What can you do while in Vancouver?
Cycle around downtown's English Bay
or have lunch at Granville
Island. Hike your way up the North
Shore's Grouse Mountain
via the Grouse Grind. Maybe tee off at one of the many world-class Golf courses
or check out the Vancouver
How about a run, walk, bike or roller blade around the world famous Stanley
Park Seawall? The Capilano
Suspension Bridge used to be one of
the most popular attractions in Vancouver.
The bridge is pretty cool but kind of pricey if you ask me, $27 for adults and
it is over in less than an hour. The
best bang for your buck is Granville island, 12 to 14 Million visitors hit this
place a year. I am not quite sure why but every tourist we meet when we travel
has something to say about Granville Island and how they loved it. Vancouver was
rated one of the most beautiful Cities in the world, and if you get here you
have to see it from the water. Rent a boat for an hour when you are on Granville
Island, it is quite cheap and you will have a great time.
you are short on time then cruise the shops on Robson Street and savour a meal of west coast cuisine; we have so many
awesome restaurants you will be in heaven if you love food. Maybe catch some
rays on one of our many beaches or head up to one of the many local mountains
for some skiing or snowboarding. Whistler is a world class ski destination and
is only a 90 minute drive from downtown Vancouver.
The choices are endless in Vancouver
and with the City being so small you can actually hit most sites in one day.
China town is
a must see, but
it is in a not so nice part of town so just be careful.
I love this city so you might think I am
pumping this place up a bit too much, but I am not. It does have it's problems. The only real ugly
part of Vancouver is around Main and Hastings
(east end) and I strongly suggest staying out of this area, it is a real eye sore for the
city and a tad dangerous. We have traveled though 40 countries hundreds of major cities and I
have never seen a 3 block stretch of city this ugly. Aside from that I have no worries about you and your family coming up here
for a vacation, this city is pretty safe for the most part.
if you are coming up to my neck of the woods (Vancouver Canada)
and don’t have any idea what to do or where to eat, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will
try and steer you in the right direction and help you in any way I can.
Sights to See in Vancouver!
Granville Island = www.granvilleisland.com/en/public_market
The # 1 Attraction
Bridge = www.capbridge.com
# 2 Attraction
Stanley Park = www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/parks/stanley
# 3 Attraction
Butchart Gardens = www.butchartgardens.com/main.php
# 4 Attraction
Gastown = www.seegastown.com # 5 Attraction
Victoria = www.tourismvictoria.com # 6
Grouse Mountain = www.grousemountain.com/adventures.cfm
# 7 Attraction
Street = www.bcpassport.com/shopping/robson.html
# 8 Attraction
Whistler / Blackcomb = www.tourismwhistler.com # 9
Yaletown = www.myyaletown.com # 10 Attraction
Places to eat
on the link below to find out what the health department has to say about your restaurant
Chinese = www.reddoor.ca (One of our
Sun Sui Wah = www.sunsuiwah.com/e-about-1.html
Joe Fortes Seafood = www.joefortes.ca (The place to be seen)
Sand Bar Seafood = www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar/about.html
Cannery Seafood House = www.canneryseafood.com
Grouse = www.grousemountain.com/grousemountain-observatory-restaurant.cfm
Gothams Steak House = www.gothamsteakhouse.com (Best
Araxi Whistler = www.araxi.com/araxi (A great meal,
but a tad pricey)
Island = www.bridgesrestaurant.com (Very
Glowbal Grill = http://www.glowbalgrill.com/index.cfm
Check out the
link below for the rest of Vancouver’s
restaurants based on price
Lucy Mae Brown
Richards St., Vancouver map
- PHONE: 604.899.9199
Yale town Pub = 1111 Mainland Street
Bar None = www.bar-none.ca
Best Ice Cream
Mum’s ice cream
Helen and Danika at the base of Blackcomb/Whistler
20 Things to Do in Whistler
Whistler is super expensive, but here is a few things
under $25 CDN.
- A Day at Rainbow Park
Jump on Whistler's local transit the Wave (it costs only $1.50) and ride out
to Rainbow Park. Go for a swim if it's summer. The mountain views are
sensational and there's beach volleyball, space to play frisbee, catch a
ball, relax or even train spot (trains rumble past nearby). There's also the
heritage site of Myrtle Philips, Rainbow Lodge still in existence.
- Latté, Coffee, Frappé
There are more than a dozen coffee shops in Whistler Village. They all have
outdoor patios perfect for people watching. Read the local newspapers, write
a postcard, and enjoy your day.
- Go for Ice Cream, Chocolate, and Candy
Cow's ice cream, Rogers' Chocolates, the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
and The Great Glass Elevator Candy Shop provide a day of indulgences. Watch
chocolate making, sample new flavours, and try candy imported from the UK.
- 2010 Whistler Information Centre
Visit the 2010 Whistler info centre and find out what's happening in
Whistler in 2010. Mount the podium and be a medal winner.
- Shopping for Whistler Souvenirs
A stuffed bear from Bear Pause. A Roots cap. A dream catcher. A special gem
made of jade. These unique, inexpensive items make perfect gifts or
- A Dog Day Afternoon
Enhance the life of a homeless canine friend and walk a dog from WAG
Volunteers are welcome to pop in and walk a dog or visit with the kitties in
the cattery at designated times.
- Find Lost Lake
Where's Lost Lake? Take the kids, the grandparents, the family dog and trek
along the trail from the Village to this isolated oasis with a beach, picnic
tables, and mountain views tucked into the forest.
- Fresh Mountain Goodness
The Whistlers farmers Market has the freshest produce around. Pick up your
favorite berries, home-cooked goods, artisan crafts, candies, fruits and
- Brewery Tours
The Brewhouse offers free brewery tours every Thursday and Saturdays at 3
- Discover the Whistler Museum & Archives
For a ticket price of less than $5 the Whistler Museum is a real treasure.
- Visit the Whistler Library
Lose yourself in a good book at the Whistler Library.
- Rainbow Theatre
Make way to the Rainbow Theatre under the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre.
Tickets are only $5 a show! ($3 on Tuesdays)
- Appetizers for Less
If you like oysters - some higher end restaurants in Whistler have oyster
bars (such as Araxi Restaurant & Bar) or offer special deals on
- Live Music, DJs, and Local Bands
Check the Pique listings where Venues charge less than $10 cover to
see great local Whistler musical talent.
- Experience the Interpretive Forest
Take The Wave (public transit) to the Whistler Interpretive Forest south of
Whistler. It is a self-guided route through an old growth forest with
educational signs to guide you; an excellent choice for an afternoon
- Meadow Park
From swimming to weights, from a spa to exercise bikes, Whistler's Meadow
Park is an inexpensive - and healthy - way to spend your afternoon or
evening. Drop in and play.
- Whistler Kayak Club
For only $5, you can kayak with the Whistler Kayak Club on Wednesdays at
Wayside Park. Call 604-905-2925 for details.
Stretch, breathe, stretch some more. There are several Yoga studios in
Whistler that welcome drop-ins from locals and visitors alike.
- Riverside Greens Putting Course
For only $10 CDN for adults and $6 CDN for kids you can put the 18 hole
mini-fairways at Riverside Resort and Campground just 5 minutes north of the
- Art Gallery Tour
Did you know that there are half a dozen Art galleries in Whistler worthy of
a look - and all of them are free to the public.
Other great Whistler links
Info for Skiers
Whistler/ Blackcomb = Now that both mountain resorts are
jointly operated, your pass gives you access to both ski areas. Locals have
their preferences, but the truth is that both resorts offer great skiing. Whistler
Mountain has 1,502m (4,927 ft.) of vertical and over 100 marked runs that
are serviced by a high-speed gondola and eight high-speed chairlifts, plus four
other lifts and tows. Helicopter service from the top of the mountain makes
another 100-plus runs on nearby glaciers accessible. There are cafeterias and
gift shops on the peak as well as a licensed restaurant. Blackcomb Mountain
has 1,584m (5,196 ft.) of vertical and over 100 marked runs that are serviced by
nine high-speed chairlifts, plus three other lifts and tows. The cafeteria and
gift shop aren't far from the peak, and the licensed restaurant is worth the
gondola trip even if you're not skiing -- the view is spectacular, the food
decent. Both mountains also have bowls and glade skiing, with Blackcomb offering
glacier skiing well into August.
No altitude sickness here-your at sea level. You'll make more
turns than you ever have and your legs will be screaming before you hit lunch.
Franz and Ridge runner where just so much fun and this is one of the few
mountains that Snowboarders and Skiers can get along. It's that kind of place
Make sure you are in decent shape if you are going to attempt to ski here, it
was not rated the best mountain in North America for nothing
Blues are almost double blues...I'd pay attention to the guidelines. But if your
expert you will be in heaven-they have a restaurant at the top with an amazing
breakfast and all the black runs you could imagine. Once you ski here, you will
never want to ski any where else.
Jackson Hole has some tough terrain" so ask some folks the skinny
before you head down.
Make sure you spend a few extra bucks and do the first tracks
at least once while you are up here. This is where they take you up the mountain
before most are even awake and you get to enjoy the first run and all that
powder before anyone else gets to even touch it. So worth it!
Walkie talkies don't always work because the mountain is too big. Phones work fine.
For green skiers and families, luckily most of the green is top side and
magnificent. The mountains are so beautiful-you'll be inspired to keep up your
The weather is usually very cold after Dec and the snow just keeps coming.
However, if water makes you "melt", a jacket with a hood comes in
handy. Jeans and snow boots and layers will be best on some days because
you might feel fine before you get on the lift but once you get to the top you
will freeze your butt off!.