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3 nights in Vancouver

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3 nights in Vancouver

We're doing 7 nights on Vancouver Island, followed by an Alaskan Cruise, before heading back up from Seattle to Vancouver for our last 3 nights at the end of August 2012. Would like to see a bit of the city, but not stay there. Don't plan on hiring a car. Ideally we'd like to be somewhere scenic, by water or forest with views from the accommodation. To be near enough to the city to access by sea bus or something would be great....is staying in Deep Cove a good option ? close enough to explore the city for a day and hike elsewhere for another day ? Any suggestions would be really appreciated.

Edited: 4:26 pm, April 16, 2012
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1. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

There is no hotel in the Deep Cove area. http://pinnaclepierhotel.com/ is across from the city with lovely harbour views. It is 100 paces from many restaurants and the Seabus that terminates at the Canada Line subway to/from the airport. The bus loop next to the North Van end of the Seabus can take you to hiking areas in like Lynn Canyon or many others.

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2. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

Thank you...Sounds good, as do the reviews for Pinnacle...perhaps a few nights in the city North Vancouver) is the right way to finish off a honeymoon. I think, having never been to Vancouver before, I'm over estimating the 'Cityness' of the place...I hear it's not densely populated with lots of space ?

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3. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

On one trip to the Vancouver area we stayed in White Rock in a B&B and loved it - a google image search for White Rock BC should give you a feel for the place. It's a lovely seaside location, and if you stay on Marine Drive you could get a nice ocean view. Assuming you're from Guildford UK, you will definitely find that Vancouver is much less built up overall than most UK cities and indeed towns. The downtown core is very 'city-ish', but in a really beautiful way! Happy researching!

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4. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

Actually it is one of the world's most densely populated downtown areas due to the height of many residential buildings right downtown. However with water and sea-walks on three sides and plenty of green space, beaches and mountain views it doesn't feel crowded at all. White Rock is indeed lovely. It is about an hour from downtown so not as convenient as North Van or staying central.

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5. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

Deep Cove has its charms. One is that it is a cove, very small, with a main street of about 200 meters, but busy enough in the summer. Friday night concerts in the park in July and August. Kayaking and boating off shore. There are two roads to Deep Cove, one is the Dollarton Highway and the other is Mount Seymour Parkway. So it is a cul-de-sac of sorts.

There is Cates Park nearby which has a trail through the woods along Indian Arm for quite a way. There are several trails: see the following website for 1. Baden Powell, Deep Cove to Lynn Canyon, Rice Lake (which I really enjoy), Lynn Loop.

Northlands Golf Course has a very nice restaurant, open to the public, with a very nice outlook onto the greens and forest. Deer views are free. Taxi $15. There's also Calvin's at Mt. Seymour Parkway and Mount Seymour Road, with no view, but exceptionally good food at reasonable prices. Taxi $11.

vancouvertrails.com/regions/the-north-shore/

The other side of the coin is that Deep Cove is so lush because it's on the eastern edge of the North Shore mountains and the clouds have had enough time to build up enough moisture over the water to dump a lot of it there. West Van is generally driest, then Lynn Valley, then Deep Cove. But it is August you are talking about and the chances are the weather will be all right.

Here are a couple of B&B's in Deep Cove that you might be interested in researching:

Lockehaven Waterfront Resort: www.lockehaven.ca

Stonehaven B&B: www.stonehavenbedandbreakfast.com

With 3 nights, you might just get under the wire of the min 3 nights stay at Lockehaven. And you might spend one day in town, as the bus would take 1 hour to get into downtown Van from there. So with your particular situation, with a honeymoon and only 3 nights, it might suit just fine.

Edited: 7:16 pm, April 16, 2012
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Wow...lots to consider, we seem to be moving towards a city hotel now. Granville Island Hotel looks to have the peace and quiet plus location near to down town. Bit pricey though. Thanks to all for taking he time to reply....lovely to have the choice and advice.

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7. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

Yes, there are lots of waterfront or water view locations close to parks but still convenient to the city to choose from. I was going to suggest you look at Bowen Island - I used to work with people who live there - but it isn't particularly convenient to the city. Out around UBC is another terrific location you could consider.

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8. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

Thanks again...just booked three nights at the Pinnacle Pier Hotel in North Vancouver. Very reasonable prices too.

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9. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

That's a beautiful hotel! Good choice.

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10. Re: 3 nights in Vancouver

So...we managed to cash in on Virgin Atlantic’s 50% reduction in flights a couple of weeks ago (£498/person direct from Heathrow) the drop in price only lasted a day. We decided to extend our stay on Vancouver Island, arriving 2 nights earlier at Eagle Cove in Sooke. This has got me thinking about exploring the island a little more as we have 9 nights at our Sooke base. Would it be worth driving to the Pacific Rim National Park and staying in a B&B for one night, as Tofino seems special, as does Ucluelet. Any suggestions for a day trip out of Sooke if we head off at dawn, would it be worth driving to the Tofino area and staying one night before returning later the next day ?...how long is the drive to the Pacific Rim National Park / Tofino or even Cathedral Grove ?

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