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05-23-2011, 10:45 AM
Blenz hot white chocolate... :swoon:

Hanna, I wasn't impressed by Whistler at all, it's just a fake Alpine town. I don't know how good the hiking trails are there though, and the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Squamish is absolutely FABULOUS.

I loved the ferry ride to Victoria too, but it'd be very stressful to make it there and back in a day if you want to see anything of the city.

If you're tight on money, definitely go to Lynn Canyon rather than Capilano. Public transportation goes to both.

Another highlight of my stay in Vancouver was kayaking at Deep Cove with friends. So beautiful I wanted to cry.

Oh, one more option: Bowen Island. Public transportation to Horseshoe Bay + ferry + lovely walks on a very quiet island.

In any case, ENJOY!! :)

05-23-2011, 05:09 PM
So, just got back from Vancouver. Stayed at the Listel Hotel http://www.thelistelhotel.com/ which is on Robson (I think the addy is 1300 Robson). It's a boutique hotel. Thought it was nice and quite reasonable for the downtown area.

I have two excellent craft cocktail bar recommendations: The Diamond http://www.di6mond.com/ and Boneta http://www.boneta.ca/ . Both of them are in the Gastown area. Two other bars in the area that came highly recommended that I didn't get to try are The Pourhouse http://www.pourhousevancouver.com/ and L'Abattoir http://www.labattoir.ca/ (the name is a bit interesting). We did walk by L'Abattior though, and it was packed, which is why we didn't go.

Met a former Diamond bartender at the Diamond. He is now the daytime bartender at The Hawksworth, http://www.hawksworthrestaurant.com/ which just opened and is in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia, just down the street from the Hotel Vancouver. Sounds intriguing, but need to see a few reviews.

05-25-2011, 09:09 PM
I would really like to go and wonder in the beautiful nature but I don't really know which places to choose. There are two things to consider: 1) I don't have a car and 2) my budget is pretty tight. I've been trying to only spend 40$ a day (not including accommodation, but everything esle). Since I haven't even spent that much so far, I could afford to spend something like 50-100$ one day. But - where to go? It'll only be a day trip.

I take it that Whistler and Victoria are quite far just for a day trip? Will I really regret it if I don't go to either one? What about places like Mt. Seymour, Grouse Mountain or Squamish? Which one of those would you recommend money/quality wise? Which has the best views? I'm a hiker type and don't mind walking for 10 or even 20 km.

I'm pretty sure I'll go to Lynn Canyon instead of Capilano to save 30 dollars. Do you think it's a good choice? Will it be decently easy to get to without a car?

Doing Grouse and Lynn Canyon on the same day is a good idea, since they're both in North Van. Grouse for the views, Lynn Canyon for the spectacular natural setting. And as others have said, both are accessible by bus. How long are you here, though? The rain is coming in this afternoon, and due to stay for a few days at least. Welcome to Vancouver!

BTW, I just got back from NYC where I found the Hopstop site/ap invaluable (thank you dbny!), and imagine my surprise to learn that they have it for Vancouver too! The Translink (http://www.translink.ca/) (Vancouver transit site) will give you bus / skytrain / seabus info, but Hopstop (http://www.hopstop.com/?city=vancouver) takes it one step further: it also lets you select walking routes/times, and taxi times/fares. Very handy.

05-28-2011, 07:04 AM
Thanks for all the great advice everybody. :) I've spent a great week here and have really enjoyed the beautiful nature. :swoon:

Celine, I've had the white hot chocolate three times now (the first time was already before I saw you write about it). ;) It's delicious. :swoon: (I'm not really a coffee person).

I would've wanted to do the Grouse Grind but apparently it was not open yet. :fragile: Therefore I ended up not going to Grouse Mountain at all, although I would've really wanted to. But I decided to save the 30 dollars. I will definitely have to come back to British Columbia one day and explore the nature more.