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#1 Losing With Pride

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:26 PM

Hey everyone, the girlfriend and I are heading to Vancouver for a few days Dec 11-14th. I have a work conference for one day and just made a mini vacation out of it. Since there is no hockey going on and it's December... what can we do? We will be there from Tuesday to Friday late.

Any ideas or suggestions?

Thanks =)
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:28 PM

Head to the mountains and ski?

Stay in the city and get rained on? Like cold, cold rain. So could you would be warmer in the snow.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

Here are some restaurant and sightseeing ideas I provided earlier in another thread:
http://forum.canucks...9#entry10169399
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 01:50 PM

Besides eating, is there anything else that's fun to do?
How is the zoo here?
Best places to shop?
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:02 PM

Besides eating, is there anything else that's fun to do?
How is the zoo here?
Best places to shop?


Metrotown or Park Royal.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:13 PM

Metrotown or Park Royal.


Bellingham.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:15 PM

Besides eating, is there anything else that's fun to do?
How is the zoo here?
Best places to shop?


Head shop?

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:19 PM

Visit Whistler. If it snows at all up there its really cool.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:26 PM

Check out some fine dining in Yaletown..shop around Robson, Pacific Center,..check out Whistler if you can..where are you coming from?
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

VanDusen Garden turns festive with elaborate light decorations, a Candy Cane Tree, Gingerbread Walk, Santa's workshop, and much more.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Cost: $13.50; $10 for seniors & youth; $7.50 for kids 6 - 12; $31 for families

It's a pretty cool display. Also, Stanley Park.

If there is a clear day, head into Steveston and walk along the boardwalk and to Garry Point...a nice, scenic stroll with some really great shops. And if you like pizza, hit Steveston Pizza for lunch/dinner while you're there. There's also good fish and chips and Greek food on Moncton Street.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 02:42 PM

Besides eating, is there anything else that's fun to do?
How is the zoo here?
Best places to shop?


The zoo is sub-par... and 40 km outside of town.

Vancouver Aquarium is worth a look, plus it's in the middle of Stanley Park - which should be a visit for any 'outsider'

Edited by Squeak, 19 November 2012 - 02:42 PM.

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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:06 PM

The zoo is sub-par... and 40 km outside of town.

Vancouver Aquarium is worth a look, plus it's in the middle of Stanley Park - which should be a visit for any 'outsider'

This, or the gardens as Deb mentioned. Plenty of restaurants for a number of price points (either downtown or Commercial Drive) and shops (again, downtown versus Metrotown or whatever) but it may depend on where you're staying and what transportation you'll have as well.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:36 PM

If there's a clear day, ski/board Grouse Mountain. The scenery from up there is like none other.

If you don't ski/board, just go up there anyways for the view and some dining.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 03:42 PM

The zoo is only worth it if it's sunny and warm out. If it's raining, you'll be wet and the entire zoo will start to look pretty depressing to you.

Check out Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, Science World, the sea wall.

You can always check to see if there are any tours of Rogers Arena being offered that week. Pretty interesting imo.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is always fun the first time :P
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:20 PM

Haha I like how a lot of the advice is: coming to Vancouver?...Go to Whistler! Sort of defeats the purpose of visiting Vancouver. Spend a day on Grouse Mountain. Spend a day downtown/stanley park. You want a real adventure? Drive around Richmond or try to leave the North Shore during rush hour!

PS. Bring an umbrella that can handle wind as well as rain.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:50 PM

Haha I like how a lot of the advice is: coming to Vancouver?...Go to Whistler! Sort of defeats the purpose of visiting Vancouver. Spend a day on Grouse Mountain. Spend a day downtown/stanley park. You want a real adventure? Drive around Richmond or try to leave the North Shore during rush hour!

PS. Bring an umbrella that can handle wind as well as rain


There's an umbrella that handles sideways rain?

I guess it depends on where they are coming from. If it's a small town downtown would be neat as it is one of the most downtown like areas on the continent.

So if one is from a smaller place than downtown would be awesome. If they happen to live in downtown Toronto then Whistler would be awesome.

Besides, provided you have a car with snow tires and know how to handle it the drive to Whistler is an attraction on it's own.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

VanDusen Garden turns festive with elaborate light decorations, a Candy Cane Tree, Gingerbread Walk, Santa's workshop, and much more.
Where: VanDusen Botanical Gardens, 5251 Oak St., Vancouver
Cost: $13.50; $10 for seniors & youth; $7.50 for kids 6 - 12; $31 for families

It's a pretty cool display. Also, Stanley Park.

If there is a clear day, head into Steveston and walk along the boardwalk and to Garry Point...a nice, scenic stroll with some really great shops. And if you like pizza, hit Steveston Pizza for lunch/dinner while you're there. There's also good fish and chips and Greek food on Moncton Street.


Van Dusen would be a good way to score points with the female for sure.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:08 PM

Hey guys thank you for all of the input. I am coming from Saskatoon! Hurray!
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:13 PM

My company is paying for a room at the Hilton but only one night, so I can either stay there or go somewhere else. The problem is that this is the Hilton Airport in Richmond... So basically to downtown Vancouver it is $40 each way. Should I stay somewhere more central for the other 2 nights?
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:56 PM

Go on a fishing charter if you've got a few hundred to spend.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:32 PM

Hit up the capilano suspension bridge its really cool on a rainy day too just dress for the weather
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:56 PM

Go to any bar and wonder why there are so few people there and why they're so unfriendly.
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Posted 19 November 2012 - 09:10 PM

My company is paying for a room at the Hilton but only one night, so I can either stay there or go somewhere else. The problem is that this is the Hilton Airport in Richmond... So basically to downtown Vancouver it is $40 each way. Should I stay somewhere more central for the other 2 nights?


Or.... $2.50 per person to take the skytrain each way.

Just head over to any registered faredealer like a 7-11 and pick up a faresaver booklet. 10 1-zone tickets for any kind of transit for $21.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 01:46 AM

Meat&Bread

This place will change you, especially if eating at the Cave or Fudruckers is your usual Saskatoon dining experience! :lol:
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:13 AM

Or.... $2.50 per person to take the skytrain each way.

Just head over to any registered faredealer like a 7-11 and pick up a faresaver booklet. 10 1-zone tickets for any kind of transit for $21.


Oh God, I forgot about the Skytrain.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 08:39 AM

You'll be a short walk from the skytrain, so no worries. Although, downtown Richmond has become a congested, ugly core, there are so many great spots to eat in the area. If you're into Pho, there's a dive just East of No. 3 Road on Westminster....North side of the street. I'll find the name for you...

And you're a quick bus ride from Steveston, as discussed earlier.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:10 AM

Hey guys thank you for all of the input. I am coming from Saskatoon! Hurray!


In that case do the downtown thing for sure.

But if you want to see a hill and do some skiing you can actually take transit to grouse. And on a clear day the views are pretty damn cool.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:11 AM

Go to any bar and wonder why there are so few people there and why they're so unfriendly.


They don't have any money left after paying their rent/mortgage and as a result the ones that are there are all depressed from all the rain/being broke.
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Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:49 AM

You'll be a short walk from the skytrain, so no worries. Although, downtown Richmond has become a congested, ugly core, there are so many great spots to eat in the area. If you're into Pho, there's a dive just East of No. 3 Road on Westminster....North side of the street. I'll find the name for you...

And you're a quick bus ride from Steveston, as discussed earlier.


If you want to try some of the best Chinese food in the world ( and i have eaten in most Asian countries over the decades), Richmond has a gaggle (flock? herd? pack?) of award winning restaurants.

Here are the Chinese Restaurant Critic's Choice and Diners' Choice Awards for 2012 (and earlier years) with recommendations for the best dish. Just click on the winners to get the address.
http://chineserestau...on=AwardWinners

And now for something completely different... In Steveston if you want to try that quaint British tradition of High Tea, the place to check out is Adorabelle Tea Room. http://www.adorabelletearoom.com/

And some of the best Belgian Waffles in Metro Vancouver are to be found in Steveston at Damien's Belgian Waffles. http://www.damienswaffles.ca/

And Steveston is an interesting area to walk around - it started out as fishing village and cannery and its heritage buildings and look are used as the setting for the town of Storybrooke in the TV fantasy show Once Upon a Time. You can walk along Fisherman's Wharf, there is the Gulf of Georgia national historic site and museum, walk around Garry Point Park or along the South Dykes (from Garry Point park). http://www.richmond.ca/parksrec/ptc/trails/exploring/route1.htm
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