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“Vancouver border crossing”
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Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
118 helpful votes
“Vancouver border crossing”
Reviewed January 2, 2009

I would like to share our experience of driving back from Vancouver to Seattle the day before New Year's Eve 2008/9. We were warned that even though the in-bound crossing (US to CA) is fast, the out-bound crossing is a different matter. Indeed this was the case. Cars were backed up for at least half-a mile and only about 40 were allowed to cross at a time in two lanes (see photo). We had to stop to wait for two turns (at 30 minutes per turn, allowing for on average half a minute per car) before inching forward to the guards, who asked us two questions before allowing us on. The whole trip from Vancouver to Seattle, including border-crossing, took 5 hours.

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Cramlington Northumberland
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
53 helpful votes
“Our final stop”
Reviewed November 15, 2008

We loved Vancouver and there was so much to do in the area that we never had a dull moment. On the city tour we visited Stanley Park which is fantastic with loads to see in the 1000 acres. We also went to Grouse Mountain and took a cable car to the top and thought the views from up there were tremendous. We then visited Capilano Park and traversed the suspension bridge - and have the certificates to prove it - interesting place to visit with native indians demonstrating their crafts. Good restaurant at the park. A city tour to remember! The next day we took the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island. We called at Butchart Gardens which have to be the most sensational gardens we have ever seen. We then went on to Victoria, the capital of the island, and that is a really pretty city with a beautiful harbour. We would go back to Vanouver at any time given the chance. We stayed at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites. We upgraded and had a fabulous room for the last three nights of our holiday. Jacuzzi, a bed big enough for four , robes, slippers, chocolates - you get my drift. Service was very efficient and friendly & we would be quite happy to stay there again.

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Cumberland, Rhode Island
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
8 helpful votes
“Loved Vancouver!”
Reviewed November 6, 2008

What a great city! Lots to see and very friendly people. Stayed at the Ramada on Granville. Not the greatest neighborhood, but right in the middle of things. Just walk one block over in any direction and find a street that is in better shape. Granville is under construction so the street is home to many homeless folks, which may put some people off. (I gave them lots of money for food and shelter.) The city is having a lot of construction for the upcoming Olympics, but there is still lots to do and see. Stanley Park is their version of Central Park. Very lovely, take the horse drawn cart and learn the history. See the fabulous totem poles. I also recommend Dr. Sun Yat Sen garden. It is a traditional chinese home and garden, and there is a public garden next to it. Very nice, tour takes about an hour and is only $10. Also hop a ferry or bus over to Granville Island. They have musicians, and shops and a great farmers market with food stands too. We bought some blue cheese and a baguette and enjoyed the free musicians. Bus is only $2.50 and ferry over is only $3.00. When is season, take in a Vancouver Cannucks hockey game-also right in town. This is a city we would return too-you can walk if you are a good walker.

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Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
30 helpful votes
“We'd move there tomorrow !”
Reviewed October 7, 2008

We spent 2 weeks in Vancouver with my wife's best friend from school
(Friends ReUnited!) and her partner, about 1 mile South of the city centre, in September 2008. First thoughts - a beautiful, alive, varied, clean, exciting, welcoming city, right on the Pacific, so you get the best of a city centre, parks, amazing tourist attractions and a coast, all in one holiday, and only 15 minutes from the airport. The people - in hotels, shops, restaurants - are SO friendly, helpful, caring and considerate - nothing is too much trouble for them - and you wonder why the rest of the world isn't like this. Eating out, in the city centre, is half the price we pay in Luton ! and at least three times as good an experience.

We went to Goose Mountain (cable car, magnificent views of the city, lumberjack spectacular, grizzly bears (behind a fence!)); over the Capilano Suspension Bridge (motto - Soiling Knickers since 1887!); up to Whistler, the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics and a fabulous shopping village; into Gastown, the tourist centre, round Granville Island (not an island - more like Camden Market); inland to the Kelowna winemaking district (with 62 wineries...!), walked round the perimeter of Stanley Park (like Hyde Park) with the Pacific in front of us, and so much more.....the holiday of a lifetime, and not expensive considering all we saw and how much we enjoyed ourselves.

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Altamonte Springs, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
6 reviews
13 helpful votes
“Beautiful British Columbia”
Reviewed September 29, 2008

Well first of all I lived in Surrey, British Columbia, which is about a 20-30 minute drive from Vancouver. The whole province is spectacular. Vancouver has a great nightlife and great shopping. If you head down to Robson St. you are sure to find the chic boutiques and the high class designer stores everybody is familiar with. Vancouver is full of places to explore. It has something for everyone. Whether its shopping, eating, relaxing or going outdoors. There are so many places I'm not sure where to begin.

Grouse Mountain is must. You can hike up the mountain or take the skyride which is a great way to get a view of Vancouver. There are activites from ziplining, paragliding, helicoptor tours and much more.

If you go in the summer you will most likely run into the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition) otherwise known as Playland. It is a highly anticipated theme park that comes every summer to Vancouver. It has dog shows, petting zoos, showcases, dances, hundreds of different kinds of food and not to mention the rides!

Granville Island is also a must. It is a very nice feel to it. It is a small island but it has a bridge that leads to it. So, basically it is connected to the city. I always loved going to Granville Island. It has a market place with only the freshest fruits, veggies and meat products. They have rare foods there to indulge in. As you walk along the island you can enjoy many of the galleries full of indeginous art and foreign relics.

Another magnificent place and an opporunity to awaken the inner child in you is Science World. A large dome structure that looks like Epcot, only it's in downtown Vancouver. It has so many things to do including an Imax theatre inside the dome.

For some other great shopping I recommend heading to Metrotown. A gigantic three story mall located in Burnaby. It has all the stores a mall should have and the ones they shouldn't too!

Another great thing to do would be to get on the skytrain. The skytrain is a metro that is used by mostly all the locals and is very convenient. With locations scattered all over Surrey, Burnaby and Vancouver you can get from place to place with only a few dollars a day. It has stops at Surrey Central, Metrotown, downtown Vancouver, the waterfront , Science World/China town, the stadium and many more.Vancouver is just booming with activites!

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