Hello friendly Vancouver locals!
My family is planning to visit your city from March 9-19, 2007. We will be visiting to get a "feel" for local neighborhoods, especially those with trees! We're travelling with our two daughters, ages 15 and 12, so we'd also like to visit some schools to get a sense of their individual cultural climates (Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Battle Ground HS, Skyview HS, and others...) I've prepared myself by reading much objective material from the internet, what I'm seeking is simply your personal opinions/ideas/insights as to the areas we may want to consider exploring on this trip. We hope to return this summer for a much, much longer stay. We are a progressive, liberal family and want to expose our teenage daughters to a creative, supportive and beautiful environment. From previous visits to WA and OR we know your area has much to offer (magnificent beauty, down-to-earth people, great beer, coffee, and food), we are just unfamiliar with your particular city and the insight only people who live there can subjectively offer.
We'll be staying at the Residence Inn, Vancouver (thanks to tripadvisor advice!) which seems like a good, central place from which to visit the area. I've been reading Portland Forums so I thank you for all the info you've shared there, and thank you now, in advance, for your help with our upcoming Vancouver trip.