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VISITORS’ CHOICE VANCOUVER is created and published three times annually by Visitors’ Choice Publications Ltd. as part of a series of visitor map books produced for communities across British Columbia. For further information on Visitors’ Choice, please visit us online at visitorschoice.com. Publisher: Paul Harris Editor: Noa Glouberman Sales: Christina Kiperchuk, Dee Klapwyk, Katharine Wilson Graphic Designer: Annette Spreeuw Project Administrative Assistant: Michelle Myers Controller: Marlita Hodgens Editorial Contributors: Andrew Ferguson, Andy Tam, Annette Spreeuw, Ariadna de Raadt, Christian Jung, Clarissa Harwell, Coast Mountain Photography, Dannielle Hayes, Dean Sanderson, Deymos, Elena Elisseeva, Goran Bogicevic, Hannamariah, James Wheeler, Jeff Whyte, John Sinal, Josh McCulloch, JPL Designs, July Flower, Lijuan Guo, Lissandra Melo, Maxim Kulko, Metropolis at Metrotown, Olesia Bilkei, Picture BC, Protasov AN, Regien Paassen, Robert Kent, Rovenko Photo, Sam DCruz, Sergei Bachlakov, Shelly Wall, Shutterstock. com, Soul Concept, Stephen Chung, Steve Rosset, Tallulah, Terence Mendoza, Thomas M. Perkins, Tom Ryan, Tourism Vancouver, Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society, Xuanlu Wang, Yaletown Business Improvement Association, Yuri Arcurs Cover Photos: Top Left: Tourism Vancouver / Commercial Drive Business Society Top Right: Shutterstock Bottom Left: Shutterstock Bottom Right: Tourism Vancouver / Al Harvey Visitors’ Choice is a member of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, Tourism Vancouver and Vancouver AM. Copyright® 2013 by Visitors’ Choice Publications Ltd. No part of this publication may be duplicated or reproduced in any manner without the prior written permission of the publisher. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of information in this publication; however, the publisher accepts no responsibilities for errors or omissions. Head Office: 102 East 4th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5T 1G2 Phone: 604.608.5180 Fax: 604.608.5181 Sales email: sales@visitorschoice.com Editorial email: editor@visitorschoice.com Publisher’s email: publisher@visitorschoice.com facebook.com/VisitorsChoice twitter.com/VisitorsChoice Printed in Canada using vegetable-based inks on recyclable paper products.


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EXPERIENCE CLIFFWALK You came for adventure. You came to step beyond the face of a 300 foot cliff on Cliffwalk. You came for beauty and nature. Find it far above a deep river canyon and high in the forest canopy. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in North Vancouver. You came for this. Drive, take transit or the free shuttle from Canada Place. 604.985.7474 CAPBRIDGE.COM


Travellers’ Tips Umbrella Etiquette With springtime showers approaching, here are a few handy wet-weather pointers: . > Choose an umbrella that’s large enough to keep you dry but not so big that others can’t move past you easily. > Look both ways before you open your umbrella so that nobody gets poked. Be mindful of people standing or walking nearby. > Sharing an umbrella? The taller person holds it. > When you see others approaching, hold your umbrella higher or tilt it to avoid a collision. > S hake off and close your umbrella before entering a building. Look for an umbrella stand or ask where to set your brolly down. > D on’t give your umbrella its own seat on public transit. Stand it on the floor by your feet, ensuring it’s closed tightly and doesn’t create a tripping hazard. > C arry your closed umbrella vertically, pointy end down. Don’t tuck it under your arm with the end sticking out. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Robert Kent

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With the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival in full swing this April, see if you can spot the following cultivars on Vancouver’s streets: > Afterglow: This American hybrid cherry is characterized by bright-pink flowers, horizontally spreading branches and buds and branches that are more resistant to freezing damage. > Pandora: This English hybrid has a neat crown of upright branches and smallish, soft-pink flowers composed of five narrow, notched petals, suffused deeper pink at the tips. The flowers open flat, showing gaps between the petals. > Pink Perfection: An increasingly uncommon cherry in Vancouver with a small, spreading, umbrella-shaped crown and large, luxurious two-toned flowers – pink with white inner petals. > Snow Goose: Blooms in early April with pure-white flowers backed by bright green calyces. > Ukon: With flowers of an unusual yellowish colour, the name of this cultivar alludes to the fact that turmeric (“ukon” in Japanese) stains whatever it touches yellow.

Sushi Roll Some of the items you’ll likely find on the menus of Vancouver’s many sushi restaurants: > Edamame: Steamed or boiled soybeans served with salt. > Make-sushi: Sushi rolls that include various fillings, usually wrapped in seaweed. > Nigiri-suhi: Hand-formed sushi made with rice and fresh seafood. > Sake: An alcoholic beverage of Japanese origin made from fermented rice. > Sashimi: Very fresh raw meat or fish sliced into thin pieces. > Tempura: Seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep-fried. > Wasabi: A condiment for sushi that has a very strong flavour.


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Vancouver Lookout Take a thrilling glass-elevator ride to the top of the Vancouver Lookout for 360-degree views of the city. Not sure what you’re looking at? Staff members offer free “guided tours” of major monuments and landmarks. 555 West Hastings Street 604.689.5447 | vancouverlookout.com (Map 1, C9) Photo: Rovenko Photo

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The seafood- and wildlife-rich shores of Vancouver are populated by the Coast Salish people.

English Bay and Spanish Banks are named for the British and Spanish naval officers who met briefly to discuss Vancouver’s future.

Explorer Simon Fraser successfully reaches Vancouver after a formidable journey across Canada. Fraser River and Simon Fraser universities are eventually named in his honour.


Capilano Suspension Bridge Dizzying heights will make you tremble as you cross this 137-metre (450-foot) span teetering 70 metres (230 feet) above the Capilano River. Other “heightened” activities include a Treetop Adventure, which teaches about coastal rainforests, and Cliffwalk, a chain of narrow walkways 90 metres (300 feet) above undisturbed vegetation. 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver | 604.985.7474 capbridge.com (Map E, C4) Photo: July Flower / Shutterstock.com

Did you know? Vancouver was voted among the world’s top-three most livable cities in 2012. With its vibrant culture, stunning scenery, boundless activities and friendly residents, it’s easy to see why! Grouse Mountain Ride the mile-long Skyride or witness 360-degree views from the Eye of the Wind turbine. Check out grey wolves and grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, watch films at the indoor Theatre in the Sky or take a guided eco-walk to learn about Grouse’s geological history. Top it off with decadent fare on the mountain’s peak. 6400 Nancy Greene Way 604.980.9311 | grousemountain.com (Map E, A4) Photo: Lissandra Melo

This classical garden in historic Chinatown was named No. 1 in the world in a 2011 National Geographic roundup of city gardens. Stroll through magnificent arrangements of rocks, jade and plants and take a bit of the garden home with an exquisite Chinese collectible from the Eight Treasures gift shop. 578 Carrall Street | 604.662.3207 | vancouverchinesegarden.com (Map 1, C11)

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John “Gassy Jack” Deighton arrives in Gastown, promising millworkers he’ll serve them whiskey if they build him a saloon. And they do! In one day!

Arriving in Vancouver, the Canadian Pacific Railway completes its first transcontinental train ride.

The first Capilano Bridge is constructed by local landowner George Grant Mackay. Predating the current suspension bridge, the original was made of hemp!

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The iconic sails of Canada Place welcome visitors to Vancouver’s downtown harbour. Watch cruise ships dock, visit the Olympic cauldron or explore the architecture of the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre West next door. Take a selfguided tour of Canada’s most diversified port by visiting the Discover Centre, and be sure to check out interactive on-site exhibits like the War of 1812 Experience, Canada’s Five Foundations and FlyOver Canada. canadaplace.ca (Map 1, B8) Photo: Protasov AN / Shutterstock.com

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Vancouver is famous for its beaches! Relax and unwind on sandy shores, hit the waves for some sailing or join an impromptu volleyball game. When hunger strikes head to a beachside concession stand (weather permitting) for fast food with fantastic mountain vistas. Vancouver’s shorelines also offer dog-friendly areas and ample parking. vancouver.ca/ parks/rec/beaches (Maps 1; 2; 4) Photo: Andrew Ferguson

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Admire a traditional Haida House complex, browse First Nations permanent art collections and explore featured artists and travelling exhibits. With free guided tours and a gift shop bursting with books, jewelry and original artwork, this is one museum you won’t want to miss. 6393 N.W. Marine Drive | 604.822.5087 moa.ubc.ca (Map 2, C1) Photo: xuanlu Wang

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Finishing touches are made to the original Granville Street bridge, connecting downtown and South Granville over False Creek.

At 13 storeys, the Dominion Trust Building is Vancouver’s first-ever skyscraper. Look for it at Hastings and Cambie streets.

Members of the “Millionaires” hockey team become Stanley Cup champions!

The University of British Columbia officially opens with 379 full-time students. The West Broadway location is temporary, but tuition is free!


stanley Park Spanning 400 hectares (1,000 acres) in downtown Vancouver, this park is home to a variety of wildlife and tree species including hemlock, fir and cedar. Hit one of many beaches and forest trails, or walk, jog, cycle or in-line skate around the 22-kilometre (13.7mile) seawall. Visit Lost Lagoon Nature House to learn about Stanley Park’s ecology systems. vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley (Map 4) Photo: Picture BC / Josh McCulloch

Museum of Vancouver Events, exhibitions and education make this museum so much more than just a great place to check out everything “Vancouver.” With recent and ancient artifacts, the city as we (used to?) know it comes vividly to life. Permanent collections include Ancient Vancouver, Made in Vancouver, Hippie Vancouver and Neon Vancouver displays. 1100 Chestnut Street | 604.736.4431 museumofvancouver.ca (Map 1, J6) Photo: Lissandra Melo / Shutterstock.com

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This “island” under the Granville Street Bridge boasts a brewery, public market and maritime museum, plus dozens of artisans, specialty food retailers, idyllic parks and the famous Kids Market. Stay past sundown for dinner and a show at one of Granville Island’s many restaurants and theatres. 1661 Duranleau Street 604.666.5784 granvilleisland.com (Map 1, J8-9) Photo: Tourism Vancouver / John Sinal

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Harry Houdini daringly suspends himself from the 17-storey-tall Sun Tower. At the time, it was the tallest building in the British Empire.

The Vancouver Art Gallery officially opens. Today, it’s one of Western Canada’s largest galleries, with a permanent collection of over 10,000 works.

The Vancouver Canucks become official members of the National Hockey League. Find them today at Rogers Arena.

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This impressive building resembling the Roman Colosseum takes up an entire city block in downtown Vancouver. Take time to browse the street-level bistros, cafés, gift shops and, of course, massive collection of books and archives. 50 West Georgia Street 604.331.3603 | vpl.vancouver.bc.ca (Map 1, E9-10)

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This lush indoor garden is home to beautiful birds, exotic plants, tropical flowers and colourful fish. Open daily, the Bloedel Floral Conservatory also features outdoor sculptures and distinctive landscaping. vancouver.ca/parks/parks/bloedel (Map 2, D6)

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Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival From March to April, Vancouver comes alive with beautiful cherry blossoms. Celebrated during an annual festival that includes an international haiku contest, film screenings and tree talks, these delicate pink and white flowers are a local tradition signifying the glory of spring. Visit vcbf.ca to download a viewing map. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Tom Ryan

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Vancouver’s streets come alive with its first Gay Pride Festival. Held every August, the weeklong event attracts over 500,000 supporters annually.

Modernizing the city and connecting New Westminster with Vancouver, the SkyTrain elevated transit system begins operations.

Vancouver celebrates its centennial by hosting Expo 86. Science World is built to be the transportation-themed event’s “Expo Centre.”


Rogers Arena Home to the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team and venue of choice for the hottest concerts and events (think Taylor Swift, Rihanna and UFC), you can visit the stadium any time to have your photo taken in the Canucks Hall of Heroes and recall Olympic gold-medal memories. 800 Griffiths Way | 604.899.7400 | rogersarena.ca (Map 1, D11) Photo: Sergei Bachlakov

Vancouver Art Gallery Housed in an old courthouse at the heart of downtown Vancouver, the VAG is a vital part of the city’s cultural scene. Edgy contemporary exhibitions showcasing internationally renowned artists are combined with travelling displays of classical masters. The gallery often hosts late-night parties amid the paintings and, during the day, locals and visitors lounge in its mezzanine-level cafés. 750 Hornby Street | 604.622.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca (Map 1, E8) Photo: Deymos / Shutterstock.com

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Vancouver’s Harbour Air Seaplanes is the world’s largest seaplane operator and North America’s first carbon-neutral airline. harbour-air.com

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With its cable-supported roof structure (the largest of its kind in the world), this stadium transforms into an open-air facility in just 20 minutes! Don’t miss the BC Sports Hall of Fame for the 411 on local sports heroes. 777 Pacific Boulevard | 604.669.2300 bcplacestadium.com (Map 1, E11) Photo: Andy Tam

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The Vancouver Public Library and the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts host their respective grand openings. Both are designed by award-winning architect Moshe Safdie.

Mayor Gregor Robertson launches the “Greenest City Initiative,” hoping to make Vancouver the world’s greenest city by 2020.

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The world comes to Vancouver for one of the biggest, best parties ever: the XXI Winter Olympic Games!

Happy Birthday Vancouver! On April 6, this gorgeous city turned 125 (but hardly looked a day over 50)!

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April 1 Rihanna Diamonds World Tour Rogers Arena livenation.com Photo: Shelly Wall / Shutterstock.com

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Live piano performance. Vancouver Playhouse 604.602.0363 vanrecital.com

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An uncommon theatrical and musical journey that celebrates the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change. The Cultch 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

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Climate Change & Trees Educational exhibit that explores the effects of climate change on some tree species. Visitor Centre Discovery Room, VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.257.8335 vandusengarden.org

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Billy Elliot

A joyous, exciting and feel-good musical celebration of one boy following his heart and making his dreams come true. Queen Elizabeth Theatre broadwayacrosscanada.ca

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Leading musicians from the Hindi film industry perform live on stage.

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Tom Rhodes

Stand-up comedy. Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel 604.684.5050 thecomedymix.com

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SakuraDays Japan Fair

Celebrate the blooming cherry trees and start of spring with this family-friendly festival. VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.257.8335 vandusengarden.org japanfairvancouver.com

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God & The Indian

Play that explores the aftermath of a life lost to residential schools. Firehall Arts Centre

Stand-up comedy. Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel 604.684.5050 thecomedymix.com

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Marianas Trench

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Doric String Quartet

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Simon Trpceski

Live in concert with special guests Down With Webster and Anami Vice. Pacific Coliseum 604.253.2311 livenation.com Live concert. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 604.602.0363 vanrecital.com Live piano recital. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 604.602.0363 vanrecital.com


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Stand-up comedy. Comedy Mix, Century Plaza Hotel 604.684.5050 thecomedymix.com

Ballet BC performs this romantic story for a 21st-century dance audience. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 604.732.5003 balletbc.com

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A Craigslist Cantata Your personal ads, set to music! Revue Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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Sun Run

Canada’s biggest community run and the world’s second-largest timed 10K run! Downtown Vancouver 604.689.9441 sunrun.com

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28 Vancouver Academy of Music Showcase Gala Ballet, opera, virtuoso soloists and three orchestras feature in this performing-arts celebration. Orpheum Theatre 604.734.2301 vancouveracademy ofmusic.com

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VanDusen Plant Sale

Mezzo-soprano and pianist. Chan Centre for the Performing Arts 604.602.0363 vanrecital.com

More than 40,000 plants for sale. VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.257.8335 vandusengarden.org

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A morbid romp through Victorian funerary culture. The Cultch 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

Farmers’ Markets April 7, 21; May 19; June 2, 16 Steveston Farmers & Artisans Market Amazing artistry, plentiful produce and enchanting entertainers. Steveston Village, Richmond 604.729.7326 sfam.ca

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Five dancers explore their inner relationship with the broad idea of land. Firehall Arts Centre 604.689.0691 firehallartscentre.ca

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May 4 Playland Opens

Playland offers rides to match everyone from the most extreme thrillseeker to the slightly queasy stomach fairgoer. Pacific National Exhibition 604.253.2311 | pne.ca

4-11 Tea: A Mirror of Soul

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An extraordinary fusion of western opera and eastern myth. Queen Elizabeth Theatre 604.683.0222 vancouveropera.ca

17-20 Cloverdale Rodeo & Country Fair

A comedic collection of true-life tales from B.C.’s midwest. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

Midway rides, kids’ zone, art, music and a live rodeo. Cloverdale Rodeo & Exhibition Fair Grounds, Cloverdale 604.576.9461 cloverdalerodeo.com

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BMO Vancouver Marathon

For elite and recreational runners and walkers. 604.872.2928 bmovanmarathon.ca

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Dreamgirls

Motown musical about a 1960s girl group. Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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Summer Night Market

Chinatown Night Market

Food vendors, entertainment and more. 12631 Vulcan Way, Richmond 604.278.8000 summernightmarket.com

A shopping extravaganza featuring Asian traditional handicrafts, fashionable gifts and tasty ethnic snacks. Keefer Street / Main Street 604.682.8998 vcma.shawbiz.ca

11 & June 15 Bird Walk

Stars on Ice

Olympic, world and national champion ice skaters perform live. Rogers Arena starsonice.ca

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Never Shoot a Stampede Queen

A guided birding exploration in the garden. Visitor Centre Atrium, VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.257.8335 vandusengarden.org

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All British Field Meet

More than 400 classic British cars. Great Lawn, VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.257.8335 vandusengarden.org

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Mump & Smoot

Famed Canadian clown duo Mump & Smoot return take audiences into the giddy, scary world of pure imagination. The Cultch 604.251.1363 thecultch.com

27-June 2

Vancouver International Children’s Festival

Theatre, music, dance performances and more, just for kids! Granville Island 604.708.5655 childrensfestival.ca

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ChefmeetsBCGrape Celebrating the finest offerings of wine and food from across B.C. Vancouver Convention Centre East 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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Skills Canada Opening/Closing Ceremonies

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Bard on the Beach

Shakespearean plays (Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure) presented in a magnificent setting on the waterfront. Vanier Park 604.739.0559 bardonthebeach.org

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Old Hastings Mill Store Museum

Unique heritage items from Vancouver’s past.

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Join First Nations elders in a spiritual ceremony to mark the changing of the season. Canadian Heritage Garden, VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.257.8668 vandusengarden.org

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The Broadway musical for adults about a college graduate arriving in NYC. Granville Island Stage 604.687.1644 artsclub.com

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BC Lions Football

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Regular-season CFL games. 604.589.7627 bclions.com

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival

B.C.’s biggest and best music festival, featuring jazz, funk, Latin, electronica and more. 604.872.5200 coastaljazz.ca

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The Red Tour BC Place livenation.com

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Canada Day

The biggest birthday celebration outside of Canada! Canada Place

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Over 550 young people from Canada compete in over 40 trade and technology areas. PNE Forum 604.253.2311 pne.ca

Open Tuesday to Sunday. 604.734.1212 hastings-mill-museum.ca

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May 24-26 EAT! Vancouver Join celebrity chefs, popular local restaurants, wineries, cookbook authors, retailers, artisans and many others for this annual food and cooking festival. BC Place Stadium 866.688.0504 ext. 141 eat-vancouver.com 604.665.9000 canadaday.canadaplace.ca Vancouver Spring 2013 | visitorschoice.com

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Celebrate smarter stylish living. VanDusen Botanical Garden 604.695.5001 epicfest.ca

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Steveston Salmon Festival

Canada’s biggest little birthday party since 1945. Steveston Park, Richmond 604.718.8094 stevestonsalmonfest.ca

UBC Grand Prix

Criterium bike race featuring Pro/Am male and female cyclists from around the world. UBC Campus ubcgrandprix.com

All dates were correct at press time and take place in Vancouver, unless otherwise noted. For more events visit visitorschoice.com. Look for VC’s summer edition in July 2013.


Arts & Culture

Public Art With a diverse collection of whimsical outdoor installations, you’ll find public art ranging from decorative sidewalk tiles to large-scale sculptures by local and international artists throughout Vancouver. For a full list and map visit vancouver.ca.

Finest collection of authentic Northwest Coast and Inuit arts and crafts in North America.

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n THE BIRDS: This gigantic pair of sparrows is meant to highlight what can happen when a non-native species is introduced to an environment. Southeast False Creek Olympic Plaza Photo: Annette Spreeuw n A-MAZE-ING LAUGHTER: This group of 14 bronze figures makes for a great photo opp just across the street from English Bay. Morton Park n EAST VANCOUVER: This freestanding illuminated sculpture acts as a beacon, welcoming drivers, bikers, walkers and transit-takers to East Vancouver. Clark Drive & East 6th Avenue n GIRL IN A WETSUIT: This life-size bronze statue (oxidized to a lovely shade of green) sits on an intertidal boulder just offshore of Stanley Park. Stanley Park Seawall n HARBOUR SPIRIT DIGITAL ORCA: Black and white cubes form a giant killer whale, long a symbol of the West Coast. Jack Poole Plaza n INUKSHUK: This northern symbol of welcome in Vancouver’s West End was built out of granite blocks and weighs 31,500 kilograms (nearly 69,500 pounds). Bidwell Street & Shoreline Walk

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Arts & Culture Live Music Ranging from garage bands to symphony orchestras, Vancouver’s concert scene is diverse. There’s always a live show to be found, every day of the week, in venues located everywhere from the downtown core to the outlying suburbs. Photo: Sergei Bachlakov / Shutterstock.com

BC Place | 777 Pacific Boulevard 604.899.7400 | bcplacestadium.com CENTRE IN VANCOUVER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | 777 Homer Street | centreinvancouver.com Rogers Arena | 800 Griffiths Way | rogersarena.ca COMMODORE BALLROOM | 868 Granville Street | livenation.com ORPHEUM | 601 Smithe Street | vancouver.ca QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE | 630 Hamilton Street | vancouver.ca RIVER ROCK CASINO RESORT | 8811 River Road, Richmond | riverrock.com the roxy | 932 Granville Street | roxyvan.com VOGUE THEATRE | 918 Granville Street | voguetheatre.com

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Japanese Canadian National Museum

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Vancouver Art Gallery 750 Hornby Street 604.662.4719 | vanartgallery.bc.ca

Vancouver Maritime Museum 1905 Ogden Avenue | 604.257.8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com


Performing Arts Vancouver has lots to offer theatre buffs, dance lovers and those who just love to laugh. From Ballet BC to stand-up comedy, every night is filled with engaging live entertainment. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / John Sinal

TOP STAGE ACTS Arts Club Theatre Company 604.687.1644 | artsclub.com Ballet BC | 604.732.5003 | balletbc.com Broadway Across Canada 800.889.8457 | broadwayacrosscanada.ca Vancouver TheatreSports League 1502 Duranleau Street (Granville Island) 604.738.7013 | vtsl.com

Don’t Miss This! Comedy: Drew Carey takes the stage at the River Rock Show Theatre. April 26 | riverrock.com Concert: Rihanna’s Diamonds World Tour visits Rogers Arena. April 1 | livenation.com Dance: Ballet BC performs Giselle. April 25-27 | balletbc.com Lecture: Haida carver James Hart talks about The Dance Screen. March 26 | vanartgallery.bc.ca Song: Tea: A Mirror of Soul fuses Western opera with Eastern myth. May 4-11 | vancouveropera.ca Theatre: The musical Dreamgirls brings the movie to life. May 9-31 | artsclub.com

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Vancouver’s a great place to find your next favourite piece of artwork. Head to neighbourhoods like Gastown and Main Street for emerging artists and authentic First Nations art or visit South Granville Street and Yaletown for contemporary works, including glass and ceramic pieces. See page 20 for a full list of galleries and museums.

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Luxury Shopping Vancouver’s growing fashion scene includes retailers that keep their shelves stocked with the latest and greatest designs from local and international brands. And nowhere is that more apparent than in one of the city’s many high-end shopping malls, including Pacific Centre and Sinclair Centre in the heart of the downtown core.


Canada’s own luxury department store, Holt Renfrew, is also located downtown. Or ride the Canada Line SkyTrain to Vancouver’s first-ever shopping centre, Oakridge Centre, and further south to Richmond Centre. Speaking of rapid transit, the Millenium Line will take you directly to B.C.’s largest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby. With so many exciting retailers and destination shopping spots, it’s easy to see why Vancouver’s shopping scene is smoking hot. International brands like Chanel, Gucci, Coach and Louis Vuitton can be found in neighbourhoods like Yaletown, Gastown and Alberni Street. Take your turn in one of these great retailers’ dressing rooms and join Vancouver’s many fashionistas.

South Granville Looking for a unique piece of art, furnishings for your home or the perfect little black dress? Trendy South Granville Street is lined with retailers and galleries to draw out your inner art critic, interior designer and fashionista. Located minutes from downtown Vancouver, this is one neighbourhood that should be on every visitor’s itinerary. southgranville.org (Map 2, C5) Photo: Ariadna de Raadt

Home to Oakridge Centre mall, Kerrisdale combines great shopping with fascinating history; admire the preand post-war architecture as you wind through charming neighbourhoods filled with big-name businesses and mom-andpop shops. kerrisdalevillage.com

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Did you know? Oakridge Centre was Vancouver’s first shopping mall. Find it today at the stylish corner of Cambie Street & 41st Avenue. (Map 2, E6)

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Downtown Core Take SkyTrain rapid transit to one of six downtown stations and walk the city’s core. Duck into Pacific Centre, Sinclair Centre or Royal Centre for the latest fashions, electronics and home décor or stroll along Robson and Alberni streets for gorgeous designer wear. Granville Street comes alive at night with late-night eateries, nightclubs and live music venues downtownvancouver.net (Map 1)

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Chinatown Vancouver boasts one of the world’s largest Chinatowns, packed with vibrant attractions (the West Han Dynasty Bell and Jimi Hendrix Shrine), events (the Vancouver Chinatown Festival) and culture (the Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives), plus some of the most majestic architecture and finest Chinese restaurants the city. vancouver-chinatown.com (Map 1, B11-C12)

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West End Vancouver’s vibrant West End (including Denman Street and Davie Village) includes stellar restaurants, fabulous shopping, great cultural events and sandy beaches. Besides perusing clothing shops, art galleries and bookstores, rent a bike, walk or rollerblade along the seawall and admire this neighbourhood’s beauty. westendbia.com (Map 1, E1-H7) Photo: Steve Rosset This three-block shopping street is perfect for catching Vancouver’s vibrant sights and sounds. Bigname retailers live among cafés, street-side food vendors and fine-dining establishments. The ultimate place for fun fashion, walking Robson is almost akin to walking a runway – complete the experience by treating yourself to some spa time after hitting the street. And be sure to stop for a nosh at one of Robson’s many restaurants. robsonstreet.ca (Map 1, E4-10) Photo: Tourism Vancouver / John Sinal

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Neighbourhood Goods Commercial Drive & South Main Known as “The Drive” and “SoMa,” respectively, these eclectic areas include some of the city’s best fashion and food bargains, from vintage finds to free-range butchers and thrifty kitchenware shops. Savour culinary decadences from authentic Italian bakeries and gelaterias on Commercial Drive or enjoy a fair-trade coffee as you hunt for antiques on Main Street. thedrive.ca | mountpleasantbia.com (Map 2, B7; Map 2, D6 ) Photo: Terence Mendoza

Kitsilano Kitsilano, with hippie roots, has evolved into a land of lattes and leg squats. Discover dozens of fitness studios, activewear and wellness retailers here. Stroll the seawall along Kits Beach, then grab a bite at one of the restaurants on West 4th Avenue or Broadway. shopwest4th.com (Map 2, C3-5) Photo: Maxim Kulko

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Just 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Burnaby’s parks, retailers and cultural sites offer many reasons to visit. See colossal old-growth trees in Central Park and resident wildlife in Burnaby Lake Regional Nature Park. If it’s shopping you’re after, head to B.C.’s biggest mall, Metropolis at Metrotown, for hundreds of stores and services. tourismburnaby.com (Map 3, D6) Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Metropolis at Metrotown


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Shopping & Dining The perfect spot to find extraordinary gifts and special indulgences, Granville Island is bursting with distinctive shops and exclusive artists’ studios. Fine jewelry, pottery, locally designed clothing, unique postcards and rare books are just some of the items you’ll find here. Stay late and enjoy dinner or a romantic stroll around the harbour; Aquabus and taxi services operate late into the evening to accommodate your visit. Shop the Public Market for fine specialty foods and fresh produce; every ingredient for a gourmet meal is available here, from appetizer to mouth-watering dessert – even the accompanying wine and ale! granvilleisland.com

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If Granville Island is the king of Vancouver destinations, then the Public Market is the jewel in its crown, with a fascinating assortment of colourful stalls showcasing unique products – plus the finest in foodie delights, fresh from the ocean, oven or field. Shimmering seafood, warm baked goods, plump fruit – come and see why words can’t begin to describe this delicious experience! ediblecanada.com Photo: Goran Bogicevic

Railspur Alley Looking for a unique gift or one-of-a-kind Vancouver souvenir? There’s nothing run of the mill about what you’ll find in the colourful artisan shops that line Granville Island’s Railspur Alley. From original works of art to unique fashions, gorgeous accessories and even handmade Japanese sake (rice wine), this hidden alley provides endless options. Best of all, you’ll be able to meet and speak to the artists and artisans right in their workshops as they create original masterpieces right before your eyes! Photo: Yuri Arcurs


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Nearly every one of Vancouver’s neighbourhoods features spas and studios catering to clients with every kind of need. Eco-friendly spas in Kitsilano offer good-for-you services that take Mother Nature into account, too, while a booming yoga scene will help you downward dog your way to wellbeing. If you’re prepping for a big night out, Yaletown’s specialty beauty shops provide niche treatments like lash extensions, brow threading and body waxing. In Fairview, False Creek and Kerrisdale, state-of-theart medical spas take self-care to the next level, with the latest, greatest anti-aging treatments.

CHI, The Spa at Shangri-La draws inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, a place of personal peace, enchantment and well-being. 1128 West GeorGia street | 604.695.2447 open Daily 9am - 9pm www.shangri-la.com/vancouver chi.vancouver@shangri-la.com

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Heavenly Hotel Spas Virtually every Vancouver hotel has an on-site spa. The elegant Chi spa at the Shangri-La combines massage and hydrotherapy with relaxation and meditation to assist the body’s natural renewal. Try the West Coast Wave Massage, with deep-flowing movements and customized pressure tailored to your specific needs. And despite drawing Hollywood celebrities, Absolute Spa – at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, downtown’s Century-Plaza Hotel and River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond – gives every guest the star treatment (its Pink Grapefruit Jet Lag Recovery wrap makes a particularly soothing treat for tired travellers). Photo: Christian Jung


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pring is one of the best times to visit Vancouver. With the weather warming up and the cherry trees in full bloom, you’ll want to spend many of your moments getting outdoors and being active. ed Guarante s Sighting

Water Sports Spring is the perfect time to get out the waterproof gear and head to the water for some active outdoor fun! With easy access to beaches, shoreline and the Pacific Ocean – plus plenty of lakes and rivers to boot – Vancouver is a true paradise for water enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. From kayaking to paddleboarding to some of the best coldwater scuba diving in the world, you won’t want to stay dry in this city for long! Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Coast Mountain Photography

Our 10th Year! 3-7 hour professionally guided tours Experience the thrill of a lifetime with unobstructed viewing of whales, porpoises, seals, sea lions and birds, with your choice of open air or semi-enclosed vessels

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Vancouver’s Only Whale Watching Departing from Downtown

for r eservations : 604-699-2011 Email: info@whalesvancouver.com Drop In: 1806 Mast Tower Road, Granville Island, Vancouver | across from the Lobster Man

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Get Outside!

Whale Watching For a truly exhilarating excursion, whale watching with a local tour provider can’t be beat! Getting close enough to these majestic creatures often starts in the historic fishing village of Steveston (in Richmond) or from downtown Vancouver. Within minutes of either point of departure, you’ll find yourself exploring the Strait of Georgia, Fraser River Delta and Gulf Islands, home to these mighty mammals. You’ll also get a chance to spot harbour seals, sea lions, porpoises and a variety of marine wildlife that call these coastal waters home – don’t miss out on this oncein-a-lifetime experience!

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Rent a bike from a downtown shop and exploring Coal Harbour, English Bay and Stanley Park’s 22-kilometre (13.7-mile) seawall, as well as the many new bike lanes that criss-cross the core. You can also lease a speedboat, charter a fishing tour or kayak around False Creek – right from Granville Island – or head uphill via the famous Grouse Grind – a 2.9-kilometre (1.8-mile) trek up Grouse Mountain on the North Shore, which will take you to an elevation of 853 metres (2,800 feet). vancouvertrails.com


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With spring in full swing, now is the ultimate time to take advantage of Vancouver’s gorgeous green spaces. Tended to lovingly, these parks and gardens play a big part in beautifying the city – they also make this one of the prettiest seasons to get outdoors!

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Bloedel Conservatory

33rd Ave between Cambie & Main Streets vancouver.ca

Explore a tropical forest in this climate-controlled facility, complete with Koi ponds and exotic flora.

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Cupid’s Gardens

1125 West 12th Ave shaughnessy village.com

This award-winning garden provides the perfect city escape, with waterfalls, fountains and a picnic area.

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Dr. Sun YatSen Chinese Garden

578 Carrall Street vancouverchinese garden.com

This classical Chinese garden in historic Chinatown was named No. 1 in a 2011 National Geographic global roundup of city gardens.

Complimentary tours & tea

Hastings Park

2901 Hastings Street hastingspark.ca

More than 100 species of birds live in this park’s sanctuary, and the dramatic stone faces along the Opera Walk are sure to amaze.

Momiji Japanese Gardens

Lighthouse Park

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Plenty of dog-friendly forest trails weave through some of the area’s tallest trees.

Point Atkinson lighthouse

Nitobe Memorial Garden

1895 Lower Mall, UBC nitobe.org

Lending itself to quiet meditation, this A spiritually significant traditional Japanese garden includes garden layout serene waterfalls and guided tours.

Park & Tilford Gardens

333 Brooksbank Ave, North Vancouver parkandtilford.com

Covers three acres and offers eight separate theme gardens.

Penjing pruning in the Asian garden

Queen Elizabeth Park

4600 Cambie Street vancouver.ca

Find stunning panoramic views at Vancouver’s highest point, plus beautiful gardens, ponds and waterfalls.

Henry Moore sculptures

Reifel Migratory Bird Sanctuary

Westham Island, Delta reifelbird sanctuary.com

This wheelchair-accessible wetland is a stopover for thousands of migratory birds.

Two-storey observation tower

Richmond Nature Park

11851 Westminster Highway, Richmond richmond.ca

This raised peat bog habitat includes tons of trails, a nature centre and picnic spots.

Elevated boardwalk

Stanley Park

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Explore one of the world’s best city parks by foot, miniature train or horse-drawn carriage.

Seawall path perfect for pedestrians and bikers

UBC Botanical Garden

6804 SW Marine Drive, UBC ubcbotanical garden.org

Features five landscaped areas, each with a unique global theme.

Greenheart Canopy Walkway

VanDusen Botanical Garden

5251 Oak Street vandusengarden.org

Striking plants, flowers and landscaping make this internationally acclaimed garden a rare treat.

Over 7,500 plants from six continents


Stanley Park The gem of Vancouver, this 1,000-acre park was established in 1896 smack-dab in the centre of the city (Map 4). With a backdrop of towering cedar, hemlock and fir trees, Stanley Park offers attractions for the entire family. Try the following fun-filled activities: > Take a horse-drawn carriage tour of the park and its sites > Test your accuracy at the 18-hole Stanley Park Pitch & Putt > Check out the view of the majestic view of the Lions Gate Bridge from the Prospect Point lookout > Visit Lost Lagoon Nature House to learn about the park’s flora and fauna and social history (stanleyparkecology.ca) Photo: Regien Paassen

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Get Outside!

Great Golf Spectacular scenery and great greens guarantee a memorable outing for every golf enthusiast. Vancouver boasts three outstanding municipal courses – Fraserview, McCleery and Langara – located within a reasonable distance of the downtown core. Green fees are moderate and all three golf courses have been recognized for high environmental standards.

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Whale Watching

• Three semi-enclosed vessels offer indoor and outdoor viewing space • Free round-trip shuttle from downtown Vancouver • Enthusiastic on-board Naturalist narrates trip • Join us for a chance to view and learn about whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions and more! • 3-5 hour tours

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Greater Vancouver Zoo This 120-acre plot of land is a place where animals from all seven continents find safety and protection in replicas of their natural habitats. Watch daily lion and tiger feedings, take the miniature Safari Express train around the property and learn all about the animals. 5048 264th Street, Aldergrove 604.856.6825 | gvzoo.com (Map 3, H12)

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Burnaby Village Museum

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Travel back to simpler time in this 1920-replica community. Beginning May 4 you can visit the blacksmith shop, printing press and general store, check out the fully restored tram, ride the vintage carousel and take a “day-in-the-life” tour. 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby | 604.297.4565 burnabyvillage museum.ca (Map 3, E6)

Did you know? Playland at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) is open every weekend starting May 4. pne.ca. (Map 2, B8)

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H.R. MacMillan Space Centre Be dazzled by the stars in the night sky – indoors! The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre reveals the wonders of astronomy through spectacular light and visual shows in the domed planetarium. Interactive exhibits, fun activities and live demos teach all about outer space. 1100 Chestnut Street (Vanier Park) | 604.738.7827 spacecentre.ca (Map 1, J6)

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Science World Fascinating exhibits, live demonstrations, hands-on experiences and OMNIMAX movies make science fun! This multi-faceted attraction has been a Vancouver favourite since opening for Expo 86. With travelling and permanent exhibits, kids will learn about outer space, static electricity and more! 1455 Quebec Street 604.443.7443 scienceworld.ca (Map 2, C6)


Granville Island Kids Market An oasis for children at the heart of Granville Island, Kids Market is a two-storey indoor wonderland filled with activities, shops and services catering to young minds and creative imaginations. With crafts, games, costumes and so much more, this is an experience the whole family can enjoy! 1496 Cartwright Street | 604.689.8447 kidsmarket.ca (Map 1, J9) Photo: Thomas M. Perkins

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Built to house the restored RCMP schooner St. Roch – the first vessel to cross the Northwest Passage in both directions – Vancouver’s maritime history lives on in this sea-worthy museum. Explore the ship’s cabins to see what life was like for sailors of yore and check out hands-on exhibits on topics like pirates, shipwrecks and lighthouses. 1905 Ogden Avenue | 604.257.8300 vancouvermaritime museum.com (Map 1, J6)

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Walk, bike, blade, quadra-cycle, take the train or ride the bus

Be Amazed Over 500 different animals on 120 acres within the beautiful Fraser Valley. Bring your bike or blades, take a walk, rent a quadra-cycle or ride the narrated train! Take in the sights and sounds of over 600 different animals... We have a large in playground and picnic 120 acres of wide open spaces. Learn fascinating facts at our area too! Birds of Prey and Lion & Tiger presentations. 5048-264th Street Since 1970...dedicated Aldergrove, BC to conservation, Exit 73 off Hwy #1 preservation & protection of endangered species!

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anging from laid-back casual to five-course meals, Vancouver’s dining scene caters to even the most discerning palates. Whether you’re looking for local produce, fresh seafood or trendy tapas, it’s all within easy reach. Culinary Tours Discover Vancouver’s thriving food scene with a culinary tour of the city’s restaurants, neighbourhoods and markets. There are many guided tours available, including Edible Canada’s chef-led culinary adventure through Granville Island Public Market and Chinatown – two of Vancouver’s best food districts (ediblecanada.com). Vancouver Food Tour is another popular choice (vancouverfoodtour.com). Or take a self-guided walk through virtually any neighbourhood to discover restaurants representing the world, plus farmers’ markets selling some of the freshest ingredients on Earth. Photo: Tourism Vancouver

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Good Eats Fresh & Local Surrounded by lush agricultural lands and seafood-rich waters, it’s no surprise fresh cuisine is a huge selling point in Vancouver. The 100-Mile Diet and Ocean Wise program were both born in B.C., as was Green Table – a network of sustainable restaurants and foodservice outlets that have pledged to reduce their environmental footprint by serving local foods, creating less waste, reducing water usage and supporting likeminded suppliers. Photo: Tallulah

10 Favourite Ocean Wise Options

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Try some of the sustainable seafood choices recommended by Ocean Wise: 1. B.C. spot prawns, trap caught 2. Dungeness crab, trap caught 3. Pacific halibut, bottom longline 4. Sablefish, trap caught or bottom longline 5. Pacific sardine, purse seine

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6. B.C. albacore tuna, troll caught 7. Farmed shellfish (various species of scallops, mussels, oysters, clams), suspension and beach culture 8. Arctic char, land-based farm 9. Pacific cod, trap caught or bottom longline 10. Rainbow trout, land-based farm

Experience traditional Cantonese cuisine featuring tempting seafood delicacies. Celebrate special occasions or join us for dim sum or dinner. • Hong Kong Dim Sum • Famous Peking Duck • Live Seafood 400-180 Keefer Street (Parking Level 3)


Food Bloggers Not only do Vancouverites love to eat, they love to blog about their dining experiences! For no-holds-barred reviews of restaurants across the Lower Mainland, read the following food blogs: > Sherman’s Food Adventures: shermansfoodadventures.com > Follow Me Foodie: followmefoodie.com > Chow Times: chowtimes.com > 365 Days of Dining: 365daysofdining.com

Food With a View

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What could be better than a mouthwatering meal? How about a dining experience that includes bird’s-eye and panoramic views of this beautiful city? Here’s our list of the top three Vancouver restaurants with a view: > Top of Vancouver: Spinning atop the Vancouver Lookout, this revolving restaurant offers continental dining 535 feet above ground. With one turn every 60 minutes, you’re guaranteed a 360-degree view of the city with your dinner. topofvancouver.com > C loud 9: A second eatery in the “revolving” category, Cloud 9 is located on the 42nd floor of the Empire Landmark Hotel on Robson Street. Ride the elevator to the top and enjoy a feast for your stomach and your taste buds! cloud9restaurant.ca > T he Observatory: Perched on the peak of Grouse Mountain on Vancouver’s North Shore, this five-star UNIQUELY WEST COAST restaurant will take your DISTINCTIVELY CASUAL URBAN DINING dining experience to new heights. Enjoy West Coast 333 MENCHIONS MEWS, VANCOUVER cuisine while you check out next to the Westin Bayshore the sparkling city skyline. (604) 689 5438 | liftbarandgrill.com grousemountain.com

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Good Eats Ethnic Eats A truly multicultural city, Vancouver’s dining scene reflects its diverse population. You’ll find food from all over the world in virtually every corner of the Lower Mainland. For mouthwatering Asian fare, for example, head south to the City of Richmond, which boasts over 200 restaurants along a section of Alexandra Road nicknamed “Food Street.”

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Dozens of food carts, trucks and even converted school buses have hit Vancouver’s streets, giving chowhounds even more culinary choices. Among the local favourites: > Slow-roasted pulled pork from Re-Up BBQ (look for the shiny chrome trailer). > Fresh takes on Pan-Asian classics from Roaming Dragon’s fire-engine-red truck. > Juice that will detoxify your body from the boys in the Juice Truck. For a full list of Vancouver street-food vendors, visit vancouverstreeteats.ca or download the “Street Food Vancouver” (streetfoodapp.com) or “Eat St.” (eatst.foodnetwork.ca) mobile phone apps. Photo: Jeff Whyte / Shutterstock.com

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to the ultimate DINING EXPERIENCE Francesco’s is proud to offer you traditional Italian cuisine inspired by renowned chefs worldwide and treasured family recipes from Sicily. Our menus are complemented by an extensive wine list and house made desserts for your dining pleasure. Come and enjoy Francesco’s signature hospitality and bask in the warm and inviting atmosphere. Indulge your senses in the ultimate Italian dining experience.

860 Burrard Street Vancouver | 604 685 7770 | www.donfrancesco.ca | info@donfrancesco.ca


MARKET by Jean-Georges

1115 Alberni Street, Vancouver, BC | 604.695.1115

ARKET by Jean-Georges is a destination for those who value simple elegance and contemporary dining. Emphasizing comfort and creativity, the menu features Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s “greatest hits;” reinventing classic dishes by infusing eclectic flair. Guests are able to try new flavor combinations and explore spices from other regions, all while remaining close to home. Led by Executive Chef Wayne Harris, the focus is on seasonal, regional ingredients and emphasis on fresh and local fare. Chef Harris has spent over 12 years at various high-end hotels throughout Vancouver. One of his most notable experiences was a 3-year post as Sous Chef alongside one of Canada’s leading chefs, which eventually led to a win on Iron Chef America. MARKET is located in downtown Vancouver with four distinct venues: a heated, covered outdoor terrace with city views; a private dining area for groups up to 40; an enticing bar; and a modern dining room featuring two private rooms, one for 10 and the other for up to 16.

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Casual Fine Dining in a Unique and Stunning Setting Located on the Granville Island waterfront overlooking beautiful Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore mountains. Enjoy superbly prepared dishes in the window-wrapped dining room or on the award wining patio. Open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Authentic Innovative Thai Open 7 Days a week 11:30am - 10:30pm 1152 Alberni Street | 604.646.8899 pinkelephantthai.com

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Dine Vancouver GREAT FOOD GREAT SERVICE GREAT FUN “Bringing the best of Down Under hospitality to the West Coast” Monday - Thursday to 9pm, Friday to 11pm. Saturday from 5pm. Kids Welcome! 830 West PeNDeR stReet Downstairs between Hornby & Howe 604.683.3300

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Restaurant & Bar One of Vancouver’s top authentic Italian trattorias offers guests a unique and memorable dining experience. Located in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle – experience the traditional dishes of Northern Italy served with a twist of West Coast flavour. A relaxed, intimate courtyard setting and cozy patio await.

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Open for Lunch Monday – Friday Dinner Monday – Saturday • Closed on Sunday Call Now to Book a Reservation: 604.685.6436 cafeilnido.ca | 780 Thurlow Street

Distinctively casual urban dining with breathtaking views of Coal Harbour. A fresh take on West Coast fare—experience the possibilities. Lunch: Monday to Friday from 11:30am Brunch: Saturday & Sunday from 11:00am Dinner: Monday to Sunday from 5pm 333 Menchion Mews (next to the Westin Bayshore) 604.689.LIFT (5438) | liftbarandgrill.com

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Located in the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in downtown Vancouver, the Comedy MIX plays host to top touring stand-up comedians from North America and beyond. Shows nightly Tuesday to Saturday. 1015 Burrard Street Tel: 604.684.5050 thecomedymix.com Map 1,F7

Catch the improv comedy show that everyone in Vancouver is talking about! World-renowned Vancouver TheatreSports League presents shows Wednesday - Sunday at The Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets available online. Improv Centre, Granville Island Tel: 604.738.7013 vtsl.com Map C

spot to step out and see the sights. (Map 1) Yaletown: Vancouver’s hippest lounges can be found in this ultra-cool community. Comb the cobblestone streets for cool cocktails and latenight networking opps. (Map B) Gastown: This district set the tone for Vancouver’s vibe many years ago. Today it’s a draw for college kids, hipsters and 30-somethings alike, featuring cutting-edge cuisine and intimate whisky bars. (Map A)

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ot quite ready for bed? There’s a party to be found on any given night in Vancouver. Granville Street: Home to some of the busiest From live concerts to DJ sets, nightclubs in the city, this this city hardly ever sleeps … especially downtown street is closed to vehicle traffic on weekend in the following neighbourhoods: evenings, making it a great

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Floata Seafood Restaurant

Canada’s largest Chinese restaurant serving all the exotic and exciting flavours of the orient. Specialties include Dim Sum and Peking Duck. 400-180 Keefer Street, Chinatown Tel: 604.602.0368 floata.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner Map 1,B12

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Provence Marinaside

Offers award winning food, extensive wine list, and stunning views of False Creek. Dine in, on the patio or try the gourmet picnic basket take-out. 1177 Marinaside Crescent Tel: 604.681.4144 provencevancouver.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,G10

Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Exceptional cuisine and panoramic views 560 ft. above the city. Steak, poultry, seafood (lobster, Pacific salmon, Alaskan King crab), lamb and duck. 555 W. Hastings Street Tel: 604.669.2220 topofvancouver.com $$-$$$ Reservations: Yes Map 1,C9

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Traditional Italian dishes are made with a modern twist. Fresh BC ingredients are combined with global seasonings at this relaxed trattoria and courtyard patio. 780 Thurlow Street Tel: 604.685.6436 cafeilnido.ca $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner Map 1,E7

Enjoy Francesco’s signature hospitality and indulge your senses in a truly Italian oasis. ‘Voted Vancouver’s Best Italian Restaurant.’ 860 Burrard Street, Downtown Tel: 604.685.7770 donfrancesco.ca $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,E7

Old Spaghetti Factory

Great Value for lunch and dinner! Dinner includes salad, bread, coffee or tea, and ice cream. 53 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.684.1288 14200 Entertainment Boulevard, Richmond Tel: 604.277.8373 50-8th Street, New Westminster Tel: 604.524.9788 20077-91A Avenue, Langley Tel: 604.513.1673 2030 Sumas Way, Abbotsford Tel: 604.854.1130 Crystal Lodge Hotel, Whistler Tel: 604.938.1081 703 Douglas Street, Victoria Tel: 250.381.8444 oldspaghettifactory.ca $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Vancouver: Map 1,B10

Family owned and operated, this traditional Irish pub offers a selection of beer, wine, and whiskey in a large but cozy setting. Convention Centre West, 1055 Canada Place Tel: 604.647.7513 UBC Campus, 5990 University Blvd Tel: 604.827.4444 mahonyandsons.com $ Lunch, Dinner Map 1,B7 & Map 2,C1

Moose’s Down Under

Exceptional value and service in a friendly, pub-style atmosphere. Kids welcome! Mon -Thurs 7am9pm, Fri 7am-11pm, Saturday from 5pm. 830 W. Pender Street Tel: 604.683.3300 moosesdownunder.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,C8

Yaletown Brewing Company

Vancouver’s original Brew Pub where families, singles, and couples can enjoy a varied menu in a fun atmosphere. Voted Best Brew Pub in Canada. 1111 Mainland Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.681.BREW (2739) drinkfreshbeer.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map B

Southeast Asian Urban Thai Bistro

Urban Thai’s award-winning menu features all your Thai favourites combined with an exciting mix of innovative dishes. 1119 Hamilton Street Tel: 604.408.7788 thaihouse.com/urban $ Attire: Casual Reservations: No Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,G10

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Pink Elephant Thai marries old world Thai culture and tradition with a modern dining room offering an authentic Thai menu. 1152 Alberni Street Tel: 604.646.8899 pinkelephantthai.com $ Attire: Casual Reservations: Recommended Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map 1,E6


Attractions & Activities West Coast

Major Attractions

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Dockside Restaurant & Brewing Company

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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The first full-scale, authentic classical Chinese garden built outside of China. Art exhibits, complimentary tour & tea, kids’ scavenger hunt, covered walkways. Eight Treasures Shop. Beautiful Rain or Shine. 578 Carrall Street (at Pender) Tel: 604.662.3207 vancouverchinesegarden.com Map 1,C11

Over 35 exhilarating rides & attractions including the historic Wooden Roller Coaster & the extreme swing ride ATMOSFEAR. Featuring 2 new rides this year in Kids Playce, safe zone of rides & attractions for kids aged 2-10. Open May 4-Sept 22. 2901 East Hastings Street Tel: 604.253.2311 pne.ca Map 2,B8

Greater Vancouver Zoo

UBC Botanical & Nitobe Garden

Located on Granville Island, Dockside combines 2 things Vancouver is famous for…fabulous food and outstanding views! 1253 Johnston Street, Granville Island Tel: 604.685.7070 docksidevancouver.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Cocktails Map C

Lift Bar-Grill-View

Elegant urban dining, breathtaking views. A fresh take on West Coast fare. Experience the possibilities. On the water in Coal Harbour. 333 Menchion Mews, off Bayshore Drive (next to the Westin Bayshore) Tel: 604.689.LIFT (5438) liftbarandgrill.com $$ Attire: Casual Reservations: Yes Brunch, Lunch, Dinner Map 1,D4

Attractions & Activities Boat Tours & Rentals Sewell’s Marina Sea Safari & Boat Tours

Major Attractions Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Capilano Suspension Bridge is iconic. The Park celebrates nature in unique and thrilling ways no more so than with the new Cliffwalk, a series of cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms along a granite precipice. 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver Tel: 604.985.7474 capbridge.com Map 3,B4

Immerse yourself in the world of wild-collected plants from around the world, and experience the Greenheart Canopy Walkway ecoadventure. Also visit our sister garden, Nitobe Memorial Garden. Tel: 604.822.4208 botanicalgarden.ubc.ca Map 2,C1 & D1

Grouse Mountain

Rising 4,100 feet above Vancouver, and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown core, is the vast alpine playground of Grouse Mountain, Vancouver’s most-visited natural attraction. Free Shuttle Bus. Check our website for more information. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver Tel: 604.980.9311 grousemountain.com Map E,A4

Kids Market

An indoor 2-storey market with a wide variety of activities, shops and services. From toys, crafts and games to clothing and costumes, it’s an experience the whole family will enjoy, no matter what their age! 1496 Cartwright Street, Granville Island Tel: 604.689.8447 kidsmarket.ca Map C

Museum of Vancouver

The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibitions tell the city’s stories. 1100 Chestnut Street, Kitsilano Tel: 604.736.4431 museumofvancouver.ca Map 1,J6

Churches Anglican/Episcopal Christ Church Cathedral

Service Times: - Mon-Fri 12:10pm - Thu 7:30am - Sat 9:10am - Sun 8am, 10:30am & 9:30pm 690 Burrard Street (at Georgia) Tel: 604.682.3848 cathedral.vancouver.bc.ca Map 1,D7

St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Church Service Times: - 1st Sunday of the month: 8 & 10am - O ther Sundays: 8, 9:15 & 11am - Wednesdays: 7pm - Thursdays: 11:15am Labyrinth Walks: see website 1130 Jervis Street Tel: 604.685.6832 x10 stpaulsanglican.bc.ca facebook.com/FaithfulAnglicans Map 1,F6

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Step aboard a guided eco-tour, rent your own boat, or join a guide on a private salmon fishing trip. Celebrating 80 years of ocean adventures in Howe Sound! Shuttle service from Downtown hotels available. 6409 Bay Street, West Vancouver Tel: 604.921.3474 sewellsmarina.com Map 3,A1

Over 500 different animals - learn about lions, tigers, bears, hippos, birds of prey and more. Bring your bike or blades, rent a Quadra-cycle or ride the narrated Miniature Safari Train. STEP INTO THE WILD!! Aldergrove, Exit #73 off Highway #1 Tel: 604.856.6825 gvzoo.com Map 3,H12

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Museums/Galleries

Whale Watching

Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park

UBC Museum of Anthropology

Vancouver Whale Watch

Come meet over 50,000 captivating creatures. Enjoy dolphin & beluga shows, sea otter feeds, shark dives & the thrilling effects of the 4D theatre. And don’t miss the new Penguin Point exhibit. Open 365 days/year with seasonal hours. Tel: 604.659.FISH vanaqua.org Map 4,F4

Vancouver Lookout

Vancouver’s Best First Stop. Spectacular 360-degree view of the city, harbour and North Shore Mountains, 50 storeys above street level. Same-day return ticket, enjoy day or night. See you at the top! 555 West Hastings Street Tel: 604.689.0421 info@vancouverlookout.com vancouverlookout.com Map 1,C9

Vancouver Maritime Museum

Immerse yourself in history and discover the rich maritime traditions of the Pacific Coast. View exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, explorers and more! Offers a Maritime Discovery Centre for Children. Minutes from Downtown. 1905 Ogden Avenue in Vanier Park Tel: 604.257.8300 vancouvermaritimemuseum.com Map 2,B5

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Train from coast to coast in comfort and style. Options for every budget and destination. Cosy overnight accommodations or the exceptional value in Comfort class. Discover Canada as only the train can show you. Pacific Central Station, 1150 Station Street Tel: 1.888.VIA.RAIL viarail.ca Map 2,C6

Museums/Galleries Hill’s Native Art

Impressive collection of Northwest Coast Native and Inuit arts & crafts. Traditional & contemporary prints and originals, ceremonial masks, soapstone sculptures, and fine jewellery. Cowichan Knits and moccasins. Shipping worldwide. 165 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.685.4249 hillsnativeart.com | hills.ca Map A

Houses one of the world’s finest displays of Northwest Coast First Nations art in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea. Long term & temporary exhibits of indigenous art from around the world. 6393 NW Marine Drive, UBC Campus Tel: 604.822.5087 moa.ubc.ca Map 2,C1

Sightseeing Big Bus

Enjoy the best of Vancouver in open or vintage Double Decker buses. Visit major attractions, shopping areas and fine restaurants. Hop onhop off. Commentary available in 7 languages. Welcome Centre: 321 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.299.0700 TF: 1.877.299.0701 bigbus.ca Map 1,B9

Whale Watching Prince of Whales Whale Watching and Adventure Tours

Located at The Westin Bayshore Vancouver, we offer the Ultimate Day Tour to Victoria. Enjoy spectacular whale watching, downtown Victoria, Butchart Gardens and a sunset Gulf Islands cruise home, all on the Ocean Magic. 1601 Bayshore Drive Tel: 1.888.383.4884 princeofwhales.com Map 1,C9

Steveston Seabreeze Adventures

A thrilling 3-5 hour naturalistguided adventure aboard 42ft semicovered vessels. From the Fraser River toward the Gulf Islands or the San Juan Islands, look for orcas or other marine mammals. 15min from Vancouver Airport. Free shuttle service from downtown. 12551 No. 1 Road, Building 43, Richmond Tel: 604.272.7200 TF: 1.888.272.7203 seabreezeadventures.ca info@seabreezeadventures.ca Map 3,G3

Experience Killer Whales, porpoises, seals and more! We offer 3 to 5 hour tours through the spectacular Gulf Islands and are the only company with zodiac style boats. Shuttle service from Downtown Vancouver. 210 - 12240 Second Ave, Richmond Tel: 604.274.9565 vancouverwhalewatch.com Map 3,G3

Wild Whales Vancouver

The only whale watching company departing from Downtown Vancouver. 3-7 hour professionallyguided tours to experience orca, porpoises, seals and birds in the spectacular Gulf Islands. Guaranteed Sightings! Tel: 604.699.2011 Online Reservations: whalesvancouver.com info@whalesvancouver.com Map C

Shopping & Services Apparel: Unisex Snowflake

Unique Canadian designs. Incredible selection of outerwear and accessories in cashmere, leather, fur and shearling. Also offers a fabulous collection of boots, capes, handbags and gloves. Exceptional quality. 750 West Pender Street (at Howe) Tel: 604.681.9322 snowflakecanada.com Map 1,C8

Art Galleries Hill’s Native Art

Impressive collection of Northwest Coast Native and Inuit arts & crafts. Traditional & contemporary prints and originals, ceremonial masks, soapstone sculptures, and fine jewellery. Cowichan Knits and moccasins. Shipping worldwide. 165 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.685.4249 hillsnativeart.com | hills.ca Map A


Shopping & Services Footwear

Public Markets

Transportation

OK Boot Corral

Robson Public Market

Budget Car Rental

Jewellery

Shopping Centres

Artina’s Jewellery

Lansdowne Centre

Experience old fashioned western hospitality while you explore the wide selection of western boots made from shark, cowhide, rattlesnake and more. They also have a great selection of accessories. 205 Carrall Street, Gastown Tel: 604.684.2668 okbootcorral.com Map A

Unique jewellery shop featuring the works of over 100 of Canada’s top jewellery design artists. Offers everything from contemporary designs to modern interpretations of First Nations styles. 387 Water Street, Gastown Tel: 604.915.7001 artinas.com Map A

Liquor Stores Yaletown Liquor Store

Offers a varied selection of wine & liquor as well as ice cold beer. Conveniently located in the heart of Yaletown. Open 11am-11pm. 1116 Hamilton Street, Yaletown Tel: 604.688.0064 drinkfreshbeer.com Map B

Parking EasyPark Vancouver

Public Markets Granville Island

Visit the world famous Public Market where you can find anything from fresh food to all sorts of rarities, or wander through the many shops and art studios. Every visit is a unique experience! 1661 Duranleau Street Tel: 604.666.6655 granvilleisland.com Map 1,F8&9

Unique stores, great people. Best Buy ~ Future Shop Home Outfitters ~ HomeSense JYSK ~ TARGET (Winter 2013) Toys R Us ~ Winners Canada Line, Lansdowne Station 5300 No.3 Road, Richmond Tel: 604.270.1344 lansdowne-centre.com Map 3,F3

Richmond Centre

With 230 stores & services, Richmond Centre is a shopper’s paradise! Accessible from the Canada Line skytrain, visit stores like XXI Forever, Apple and Sephora. No. 3 Road & Westminster Highway, Richmond Tel: 604.713.7467 richmondcentre.com facebook.com/RichmondCentre Map 3,F3

BC’s #1 car & truck rental company; 7 Lower Mainland locations. $200 in admission coupons to local attractions w/ every rental. Must show valid rental agreement with coupon. One free admission per attraction per rental agreement. Local reservations: 604.668.7000 Map 1,D9

Men’s Clubs Fox Den

Canada’s premier gentlemen’s club. Opulent surroundings, with friendly lingerie models! Canada’s largest, most trusted name; world class reputation based on honesty and integrity. 100+ out-call escorts. 4717 Kingsway, Burnaby Tel: 604.669.9475 carmanfox.com Map 2,E9

Spas CHI, The Spa at the Shangri-La Hotel

CHI, The Spa offers an extensive spa menu consisting of CHI Signature Massages and authentic local treatments, as well as Body Therapies, Facial Treatments and Manicures & Pedicures. 1128 West Georgia Street – 5th floor Tel: 604.695.2447 shangri-la.com/vancouver Map 1,D6

Specialty Stores Gastown Photo

We stock what travellers need in photography. Nikon and Canon – cameras and lenses. Batteries and chargers for every model of camera. Camera bags and binoculars too. Underground mall at 200 Burrard Street Tel: 604.608.2728 gastownphoto.com Map 1,C7

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Friendly, affordable & convenient parking. EasyPark has locations all over Downtown & the Vancouver area. Find our locations on Map1A or check our website & download the EasyPark Parking App. EasyPark – The Friendly Parking People! 209-700 W. Pender Street Tel: 604.682.6744 Fax: 604.682.7469 easypark.ca Map 1A

Vitamins, produce, luggage, wine, gifts, facials, massage, hair cut and more! Food court offers extensive selection for every taste and budget. 2 hour free parking while shopping. Open daily 9am-9pm. 1610 Robson Street (at Cardero) Tel: 604.682.2733 robsonpublicmarket.com Map 1,E4

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Important Numbers 10-Digit Dialing Vancouver and surrounding areas are serviced by the 604 area code. When placing a call, all 10 digits of the number must be dialed.

emergency numbers AMBULANCE / FIRE / POLICE 911: TDD/TTY Users: dial 911 for AMBULANCE / FIRE / POLICE and press the spacebar of your TDD/TTY until call is answered.

Hospitals

Tourist Services

BC Children’s Hospital 4480 Oak St., Vancouver 1.888.300.3088 Richmond Hospital 7000 Westminster Hwy, Richmond | 604.278.9711 St. Paul’s Hospital 1081 Burrard St., Vancouver 604.682.2344 UBC Hospital 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver 604.822.7121 Vancouver General Hospital 855 W. 12th Ave., Vancouver 604.875.4111

Canada Post 1.866.607.6301 City of Vancouver (Parks & Recreation) 604.257.8400 Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre 604.683.2000 Vancouver Convention Centre 1.866.785.8232 Vancouver Public Library 604.331.3603 Vancouver TicketMaster 604.280.4444

Travel & Transport BC Ferries Customer Information & Reservations 1.888.223.3779 DriveBC Automated Highway Report 1.800.550.4997 TransLink Bus, SkyTrain & SeaBus Info 604.953.3333

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Big Bus 1.877.299.0701 Greyhound Lines of Canada 1.800.661.8747 HandyDART Custom Transit Service 604.575.6600

Pacific Coach Lines 1.800.661.1725 Capilano Suspension Bridge Free Shuttle from Canada Place 604.985.7474

Car Rental Alamo Rent-A-Car 1.877.222.9075 Avis Rent-A-Car 1.800.230.4898 Budget Rent-A-Car 604.668.7000 Discount Car and Truck Rentals 604.310.2277 Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1.800.261.7331 Hertz Car Rental 1.800.654.3131 National Car Rental 1.877.222.9058 Thrifty Car Rental 1.800.THRIFTY (847.4389)

Rail Amtrak 1.800.872.7245 Via Rail 1.888.VIA.RAIL (1.888.842.7245) West Coast Express 1.800.570.7245

Taxi & Limo Aerocar 1.888.821.0021 Black Top & Checker Cabs 1.800.494.1111 MacLure’s Cab 604.683.6666 Vancouver Taxi 604.871.1111 Yellow Cab 604.681.1111

Airlines (Passenger Reservations & Information) Terminal M (Main) Air Canada Air China Air New Zealand Air Transat Alaska Airlines American Airlines British Airways Cathay Pacific Central Mountain Air China Airlines Continental Delta Air Lines

1.888.247.2262 604.685.0921 1.800.663.5494 877.872.6728 1.800.252.7522 1.800.433.7300 1.800.247.9297 604.606.8888 1.888.865.8585 604.682.6777 1.800.231.0856 1.800.221.1212

Horizon Air 1.800.547.9308 Japan Air Lines 1.800.525.3663 Korean Air 1.800.438.5000 Philippine Airlines 1.800.435.9725 Singapore Airlines 604.689.1223 United Airlines 1.800.241.6522 WestJet 1.800.538.5696 South Terminal Harbour Air 1.800.665.0212 Helijet 1.800.665.4354 Pacific Coastal Airlines Ltd 604.273.8666 Tofino Air 1.800.665.2359 West Coast Air 1.800.347.2222


Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant

Fine dining 560 Feet above sea level! Continental Cuisine with fresh seafood Open Daily Lunch, Dinner & Sunday Brunch

555 West Hastings Street • Reservations 604-669-2220 www.topofvancouver.com No elevator charge for restaurant patrons


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