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11. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 7y

Victoria is a nice little place-lots of 'shoppes' selling 'olde this and 'olde' that but there's so much more to see why waste you time fighting middle aged tourist hordes?

I felt much the same about Granville Island. Don't be fooled by the alluring sound of "market." It was a slice of Gatlinburg or Branson.

12. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 7y

Quoting rbyslipahs

I felt much the same about Granville Island. Don't be fooled by the alluring sound of "market." It was a slice of Gatlinburg or Branson.

Sad to say it's definitely headed that way.

I've lived within a 10 minute walk of the place for decades and was a regular there all that time but no longer.

The air brushed Tee shirts of wolf packs, the sellers of wind chimes, the multitudinous sellers of sugar in ever variety imaginable have laid siege to the place and all the Sake Breweries in the world can't clean the stench of downmarket crowds from the place.

13. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

Drive up to Tofino.

I promise you won't regret it.

14. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 894 posts) 7y

Right, Sam's eschew of Bowen Island is mostly, I assume, because I suggested it(we're having a little thing.)....Take out of it what you will.

Renting a car, though, is certainly worthwhile in Vancouver and the environs. The reason is that Vancouver is NOT a beautiful city. Vancouver is an average city in SPECTACULAR surroundings. The core of Vancouver is clean and completely serviceable and little else. Our Art Gallery is poor...(Though they are having a RARERARERARE feature of Rembrandts this summer.) and once you get out of the downtown core,the place turns into regular suburbia, with nothing to recommend it, in my opinion. Life there is good...But the passing traveller won't glean this.

The truly spectacular places to see are too far away by bus to enjoy. It is a long trek to get to Deep Cove, for instance. The drive up the Sea to Sky highway on a bus is lessened. Going to the top of Grouse or Seymour is less fun....Going to the Lynn Valley Viewpoint the same...These are all well out of downtown. You have said you have limited time.....Don't waste it on the bus if you have the means to have a car.

So, let's say you listen to Grizzley Sam and decide against Bowen...Fine enough....Then I would suggest Lighthouse Park. A lovely hike with some beautiful craggy rocks. Fantastic photo ops, and litte secluded nooks and crannies where various things could be accomplished...

Nice, too, for a stroll, and some photos and a great view, is Jericho Beach.

Hope you have fun.


15. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

If you are looking to see a different side of Vancouver, or are not from a big city, you could go check out east hastings.

Depending on what your used to, you may be more comfortable just driving through, as opposed to walking.

16. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3742 posts) 7y

When I worked in Vancouver I used to go through East Hastings most days on the bus. It's definitely an eye-opener and I don't think I've ever seen anywhere quite like it. I wouldn't recommend walking it though, and definitely not at night.

Another nice thing to do is to hire a bike and cycle around the waterfront.

17. Posted by j3nn1f3r14 (Budding Member 60 posts) 7y

def hire some bikes and cycle round stanley park, very beautiful and right in downtown vancouver!

18. Posted by niterider (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

If you're going to take a side trip to Vancouver island, Take the loop through Nanaimo on your arrival or departure. You will get two different ferry rides and views of Georgia Strait and visit some nice sights.

Worth the drive to MacMillan Provincial Park, better known as Cathedral Grove, this unique park was created to protect and preserve accessible stands of Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar. Also stop at Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park for long sandy beach with safe swiming and hiking

Take a foot ferry to Newcastle Island which has a long and colourful history as the site for: historic Salish First Nations villages, coal mining and sandstone quarrying, a fishing industry, shipbuilding and a 1900s era pleasure resort.

Also don't miss Chemanius, city of murals, about have way between Nanaimo and Victoria

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