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kylet3
10-07-2010, 08:37 PM
Hi All,

I'm heading to Vancovuer next week Wed-Sun. Looking for tips beyond the typical touristy stuff. I'm planning on doing Stanley Park and the Aquarium, downtown shopping, Chinatown... Not doing the Capilano Bridge because I don't want to pay $30 for that...

Been to Van lots (in Edmonton here), but also looking for some fun stuff beyond the usual...

Does anyone know if there are still any Vancouver 2010 Merchants still offering items for sale? There was a jacket that was in my Cart on the website but now they are out of stock :( and I want to see if I can find it... Any info on Vancouver 2010 merchandise still for sale would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks

Taso
10-07-2010, 08:52 PM
Scrap Capilano Bridge, but go to Lynn Canyon Bridge, it's free IIRC! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynn_Canyon_Park.

Now that I think about it, I didn't really see much off the beaten path in Vancouver the three days I visited last year :o

Artemis@BC
10-07-2010, 09:22 PM
ITA about Lynn Canyon. Although it's more of a nice-day-outdoor-hiking place than general touristy. It's also not that easy to get to without a vehicle (unlike Capilano, which although touristy, is at least on the transit line).

There's definitely 2010 Oly merchandise still available, and most of it 70% off. A few stores on Granville Island have some (and Granville Island is a great destination anyway, even tho it is on the tourist lists), and I believe the main Bay downtown was advertising some as well.

Speaking of Granville Island, the funnest way to get there is to take the Aquabus (http://www.theaquabus.com/) from downtown.

Other stuff: Film Festival! VIFF (http://www.viff.org/festival/) is on until the 15th. Unlike the Toronto film festival, where Oscar-contenders are premiered, VIFF tends to feature smaller, indie films, many of which will never find a distributor so this might be your only chance to see them. Also a good option -- if you get unlucky with the weather. (a better than average possibility, I'm affraid!)

The current Robert Adams photo exhibit at the VAG (http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/the_exhibitions/exhibit_robert_adams.html) is pretty wonderful if you like that kind of thing. (And another rainy-day option.)

Check out the Georgia Straight (http://www.straight.com/) for event listing. It's published Thursdays so the current issue will cover part of your visit; then you can pick up next week's issue when you're here (they're free, in boxes on practically every street corner. or of course online)

Beyond that ... there's really so much to do here, can you narrow it down a bit? Any specific interests?

Norlite
10-07-2010, 09:31 PM
There's definitely 2010 Oly merchandise still available, and most of it 70% off. A few stores on Granville Island have some (and Granville Island is a great destination anyway, even tho it is on the tourist lists), and I believe the main Bay downtown was advertising some as well.


Granville Island :cheer: Touristy or not, it's fabulous!

The Bay must have some 2010 stuff left from their Olympic Superstore. I've never seen soooo much event specific merchandise on one place before.

Have fun, safe trip!

kylet3
10-07-2010, 09:49 PM
I'm not really an Art Gallery type... ohh VIFF? Any chance of celebrity sightings? I'm a total gossip monger... Outdoor natural stuff I am into, hmm... shopping, metrotown doesnt interest me as we have WEM... Looking for Van merchandise... lots of it! Thanks for the tips...

made_in_canada
10-07-2010, 10:15 PM
The best gelato place (http://www.lacasagelato.com/) ever!

overedge
10-07-2010, 10:25 PM
I'm not really an Art Gallery type... ohh VIFF? Any chance of celebrity sightings? I'm a total gossip monger... Outdoor natural stuff I am into, hmm... shopping, metrotown doesnt interest me as we have WEM... Looking for Van merchandise... lots of it! Thanks for the tips...

VIFF is like the anti-Toronto film festival. No red carpet, no E! coverage....the only stars are the directors and the films. But there are some great films every year, so do take a look at the listing:
http://www.viff.org

The only Olympic merch I've seen in the last while has been at clearance stores like Liquidation World.

luenatic
10-07-2010, 10:50 PM
I know there is a nude beach. Does it count as touristy stuff?

ETA: You don't have to pack anything extra to visit the Wreck Beach!

Artemis@BC
10-07-2010, 11:30 PM
Casa Gelato: The best gelato place (http://www.lacasagelato.com/) ever!

Hmm, "best" is subjective. Their range of flavours is unrivaled, and that's kinda cool. But for quality, not really the best IMO. For best flavour I prefer Dolce Amore (http://www.gelateriadolceamore.com/) on Commercial Drive, or Mondo Gelato (http://dinehere.ca/vancouver/mondo-gelato-denman) on Denman in the English Bay area. Both neighbourhoods are also great for street shopping and fabulous food in general (Commercial being funkier).

kylet3
10-07-2010, 11:50 PM
Im looking for wherever would sell it within reason... I'll be staying in Kitsilano and dont have access to a car so I don't want to be going too far out of my way bussing or cabbing, Granville Island and downtown are the best options for me because Granville is close and it doesnt take long to get downtown by bus at all... I like doing touristy stuff, but Capilano Bridge... that's just too much $$ to me to be spending on that... I will be shopping (Gucci, Burberry, etc.) but only looking this time, I dropped $1200 at Gucci in Seattle so I have to be on my best behavior when it comes to the higher end stuff... I'm really mainly only looking for Vancouver 2010 Official Merchandise... More clothing really, there are some things I am looking for that I hope I can find while venturing around. I have lots of time to use so hopefully that will happen!

Artemis@BC
10-07-2010, 11:55 PM
Two stores on Granville Island that definitely had Oly clothing a couple of weeks ago were Stitches and the Aboriginal store in the Net Loft building across from the market (they just had the Four Host First Nations stuff, not the general branded stuff).

But I'm sure a friend said something about a big ad for "lots of Olympic clothing" at the main Bay downtown.

For other stuffs, if you get a nice day, walk around the Stanley Park seawall. One of my favourite things in the world to do. (Or you can rent bikes.)

The Accordion
10-08-2010, 02:03 AM
Do you like Improv? The Vancouver International Improv Festival is on this week!

kylet3
10-08-2010, 02:08 AM
Fantastic, Bay is the first place I am going to look. The pullover was in my cart on the website but someone apparently got the last one :( So I am going to venture into Granville Island and the Bay, not looking so much for the aboriginal stuff but the more general branded Vancouver 2010 stuff, not looking for Team Canada but actual Vancouver 2010 clothing. I know I'm being greedy :( lol but I want to find as much Vancouver 2010 clothing at a discount heh. If anyone sees any locations let me know! but Stitches on Granville Island and the bay will be my two hot spots.

I am most assuredly going to be doing Stanley Park and the Aquarium. Exploring Downtown and Chinatown. I know there is so much to do and explore... I was apalled that the Capilano Bridge charges $30 an adult, so that is out. I am sure there is more around Kitsilano and such, I will be looking into it.

How long does it take to go around the Seawall at Stanley Park? Seems like gorgeous picture taking opportunities and I'm known to take a photo or two (If my 67 albums on facebook say anything...) I'm glad VIFF is about the films but I still like to celebrity watch and such.

I'm still not sure, I know about gay bars, etc. Anyone know if there are any LGBT related stores/businesses? I don't have a TON of money to spend but still not a bad idea...

I'm a bit of an Olympics nut (Vancouver 2010 Logo tattooed along with Olympic Rings and Canada Flag) :slinkaway so I am looking for lots of post Olympics memorbilia if I can get my hands on it...

Should be a fun trip!

As for Improv... I do... Except I don't get into town until my bday which is next Wednesday :(

The Accordion
10-08-2010, 02:09 AM
Make sure to eat some cocktail buns in Chinatown. Yummmmm!
Have a great time!

manhn
10-08-2010, 03:40 AM
Welcome to Vancouver!

First thing: embrace public transit. When you arrive at the airport, get an all-day bus pass from 7-11 (which is near the baggage claim), so you can use our Skytrain system. That way, you can avoid the ridiculous surcharge they add on regular transit fares when you take transit from the airport. Everyday, just buy an all-day bus pass so you can use transit all day long (it's 9 dollars).

Since you're staying in Kitsilano, check out The Eatery (http://www.theeatery.ca/) if you like sushi.

The Seawall, from Canada Place/Convention Centre to Kitsilano Beach, is approximately 23 km, so it's a REALLY long walk/run. But if you can rent a bike, it's a nice (and leisurely) 2 hour ride. Along the way, you can check out the Convention Centre, the Cauldron (although no flame), the Seaplanes, Stanley Park (and everything it has to offer), the Inukshuk, English Bay, the Vancouver Museum, Yaletown, Science World (it was Russia House during the Olympics), the Olympic Village, Granville Island, Vanier Park and Kitsilano Beach. It's my favourite thing to do in the City.

As for 2010 Merch, The Bay downtown still has a relatively large space reserved for this stuff, but the discounts aren't great. I have been waiting fr the CANADA T-shirts to go on sale, but they are still the regular price. Boo! I don't know about the rest of Canada, but there are several Bays and Zellers in the area who are selling the old Red Mittens. I bought a pair a couple months ago. They have these newly designed mittens, but I find them ugly.

Besides Granville Island, a lot of the tourist shops in Gastown will have a lot of stuff.

And here's a link to the Olympics Warehouse, which is in Burnaby (it says it's a 10 minute walk from a Skytrain Station, probably Production Way Station, which is the Station one departs if you want to go to Simon Fraser University):

http://www.northerngifts.com/2010sale.htm

If you like to shop, for more high end stuff, Alberni Street is where you would go. For local designers and artists, Gastown, Main Street and Granville Island are the places to go.

And besides Chinatown, there is a suburb called Richmond, which is like a Canadian version of Hong Kong. There's an Asian mall called Aberdeen, which has a Japanese toonie store called Daiso. Lots of fun.

Davie Street is the gay-friendliest area in Vancouver. It's in Downtown. For clubs, Celebrities is the most mainstream. To watch a hockey games, Scores or Fountainhead Pub are the best. For stores, I like Little Sister's Book and Arts Emporium.