Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Vancouver

Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:04am EST
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VANCOUVER (Reuters Life!) - With its mild temperatures, not too hot in summer or too cold in winter, and its location on Canada's Pacific coast, Vancouver has won accolades as one of the world's most livable cities.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors make the most of a weekend visit.


6:30 p.m. - On arrival at the Vancouver International airport, or "YVR" as most people call it, take a moment to glance at Bill Reid's sculpture "The Jade Canoe" which shows why the late Haida artist's works are so cherished.

8 p.m. - After settling into your hotel there are plenty of options for dinner in downtown Vancouver. Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse has a regional flare. For something more up market try Boneta Restaurant in the hip Gastown area on the eastern edge of the downtown core.

Grab a copy of the Georgia Straight newspaper to see what music acts are rolling into town. Shows at the Commodore Ballroom are always fun or stroll down Robson Street, a popular retail area in the central core area.


9 a.m. - After breakfast at your hotel, head to the waterfront and the Olympic cauldron. The nearly 10-meter high structure next to the convention center has its flame lit for special occasions, and is impressive with the water and North Shore mountains as a backdrop.

10 a.m. - Wander over to Stanley Park. It's one of the largest urban parks in North America. It has woodlands, gardens and totem poles and even an aquarium. Walk or bike the seawall which circumnavigates the park with views of Burrard inlet that you cannot get from any car. Give yourself two hours if you are going to walk all the way around. You will get a taste of why the environmental group Greenpeace was founded in Vancouver.   Continued...

<p>Snowboarders ride a chair lift on one of the many snow runs during night skiing on Grouse Mountain with the city of Vancouver, British Columbia down below February 12, 2009. REUTERS/Andy Clark</p>