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    Bit random for me, I rarely venture on holiday beyond er.. Spain.

    Going in April next year, any tips on areas to stay, places to visit.

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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.
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      Lovely place, went there around 3 years ago.

      Stanley Island - hire a bike and cycle from the city, magnificent. Even funnier where there was some kind of beaver on the beach and a Canadian Mum said to her daughter, "honey, do you want to look at the beaver" and she replied no, **** off

      Capilano Suspension Bridge - very good and free bus from the city.

      Grouse Mountain - do the zip-wire and again another free bus there and back from the city.

      We stayed in the gay area, very appropriate

      It really is a very pleasant place and some lovely bars and restaurants. also a small Island close with loads of foodie outlets - something you would like
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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.
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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.
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      A lovely, albeit expensive city. Whatever you do, do not walk around or stay near the East Hastings Street area. It is simply the pits - every drop out, drug taker/dealer, rough sleeper is there. Even the hotel we stayed in (I didn't book it!) had a bouncer on the door!

      On the plus side Stanley Park is a beautiful recreation area, with some good birding around Beaver Lake, the water taxi service on False Creek to Granville Island is fun.
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      Spent 3 days in Vancouver last year. Loved it. Plenty of seaplane activity. Good restaurants etc. When walking around the park sea path saw an otter catch a cod which was huge. Still snow around then if your planning trecks out of the city so take appropriate boots.
      We done a fly drive and came across loads of bears by the road. Great picture opportunities
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      I lived there for 4 years in the 80s and go back occasionally. Not much to add to what @StonehamPark said. Last time I went I stayed at the Sylvia Hotel on English Bay. A stroll into town and Stanley Park opposite. You can get a bus to one of the local mountains (Grouse, I think) and go night skiing. If there is snow you simply have to do that - it is unbelievable. Granville Market on a Sunday morning is brilliant. The exotic doughnuts I used to buy there in the 80s were still being sold when I went back 2 years ago. Sourdough bread......hire a bike and go up to UBC and the endowment lands - ancient woods. Best to walk round Stanley park on the sea wall (or run) and explore the trails. Bus or cycle to horseshoe bay. Ferry to Vancouver Island (best hire a car for that), drive up island. Drive to Whistler. I would stay downtown, and explore by cycle and bus, then hire a car for a couple of days. There is a fantastic monorail thingy from the airport to downtown now so if you don't want to drive at all there is no real need. Have a great time. My son is a Canadian citizen and why he chooses to live in Faversham rather than Vancouver, where he was born, is beyond me.
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      Quote Originally Posted by Canfan View Post
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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.
      'Beyond Hope' - very good
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      I spent my honeymoon in Whistler. Simply lovely

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