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I can’t even count the number of times I’ve been to Vancouver. In August of 2007, I was supposed to take a trip down to North Carolina. However, unfortunate circumstances forced me to cancel that trip. So, with two weeks to kill, I decided to take a spur-of-the moment trip to Vancouver with the intent of playing tourist. See, although I’ve been to Vancouver countless times, it was always for a weekend here, and night there, usually to watch my beloved Vancouver Canucks play a hockey game. Needless to say, it had been quite some time since I had been to the city and actually spent quality time there.

So, it was settled- I would go to Vancouver for 2 weeks and pretend like I had never been there. I was new to Vancouver.

The Port
I had my hopes set on seeing all the local tourist traps. First order of business was to decide where I was going to stay. I had the option of staying at three different places- Coquitlam, West Vancouver, or Burnaby. I have family living in these three areas. Seeing as I was going to be using public transit quite a lot, I decided to stay in Burnaby, about 1 block away from Metrotown mall and sky train stop. Perfect for me. So, I called up my Aunt and told her I’d be paying her a visit. On the telephone I found out that my other Aunt who lives with her would be jetting off to Brazil two days after I planned on arriving, so I could have her room while she was gone. It turned out to be perfect timing. The next day I was on the road.

The drive from my hometown of Vernon to BC’s largest city takes about 4.

North Vancouver
5 hours. It’s also quite a nice drive through the mountains with many opportunities to stop in little towns along the way. The only place I stopped was in Hope to fill up the car with gas, though. I wanted to make it into Vancouver before rush hour started. Anybody who has been to Vancouver knows what a nightmare the traffic can be. I actually have an uncle who moved to Vernon, from Vancouver, because the traffic is so bad. So, a word to the wise- leave early enough that you will get into Vancouver before 2pm. That’s about when the traffic volume starts to increase dramatically.

As I drove down Johnson Hill towards the Port Mann Bridge at around 1pm, though, the traffic was at a standstill. I thought there might be an accident ahead. However, as I neared the bridge, I realized there was no reason for the back-up.

Harbour Centre
I got over the bridge, and everything was fine again. I think it may be time for another bridge.

I got to my Aunt’s no problem, although did get delayed by road construction when I took my exit off the #1. According to myself, this is when my vacation started. Arriving at my destination meant the hard work was done. My two Aunts and I stayed in and watched a movie that night. The next day was when the fun began.

I’d say that half my vacation was spent by myself, the other half with assorted relatives. In Vancouver I have 5 aunts (one of whom left to Brazil while I was there), 2 uncles and a couple of cousins, one of which was in Australia at the time of my visit. It was a novel idea to them all that I was there for longer than a weekend. Usually when I’m there, I don’t ever see most of them. The ones who don’t see me on my short trips in find out that I was there after I’ve already gone back to Vernon.

The Province (newspaper)
So, they all were adamant that I spend time with them. So much so that they set up things for me to do with them. Also, my aunt that I was staying with was so excited I was there because it gave her the excuse to play tourist in her own city. She was doing things and seeing things she hadn’t in a long time. It was pretty fun.

Vancouver hi-lights included:

A day trip to Whistler

A day trip into Washington state

Opening day of the PNE

Lonsdale Quay Market

Vancouver Art Gallery

Stanley Park

BC Lions vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Gastown

IMAX movies

Granville Island

Hanging out at English Bay

IKEA!

Museum of Anthropology at UBC

And more….

vulindlela says:
That sure is one of the worlds most beautiful cities!
Of course, they have the best hockey team too!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2008
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Canada Place
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The Port
The Port
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Harbour Centre
Harbour Centre
The Province (newspaper)
The Province (newspaper)
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Hotel Vancouver
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Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Art Gallery
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BC Place Stadium and GM Place
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Dolphins at the aquarium
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Welcome to the Vancouver Aquarium
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