Vancouver, BC

Vancouver, British Columbia, is a popular launch port of call for cruises into Alaska.  It is a sleek, urbane city set amid a landscape of both harbor and distant snow-capped mountains.  The city is a fairly easy walk on foot.  Taxis tend to gather at Canada Place.

Shoppers will want to head for Robson Street.  History buffs should visit the area of historic Gastown.  Nearby Chinatown is North America's third-largest Chinese community.   For a peaceful respite, go to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (578 Carrall Street), considered the first authentic Ming Dynasty-styled garden outside China.  Stanley Park is 1,000 acres offering everything from horse drawn carriage rides to cycling tours and rollerblading.   Granville Market is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike - where everything is fresh - cut flowers, herbs, food - and where you can grab a great sandwich.

A visit would not be complete without a visit to Yaletown.  Once an industrial neighborhood, it is now Vancouver's hippest full of high-end boutiques, restaurants and cafes.

Outdoor enthusiasts may want to hike on Grouse Mountain's Grind where the top of the mountain views are spectacular.  Kayak along English Bay and False Creek.  If you have or rent a car, you can drive to the fishing village of Steveston and its charming shops and marina with fresh shrimp and halibut.

A 30 minute charter plane will fly you to Victoria where you'll find Butchart Gardens and the quaint streets of Victoria.

The Wedgewood Hotel is the best spot in town for an afternoon tea at Bacchus.


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