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    Been there a few times on work trips. Absolutely love it. Always try to do at least one run around Stanley park......stunning path along the coast, loads of wildlife, fantastic sunsets. Really meaning to get back there on holiday very soon as there seems so much to see. Very laid-back vibe about the place too. Gastown and Coal Harbour are great to wander around and find somewhere to eat and drink. Whistler is around an hour away too if you’re into skiing or hiking.
    Blimey, I feel knackered just reading that post Daz, running/skiing/hiking. And for those a tad less active? . . .

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      The indoor food market on Granville Island which is within Vancouver and easy to get to.
      As well as the market produce there are also some nice bars and eateries there.
      It's a nice cheap way to spend half a day where the locals shop.
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      The indoor food market on Granville Island which is within Vancouver and easy to get to.
      As well as the market produce there are also some nice bars and eateries there.
      It's a nice cheap way to spend half a day where the locals shop.
      Awesome graffiti on the island by OSGEMEOS too. Food market is good, I've taken the river boat bus thing over when I've been, go past the Whitecaps stadium and get a good view of the city.

      April is a bit of an in-between seasons visit, maybe catch some end of season snow if the conditions are worth it, maybe avoids the rain. What ever though, you'll have a great time.

      Gastown is cool, good boutique shops, very hipster feel to the place. Miku for sushi if that's your thing. Rent a car and take the 99 up out the city on the sea to sky highway into Whistler.

      I love Vancouver and would happily move back given the chance.
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      You should get some last minute skiing in if you're lucky. Whistler, Grouse, Seymour and Cypress.
      As the guys above have mentioned; cycling around the seawall and Stanley Park is decent.
      Capilano is worth a visit.
      Definitely spend some time on Vancouver Island, there's a fair bit to see and do over there.

      Go down to Steveston for a whale-spotting trip (make sure you bring sunglasses for the wind - I learnt the hard way).

      Downtown Vancouver is fairly grim, stay away from East Hastings, Gastown next door is hit and miss.
      Loads of incredible food, especially Asian food.

      Couldn't really recommend where to stay as I don't know what kind of area you'd prefer. Quiet and chilled out, central, somewhere in between etc.

      Weather will be totally unpredictable in April. Plan for rain, 20+ degrees and potential snow.
      What is it with the Hastings's of this world?
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      How long are you going to be in Vancouver for?
      It will make a big difference to what you will be able to see and do.
      BC is a big place if you want to venture outside of Vancouver.
      A week
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      Gastown is cool, good boutique shops, very hipster feel to the place. .
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      Again another vote for Stanley park and Granville island. We stayed here for a few days on our honeymoon. https://www.westendguesthouse.com. then road trip across Rockies. If you have time I would get the ferry or boat plane over to Victoria on Vancouver island. The speed boat killer whale watching trip from there was a real highlight. Also if it is your thing, the all you can eat style sushi restaurants in Vancouver are great and exceptional value. Finally have chicken wings. The Canadians make flipping tasty chicken wings.
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      How long are you going to be in Vancouver for?
      It will make a big difference to what you will be able to see and do.
      BC is a big place if you want to venture outside of Vancouver.
      There will be plenty to keep you occupied in Vancouver then.
      I've lived here for thirty years and it still seems like I'm on vacation mos
      t of the time.
      I would go along with most of the previously mentioned ‘attractions’ (and do avoid the E. Hastings & Main St. area – not necessarily dangerous, just a very poor, drug ridden area and not very nice).
      If you decide to do a day or overnight trip to Whistler, if weather permits drive another couple of hours past Whistler towards Lillooet for some beautiful scenery.
      Vancouver Island may be pushing it a bit if you’re only going to be here for a week but a day trip to Victoria could be done.
      Feel free to PM me if you need more info on anything.
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      Go down to Steveston for a whale-spotting trip (make sure you bring sunglasses for the wind - I learnt the hard way.)
      Also, make sure you go at the beginning of your trip, as companies used to offer you a free trip if you don't see any whales, and they get booked up quickly.
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      Sorry I forgot to take up the PMs and those who actually rang me.

      Just got back and all of the above was true. Lovely city. Completely spoilt with fantastic seafood which I consumed all week.

      I stayed in Yaletown right by the water. Visited both Granville Island and the park twice, and for the rest just walked round the city.

      The weather was a bit odd, sunshine one day, heavy rain the next (and repeat) - reminded me of London.

      Since I was 10 minutes from the BC stadium - I nearly went to Vancouver v LA Galaxy until I had a chat with some ex-pats who go who were very knowledgeable about Brighton.

      "You'll hate it.." and they were probably right

      The surprise of my visit was Canadian wine. Remarkable. Reds, Whites, Rose all delicious.
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