mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/16/18 5:37 p.m.

Will be visiting Vancouver (BC) and Victoria for a week. Staying in downtown Vancouver at the grand Westin. 

 

Will have rental car. 

 

Any locals with with must do things knowledge and advice ? Must eat places ? Asian food preferred 

 

best coffee? 

 

Ferry to victoria island seems to be about $140 round trip, friends are saying we should take our car on the ferry? Any thoughts? 

 

Thank you 

Trans_Maro
Trans_Maro PowerDork
10/16/18 6:48 p.m.

Welcome to my town.

Great Asian food is everywhere. If you want really funky sushi, go to The Eatery.

Check out Stanley Park, Gastown is cool until the shine wears off and you realise what a huge homeless problem we have.

The Tomahawk BBQ in North Vancouver is the most Canadian restaurant ever.

I hate going to the Island because of BC Ferries, that cost can put a lot of fuel in your tank to see other things. If you decide to go, Craigdarroch Castle is a fantastic old Craftsman period mansion. Victoria is more British than England is. You will need to take the car on the ferry because you have to drive from the ferry terminal to Victoria.

If you like Art Deco, The Marine Building was used as the Daily Planet office on Smallville and is a beautiful building. 

The Museum of Anthropology at UBC is great, even the building is a fantastic piece by Arthur Ericsson. Simon Fraser University was used as Starfleet Academy on several occasions.

The Peak-To-Peak Gondola in Whistler is supposed to be amazing.

That's about all I've got at the moment, feel free to send me a PM.

Shawn

 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/16/18 8:50 p.m.

In reply to Trans_Maro :

Hi Shawn 

 

thank you you for the detailed notes and eatery. We will definitely be checking it out, as I printed your list 

 

I willmake the ferry reservation with the car then. It is two couples - no kids trip. 

 

I spent two years in Seattle but never ventured to BC for some reason. 

 

Thai/Malaysian/Singaporean/good authentic Chinese will be awesome 

 

we will check out the bar b q

 

i will see if I can figure out how to send you a message, as I may have a few more questions this weekend 

Rons
Rons New Reader
10/19/18 9:29 p.m.

In reply to mr2s2000elise :

Sorry I didn't see your post earlier I live in North Vancouver not a big restaurant user myself but theTomahawk is a popular place. I think the Tomahawk is just doing breakfast and lunch, as staffing is becoming a problem in food services.

 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/21/18 10:19 p.m.
Rons said:

In reply to mr2s2000elise :

Sorry I didn't see your post earlier I live in North Vancouver not a big restaurant user myself but theTomahawk is a popular place. I think the Tomahawk is just doing breakfast and lunch, as staffing is becoming a problem in food services.

 

Thank you kindly. Ferry is booked, we get on a flight tomorrow morning, will check out the Tomahawk for breakfas!

Rons
Rons New Reader
10/21/18 11:52 p.m.

I will also add I had forgotten how stupendously expensive the ferries have become (I went to Bowen with my sister today on business/recon $50 for a car and two people)

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/22/18 9:40 a.m.
Rons said:

I will also add I had forgotten how stupendously expensive the ferries have become (I went to Bowen with my sister today on business/recon $50 for a car and two people)

Yeah for us 4 people and car seemed pretty pricey. Then I looked at my upcoming hotel bill for Kyoto and Tokyo for thanksgiving and realized BC ferry is cheaper than a $1300 bullet train one ticket for the family :( :( 

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
10/29/18 6:29 p.m.

Must do Granville Island, all of it.  Plan to spend at least one entire day there.

Must do Victoria too and see the royal museums.  Eat fish there!  Even if you don't like fish, best to try some of the freshest and best in the world.  I miss living near Seattle (when I was in the Navy) and visiting both cities.  My last visit was the honeymoon to my 2nd wife, and I'd love to go back again.

Also, enjoy the local breweries and beers.  It's a recent thing in most of the US, but up there it's kind of a religion.  They've been doing it a long time now. 

I'm from TX though, and I totally would pass on any kind of Candian BBQ.  Asian BBQ (chinese) is interesting, but I'm not sure I'd call it BBQ.  If any of you ever happen to venture to DFW, I'll put my smoked meats where my mouth is and prove it.

 

 

 

 

 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/29/18 9:43 p.m.

Granville island done. Loved the duck pate and lamb moussaka there 

 

Victoria island there - we did the fish and chips on harbor. Fish was fresh. Parliament building and Butchart garden. Car ferry was pricey. 

LOVED the Truffle factory in west Vancouver. Delicious brunch. 

 

Guu with Garlic is fantastic dinner in Vancouver. Man it was delicious 

 

also had banana leaf (Malaysian) it was ok 

 

 

we are staying on robson at the grand Westin 

 

bunch of mitsu delica, Toyota century and rhd Toyota liteace 

 

tomorrow will be Capilano bridge and sea to gondola up on Squamish 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/29/18 9:44 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS :

My family lives in Dallas (Keller/Plano/Irving) 

 

next time have to look you up! 

AnthonyGS
AnthonyGS Reader
10/29/18 10:02 p.m.

In reply to mr2s2000elise :

Do it and I’ll smoke something and you can see my car craziness for yourself.

SkinnyG
SkinnyG UltraDork
10/29/18 10:05 p.m.

I'm waving at you from the Okanagan Valley.

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/29/18 11:46 p.m.

In reply to AnthonyGS :

Car craziness is worth it! I was at 7 cars , 3 bikes. Just bought another car 

can’t stop the addiction 

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise New Reader
10/29/18 11:46 p.m.

In reply to SkinnyG :

Wave back! Jealous. I wanted to check out Hope and the highway to hell. Not enough time

Rons
Rons New Reader
11/5/18 8:47 a.m.

In reply to mr2s2000elise :

If you ever make it back to check out the Highway Thru Hell make a round trip using Highway 3 so you can check out https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Slide 

Well that didn't work. A big piece of a mountain slid down and filled a valley. The slide happened when I was 6 years old and had a big impression on me.

mr2s2000elise
mr2s2000elise Reader
11/5/18 11:54 a.m.
Rons said:

In reply to mr2s2000elise :

If you ever make it back to check out the Highway Thru Hell make a round trip using Highway 3 so you can check out https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hope_Slide 

Well that didn't work. A big piece of a mountain slid down and filled a valley. The slide happened when I was 6 years old and had a big impression on me.

Will be up in Alaska next summer - driving up. Definitely wil stop there

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