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Vacation - need ideas of fun things to do in Vancouver , Canada?

HI All: I need Ideas of where to go in Vancouver Canada. Like what's there to do..... I'm planning to go there with my girlfriend for her birthday in October and a couple of other friends. We want to have a lot of fun. Any ideas of gay bars/ clubs. Ideas on: What to visit What's historical What's a must see/go Where to have breakfast/lunch / dinner What's a must eat We are only going for about 4 days....... I need help in planning this........ Thank you very much! Evey


  1. Vancouver is great. I grew up there. 1. Storyeum Located in Gastown, Storyeum is a new and highly entertaining way to learn more about Vancouver's past. Actors lead visitors into a series of specially designed theatres for time-capsule enactments of key epochs and events, complete with special effects. 2. Gastown & the Steam Clock Gastown is the oldest part of Vancouver, a low-rise brick district from the late 19th century, now making a comeback after years of neglect. Stroll down Water Street, timing your visit so you'll be in front of the famous steam clock when it steams and chimes at noon. You might also want to shop for a piece of First Nations art at one of Gastown's specialty galleries. Incendio If it's lunchtime and you're in the mood for pizza, head over to Incendio, 103 Columbia St. (tel. 604/688-8694). Crispy, delicious pizzas at moderate prices make this a local Gastown fave. 4. Chinatown Vancouver's vibrant, fascinating Chinatown lies just east of Gastown, and you can walk there or drive. Though parts of Chinatown are touristy, the street markets are lively and authentic. Poke around the district and you'll be surprised at what you discover, including the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden. 5. Granville Island You can easily drive to Granville Island via the Granville Bridge, but it's lots more fun to hop on one of the miniferries from Yaletown Landing and take a 10-minute trip across False Creek. The public market is pure sensory overload, crammed with every kind of produce, seafood, and food product imaginable, while the area around it is a browser's heaven of shops, galleries, and outdoor-adventure outfitters. 6. Kitsilano You can drive or walk to Kitsilano, the funkily upbeat neighborhood west of Granville Island. Check out the buffed beach scene at scenic Kitsilano Beach, facing English Bay. One of the world's largest freshwater pools is there, if you want a summertime swim. Then stroll through the neighborhood to appreciate its appealing charm. 7. Vancouver Art Gallery You can drive or you can hop on a no. 4 or 7 bus on 4th Avenue for the 15-minute ride back to downtown Vancouver. Head for the Vancouver Art Gallery, and make your way specifically to the museum's collection of hauntingly atmospheric paintings by B.C. native Emily Carr. Her moodily expressive works sum up all that is grand and glorious in the Pacific Northwest landscape. 8. Dinner Cap off your day with a memorable meal at West, 2881 Granville St. (tel. 604/738-8938), a culinary highpoint of the city and winner of Vancouver Magazine's Best Restaurant award in 2005. Whistler and Victoria North Vancouver At Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park, you can test your love-hate relationship with heights on the narrow, bouncy suspension footbridge that spans a scenic ravine, or you can hike under the canopies of the tallest trees on a series of tree bridges. Afterwards, drive to the nearby SkyRide gondola and be transported to the summit of Grouse Mountain Resort, where you'll enjoy panoramic views of the entire region and can choose from different places to dine atop the mountain. There are casual dining rooms and picnic areas at Capilano and Grouse Mountain, or you can enjoy fine Pacific Northwest cuisine and a panoramic waterfront view at The Beach House at Dundarave Pier (tel. 604/922-1414), a restored 1912 teahouse located on the water's edge. Vancouver to Whistler Take Georgia Street from downtown Vancouver and head west through Stanley Park, across the scenic Three Lions Bridge, and hook up with the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds along the edge of Howe Sound and climbs into the mountains. It should take you about 2 hours to reach Whistler Village. And once you get to Whistler, ski (it is one of North America's greatest ski resorts, after all). . . or mountainbike, or hike, or Ziptrek, or shop, or pamper yourself with a spa treatment. A casual and delicious lunch or dinner at Chef Bernard's Chow Thyme Bistro (tel. 604/932-9795) will set you up for whatever activities are on your agenda. Whistler to Vancouver Spend the night at Whistler. Before leaving the area, drive to Nairn Falls Provincial Park, where the Green River shoots through basaltic rock formations and forms a series of thundering waterfalls. The road back to Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway is just as spectacular in the reverse direction. Once back in Vancouver, enjoy fresh oysters and caught-that-day fish at Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House (tel. 604/669-1940). Vancouver to Victoria Take an early morning ferry through the Gulf Islands. Victoria to Vancouver If time allows and you're eager to see more of the region, make a trip from Victoria to Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island (a 4 1/2 hour drive or 45-minute flight). A temperate rainforest with old-growth trees and a wildly magnificent coastline, it is a place you'll never forget. Otherwise, this is the day you return to Vancouver by ferry. Back on the mainland, the Tsawassen ferry terminal is the closest to the Vancouver airport and hooks up with Interstate 5 south to Seattle or north to Vancouver, or you can travel back via Port Angeles, a gateway to Washington's Olympic National Park, or Anacortes. Gay/Lesbian bars Numbers Cabaret - 1042 Davie St, 604/685-4077, Cover Fri-Sat C$3 (US$2.50) The Dufferin Pub - 900 Seymour St, 604/683-4251, www.dufferinhotel.com