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1. Posted by sugarfree (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Im travelling to Vancouver this summer for vacation, mainly to eat and play and have fun. So I would like to know the popular places to go, such as amusement parks, resorts, or any scenic spots that are worth visiting. I also want to know if there's any famous restuarants there. thanks for the suggestions ;)

2. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

My dad lives in Vancouver and I can tell you it is about as beautiful as it gets. I'll start with the obvious, even in summer it can be rainy and cool so bring appropriate clothes.

Since you mentioned amusement parks I've got a great thing that is not for the faint of heat: the Capliano Suspension Bridge. http://www.seevancouvercard.com/attractions/capilano_suspension_bridge.html Wow, had no idea it cost $30, guess when you travel with dad these things go unnoticed if you know what I mean. But it really is amazing and I hope you check it out.

You also have to take a ferry ride to Vancouver Island and the famous Butchart Gardens. http://www.butchartgardens.com/the-gardens/

As for restaurants etc there is everything there. Gas Town is the trendy part of town that every city has, this is a good spot to find a great meal. A drive through Stanley Park is also on the list. Every night at 9:00 they fire off a cannon, the "9:00 gun". And every night my dad made us race upstairs to his telescope which was permanently fixed to that cannon. He got such a kick out of seeing the flash, then hearing the boom at his house in North Vancouver exactly 9 seconds later. After the third night we went up to watch strictly to humor him.

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4. Posted by SamSalmon (Respected Member 626 posts) 5y

I've lived here all my adult life-it's a great place but also quite expensive and heavily trafficked by tourist hordes.

So you can stick to places like the grossly overrated and hideously overpriced Capilano Suspension Bridge or visit the sublime and 100% free Lynn Canyon

As to playing and having fun check out the sailing options @ Jericho Sailing Club lunch in the Galley is sure to please and not just for the million dollar view.

Be sure to take a Whale Watching trip.

You might want to rent a bike you might want to walk about the city -both are easy and fun.

Restaurants we have aplenty and it's Asian food which is done best here-check out some of the Guu Izakayas that are so popular-and with good reason.

If it's high end Sushi you want then there's no better place than Octopus Garden just a few blocks from my house in fact.Sushi is widely available and wildly popular but many places aren't run by Japanese at all and the overall quality/cleanliness suffers-choose carefully.

So called 'famous restaurants' are to avoided-I could list a couple notorious tourist traps but why bother?

[ Edit: Edited on 21-Mar-2011, at 12:37 by SamSalmon ]

5. Posted by Falukozi (Budding Member 56 posts) 5y

Another place you might want to take a wander down is Commercial drive. It is a neat area with lots of cool shops and things to see. If you happen to be around the drive on a Sunday night the park near by called trout lake usually has fire spinners in it around dusk.

6. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Quoting SamSalmon

I've lived here all my adult life-it's a great place but also quite expensive and heavily trafficked by tourist hordes.

So you can stick to places like the grossly overrated and hideously overpriced Capilano Suspension Bridge or visit the sublime and 100% free Lynn Canyon

Thank you for clarifying this Sam. I knew one was cheaper than the other but when I looked at the map I got Capilano mixed up with Lynn Canyon.

OP: Forget Capilano, go to the Lynn Canyon one.

7. Posted by DaveinMD (Respected Member 198 posts) 5y

Oh and I love the fish hatchery but then again I love stuff like that.