We arrived by train around noon yesterday. Disembarking was a production but customs was swift.No cabs for the long line so we walked a bit and found our own. Got to our hotel, the Loden, on Melville between Bute and Thurlow. Had we known, Thurlow and Georgia is a mecca for food trucks for lunch!! and Bute and Melville, has some casual eateries. The hotel is great. Staff great. Many, Many nice touches. We took a nice ferry ride to Lonsdale quay-which is merely a mall. But views of mountains and water and boats abound!!! We walked thru Gastown on Water St. very chic -may do again.
Today our fabulous hotel has a free London cab which took us to the ferry dock for Granville Island. a must. It was a beautiful day and the public market has high quality crafts and food! fun for lunch outdoors. Then we opted to walk over the seawall to see the Totem poles in Stanley Park. What a beautiful walk.
Tonight we may try a night market tomorrow night maybe the hot Indian restaurant. and maybe two museums.
An aside I was last here for about 30 hours 30 years ago and all I remember are the totem poles and th bridges restaurant which I enjoyed then and is still here.