Downtown Vancouver in British Columbia: Facts, Photos, and Sightseeing

Updated on April 26, 2018
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Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher who lives in Greater Vancouver. She enjoys walking and likes to take photographs of her discoveries.

An aerial view of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park
An aerial view of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park | Source

A Beautiful City

Vancouver is a major tourist attraction for visitors to the province of British Columbia in Canada. The city is known for its attractive downtown area and its location next to the ocean, beaches, and mountains. It's also popular for its beautiful parks and gardens, including the 400 hectare (988 acre) Stanley Park.

Vancouver is situated in the southwestern corner of mainland British Columbia, quite close to the border between Canada and the United States. It's surrounded on two sides by ocean. Burrard Inlet is located on its north side and the Strait of Georgia on its west side. Bridges connect Vancouver to the cities on the other side of the inlet and to the North Shore Mountains. The mountains offer ski areas, hiking trails, and wonderful views.

I live near Vancouver and often visit the city. I like to explore the area by walking, which I think is one of the best ways to get to know a place. This article contains photos taken during some of my walks in downtown Vancouver as well as information about notable landmarks and neighbourhoods. Unless otherwise noted, all of the photos were taken by me.

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The entrance to the Vancouver Art Gallery
The entrance to the Vancouver Art Gallery

West Georgia and Robson Streets

Georgia Street is a main road running through the centre of downtown Vancouver from east to west. It's a good place to start a tour. Landmarks such as the Vancouver Public Library, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Hotel Vancouver, and Christ Church Cathedral are all located on Georgia Street. The section of the street in the downtown core is known as West Georgia.

Robson Street runs parallel to West Georgia on its south side. Robson is a very popular, tree-lined road containing many interesting shops for tourists and residents alike. In summer, the section of Robson behind the art gallery is closed to traffic and becomes a pedestrian area. Seating is available for people to eat their lunch or a snack and food carts provide tempting meals. Many of these carts sell ethnic foods, reflecting Vancouver's multicultural population.

The Vancouver Art Gallery

The building occupied by the art gallery used to be the location of the Vancouver Law Courts. The building has a dignified appearance to reflect its former use, complete with two stone lions guarding the steps up to the front entrance. This entrance is no longer used by the public, however. The current entrance is on the side of the building on Hornby Street and is shown in the photo above.

People like to sit on the steps found at both the front and the back of the art gallery as they eat their lunch, chat with friends, or watch the world around them. The back steps are often used by speakers trying to rally support for a cause.

The art gallery displays historical and modern works which are both international and Canadian in origin. It offers a permanent collection of more than 10,000 pieces of art as well as special exhibitions.

Photos Taken in Front of the Art Gallery on West Georgia Street

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A lion in front of the Vancouver Art GalleryAnother lionThe front of the Vancouver Art GalleryThis gull knows that people eat on the steps of the gallery and is looking for tidbits.A fountain in front of the galleryA view from the front of the art galleryA side view of the Hotel VancouverA reflection of the Hotel Vancouver's roofMore reflections
A lion in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery
A lion in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Another lion
Another lion
The front of the Vancouver Art Gallery
The front of the Vancouver Art Gallery
This gull knows that people eat on the steps of the gallery and is looking for tidbits.
This gull knows that people eat on the steps of the gallery and is looking for tidbits.
A fountain in front of the gallery
A fountain in front of the gallery
A view from the front of the art gallery
A view from the front of the art gallery
A side view of the Hotel Vancouver
A side view of the Hotel Vancouver
A reflection of the Hotel Vancouver's roof
A reflection of the Hotel Vancouver's roof
More reflections
More reflections

Photos Taken Behind the Art Gallery on Robson Street

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The back of the Vancouver Art GalleryRobson Street and the art gallery; the Hotel Vancouver can be seen in the backgroundAnother view of the galleryThe exit from the gallery
The back of the Vancouver Art Gallery
The back of the Vancouver Art Gallery
Robson Street and the art gallery; the Hotel Vancouver can be seen in the background
Robson Street and the art gallery; the Hotel Vancouver can be seen in the background
Another view of the gallery
Another view of the gallery
The exit from the gallery
The exit from the gallery

The Hotel Vancouver

The downtown core of Vancouver contains several luxury hotels, all of them located near the art gallery. The Hotel Vancouver is famous for its height and its green roof, which contains oxidized copper. It's one of the "railway hotels". These are majestic buildings created by the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National Railways in a bygone era.

The hotel is 17 stories high and 364 feet tell. It took eleven years to build. During five of these years, the construction was at a standstill because of the Great Depression. The hotel was finally opened in 1939.

The exterior of the hotel is decorated with stone sculptures of mythical figures, including gargoyles, a griffin, and Hermes, an Ancient Greek god who was considered to be the patron of travellers.

In the 1990s, the hotel underwent a 70 million dollar renovation. Today it contains all of the amenities expected in a luxury hotel, including a heath centre, spa, restaurants, lounges, meeting rooms, a ballroom, and a business centre. Technically, the hotel is called the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, since it's been bought by the Fairmont hotel chain.

A view of the Hotel Vancouver taken from a high vantage point in another hotel
A view of the Hotel Vancouver taken from a high vantage point in another hotel | Source

More Photos of the Hotel

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The entrance to the Fairmont Hotel VancouverA view of the hotelA view of the hotel from Cathedral Place
The entrance to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
The entrance to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
A view of the hotel
A view of the hotel
A view of the hotel from Cathedral Place
A view of the hotel from Cathedral Place

Holy Rosary Cathedral

Holy Rosary Cathedral belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver and is built in the French Gothic style. It faces Dunsmuir Street in downtown Vancouver.

The cathedral was opened on December 8th, 1900—the day of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. At first it had the status of a church, but it became a cathedral in 1916.

The cathedral has eight change-ringing bells. Each is tuned to a particular note, enabling the set of bells to play a complete octave. A set of change-ringing bells produces patterns of sounds called "changes" instead of conventional melodies. Each bell is controlled by one person by means of a rope and rotates 360° as it's rung.

The Change Ringers of Holy Rosary Cathedral

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An interesting aerial view of the cathedralThe altar and sanctuary
An interesting aerial view of the cathedral
An interesting aerial view of the cathedral | Source
The altar and sanctuary
The altar and sanctuary | Source

Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral belongs to the Diocese of New Westminster of the Anglican Church of Canada. Externally, it isn't as architecturally imposing as Holy Rosary Cathedral, but it's just as important in the life of its parishioners and the community. The cathedral welcomes everyone, including LGBTQ people.

The cathedral was built on land acquired from the Canadian Pacific Railway. The present version of the building was dedicated in 1895 and is built in the Gothic Style. Until late 2016, it had no bell tower because by-laws from 1943 restricted the use of church bells in the downtown area. Happily, the situation has changed. The cathedral recently underwent a major renovation, which including the badly-needed repair of the roof and the establishment of a bell tower.

The interior of Christ Church Cathedral is lovely, with 34 stained glass windows, a beautiful organ, and lanterns. Some of the chairs are periodically removed to lay down a labyrinth. Walking a labyrinth can be a wonderful technique for meditation.

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Christ Church Cathedral on Burrard StreetA view of the cathedral after the renovation
Christ Church Cathedral on Burrard Street
Christ Church Cathedral on Burrard Street | Source
A view of the cathedral after the renovation
A view of the cathedral after the renovation

The Vancouver Society of Change Ringers website and the website of Christ Church Cathedral have schedules for bell-ringing sessions.

Photos of the Cathedrals and Associated Areas

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Holy Rosary CathedralA close-up viewA lovely area opposite the cathedralThe main entrance to Christ Church CathedralThe organ in Christ Church CathedralAn interior viewThe Celtic Cross sculpture outside Christ Church Cathedral was created by Samuel Bates.A view from Cathedral Place, which is located beside Christ Church Cathedral
Holy Rosary Cathedral
Holy Rosary Cathedral
A close-up view
A close-up view
A lovely area opposite the cathedral
A lovely area opposite the cathedral
The main entrance to Christ Church Cathedral
The main entrance to Christ Church Cathedral
The organ in Christ Church Cathedral
The organ in Christ Church Cathedral
An interior view
An interior view
The Celtic Cross sculpture outside Christ Church Cathedral was created by Samuel Bates.
The Celtic Cross sculpture outside Christ Church Cathedral was created by Samuel Bates.
A view from Cathedral Place, which is located beside Christ Church Cathedral
A view from Cathedral Place, which is located beside Christ Church Cathedral

Canada Place

"Canada Place" is both the name of a road and an area beside the road. The area contains buildings, including those belonging to the Vancouver Convention Centre, and a large and attractive pier extending into Burrard Inlet. The pier has a promenade for walkers and berths for cruise ships going to Alaska. It can be identified from a distance by its five large, white sails which are illuminated at night.

Walking along the attractive promenade provides many interesting photo opportunities. Float planes can be seen taking off and landing, boats pass by, and Stanley Park is visible. If cruise ships are docked, even more photo opportunities are available.

The Pan Pacific Hotel is located very near to Canada Place. On the roof of this hotel are ten horns known as the Heritage Horns. They play the first four notes of the national anthem ("O Canada") every day at noon.

Photos of Canada Place and a Cruise Ship

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The Radiant Princess at Canada PlaceThe five sails of Canada PlaceWalking along the promenadeAnother view of the Radiant PrincessA close-up view of a cruise shipPeople have boarded the cruise ship and are ready to depart.Another view of Canada Place and the pierFloat planes near Canada Place
The Radiant Princess at Canada Place
The Radiant Princess at Canada Place
The five sails of Canada Place
The five sails of Canada Place
Walking along the promenade
Walking along the promenade
Another view of the Radiant Princess
Another view of the Radiant Princess
A close-up view of a cruise ship
A close-up view of a cruise ship
People have boarded the cruise ship and are ready to depart.
People have boarded the cruise ship and are ready to depart.
Another view of Canada Place and the pier
Another view of Canada Place and the pier
Float planes near Canada Place
Float planes near Canada Place

Stanley Park

Stanley Park isn't part of the downtown core of Vancouver, but it is located right next to it. The park is one of the city's gems. A person with normal mobility can walk to the park from the downtown area. Any road heading west is suitable for the journey. My favourite route is along Robson Street. A more picturesque but slightly longer route is the walking and cycling path that starts at Canada Place. This path gives the traveller attractive views of Burrard Inlet. Buses also travel to the park.

Stanley Park contains a forest and a seawall path that gives lovely views of the ocean. It offers many other attractions, including beaches, the Vancouver Aquarium, flower gardens, restaurants, totem poles, statues and monuments, recreational areas, trails, and horse-drawn carriage rides. Yet another attraction is the Nine O'Clock Gun, a cannon that fires at 9 pm every day.

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The Siwash Rock is an ancient seastack with a Douglas fir tree growing on top. It's located in Stanley Park by the seawall path.
The Siwash Rock is an ancient seastack with a Douglas fir tree growing on top. It's located in Stanley Park by the seawall path.

Stanley Park Photos

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A view of the Stanley Park rose gardenThe Lions Gate bridge as seen from the parkCyclists and walkers on the seawall pathGirl in a Wetsuit sculpture by Elek ImredyStone sculptures in Stanley ParkA horse-drawn carriageA flower in the Stanley Park rose garden
A view of the Stanley Park rose garden
A view of the Stanley Park rose garden
The Lions Gate bridge as seen from the park
The Lions Gate bridge as seen from the park
Cyclists and walkers on the seawall path
Cyclists and walkers on the seawall path
Girl in a Wetsuit sculpture by Elek Imredy
Girl in a Wetsuit sculpture by Elek Imredy
Stone sculptures in Stanley Park
Stone sculptures in Stanley Park
A horse-drawn carriage
A horse-drawn carriage
A flower in the Stanley Park rose garden
A flower in the Stanley Park rose garden

Gastown

Gastown is a popular area. It's located on the east side of Canada Place. Gastown has a different atmosphere from the rest of downtown Vancouver, with cobbled streets, courtyards, trees, historic buildings, coffee houses, restaurants, interesting bars, and many little shops. It's known for its large, steam-powered clock, an annual cycling race called the Gastown Grand Prix, and a statue of Gassy Jack, after whom the area is named.

Gastown was originally the core of downtown Vancouver. John (or Jack) Deighton sailed to Gastown from New Westminster, which was then the capital of BC. He carried a barrel of whisky in his boat. Within twenty-four hours of his arrival, Deighton had created a bar called the Globe Saloon to sell liquor to loggers. He reportedly got mill workers to help him build the bar by telling them that he would give them all the whisky that they could drink.

The settlement that developed around the bar eventually became Vancouver. Deighton was sometimes known as "Gassy Jack" due to his fondness for talking. Deighton's statue in Gastown shows him standing on a whisky barrel. It's located near the site where his Globe Saloon once existed.

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The steam-powered clock in GastownA statue of Gassy Jack
The steam-powered clock in Gastown
The steam-powered clock in Gastown
A statue of Gassy Jack
A statue of Gassy Jack | Source

Other Landmarks

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BC Place Stadium with its retractable roofThe central branch of the Vancouver Public LibraryAnother view of the libraryThe ornate Waterfront SkyTrain station; the building used to belong to the Canadian Pacific Railway. SkyTrain is a rapid transit system.
BC Place Stadium with its retractable roof
BC Place Stadium with its retractable roof
The central branch of the Vancouver Public Library
The central branch of the Vancouver Public Library
Another view of the library
Another view of the library
The ornate Waterfront SkyTrain station; the building used to belong to the Canadian Pacific Railway. SkyTrain is a rapid transit system.
The ornate Waterfront SkyTrain station; the building used to belong to the Canadian Pacific Railway. SkyTrain is a rapid transit system.

The Downtown Eastside Area

Downtown Vancouver is vibrant, attractive, and well worth visiting. Like many large cities, it has some problems, however. If a person travels towards the east side of downtown beyond Gastown, they may notice that some of the passers-by look like they are leading difficult lives. They may also notice that some of the buildings are old and look as though they aren't maintained very well. If the traveller ventures further to the east and reaches what is known as the downtown eastside part of Vancouver, they may see people suffering from poverty, homelessness, and addiction.

Social agencies, church groups, individuals, and some levels of government are working to help people in the downtown eastside area of Vancouver. Their efforts have improved the lives of some people but haven't yet solved the overall problem. It's a strange situation to have luxury hotels in the downtown core of a city while there are poor and homeless people nearby. A visitor to Vancouver need never see the downtown eastside section of the city if they don't want to, however. They can enjoy exploring Gastown and then head back to their starting point by travelling in a westerly direction.

The revolving restaurant on top of the Harbour Centre
The revolving restaurant on top of the Harbour Centre

Downtown Vancouver and Its Surroundings

Visiting Vancouver

Getting to the downtown area of Vancouver from neighbouring areas isn't difficult. The Greater Vancouver area has a good transit system made of buses and SkyTrain, an LRT (Light Rapid Transit) system. One SkyTrain line links the airport to downtown Vancouver. The transit system is operated by Translink, which has a trip planner on their website. The planner tells a person how to get from point A to point B by public transit once they have entered their starting location and their destination.

Although someone needs to access the Internet to use the Translink trip planner, this is no problem in downtown Vancouver. Hotels and the numerous downtown coffee shops provide wireless Internet access. Visitors must make a purchase in order to use the Internet in a coffee shop. The Vancouver Public Library provides free Internet access as well as computers, however. The library is located at 350 West Georgia Street. Visitors can get a free Internet access card as long as they have personal ID. The card is good for one year.

There are a lot of lovely things to see in and around the city of Vancouver and a lot of interesting things to do. The city can be a wonderful travel destination in its own right or an enjoyable stopping place in an exploration of British Columbia or the Pacific Northwest Region of North America.

Questions & Answers

  • What are some places near the downtown Vancouver area that would be interesting to visit?

    The list of interesting areas near downtown Vancouver is long. To some extent, the choice of places to see depends on a visitor’s personal interests. Some sites are very popular, however. I’ll describe a selection of these sites.

    First, I think that everyone who visits Vancouver should try to get to Stanley Park if they can. The cultivated areas, forest trails, beaches, aquarium, and attractive scenery are all enjoyable to explore. Canada Place is located in the downtown area and definitely deserves a visit as well, as does the trail connecting Canada Place to Stanley Park. Gastown has an interesting atmosphere and is a great place for a walk.

    I would also try to visit three places located further afield from the downtown area if I were a visitor. They can all be reached by public transit and are on the itinerary of some tour buses. Two of these places are Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory. The conservatory is located in the park.

    Queen Elizabeth Park is located on an elevation known as Little Mountain, which is the highest spot within the city of Vancouver. The park contains several sites of interest, including two lovely quarry gardens. These gardens are enjoyable to see at any time of year but are most attractive during the growing season—spring, summer, and early fall.

    Bloedel Conservatory is situated in a domed enclosure at the top of Little Mountain. According to the City of Vancouver website, it contains 500 exotic plants and more than 120 free-flying exotic birds. I always enjoy my visits there. Unlike the case for the park itself, visitors must pay an admission fee to enter the conservatory. The cost is not exorbitant, however.

    The VanDusen Botanical Garden is another attractive place to visit and is quite near to Queen Elizabeth Park. It occupies 55 acres and contains more than 7,500 types of plants from around the world. It's a wonderful place for plant lovers. Like Queen Elizabeth Park, it contains places for visitors to rest and eat.

© 2013 Linda Crampton

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    • AliciaC profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, John! I appreciate your comment. I hope you are able to visit Vancouver soon.

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      John Frawley 

      5 years ago

      Marvelous hub. I had heard good things about Vancouver and was already thinking of visiting someday. Now, that's for certain. Thanks.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and comment, Dianna. Yes, Vancouver is a lovely place to visit. I'd love to take a tour on one of the cruise ships myself!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      What a lovely place to visit. I must say that cruise ship was very impressive. Thanks for the tour.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, cheeluary. I appreciate the comment!

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      cheeluarv 

      5 years ago from INDIA

      Wonderful article with beautiful photos. It was like reading a travel magazine.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks, Heidi! Yes, Vancouver is a green city. I live right next to Vancouver, so it's easy for me to visit and explore the area. There are many interesting things to see!

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      Heidi Thorne 

      5 years ago from Chicago Area

      Congrats on Hub of the Day! Beautiful photos. I have friends in Vancouver and they love it. A very green city, too. Have a great weekend!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, Happyboomernurse! I appreciate the wonderful comment and all the votes. I hope you make it to Vancouver one day.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      5 years ago from South Carolina

      Kudos for earning Hub of the Day for this informative and visually stunning hub about Vancouver.

      Loved the photos, especially the "reflections" photo and the one of the clock.

      Have never been to Vancouver but would love to go there one day. Am adding it to my travel wish list.

      Thanks for sharing this info.

      Am voting this up, awesome, beautiful and interesting.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, annasantos! I appreciate your comment and the congratulations. Yes, that's the advantage of living in a big country. Each part has different scenery and different things to see!

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      Anna Santos 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Congratulations on your HOTD! This hub really deserves to becoming HOTD indeed. Canada is big and yet, every province has some things to be proud of. Haven't been to Vancouver, but after reading your hub, it makes me want to go there. This composition really brings a complete view of what it is like to be there! Again, congratulations and more power.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, bicyclebill. It's nice to meet someone else from the Vancouver area at HubPages! Thanks for the comment and the congratulations.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, RTalloni. Thanks for the congratulations! Thanks for sharing the interesting information about the magazine, too. This sounds like something that's definitely worth investigating.

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      Bill 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Nice to see my hometown represented so nicely, and congrats on HOTD. :)

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      RTalloni 

      5 years ago from the short journey

      Congrats on your Hub of the Day award and thanks for the info. We hope to visit Vancouver in the next year or two and this inspires me to keep planning! :)

      WORLD magazine has an interesting article on effective compassion in its July 27 issue highlighting their 8th annual Hope Award competition that focuses on local organizations which depend on donations rather than government funds (which I think would motivate local people to get involved in personal ways). Upcoming articles will feature different regions in the USA.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you so much, Susan. I appreciate your congratulations and the fact that you're sharing the link!

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      Susan Zutautas 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My mother in law is heading out to Vancouver next week. I wish I was going with her as I'd love to re-visit this great city. I will send you her a link to your hub as she's never been out there before and I'm sure she'll love it.

      Congrats on your HOTD!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the kind comment and for all your support, Bill. I appreciate your visit.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it when people I follow get the HOTD...well deserved on this one my friend.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment and the votes, Thief12. I'd love to visit Puerto Rico some day!

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      Thief12 

      5 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Great hub, and congrats on HOTD! Voted Up and Interesting.

      I would like to visit Canada some day.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm looking forward to a similar hub about Toronto, Rose! Yes, Canada is certainly a beautiful country. I used to live in New Brunswick. I visited Ontario, but not Toronto. I'd love to see more of Eastern Canada. Thank you very much for the lovely comment and the congratulations.

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      rose-the planner 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Congratulations on HOTD, well deserved! Now how could I not comment on one of the most beautiful places in my country, lol?!? This was outstanding and the images were spectacular. Alicia, we really live in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Now it's my turn, I will have to do one on Toronto. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up ) -Rose

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the congratulations, Peg. I appreciate your visit. It's very exciting to get the HOTD award!

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      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Kawi. I appreciate the comment, the votes and the follow!

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      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment and the congratulations, thumbi7.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations on earning Hub of The Day. Wow, you're really on a roll with this award. Well deserved and this hub is no exception. Great explanations and wonderful photography. You've evidently found the formula for success here.

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      Kawika Chann 

      5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Nicely done. Great layout and awesome photos. I am sooo ready to visit. Thanks for sharing, and congrats on HOTD!! Up/interesting/follow. Peace. Kawi.

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      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Congratulations on hub of the day.

      Enjoyed the descriptions and the photos..

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, pstraubie48. Yes, that was the message that I wanted to convey. I appreciate the angels!

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from sunny Florida

      the way you ended was thoughtfully done. Enjoy your stay but think about making a difference!!

      thanks for taking me along on this trip...I have not visited there but hope to someday.

      Angels are on the way ps

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Nell. Life is certainly strange - just one little change can alter our future in a major way! Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      Nell Rose 

      5 years ago from England

      Really enjoyed this trip to Vancouver, if things had been different in my family I would be living there now! in fact probably born there! long story, and the name Gastown was great! before you said it was old fashioned it sounded like it by the name! great read, thanks!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much, Eddy. Have a great day!

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Interesting and beautiful Alicia; voted up and shared.

      Eddy.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Deb. Yes, I think you would enjoy visiting Vancouver, and I'm sure that you would enjoy bird watching in Stanley Park! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sounds like a wonderful city with something for everyone. I would likely favor Gastown, but I think there is a lot that I could appreciate in the remainder of the city. I have to get here one day, soon. You know that I would like to spend time at the park, too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you very much for the comment, Elias!

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      Elias Zanetti 

      5 years ago from Athens, Greece

      A very beautiful tour and a city worth visiting! Great hub, Alicia.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, drbj. Thank you for the visit and the comment!

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the beautiful Vancouver tour, Alicia. Your photos are beautiful, too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Rebecca. Yes, Vancouver would be a good place to visit when you're able to! Thanks for the visit and the comment.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Oh, wow. Awesome. I just barely missed getting to write a travel blog about Vancouver today. It sounds like a great place to go to...someday!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you, nmdonders. It's nice to meet you!

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      Nira Perkins 

      5 years ago

      Vancouver is such a beautiful city. Your pics are really nice. Great article!

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi, Bill. Thanks for the kind comment. I appreciate your vote, the share and the pin, too. Yes, there is a lot to see in Vancouver. My hub just discussed the downtown area, but there are other parts of the city and the adjoining cities that are very much worth visiting, such as Queen Elizabeth Park and Capilano Canyon. The North Shore Mountains, including Grouse Mountain, are lovely as well.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Alicia. Great article. When we were in Vancouver many years ago we took the kids to Stanley Park and up Grouse Mountain. We were only there for a few days but clearly there is much more to see. I now feel like I need to re-visit Vancouver. This is a must read for anyone visiting the beautiful city of Vancouver. Voted up shared, pinned.

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, the votes and the share, Tom! I hope you have a great day.

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      Thomas Silvia 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very interesting and informative article on downtown Vancouver and it's landmarks . Loved all the very beautiful photos and videos too.

      Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the comment, the vote, the share and the hint, Gail! I appreciate them all.

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      Gail Meyers 

      5 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      What a beautiful tour of Vancouver. I agree with Bill's "subtle" hint.

      Voted up and shared.

    • AliciaC profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the visit and the comment, Bill. I hope that you have a happy and productive week, too!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A perfect article for some travel magazine. :) hint...hint. :)

      Have a productive week, Alicia.

    • AliciaC profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Crampton 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for the comment, Faith. Thank you very much for the vote, the share and the blessing, too. I appreciate your visit.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks so much for taking us on a tour of Vancouver! It is a lovely city with a lot of beautiful architecture. Yes, as most larger cities, there are those whose need our hands to reach out to them with kindness no doubt.

      Voted up ++++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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