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Bobandus
Member since Aug 2018
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Vancouver
Gotta go to Vancouver for a few days for a conference. Any tips/suggestions?


TexasTiger08
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Member since Oct 2006
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re: Vancouver
Go to gastown. Hit up Grouse Mountain for great views. Granville Island is crowded, but has a great open market with various foods.

I’d also say Main Street has some great little bars and restaurants if you go South of Downtown.

Stay away from Hastings Street east of downtown. Shitload of bums and druggies over there.


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SpartyGator
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re: Vancouver
Stanley Park is really nice


RonFNSwanson
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Member since Mar 2012
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re: Vancouver
The women in the strip clubs take their panties off. That's all I got.


Bunsbert Montcroff
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Member since Jan 2008
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re: Vancouver
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Stanley Park is really nice

another vote for stanley park. you can rent a cruiser bike and do a quick loop around the park, that was fun. there's also a nice aquarium in stanley park.

another poster mentioned granville island, worth checking out but busy. we bought spot prawns for dinner off of a boat there. got fish and chips and a smoked oyster sandwich from go fish (worth the long wait).

downtown: go to medina for breakfast, order the cassoulet. eat a japadog and get the butter/soy sauce fries on the side.

gastown: lucky's donuts and killer espresso bars on every block. revolver and timbertrain stand out as two we enjoyed. went to the alibi room for dinner and awesome local beers.

we actually enjoyed getting out of the city more than the city itself. spent a day hiking and trail running capilano river park (ok, so pretty much in town - north vancounver) and checking out the salmon hatchery. went to squamish and hung out there, took the sea to sky gondola and did the shannon basin loop (about a 6 mile hike). didn't make it to whistler, but wishing we had.
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geauxpurple
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New Orleans
Member since Jul 2014
3727 posts

re: Vancouver
If you have time, I recommend taking the ferry to Victoria. We went up a week early for an Alaskan cruise and divided our time between Victoria and Vancouver. Two great places to visit.


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Paul Allen
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re: Vancouver
Horseshoe Bay is gorgeous


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Bobandus
Member since Aug 2018
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re: Vancouver
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The women in the strip clubs take their panties off. That's all I got.


I'll be sure to pack my sweatpants



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nctiger71
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North Carolina
Member since Oct 2017
434 posts

re: Vancouver
I like Vancouver a lot, been there twice. The ride to Whistler is great but if you are only there a few days you probably don't have time for that. This was taken as we were driving to Whistler.
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Stanley Park is worth going to but we enjoyed just walking around the downtown area. The first day we were there we went to Stanley Park; did not have a very good map, got turned around and ended up walking a lot farther than we intended. We had taken one of the hop-on & off buses there and we had to find a stop.

Rather than walking around you could rent a bike. That's what these people are doing and there are bike lanes on some of the streets.
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We stayed in a hotel on Hornby street about 3 or 4 blocks from where the cruise ships dock and about 1/2 mile from Gastown.
We were there in August for 3 days after a cruise. When we were leaving for the flight at 4:00 am there was a group of sharply dressed early 20 year old girls, I'm guessing, coming out of what I thought was a bar next to the hotel. I thought WTH, I'm getting up and they are just now going home. I looked it up when we got home.

It is Brandi's Exotic Show Lounge. That might be worth checking out.


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igoringa
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Tejas
Member since Jun 2007
10887 posts

re: Vancouver
quote:

Gotta go to Vancouver for a few days for a conference. Any tips/suggestions?


Really depends on what you dig. If you like the cosmopolitan aspects of the city or are in to nature.

See a lot of talk about Capilano which is cool - a smaller but more local place is Lynn Canyon which is also in North Vancouver.

I was born and raised there - I will keep an eye on this post if you have any specific questions.


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soccerfüt
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Member since May 2013
34744 posts

re: Vancouver
Heavy Asian presence there, just informative, not judging.

Folks there from all over the world, many different cuisines available in the local restaurants.

Ditto on visiting Granville Island, Uber if you want to drink, traffic can be bad.


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crazycubes
Member since Jan 2016
4618 posts

re: Vancouver
Just finished up a day in Vancouver (stayed a day for a Disney Cruise )

Did the hop-on-hop-off bus. It was really easy to head through town that way. Got to see all of Vancouver. We were in an open air bus .

Drove through Stanley Park. Not too bad.

Granville Island was nice.

Ate at Medina’s for breakfast, awesome!

Went to China Town for lunch, found a cool spot , China Town BBQ. Get the BBQ pork and chicken. Luckily the manager spoke English , no one else in the restaurant did!

Lots of bums and used needles

Overall , nice town.


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drockw1
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Member since Jun 2006
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re: Vancouver
My favorite area is Yaletown, a clean area of town with numerous bars & restaurants with patios/porches overlooking the streets. We made this our home base (AirBnb)...some favorites in that area:

Rodney's Oyster House (great happy hour)
The Keg (great rooftop bar for pre-dinner cocktails)
Cioppino's
Flying Pig


Granville Island is a great way to spend an afternoon, there's a decent brewery there but take one of the little tiny boat ferries to Craft Beer Market for better options.

Echoing Stanley Park...we rented bikes and cruised throughout, ending up near Sunset Beach Park. Cactus Club Cafe overlooks the beach and is a nice spot for a snack

Other spots around town we enjoyed:
Vij's (excellent Indian food)
Meat & Bread (get the porchetta w/ salsa verde)
Fets Whiskey Kitchen
Beaucoup Bakery




igoringa
LSU Fan
Tejas
Member since Jun 2007
10887 posts

re: Vancouver
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China Town


You mean all of Hongcouver? Lol.

You couldn’t imagine how different that city is since pre Expo 86 (followed by the ‘98 Hong Kong matter). Night and day. All cities grow and change but the dynamic in play there was surreal.

Only thing that didn’t change is the Canucks will never win the Stanley Cup. We got Stanley Park instead lol.

Bonus vancouver trivia - lions gate bridge was built by the Guinness family (ie Guinness book or world records) in exchange for the “British Properties” (significant portion of West Vancouver).... which is now some of the most expensive real estate in a very expensive city.

One other note - when thinking Capilano suspension bridge and area, don’t forget about the little sister of Lynn Canyon. Same concepts but free and more local. Lynn Valley was my hood growing up.



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Bobandus
Member since Aug 2018
12 posts

re: Vancouver
Haven't checked back in on this thread in a while, but I have a few questions since my trip to vancouver is coming up.

I understand there is no uber/lyft there. Whats the best way to get around? Cabs? Public transit? What about car sharing like Evo and cars2go?

Also are most major credit cards accepted there? Visa, mastercard, discover, amex?

Feel free to share any restaurant/food recs too.

And bars/nightlife - not into crazy dance clubs or anything, but where would be my best bet at finding some good looking womenz (20-30 y.o.) to chase.


HoustonGumbeauxGuy
LSU Fan
Member since Jul 2011
16275 posts

re: Vancouver
No Uber or Lyft, take a taxi



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Lsupimp
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The Mean Streets of Baton Rudge
Member since Nov 2003
58668 posts

re: Vancouver
IMHO, it’s a top 3 North American city.

Chinatown
Burrard street walk around and dining
Capilano suspension bridge
Canada Center
Gastown
Robson Street
Granville Market
Seawalk bike ride
Head up to Whistler ( beautiful scenery on the drive)




Bobandus
Member since Aug 2018
12 posts

re: Vancouver
Anyone have experience with the car share services they have? Like zipcar, cars2go, and evo? Seems like a great deal, but how readily available is free public parking? I worry about having to search all over the place to park when I'm finished with the car.


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