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  • #46
    Originally posted by Jerry
    I read some where that you can stay there for 6 months on a British passport, but I have yet to get that from an official source.
    Do not hang around Hastings St. The nice hotels are the Wall Center Downtown.

    Nice spots are: Robson st., Grandville,

    Surry is more a East Indian culture area.
    Richmond is more Asian (as in Chinese ect.)

    Yaletown is a yuppy type area. Good malls are Pacific Center.
    Metrotown is more geared twards kids.

    Google can find you tons on this topic. Have fun.

    the passport thing works anywhere in Canada.

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    • #47
      A few corrections to the above poster's remarks:

      While it is true that a small portion of Hastings street contains a risky element (the downtown eastside), the majority of Hastings street is fine for visitors (considering the street stretches for about 20 km, one would hope that would be the case)!

      The nice hotels are Wall Centre?!?!?! Sure if you have $$$ to spend per night There are plenty of good hotels throughout the downtown core though it sounds like Jerry isn't going to be living in a hotel so for this discussion, the point is irrelevant.

      Robson street is basically a 'high-end' shopping street with a Starbucks on every second corner Granville was once the 'main drag' downtown but over the years has degraded into a mecca of pawn shops and adult/porn stores. The last couple of years has seen a revitalization with many clubs and bars opening... most of the downtown area of the street is now referred to as the entertainment district... still a bit on the grungy side though.

      While Surrey does have a large East Indian population and Richmond (where the International airport resides) has a large Chinese population, to charaterize these 2 cities/municipalities this way is wrong. If you don't know the whole area of the lower mainland/greater Vancouver region, don't make comments.

      Yaletown is known as a yuppy part of downtown but it has much to offer for all walks of life. Some high-end shopping and trendy restaurants populate the main Yaletown area and at one time, many dot.com businesses called Yaletown home (Blast Radius is still there). Pacific Centre is the only 'mall' in the downtown core but I'd hardly call it a good one. Metrotown isn't even in Vancouver, it is in Burnaby, about a 30 minute drive away from the downtown core... it has a bunch of theatres and a place called Playdium (arcade type facility) to draw in the younger generation. Maybe that's why so many cars are broken into or stolen from there?

      Cheers,

      ~Regs.

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      • #48
        Starbucks on every second corner
        Some did say for a joke that they would meet me in the starbucks on Robson for a laugh ........ lucky I figured it out when I was standing at the crossroads (with Thurlow I think it was) and noticed that there are 2 on either corned facing each other and you can see a 3rd and 4th in either direction of Robson !!

        Well the places I've been looking at are Yale town and the other side of downtown, right by Stanley which is cool for the view, fireworks and rollerblading in the park etc.

        Just got to find the fastest route to grouse and cypress now !

        Cheers peeps.
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        • #49
          Are you looking to rent or own?

          Another area to consider I suppose if renting is in Kits which is across the Burrard Street bridge... lots of yound people live there for the beaches and seawall (you can rollerblade from there and around Stanley Park)

          For fireworks, you want something in the West End, not Coal Harbour (near Canada Place and Stanley Park)...

          Fastest route to Grouse & Cypress are over the Lions Gate Bridge (obviously)

          Do you have a car while you're here or are you using the transit system?

          Cheers,



          ~Regs.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by Regs
            Are you looking to rent or own?
            Rent initally, looking at a few places next to stanley atm.

            Originally posted by Regs
            Another area to consider I suppose if renting is in Kits which is across the Burrard Street bridge... lots of yound people live there for the beaches and seawall (you can rollerblade from there and around Stanley Park)
            True enough, though I stayed in downtown this summer so would like to go back to an area I know, initally anyway, then I can move again depending on what areas I find and like etc.

            Originally posted by Regs
            For fireworks, you want something in the West End, not Coal Harbour (near Canada Place and Stanley Park)...
            True, or a boat, saw them this year, awsome

            Originally posted by Regs
            Fastest route to Grouse & Cypress are over the Lions Gate Bridge (obviously)

            Do you have a car while you're here or are you using the transit system?
            I'm a biker, though with wanting to get a lot of boarding done I'll have to buy a car.
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            • #51
              Actually, if you choose Coal Harbour, you can always take the Seabus across the inlet and there are buses at the Lonsdale Quay terminal that will take you to the foot of Grouse... Nothing quite like boarding/skiing on a clear Vancouver night overlooking the city

              There's also a shuttle bus from there that will take you to Cypress.

              Cheers,

              ~Regs.

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              • #52
                True enough I keep thinking water = horse shoe bay, though thats to the island.

                Sweet so, down to seabus with board ........ bus on the other side, job done

                How long is that going to take ?
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                • #53
                  Seabus is a 15 minute ride and I suppose the bus trip from there would be about 20?... I just looked it up online and the trip on a sunday morning is anywhere from 35 to 51 minutes (downtown to mountain bottom).

                  Check out other public transit stuff here:

                  http://www.translink.bc.ca

                  Cheers,

                  ~Regs.

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                  • #54
                    I should also mention that there are weekend shuttle/tour buses that will take you from downtown to Whistler/Blackcomb

                    Cheers,

                    ~Regs.

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by Regs
                      Seabus is a 15 minute ride and I suppose the bus trip from there would be about 20?... I just looked it up online and the trip on a sunday morning is anywhere from 35 to 51 minutes (downtown to mountain bottom).

                      Check out other public transit stuff here:

                      http://www.translink.bc.ca

                      Cheers,

                      ~Regs.
                      Wow
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                      • #56
                        Originally posted by Regs
                        I should also mention that there are weekend shuttle/tour buses that will take you from downtown to Whistler/Blackcomb

                        Cheers,

                        ~Regs.
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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by chrispadfield
                          Yup, come up for the "real" action Jerry
                          Oh you better belive it
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                          • #58
                            Would be very cool to meet you when you come to Vancouver (sshh don't tell him about the kidnapping), I live in Vancouver

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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by Mac Write
                              Would be very cool to meet you when you come to Vancouver (sshh don't tell him about the kidnapping), I live in Vancouver
                              If I haven't jumped of a bridge from the lack of hockey !!
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                              • #60
                                There's lots of hockey - you just need to know where to look

                                Over 12,000 were out on Saturday Night for the Giants game

                                Cheers,

                                ~Regs.

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