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Travel Adventure Souvenir Book with Fully Illustrated Walking Tours


Vancouver British Columbia, Canada Suitcase Souvenirs Š 2010


Welcome! Bienvenue! Huan Ying! Welkom! Willkommen! Yokoso! Hwangyong.Hamnida! Dobro pozalovat! Bienvenido!


Vancouver International Airport Vancouver International Airport is the largest airport on the West Coast of Canada. It is estimated that it will soon accommodate 21 million passengers a year. The airport is situated on a sea island in Richmond and is 12 km from downtown Vancouver.


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How to use this book While you are in Vancouver: • Choose from the four amazing city walks presented in this book to discover the best of Vancouver’s Downtown, Kitsilano and North Vancouver neighbourhoods • These four walks highlight the best Vancouver has to offer, and are within easy travel distance of Downtown

• Experience Vancouver’s vibrant street life as you walk and get around on fun forms of public transportation like the SkyTrain, the Aquabus water taxi and the Sea Bus. The Sea Bus is an aluminum catamaran passenger-only ferry. It is a very popular commuter “bus” that travels across the water between downtown and North Vancouver

• Discover nature, culture and travel tips. Hand-drawn illustrations highlight the sights and attractions you will see during the City Adventure Walks • There are also suggestions for what to do on a Rainy Day, and trust us, it happens in Vancouver!

HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR CITY WALKS: Shopping and Natural Parks - Robson Street and Stanley Park (Time: 4.5 hours) Vancouver Art Gallery exterior, Robson Street shopping district, Stanley Park, Totem Poles, Stanley Park Aquarium, Siwash Rock, English Bay, Inukshuk Statue, Denman Street shops. City Meets Ocean - Yaletown, False Creek and Granville Island (Time: 3 - 4 hours) Vancouver Public Library, Yaletown shopping and restaurant district, Yaletown marina, Aquabus water taxi, Granville Island public market, Granville Island shops and artist studios, waterfront hotel, cement factory and children’s waterpark. Mountain Excursion - Sea Bus and Aerial Tram (Time: 5 - 6 hours) Hotel Vancouver exterior, downtown business district, Waterfront Station, Sea Bus across the Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay, Grouse Mountain aerial tram, panoramic view of all of Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain. Historic Downtown - Gastown and Chinatown (Time: 3 - 4 hours) Canada Place, Waterfront Station, Gastown Steamclock, historic alleys, historic Chinese buildings, T&T Asian Supermarket, Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, Rogers arena exterior.


Shopping and Natural Parks Stanley Park by Bike and Robson St. Shops • Begin at the Vancouver Art Gallery 1a , at Robson St. and Burrard St. Chill out on the steps and people watch. • Start walking east (right if you are sitting on the steps) along Robson 1b St. and check out the famous shopping street    and all the shoppers decked out in the latest fashions • Continue on Robson to Denman St.; turn right on Denman until you arrive at Alberni St. • On Denman, between Robson and W. Georgia St. (two blocks further), you will find a selection of bike rental shops. Grab a bike and continue into Stanley Park

to the entrance of Stanley Park • At the Stanley Park billboard map, turn right and follow the seawall bike path around the park • Keep in mind that this path is one way only, going counter clockwise • Along the seawall, stop and check out the Totem Poles (front cover) • Continue around the seawall until you arrive at the children’s waterpark • Turn left up the hill, past the war memorial and make your first left to the Vancouver Aquarium

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seawall to English Bay. At the south end of the beaches you will find the Inukshuk Statue    1e welcoming visitors to Vancouver • Go up the hill toward the street (Beach Ave.) and backtrack on the bike path to Denman St. • Turn right on Denman • Head north on Denman, grab some food or an ice cream and return your bikes before heading back up Robson to hit all the stores you spotted on the way in! Time: 4.5 hours What to Bring: light jacket, backpack, picnic lunch and snacks, running shoes, camera, water, credit card for deposit on bike rental, lock for bike START: Vancouver Art Gallery END: Robson Street Shops


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Robson Street This street is a mecca for upscale shopping, restaurants and people watching. In the Canadian edition of the Monopoly board game, Robson Street is the most expensive property. Retail rents in this area have a reputation as being very high, up to $200 per square foot of space per month.


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Vancouver Aquarium The Vancouver Aquarium opened in 1956. It is one of the largest in North America. See the amazing array of West Coast sea creatures and those from further afar. Visit dolphins, sharks, belugas, and sea otters – without having to go scuba diving.


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Vancouver Aquarium Whale The Aquarium is home to five Beluga whales. The names of the adults are Nanuq, Imaq, Aurora and Qila. Tiqa was born at the Aquarium. Educational shows at the Aquarium featuring the belugas are amazing and sometimes a


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English Bay Inukshuk Statue Made of granite, the Inukshuk in English Bay represents a human with its arms outstretched. The sculpture was a gift from Canada’s Northwest Territories to the City of Vancouver. It is a symbol of hospitality and friendship and it has been placed in English Bay to welcome travellers from around the world.


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Public Library, Yaletown & Granville Island • Begin at the Vancouver Public Library main 2a 2b branch downtown at 350 W Georgia St. at the corner of Homer St. • Travel South on Homer St. to head to Yaletown • Turn left on Davie St. You are in Yaletown

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• Turn left on Hamilton St. • Turn right on Nelson St. • Turn right on Mainland St. • Turn left at Davie St. • Continue to the waterfront and onto the Yaletown Landing dock at the foot of Davie. Here you will see signs for the Aquabus mini ferry that will take you to Granville Island • Once on the Aquabus, look north and admire the glass and steel structures known as the Yaletown condos 2d

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(the greatest place to buy groceries!) • Exit the front of the market and you will find Triangle Square • Go south (left) on Duranleau St. until you arrive at Anderson St. (the main road cars drive in on), cross the street and continue along Cartright St. • On your right you will pass a big grassy hill – behind it is a waterpark, and behind the waterpark and community centre starts a shoreline walk around Granville Island • The beginning of the shoreline walk is also the launching spot for kayaks and canoes into False Creek. 2g

Keep an eye out for all the watercraft on the water • Follow the shore to the Granville Island hotel and head back toward the public market along Railspur Alley • Turn right at the end of the alley, turn left at the concrete plant and turn right before the public market entrance to arrive at the Aquabus mini ferry dock • The ferry will take you back to the Yaletown Aquabus ferry dock to complete the tour. Time: 3 - 4 hours What to Bring: light jacket or sweater, camera, cash for Aquabus tickets, sensible shoes. START: Vancouver Public Library END:Granville Island Public Market

False Creek is home to many boats. Catch a ride on the mini ferry for a great tour of the inlet.


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Vancouver Public Library Exterior This Coliseum-like public building was designed to make it both beautiful and easy to use at the same time.


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Vancouver Public Library Atrium The inside of the library is unlike other libraries – you don’t have to be quiet everywhere. The glassed-in indoor plaza is a great place to meet.


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Yaletown Shops Once a rundown warehouse district on the shore of False Creek, Yaletown began its transformation in the late 1980’s. Now, it’s a trendy downtown community made up of residential towers, offices, restaurants, boutiques and cafés. The elevated loading docks with their cantilever canopies now house restaurant patios, and the perfect place to watch passersby.


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False Creek view of Yaletown Yaletown was once home to empty warehouses, but it’s hard to imagine that now. Yaletown has been transformed into luxury lofts, cool boutiques, and fine dining restaurants. It’s a very funky area with brick streets, raised patios and perfect people watching.


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Granville Island & False Creek On this tiny not-really-an-island is a university, public market, artist studios, arts theatres, water park, restaurants & hotel


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Granville Island Public Market You can pick up all kinds of luscious fruits and veggies here. Fresh seafood, sausages, local B.C. produce, hot meals & more!


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Kayaking toward Burrard Bridge False creek isn’t really a creek, it’s actually an ocean inlet. Thus, it’s a very popular spot for dragon boating, kayaking and rowing. Non-paddlers enjoy getting around by Aquabus mini ferry.


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Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay and Grouse Mountain Skyride • Begin at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver 3a at West Georgia and Burrard St. • Turn right along W Georgia to Granville St. • Turn left on Granville and continue north to Waterfront Station • Inside Waterfront Station, head to the back and take the glass tunnel to the Sea Bus terminal. • The Sea Bus takes you across Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver. • Turn right at the Sea Bus terminal exit to reach Lonsdale Quay 3b a family friendly public market – a great place to grab some lunch

and fresh snacks. • Catch the public transit bus to Grouse Mountain. The buses leave right from the exit of the Sea Bus terminal.

Time: 5 - 6 hours (includes return time to downtown)

• Once at Grouse Mountain, catch the Grouse Mountain Skyride 3c and enjoy the view from the aerial tram.

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• From Grouse Mountain there is a great view of Vancouver, plus lots of great activities in the summer and fantastic skiing in the winter. Right: The green copper roof of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver stands out against the city skyline.

What to Bring: sweater and jacket, sensible shoes, camera, back pack, change for the Seabus and transit bus. START: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

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Lonsdale Quay & Public Market This multi-level waterside market is a great place to shop for fresh foods, gifts, or to just relax and take in the great views of Vancouver’s skyline. It is a quick 15 minute Sea Bus ride from downtown Vancouver.


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Grouse Mountain Aerial Tram In just ten minutes you’re whisked to the top of Grouse Mountain on this aerial tram. Ski in winter or check out the wildlife refuge in summer. Keen (and prepared) hikers make their way up the super steep 3km Grouse Grind trail and then take the Skyride on the way back down.


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Canada Place, Gastown and Chinatown • Begin at the Canada Place 4a fountain; you’ll see all the flags of Canada’s provinces and territories. • Head north on the promenade for a view of the North Shore mountains called the Lions.

intersection of Cambie Street • Cross the street to to the Gaoler’s Mews building at 12 Water St.– the site of Vancouver’s very first jail (then spelt gaol).

• At 8 W. Pender you will see the world’s narrowest office building. • Walk one block further east on Pender to find the entrance to the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen classical Chinese gardens. 4b

• Take the far passageway onto Carrall • At the Pender St. exit, St. to Maple Tree Square exit from the gardens, turn • Continue around left on Pender, walk to • Contine South on Carrall the promenade, turn Abbott St. St. to W. Cordova left back toward the • Turn left on Abbott, and city. Walk along the • Turn Right, walk one on your right you will see a promenade until you block to Abbott St. roundabout. Head to the reach a set of steps. Head end of the roundabout • Turn left, walk two down the steps, turn left and take the stairs up blocks down Abbott St. and follow the curve to the Stadium Skytrain crossing West Hastings along the sidewalk past station. and stopping at West the restaurant. Pender to take a look • This is the Skytrain • Turn left up the stairs to at the Sun Tower at 500 stop for Rogers Arena 4c Granville Square Plaza. Beatty St. home of the Vancouver Continue through the Canucks hockey team. • Cross West Pender plaza. continuing along Abbott • Take the Skytrain back At the east end a to the entrance of T & doorway leads you into to Waterfront Station to T Supermarket at 179 Waterfront Station. complete the tour. Keefer Place. • Leave by the front doors of the station onto • Outside walk one block east along Keefer to Cordova St. Time: 3 - 4 hours Taylor St. • Turn left and walk to What to Bring: camera, • Turn left on Taylor, walk Water St., the beginning one block north to Pender sensible shoes, change for of Gastown and its transit, light jacket. St. cobblestone streets. • The Steamclock (title page) is further down Water St. at the

• Turn right , walk one block and you’re in Chinatown!

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Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens This classical Chinese garden is known as a wonderful place to visit – in the rain! The sound of raindrops falling from drip tiles creates a musical effect as droplets hit the stones, pebbles and ponds below the rooflines. It’s also very magical when it’s sunny.


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Science World is fun!! There are interactive physical science games, a wraparound Omnimax theatre, lots of mental puzzles and science shows. The Aquabus gets you there from Granville Island, Yaletown or Hornby St. downtown.

Catch a Pink Floyd laser show in the planetarium, practise your astronaut skills with interactive exhibits or ride on the Virtual Voyage full motion simulator. Need we say more? To reach the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre by bus, you can catch the Bus 2 or 22 anywhere on Burrard St. downtown to Cornwall and Cypress. From there walk down Cypress until you reach Chestnut Street.

The Aquarium in Stanley Park is great for rainy days too!


Telus World of Science

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre


Fun Facts!

HOLLYWOOD NORTH Vancouver is known worldwide as Hollywood North as it has the third largest TV and movie industry in North America after Los Angeles and New York. Sampling of TV shows and movies filmed in Vancouver: Scooby Doo X Men Jumanji TV: I, Robot The X files Twilight Stargate Scary Movie 3 Smallville White Chicks

TOTALLY FAMOUS Many well-known performers and bands come from Vancouver, such as: Jason Priestley (Actor) Bryan Adams (Musician) Sarah McLachlan (Musician) Michael Bublé (Musician) Nelly Furtado (Musician) Pamela Anderson (Actor) Ryan Reynolds (Actor) Michael J Fox (Actor) Seth Rogen (Actor, writer) Hayden Christensen (Actor) Kim Cattrall (Actor)

GEOGRAPHICALLY SPEAKING Vancouver and British Columbia’s islands are home to the world’s largest network of ferries Vancouver is the third most expensive North American city to buy a home in, after New York and San Francisco The West End of downtown Vancouver is the most densely populated area in North America Vancouver is the only city where it is possible to ski, sail and play golf all in the same day


INDUSTRY AND EVENTS Vancouver has North America’s second largest shipping port, sending and receiving over $80 billion worth of goods Vancouver is one of the world’s premier producers of video games including Sims, NBA live 10 and Fight Night Vancouver hosted the World Expo in 1986 that had an attendance of 22 million visitors Vancouver was the host city of the world’s largest sporting event: the 2010 Olympics

POPULATION TRIVIA Vancouverites dine out more than in any other North American city The annual Vancouver Sun Run is the second largest run in the world with 60,000 runners participating each year Vancouver has been voted the best city to live in the world for many years

SEE THE STARS Vancouver is a great place to see A-list movie stars, as many famous people love to hang out in Vancouver. Some often seen stars: John Cusack Oprah Winfrey Kurt Russell Goldie Hawn Brad Pitt Robin Williams Gwyneth Paltrow Barbara Streisand John Travolta


Burrard Bridge View of Fireworks This beautifully decorated, art deco-style bridge was built in 1932. It connects downtown with Kitsilano and is a gateway to the ocean from False Creek. It’s also a great place to view the Celebration of Light fireworks competition that takes place every summer in English Bay.


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