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Making the Most of Vancouver
Making the Most of Vancouver
The Disney Wonder docks at the Canada Place Pier, with much of downtown Vancouver within ten blocks walking distance. Once established in your hotel, public transportation is an excellent choice. The area’s ultra-modern buses, subway (“SkyTrain”) and ferry (“SeaBus”) can get you nearly everywhere quickly, pleasantly, and at low cost. Public transit tickets are good on SkyTrain, bus, and SeaBus, and offer unlimited transfers within the zone(s) purchased. (Detailed Vancouver travel and lodging information starts on page 106.)
Canada Place is home to the cruise pier, convention center, and luxury, highrise hotels. Stroll the promenade around the pier, soak in the views, and, in bad weather, consider the IMAX theater right at the pier. The Tourism Vancouver office nearby at 200 Burrard St. is a must-visit, and includes a half-price theater ticket booth (visit http://www.tourismvancouver.com). Canada Place is part of the Coal Harbour waterfront, with parks, hotels, luxury highrises, a marina, and a seaplane port. Just beyond to the west is Stanley Park (see next page). Gastown is just east of Canada Place, and grew up around the original Canadian Pacific Railway station. Its old, brick buildings house boutiques, bistros, pubs, and dance clubs cater to students from the neighborhood’s colleges. If skies are clear, the Vancouver Lookout observation deck in Harbour Centre offers breathtaking views just a few blocks from Canada Place at 555 Hastings St. Gastown’s neighbor to the southeast is Chinatown, North America’s third-largest, but it’s a bit remote and isolated (take a taxi). The center of downtown is six to ten blocks south (inland) of Canada Place. The area between Burrard and Granville Streets is its heart, home to a lively theater district, department stores, hotels, museums, and restaurants. Yaletown is just south of downtown. Hotels are plentiful, the theater district is a reasonable walk, and Granville Island (see next page) is a water taxi ride away, across False Creek. West End is a mixed hotel and upscale residential neighborhood with nice shopping and restaurants, and is a bit quieter than downtown proper.
Staying safe in Vancouver is not too difficult so long as you’re not lulled into a false sense of security. Stay alert and take normal precautions. Downtown streets that are lively during the day become quiet at night, though the Granville St. area remains comfortably busy. Marijuana is officially illegal, but the police do not arrest casual users. You may encounter an occasional, funky spot where it’s openly used.
Top Photo Slice: Vancouver's Steam Clock (℗ 31507) Photo contributed by © chezp
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