

    Are you staying in downtown Vancouver?
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    Sep 30, 2009 4:50 PM GMT
    Thank you for those suggestions! Yes, we are staying downtown.
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    Sep 30, 2009 8:09 PM GMT

    well then, lol, you'll be in Gay Central! (the west end)
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    Sep 30, 2009 8:25 PM GMT
    Eat at "East is East" or "Tojo's" or even "Bin 941"
    Go to the Van Dusen Botanic Gardens for some fall color.
    Kayaking at Indian Arm if they're still doing that.
    Stanley Park is a must.

    The rest is all good but those would be my suggestions.
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    Sep 30, 2009 9:37 PM GMT
    Man, if you want fine dining, check out Sanafir,Vij's, or CinCin.
    All amazing restaurants, but pricey. Worth it, but pricey.

    If you want fitnessy stuff, go do the Grouse Grind. It's a tough hike, but only takes around 1 hour, and you can get a beer at the top, food, and then take a tram ride back down.

    You can also check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge while near Grouse, but it's really expensive. Instead, you could check out the Lynn Valley canyon suspension bridge, which is really close to Grouse Mountain, and is free.

    Granville Island is cool, I second that. And Stanley Park is a must.
    If you're looking for something to do at night (other than clubs), there's a play of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and also the Theatre Sports on Granville Island is quite funny (the first time).

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    Sep 30, 2009 10:01 PM GMT
    UncleverName saidMan, if you want fine dining, check out Sanafir,Vij's, or CinCin.
    All amazing restaurants, but pricey. Worth it, but pricey.

    If you want fitnessy stuff, go do the Grouse Grind. It's a tough hike, but only takes around 1 hour, and you can get a beer at the top, food, and then take a tram ride back down.

    You can also check out the Capilano Suspension Bridge while near Grouse, but it's really expensive. Instead, you could check out the Lynn Valley canyon suspension bridge, which is really close to Grouse Mountain, and is free.

    Granville Island is cool, I second that. And Stanley Park is a must.
    If you're looking for something to do at night (other than clubs), there's a play of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and also the Theatre Sports on Granville Island is quite funny (the first time).



    A big +1 on Vij's
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    Sep 30, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    I'd suggest scuba diving (if you scuba dive) along Howe Sound or Indian Arm...BC has some of the best cold water diving in the world. Hit up the VAG, walk along Robson, explore Granville Island.

    In terms of food, I agree with all of the above suggestions. Lumiere is good but you have dozens of good food choices in Vancouver and the lower mainland.

    Have fun in Vancouver! I, for one, surely miss it.

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    Sep 30, 2009 11:32 PM GMT

    Well Limmeridge, you have scads of suggestions, now! lol, we'd come in to town to see you, but we're about an hour away and are winterizing the house and garage this weekend.

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    Sep 30, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    Grouse Grind, Run the Sea Wall at Stanley Park, CinCin is great, Vij's is drop in only, expect lines, Granville Island is touristy and nice, lots of art galleries downtown and Robson St if you are into shopping at all. If youre a coffe fan, Cafe Artegiano is awesome.
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    Sep 30, 2009 11:53 PM GMT
    If you want a good breakfast and are up for some fun at the same time, check out The Elbow Room on Davie Street just off Seymour St. Well worth it.

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    Oct 01, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
    I know some of them have been said, but can't hurt to say them again:

    - Stanley Park
    - Grouse Grind
    - Granville Island
    - for coffee: "Joe's" on Commercial St. - awesome little Italian greasy spoon cafe
    - the gay street is Davie Street, but Denman has really good ice cream
    - Robson is the big shopping street, but you can basically find what's there at any big city, so, meh
    - Capilano suspension bridge
    - Gastown (very touristy, but there is an excellent little Mexican restaurant and some cool bars) - also, the ONLY place i buy shoes, Livestock (amazing!)
    - if you smoke pot, there is the Amsterdam Cafe (where you can smoke from 4:20 on, not that i'd know or anything. and yes, it's LEGAL)
    - if you want to see something that most tourists don't see, the real Vancouver, well... the balanced view of Vancouver, take a bus or a mid-day walk down East Hastings Street (it's not a particularly fun thing to do, but... i always recommend people to do it so they get an overall concept of Vancouver apart from just the postcard version)
    - if you can, a little boat trip up the Indian Arm would be great
    - also, tourists LOVE the seabus, so take it! [nothing in Vancouver sets apart the tourists from the locals more than the seabus, because the locals sit and look annoyed, while the tourists run around snapping photos of the scenery]
    - check out Chinatown, I can't remember the really good dim sum place, but you can find it how i found it, just ask a store owner where THEY go for dim sum
    - there is an awesome little Ethiopian restaurant on Cambie and East Hastings (if it's still there). cheap, excellent food, and get a South African beer with it as well, you will not be disappointed (oh, and DONT use utensils)

    if i can think of more, ill add it
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    Oct 06, 2009 9:22 PM GMT
    Gentlemen -- Thank you for this information. I had a wonderful trip and was able to take in many of the things that you suggested. What a beautiful city!
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    Jul 02, 2011 6:56 AM GMT
    MeOhMy saidI - if you smoke pot, there is the Amsterdam Cafe (where you can smoke from 4:20 on, not that i'd know or anything. and yes, it's LEGAL)


    What?? REALLY???? In CANADA???? :O
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:01 AM GMT
    It's not technically legal. The police just can't be bothered and turns a blind eye. You can walk down any street in downtown Vancouver and it's not unusual to see guys blazing away.
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:32 AM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidIt's not technically legal. The police just can't be bothered and turns a blind eye. You can walk down any street in downtown Vancouver and it's not unusual to see guys blazing away.


    Wow, that is EXACTLY like Holland.. no wonder they call it Vansterdam... its really a Dutch city in North America
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:34 AM GMT
    UncleverName saidMan, if you want fine dining, check out Sanafir,Vij's, or CinCin.


    Anybody know if that includes Indian food??
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:36 AM GMT
    BTW to everyone, I really want to see what the live music scene in Vanc is all about (and I dont mean pop concerts, I mean the local live music venues where you can lounge, drink and dance as well).. so please feel free to suggest me some
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    Jul 02, 2011 7:52 AM GMT
    Vij's serves Indian food of sorts. I would say it's more Indian-Western fusion, but it is considered one of the top restaurants in Vancouver. In terms of live music, it really depends on what your tastes are. There are several options including Naam and Nuba. Kino Cafe also has live flamenco music and dancing.

    Vancouver really is heaven if you're a foodie like me.
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    Jul 02, 2011 8:20 AM GMT
    Vancouverite2004 saidVij's serves Indian food of sorts. I would say it's more Indian-Western fusion, but it is considered one of the top restaurants in Vancouver. In terms of live music, it really depends on what your tastes are. There are several options including Naam and Nuba. Kino Cafe also has live flamenco music and dancing.

    Vancouver really is heaven if you're a foodie like me.


    Music taste is eclectic, I like a variety of everything, including flamenco.. but Ive seen it in Madrid, so I doubt flamenco in Vancouver will be comparable.. what really matters is what the locals prefer to listen to, and the locals excel at playing... thats usually where musicians shine
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    May 27, 2015 9:42 AM GMT
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