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How to spend a day to get orientated to Vancouver. Start at Canada Place. Walk the cruise ship terminal from east to west then walk around the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre. Continue your walk past the seaplanes towards Stanley Park. Pass the yachts and launches until Denman Street just west of the Bayshore Inn. Walk a hundred metres south on Denman to one of the many bike rental companies. Rent a bike and cycle north to the seawalk and then ride west around Stanely Park. Exit the park along the beaches of English Bay and the entrance to False Creek. Take the foot/bike ferry from the waterside of the Aquatic Centre a few hundred metres to Granville Island. Lock the bike and walk the island. Explore the market for a look at west coast seafood. Retrieve your bike and take another foot/bike ferry from the dock in front of the market across False Creek to Marinaside, the entrance to Yaletown. Explore Yaletown before heading north past the domed stadium and hockey rink past Chinatown and into Gastown. From Gastown head westward back to Denman Street to return your bike. Walk south along Denman Street and select a restaurant to relax and debrief. Your walk and ride day will take more or less eight hours and present you with many options to snack, dine and see the city. Not a bad first orientation day!
If you are looking for some expert guidance try some of the great tour operators in Vancouver:
For more information on activities in Vancouver, check out Tourism Vancouver's things to do page
For information on exploring Vancouver even further with the help of public transit visit Tour by Transit - Vancouver BC
For information from professional local outdoor guides to do something special and learn the "secrets" of Vancouver, go to: Real Vancouverites