Vancouver/Whistler Travel Advice

on Nov 02, 2009 @ 03:14 pm

I'm planning a 1 week trip to Vancouver and Whistler in November. Any suggestions from the Vancouver chickies on fun things to do on a very tight budget?! Oh, and the catch, I am travelling with my boyfriend and his brother, so they can't be totally girly activities :)

Any suggestions would be great!

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Miss K
Travels travels on Nov 03, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

So I'm a TO girl but I did spend 10 days in beautiful Vancouver in summer 2008. I was living right downtown so everything was very very close.

A few suggestions:
- Stanley park - take a whole day and walk around the park, there's a free trolley that takes you around the whole thing if you get tired of walking. Stunning views!

- There's a really amazing sushi restaurant, across from a really big HMV, I forget what it's called, but if you ask someone, they'll know what you're talking about. Fantastic food!

- Explore Gastown but only during the day - it's REALLY SKETCHY at night

- Go up on the observation tower, it's around the Pender and Seymore intersection. You can see the whole city from there and the ticket allows you to go up there as many times as you want during the day.

- Check out UBC the campus is so very pretty.

You mentioned you're going to Whistler too, I spent a day there. If you and your travel mates have the guts, go bungee jumping. they will even provide transportation from the travel info center in the Whistler village. So much fun and they take pictures for you too.

Granville Island is pretty great too and make sure to check out the shopping.

Have a fantastic trip!

Vancouver, Whistler & beyond! on Nov 05, 2009 @ 10:15 am

I am a TO girl as well but I currently live halfway between both cities (Squamish) and do explore Van/Whistler every weekend.

for Vancouver I would suggest:

Stanley Park

Prospect Point (this is in Stanley park and there is a moderately priced pub/restaurant that overlooks the Lions Gate Bridge)

Grouse Gondola (you can see Van from up there if it is not cloudy) - this is about $35

Lynn Valley Canyon (this is a suspension bridge and is free)

Capilano Suspension Bridge (this costs about $30 and is twice as high as Lynn Valley but costs $$)

Yaletown (great place to check out boutique shops and patios and restaurants)

Gastown (I agree with MissK, this is more a day time thing)

Granville Island (this is like their version of the Harbourfront are, you can take a sea bus over to the island for $6)

Robson street is one of Vancouver's shopping districts. For a big mall, there is Metrotown in Burnaby.

Commercial St district reminds me of a Yonge/Eg feel in terms of restaurants and little shops.

As for Whistler, check out:

GLC (Garibaldi Lift Company) for a pub, they have great wahoo chicken and tuscetta)

RimRock is YUMMY but an expensive restaurant if you feel like doing a very fancy dinner

walk the village (there are lots of restaurants, boutiques etc. there)

visit the Olympic Village (you can go see where the action up in Whistler will take place.

If you stop in Squamish on your way up to Whistler,the following things are right on Hwy 99 on the way up... check out:

The Squamish Adventure Centre (for approx 25-50 each depending on the flight you can get a plane to take the three of you up through the mountains in a small plane or helicopter so you can see the mountains from above). The Squamish Aventure Centre has info about what's going on the area, Whistler and Vancouver as well, free pamplets you can pick up and also free movies are screened showing activities in the area.

The Chief (this is the second's biggest Granite rock in North America) and a great 3 hour-ish hike up and down if you are into that sort of thing.

Brohm Lake (this is a great hike and scenic if you are into that sort of thing)

If you want suggestions on places to eat or something more specific, let me know!


Travel card on Nov 06, 2009 @ 03:24 pm

I bought this pass when I was in Vancouver/Whistler and it was such a good deal!

THANKS! on Nov 07, 2009 @ 09:47 pm

Thanks for the great suggestions ladies, I'm getting so pumped, we leave in less than 2 weeks! I'm also totally curious about Gastown now...I'll remember daytime is key!


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