Archive for April, 2013

Sports in Vancouver

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

If you are a fan of Sport, take a look at the most popular Sporting venues and click on their respective links for any events.

ICE HOCKEY (NHL)
VANCOUVER CANUCKS are the Senior Ice Hockey team that play in the Western Conference. They have had a good run of it over the last few years, even making it to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011, some of you may have heard about that one on the news…the Canucks Goalie Roberto Luongo was also the Goalie for the Canadian National Gold Medal winning team of 2011.
They play at the Rogers Arena which is opposite BC Place which is the home of the BC Lions and the Whitecaps.

http://canucks.nhl.com/

VANCOUVER GIANTS JUNIOR HOCKEY – The Canucks maybe the Big Boys of the game, however there are the Juniors to watch and they are great, its fast and its the new batch for the future…
You can watch them at their home stadium at The Pacific Coliseum

http://www.vancouvergiants.com/

CANADIAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE (CFL)
The BC Lions play their home games at BC PLACE which is also a venue for major Concerts and other extravagant events.
Their original home was at Empire Stadium from 1954 to 1982 until they moved to bigger pastures at BC place.
They currently play in the Western Conference and are the only team to have won THE GREY CUP.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
THE VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FOOTBALL TEAM are the local Soccer team who play at BC Place, in their inaugural season they were playing temporarily at the Empire Stadium near the PNE in East Vancouver. The Whitecaps are the first Western team to qualify for the MLS League Playoffs.
The team has become very popular with some major signings from very well established players coming from Major Top Tier Soccer leagues from around the world.

http://www.whitecapsfc.com/bc-place

BASEBALL
THE VANCOUVER CANADIANS BASEBALL TEAM are part of the Baseball Minor League and play their home games at The Scotia Bank Field at NAT BAILEY STADIUM which is very close to QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK
The team are affiliated with the TORONTO BLUE JAYS and they play in the NorthWest League.

http://www.milb.com/

WINTER OLYMPICS/PARA-OLYMPIC VENUES
It already seems an age to us since the 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC games were held in Vancouver and Whistler. Many of the venues used for the games have been mentioned above, stadia such as BC PLACE, ROGERS ARENA, THE PACIFIC COLISEUM were all used to host various events.

New modern state of the art Venues were created for the games and were built to be used for future Sports and Recreation such as the following.

RICHMOND OLYMPIC OVAL
A fantastic Venue that is to some the jewel in the crown of this major sporting event, the OVAL is quite an impressive facility that includes the following: State of the Art Gym Facilities (with over 100 different cardio focused equipment), 2 Olympic Sized Ice Rinks, 18 badminton courts, Soccer pitches, Basketball & Volleyball Courts, and much much more… http://richmondoval.ca/default.aspx

The Olympics also used Cypress Mountain for various Skiing & Halfpipe events http://cypressmountain.com/

For details on Whistler…click here…http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/

Vegetarian/Vegan friendly Restaurants

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Vancouver is a great city if you are Vegetarian or Vegan, you will not have to look too far to find some excellent meat free cuisine.

Take a look at the list below to find our popular best picks for anyone who is Vegetarian.

THE PARKER
One of the most recent Vegetarian venues to open in the last year or so and it is really bringing excellent fine dining and atmosphere to Vancouver all the while being meat free.
It is also one of the most environmentally friendly establishments in the city as they pride themselves on local sustainability and utmost care regarding its product and relationship with the community.

http://www.theparkervancouver.com/

NUBA – A LEBANESE CUISINE
Now in its 10th and has since grown to 4 locations around the city, this restaurant is very popular and loved. Some may say that Lebanese food is some of the healthiest around, and after dining at Nuba it is very hard to argue with this comment.
The menu blends the very best from the Middle East and has some European influences, many of the dishes served will not seem unfamiliar.
There are Halal, non medicated hormone free meat options if you are dining with a carnivore in the group.

http://www.nuba.ca/

THE NAAM
Open 364 days a year in the beautiful district of Kitsilano – The Naam is one of the most well known Vegetarian Restaurants. It is cute, rustic and open for 24 hours and live music in the evening. A nice fireplace to keep you warm in the winter and a lovely outside garden during the more balmy weather of summer It can be very very busy and due to the volume and space no reservations.

http://www.thenaam.com/

HONS WUN TON HOUSE
Not Exclusively Vegetarian. The menu however is huge – and they have a separate menu that is extensively suitable for Vegetarians.
This is great Chinese food that is loaded full of flavour and really is the real deal.

http://www.hons.ca/

THE FOUNDATION
A very popular Vegetarian restaurant that is a huge hit among a younger crowd and hipster scene – it is cheap and cheerful but can be a hectic place at times, so if this is somewhere you are looking for to spend some time to relax in peace and quiet then this may have a little too much hustle and bustle for you. Saying all that, it is worth a visit on a budget. No website available.
2301 Main St Vancouver, BC V5T 3C9
(604) 708-0881

Davie Village and The West End Gay District.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The Sunset Inn and Suites is located in the gorgeous West End Community of Vancouver – this area fills the void between the Downtown core of the city and Stanley Park.

Our location is situated in an area called Davie Village which is in the heart of the Vancouver Gay District of Vancouver. The Village spans over 3 blocks along Davie St beginning from the Eastern Side at Burrard St and ending around Jervis Street to the West.

In 1999 The Davie Street Business Association decided to phrase the area as ‘Davie Village’ and in the process they decided to give the neighbourhoood an uplift by installing colourful Rainbow flags (the official symbolic flag for Gay Pride)on one side of the post, with the other side showing artwork from a local artist called ‘Joe Average’.

We will like to highlight the very best of the Davie Village area so you know where to go for good food and entertainment right on your door step.

WINE AND DINING
Davie Village is absolutely teeming with fantastic restaurants, so much so that it is very difficult not to find anything that you won’t like.
Here we will recommend some of the Staff best picks that we hope you will enjoy! We will begin with the High end right down to the cheap and cheerful!

High end/Fine Dining
BIN 941 (CLASSIC CLASSY CANADIAN CUISINE)
A fantastic experience of Tapas in style with a Canadian twist accompanied with an extensive Wine List and local Craft Beers. http://www.bin941.com/
LA BRASSERIE (FRENCH/GERMAN)
A great alternative to BIN 941, this has is Franco/German comfort food in style! http://www.labrasserievancouver.com/
CAFE LUXY (ITALIAN)
If you like Italian Food and specifically Pasta, then Cafe Luxy is the place for you! Excellent Daily Specials. http://www.cafeluxy.com/
LOLLITAS(MEXICAN CANTINA)
A very busy restaurant and an excellent choice if you have a preferance for Latin American style foods, and like the others it has an excellent choice in Fine Wines and Craft Beers. http://www.lolitasrestaurant.com/

Mid Range/Affordable
THE BANANA LEAF (MALAYSIAN)
This place is a huge hit among the staff here, if you like Thai, Indonesian style foods, you will love this! http://www.bananaleaf-vancouver.com/
KADOYA (SUSHI)
Vancouver Sushi is world renowned and EVERYWHERE! The Staff do gravitate to this establishment, excellent portions! http://www.kadoya.ca/
TAKIS (GREEK/CYPRIOT)
There are 2 Greek Restaurants in the area, this is great for a dining out experience and directly behind the hotel on Davie St. http://www.takistaverna.com/

Cheap and Cheerful!
STEPHOS (GREEK)
Very very busy restaurant for a good reasons, excellent price and huge portions…there is a very long line up, we suggest that you order for pick to skip the line.
PHO GOODNESS (VIETNEMESE) They sell excellent Subs here at the price of $4.75 including Tax, so cheap yet so so good.
MONGOLI GRILL (MONGOLIAN) This is great, you just pick your food and watch it get cooked Ghengis Khan style, suitable for Vegetarians. http://www.mongoliegrill.ca/home.html

PUBS and BARS
THE SCORE – A popular Sports bar with excellent food Specials, even if you are not a sports fan this place will still do the job! Great staff and great atmosphere. http://scoreondavie.com/
THE SPEAKEASY – A dark and moody setting which is a great place to watch sports with friends and it also boasts a fantastic balcony that can get busy in the summer http://thespeakeasy.ca/
1181 Trendy Bar on Davie http://www.1181.ca/
THE FOUNTAINHEAD – One of the more popular Gay bars in the area, with a fantastic patio and pool table. This is in institution on Davie Village. http://www.thefountainheadpub.com/
OASIS – Recently renovated this is a gem, it has a club vibe to it and excellent theme nights, Sundays are a great day, with Karaoke on Tuesdays – great fun and great patio space in the summer months too that double the size of the venue. http://oasisondavie.com/

NIGHTCLUBS
CELEBRITIES – One of the most popular night clubs in the district and recently renovated, a big hit among the younger crowd. http://celebritiesnightclub.com/
NUMBERS – Boasting 3 floors, the dancefloor on the main level and more of a pub vibe at the top, it also has a fantastic Karaoke Box where you can scream like a banshee and not annoy the rest of the bar! http://www.numbers.ca/UI/User/UserHome.aspx
THE JUNCTION – A quiet pub in the day and night club after nightfall, hosts quiz nights and drag shows. http://www.junctionpub.com/

BREAKFAST & COFFEE SHOPS
JOES GRILL &HAMBURGER MARYS, NEIGHBOURHOOD DINER People tend to like one over the other, both are very very good at breakfast. Hamburger Marys has been a staple in the Davie Village area and in many Gay Districts along the West Coast of North America (it was orginally a Drag Bar diner).
MELRICHES COFFEE HOUSE A local Community Coffee house right in the heart of the village.
BLENZ & STARBUCKS Canadian Vs USA you choose!

BOOKSTORES
LITTLE SISTERS
This is an institution that has been in the West End for the past 20 years, it sells books, DVD’s Toys and more, certainly for someone with an open mind on books regarding Gender, sexuality and more… http://littlesisters.ca/blog/

QMUNITY & PRIDE FESTIVAL
Qmunity is an excellent resource centre for the LGBT community…http://www.qmunity.ca/

Pride Festival http://www.vancouverpride.ca/Pride2013/

Popular Bus Routes & Destinations….

Monday, April 15th, 2013

At the Sunset Inn and Suites we receive many questions regarding the Bus Routes that will get you to the most popular destinations around Vancouver.

Below is a comprehensive list on the more popular routes/destinations that the majority of our guests will want to use, we have split the destinations into 2 parts, the first being destinations within Vancouver such as Stanley Park, Gastown and UBC, and secondly we have destinations in the Greater Vancouver area such as Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Ferry Terminals….we really hope that this will be beneficial for you in regards to getting yourself to your appropriate destination.

PLEASE NOTE Some destinations may require you to transfer a couple of times, the system is very regular and there are announcements so you are awar of which stop to get off and change Buses etc etc.
Prices may change due to busy periods or unexpected events such as Rush Hour, Weekends and Festivals, please double check at Front desk for further information regarding Bus fares around the city or visit the Translink Website here..http://www.translink.ca/

ALL TICKETS LAST FOR A DURATION OF 90 MINUTES AT TIME OF PURCHASE – WHICH CAN HELP ENABLE YOU TO REACH YOUR DESTINATION WITH JUST THE ONE TICKET – Double check with the Front-desk regarding your travel times.

SECTION 1 – VANCOUVER DESTINATIONS

TO AND FROM VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (YVR)
To Vancouver
This Route involves 1 transfer. 2 ZONE TICKET
AT YVR SKYTRAIN
Purchase a 2 Zone ticket to Yaletown Station.
Transfer to Bus C23 to Davie and Thurlow St. Walk 1 block South along Thurlow – turn your first right onto Burnaby St and we are the 2nd building along heading West.
Adults $7.75 Concession $6.75

To the Airport
BUS NUMBER C23 Main St Bus…..Catch the Eastbound Bus on Davie & Thurlow St. Transfer @Yaletown Station – Catch the YVR (Airport) TRAIN.
Adults $4.00 Concession $2.75
Vancouver Airport Website www.yvr.ca/

YALETOWN (SKYTRAIN STATION)
BUS NUMBER C23 Main St Bus…. catch the Eastbound bus @Denny’s restaurant on Davie st and Thurlow St
Yaletown Website yaletowninfo.com/

AQUARIUM
BUS NUMBER 19 (Stanley Park bus)@ Georgia St & Burrard St
Go to Burrrad St, catch the Northbound BUS NUMBER 22 (Knight Bus) (Bus stop is by TD Bank on Burrard and Davie) to Georgia St and transfer onto the BUS NUMBER 19 (Stanley Park Bus) to the Aquarium.
Adults $2.75 – Concession $1.75
Aquarium Websitewww.vanaqua.org/

CHINATOWN/CHINESE NIGHT MARKETS
BUS NUMBER 22 (Knight bus) catch the Northbound Bus at Burrard St and Davie St (By TD Bank) the bus will run directly through the Chinatown District.
Adults $2.75 – Concession $1.75
Chinatown information http://vancouver-chinatown.com/

GASTOWN
BUS NUMBER 6 (Davie St bus) @Davie and Thurlow St (Bus Stop by Denny’s Restaurant) The very last stop is @Waterfront Station which is the very beginning of the Gastown District.
Adults $2.75 – Concession $1.75
Gastown Information www.gastown.org/

MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY/UBC (University)
BUS NUMBER 44 (UBC Bus)- Southbound on Burrard & Burnaby St (MONDAY TO FRIDAY ONLY) or BUS NUMBER 14 (UBC Bus) (Southbound on Granville St) WEEKENDS ONLY
Adults $2.75 – Concession $1.75
Museum of Anthropology Website moa.ubc.ca/

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK/VAN DUSEN GARDENS
This Route involves 2 Transfers
BUS NUMBER C23 (Main St Bus) Eastbound at Davie & Thurlow. Transfer to Yaletown Station/Canada Line (Skytrain) to KING EDWARD STATION BUS NUMBER 33 – 29th Ave Station SOUTHBOUND at Cambie S @ W King Edward Ave
Van Dusen Gardens Website vancouver.ca/vandusen/
Queen Elizabeth Parkvancouver.ca/parks-recreation…/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

SCIENCE WORLD
BUS NUMBER C23 Main St – catch the Bus at Davie and Thurlow St @Denny’s Restaurant to the final stop, then walk Westbound a couple of blocks to Science World.
Science World Website http://www.scienceworld.ca/

SECTION 2 – GREATER VANCOUVER/NORTH & WEST VANCOUVER DESTINATIONS
These Tickets are classed as 2 Zone MONDAY TO FRIDAYS ONLY
ADULTS $4.00 CONCESSION $2.75
WEEKENDS - Adults $2.75 Concession $1.75
TSAWWASSEN FERRY ROUTE Prices are ADULTS $5.50 CONCESSION $3.75

BOWEN ISLAND
1 transfer
BUS NUMBER 6 Davie Eastbound @Denny’s Restaurant on Davie & Thurlow St – Transfer onto BUS NUMBER 257 (Horseshoe Bay bus) @Georgia St (Heading Westbound)
Transfer to the Bowen Island Ferry @The Horseshoe Bay Terminal.
See BC FERRIES Website for further Ferry scheduling http://www.bcferries.com/
Bowen Island information www.bowen-island-bc.com/

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE – GROUSE MOUNTAIN – LONSDALE QUAY/NORTH VANCOUVER
This route has 2 Transfers
BUS NUMBER 6 (Davie St Bus) @Denny’s on Davie and Thurlow St to Waterfront Station Transfer to Waterfront Station and catch the SEABUS to Lonsdale Quay
Transfer to BUS NUMBER 236 (Grouse Mountain Bus) to Capilano and Grouse.
Lonsdale Quay Website www.lonsdalequay.com/
Capilano Suspension Bridge Website www.capbridge.com/
Grouse Mountain Website www.grousemountain.com/

LYNN CANYON SUSPENSION BRIDGE/LYNN VALLEY
This route has 2 Transfers
BUS NUMBER 6 (Davie St Bus) @Denny’s on Davie and Thurlow St to Waterfront Station Transfer to Waterfront Station and catch the SEABUS to Lonsdale Quay
Transfer to BUS NUMBER-228 LYNN VALLEY Ask the bus driver for directions and which stop you need to get off to reach the actual canyon.

HORSESHOE BAY (FERRY TERMINAL) – NANAIMO
This route has 1 transfer.
BUS NUMBER 6 (Davie St Bus) – Eastbound @Denny’s Restaurant on Davie & Thurlow St – Transfer onto BUS NUMBER 257 (Horseshoe Bay Bus)@Georgia St (Heading Westbound)
See BC FERRIES Website for further Ferry scheduling http://www.bcferries.com/
Horseshoe Bay Website www.horseshoebaybc.ca/

RICHMOND/CHINESE NIGHT MARKETS
1 transfer
BUS NUMBER 6 (Davie St Bus) ……Catch @Denny’s Restaurant on Davie and Thurlow St. Transfer @Yaletown Station – Catch the RICHMOND SKYTRAIN Southbound to Richmond
Richmond Chinese Nightmarket website http://www.richmondnightmarket.com/

TSAWWASSEN FERRY TERMINAL – VICTORIA
PLEASE NOTE The Journey to Victoria from Vancouver takes roughly 3.5 hours in total travel time.
This Route involves 2 transfers.
BUS NUMBER 6 (Davie St Bus) ……Catch @Denny’s Restaurant on Davie and Thurlow St. Transfer @Yaletown Station – Catch the RICHMOND SKYTRAIN Southbound to BRIDGEPORT STATION….Transfer to the BUS NUMBER 620 Bus (Tsawwassen Ferry Bus) to the Ferry Terminal Station (Final Stop)
THIS ROUTE IS $5.50 ADULTS $3.75 CONCESSION

Special Events – Vancouver 2013

Friday, April 12th, 2013

We are already more than a quarter a way through 2013 and that means the events calendar is really filling up now.

Listed below are the major events that will be having an effect on the city and the occupancy of the hotel for the rest of the year, be sure to check these dates so you may be aware that there is a higher potential for the hotel to sell out over these days respectively.

VANCOUVER MARATHON
5th MAY Sunday – Booking suggestion 3rd to 5th (Fri to Sun)
http://www.bmovanmarathon.ca/

MOTHERS DAY
12th May Sunday – Booking Suggestion 11th & 12th (Sat & Sun)
http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

VICTORIA DAY
20th May Monday – Booking Suggestion 17th to 26th
http://vancouver.about.com/od/vancouverevents/tp/mothersday.htm

US MEMORIAL DAY
27th May Monday – Booking suggestion 17th to 27th

CAR FREE VANCOUVER DAY/FATHERS DAY
16th June Sunday
– Booking Suggestion 14th (Friday) to 17th June
http://westendbia.com/index.php?page_id=1124
And for other Car Free Festivals around the City
http://www.carfreevancouver.org/

RIO TINTO DRAGONBOAT FESTIVAL
21st – 23rd June (Friday) – Booking Suggestion 20th (thurs) to 24th
http://dragonboatbc.ca/home/

CANADA DAY
1st July Monday – Booking Suggestion June 30th (Sun)
http://www.canadaday.canadaplace.ca/
and celebrations at Granville Island
http://www.canada-day.ca/vancouver/

US INDEPENDENCE DAY
4th July Thursday Booking Suggestion – 3rd (Weds)

CELEBRATION OF LIGHT FIREWORKS
27th July – Sat
31st July – Weds
4th August – Sat Booking Suggestions 26th July to 5th August
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

PRIDE PARADE
4th August Sunday – Booking suggestion 2nd to 5th August
http://www.vancouverpride.ca/Pride2013/
And check out the Davie Village Events listings
http://www.mydavievillage.com/HappeningNow.html

BRITISH COLUMBIA DAY
5th August Monday – Booking Suggestion 2nd to 6th August

LABOUR DAY
2nd Monday September – Booking Suggestion 30th Aug to 3rd September

GRAND FONDO BIKE RACE
7th September Saturday – Booking Suggestion 6th (Friday) to 8th September
http://www.rbcgranfondowhistler.com/

THANKSGIVING (CANADA) – COLUMBUS DAY (US)
14th October Monday – Booking Suggestion 13th (Sunday) to 15th

HALLOWEEN
31st October Thursday – Booking Suggestion Oct 30th (Wednesday) to Nov 1st
http://www.bcliving.ca/entertainment/spooky-halloween-events-in-vancouver-for-the-whole-family

REMEMBERANCE DAY – CANADA (VETERANS DAY – US)
11th November Monday – Booking Suggestion 10th (Sunday) to 14th

US THANKSGIVING
28th November Thursday – Booking Suggestion Nov 27th (Wednesday) to 29th

If you require further information on events, specials and deals ‘Like’ our FACEBOOK Page.
https://www.facebook.com/SunsetInnVancouver?ref=tn_tnmn

And Tourism Vancouver Home Page will also be very useful.
http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

Coming to Vancouver on a cruise?…Here are some helpful tips to organize your visit.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

For many Vancouverites in the city April is the last quiet month before the Summer tourist season begins, we are sure that many of you are busy planning your trips and it is likely that you maybe visiting us as via a stopover on your Alaskan Cruise.

The majority of the Cruise ships dock into Vancouver very early in the morning (usually docking at Canada Place around 7am) this means that the majority of the Cruise Ship guests have quite some time to kill due to Checking in time being 4pm. So what can you do to utilize your time until your room is ready? Below we will have some helpful tips and advice on how to organize your day efficiently.

There is no doubt that many of you will be lugging some heavy luggage with you, well worry not, after we have completed the Check In procedure – we will happily place your bags in secure and safe storage, if the room happens to be ready before you return to the hotel, we will do our very best to have your luggage in your room ready and waiting for you on your return.

Below we have some excellent suggestions on what you can do in the time between arrival and checking in to your room.

BREAKFAST!
Its early, way to early for many, but here you are checking in at 7am – you are maybe tired and highly likely that you will be hungry too….so why not find yourself somewhere to go to satisfy your hunger…here are our recommendations for an excellent Breakfast.

THE ELBOW ROOM
The Elbow Room is quite an experience, not only does it have a huge Breakfast but you will be greeted with some Sassy Staff! What makes the Elbow Room a hit eatery in Vancouver, it isn’t just the yummy food, it is its reputation for some very funny and very rude staff – and please do not be alarmed, this is exactly what it is known for. If you have a reputation for quick wit, humour and Sarcasm and love a good old fashioned cooked breakfast – then this IS the place for you. Get fed and enjoy the ride, its a very amusing experience – Good Luck!
www.theelbowroomcafe.com
JOES GRILL
With locations on Davie St and Denman Street – this breakfast joint is a huge hit in the city, with great food and great staff it has been delighting hungry patrons for many years, but get there early, it can be a very very busy restaurant and for good reason as it is an excellent well known institution of the West End.
www.joesgrill.ca
HAMBURGER MARYS DINER
A cute 1950s Diner on Bute and Davie, open from 8am till the early hours of the morning, it has an extensive Breakfast Menu, excellent comfort Canadiana style foods such as a variety of tasty Burgers, Sandwiches and good old fashioned meals such as Meatloaf, Fish and Chips and more…!
www.hamburgermarys.ca

SIGHTSEEING AND MORE…
BIG BUS SIGHTSEEING TOUR AROUND THE CITY OF VANCOUVER
Big Bus is an excellent way of utilizing your time while you are waiting on the room. You can purchase your tickets at the Front Desk and better still, the stop is just a 30 second walk away around the corner on Thurlow St, where the next stop on the Tour is Granville Island.
Helpful Tip We recommend that you purchase a 2 DAY HOP ON HOP OFF pass as it will save you money, and we advise that you do a full round trip tour of the city in one trip and then on the second loop, use the HOP ON HOP OFF service that the ticket provides so you can see some major attractions such as Granville Island, Gastown and Chinatown.

http://bigbus.ca/home/

http://granvilleisland.com/

TOUR AROUND FALSE CREEK/VISIT GRANVILLE ISLAND
If you are heading down to Granville Island, you can get there by taking the FALSE CREEK FERRIES, these are cute little boats that will transport you to the island and also to various destinations along False Creek such as The Maritime Museum, Science World and the Olympic Village.

False Creek Ferries also offer full sightseeing tours all along False Creek, we feel that this is a trip well worth doing so check it out!

http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/

SEAWALL, ENGLISH BAY & STANLEY PARK.
If you have the energy and you are in the need to stretch the old legs, well just head South down the hill on Thurlow St and head down to the Sea Wall and Sunset Beach – head West towards English Bay, along the way you will experience stunning views of the ocean and Bowen Island in the distance and the Iconic Inukshuk!

Here you will be at the famous downtown Beach that is English Bay, you should reach this area in around 15 mintues or so, if you still want to carry on further – another 10 minutes farther along you will reach the beginnings of Stanley Park (nearby are the Tennis Courts and above them are the Nesting Herons) – stunning to see!
http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/explore/stanley-park-complete-guide/

For further reading on Vancouver http://www.venturevancouver.com/

And Tourism Vancouver http://www.tourismvancouver.com/

Major Events to look out for in April

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Here are some big events to watch out for if you are coming to Vancouver this month…

SUN RUN April 15th
Canada’s largest 10km race and an excellent way to check out Downtown Vancouver – it is perfect for everyone who likes to run, you can take it easy, seriously or just do it for fun, and if the latter is what you are in for, why not go in dress up!!!!

Check the link below to see all the details and any road closures that may have an affect on your travel plans.

http://www.vancouversun.com/2013sunrun/index.html

VANCOUVER LEGO GAMES! April 28th
So the Event is actually held in Burnaby….but still….Burnaby is a great area to visit and explore.
The LEGO Games are held to raise money for the Vancouver childrens hospital – check the website if you wish to participate or just join in the fun – mind that you don’t step on a piece….it hurts!

http://vancouverlegogames.com/

VANCOUVER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL – April 3rd to April 30th
Join in the song and dance at various locations to celebrate the bloom and blossoming of these beautiful trees that make the streets of Vancouver come alive at Spring time.

http://www.vcbf.ca/

Your guide to get too and from the Sunset Inn/Major attractions…

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Although we may not be in the actual ‘Downtown core’ – we are part of the downtown peninsula that sets the downtown area apart from the suburbs of the greater Vancouver districts.

This blog will explain how far it is to the major attractions and other popular tourist destinations that you may have to travel through, hopefully this will help with answering any of the questions that are required to help towards planing your trip.

To and from VANCOUVER AIRPORT (YVR)
DRIVING – Upon leaving the terminal, you will be on Grant McConachie Way. Travel over the Arthur Laing Bridge. Stay in the far right lane at the end of the bridge onto Granville Street. Continue on Granville Street. After traveling over the Granville St. Bridge into downtown Vancouver, take the second left at Davie Street. Go four blocks up Davie and turn left onto Thurlow Street. Then take the first right at Burnaby Street. The second building from the corner on the right is Sunset Inn & Suites.

JOURNEY TIME -Around 30 mins

CANADA LINE (SKY TRAIN) YVR
Canada Line: First Train YVR/Airport to Waterfront – First Train 5:07am/ Last Train 1:05am
Canada Line: Frequency
Canada Line schedules provided are estimates only and are subject to change based on operational requirements.
Time of day Canada Line

YVR/Airport – Waterfront Canada Line
Peak Hours 6-7 min. 6-7 min. 3-4 min.
Midday 6-7 min. 6-7 min. 3-4 min.
Evening 12 min. 12 min. 6 min.
Late Night 20 min. 20 min. 10 min.
Early Sat, Sun 12 min. 12 min. 6 min.
Sat, Sun & Hol. 7-20 min. 7-20 min. 4-10 min.
*Please note: prior to 5:30 am, the Cordova Street entrance to Waterfront Station is closed. During that time, Canada Line customers should enter Waterfront via the entrance on Granville at Hastings.
Richmond-Brighouse | YVR/Airport | Waterfront
7 days a week First Train Last Train
Waterfront to YVR/Airport 4:48am 1:05am
Waterfront to Richmond-Brighouse 5:30am 1:15am
YVR/Airport to Waterfront 5:07am 12:56am
Richmond-Brighouse to Waterfront 5:02am 12:47am

TRANSLINK WEBSITE http://www.translink.ca/

TAXI-CAB
You can easily hail a cab at the Airport, the price to get from the Airport is roughly around $35 including Tip. (There are plenty of cabs to be found, just look for the signs to tell you where the pick up station is, any cab will be sufficient for your journey).
CAUTION! A MAXIMUM of 4 PERSONS only are allowed to travel in a Taxi Cab when boarding within the City of Vancouver, even if you were able to fit more than 4 when you were travelling from the Airport. This is a city by law.
PRICE $35 (with tip) TIME 30mins

CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL
It is always best to order a Taxi-Cab at the hotel if you are heading to the terminal – specify that you may want a Van Taxi if you wish to transport lots of luggage.
You can also hail a cab at the terminal as it is in an area where there are lots of hotels and shops etc, so it is a heavy traffic for Taxi Cabs too.
COST & TIME It will take around 10 mins to get too and from the Hotel and Cruise Ship terminal at Coal Harbour/Canada Place and should cost around $12.

TSAWWASSEN FERRY TERMINAL – VICTORIA (Swartz Bay)
The easiest and most efficient way to get to Victoria from the hotel will be to use the PACIFIC COACH LINES at MAIN ST STATION. Order a Cab at the hotel, then it is a short 10 minute Cab ride to the Station costing roughly $12.
Proceed to the Pacific Coachline desk and here you can purchase your ticket and jump on the Bus. The Bus will transport you directly to Victoria town centre. The trip combines the Ferry Journey, read below to see the breakdown of the cost of travel.

ONE WAY FARES (Not Including Ferry prices)
http://www.pacificcoach.com/Bus-Coach-Travel/Crosswater/Vancouver-to-Victoria

And additional Ferry Cost
http://www.pacificcoach.com/About-Us/Travelling-with-Pacific-Coach

GRANVILLE ISLAND
Driving is an option, although we do strongly advise that you get the False Creek Ferry to and from the Island.
BY CAR – The Following link has the directions and map written out so you can print this if you wish to go by yourself https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&authuser=0

Or you can catch the Cute False Creek Ferry – Just walk South down Thurlow Street and continue along the hill until you reach the SEAWALL
Turn Left on the Seawall and you will walk towards the Burrard Bridge, a few minutes on and you will walk down the path to the Pick up terminal just before you reach the Bridge.

Click on the following link for a Map and Directions – https://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&authuser=0

This is the link to the False Creek Ferries – Your destination is The Vancouver Aquatic Centre – http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/fares_schedule.htm

GASTOWN/CHINATOWN
The best way as it is the most direct route is by catching the NUMBER 6 Bus, you can pick this up outside Denny’s on Davie and get off at the Last Stop outside Water-Front Station at the mouth of the Gastown District.

The schedule for the No 6 bus route can be found here….http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=iScheduleLookup

SHOPPING DISTRICTS (ROBSON ST & METROTOWN)
Robson St is very very close, just a walk Northbound up Thurlow St and in about 10 minutes you will be in the main shopping district of Vancouver!

METROTOWN MALL
This is the Vancouver/Burnaby area largest Mall and can be easily reached via the Number 6 Bus and then change at the GRANVILLE ST SKYTRAIN (Next to The Bay) Use the King George or VCC Clark trains to get to the Mall.

Metrotown Mall Website – http://www.metropolisatmetrotown.com/

To see the Schedules for the Expo/Millenium Lines – click on the following links. http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire?.a=iScheduleLookupSearch&LineName=999&LineAbbr=999

This link is a detailed map on how to get to the Coal Harbour Cruise Ship terminal
https://maps.google.ca/maps?q=vancouver%20cruise%20ship%20terminal&rlz=1C1LENP_enCA521CA521&aq=f&um=1&hl=en&authuser=0&biw=1360&bih=643&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=il

Biking and Boating around Vancouver!

Monday, April 1st, 2013

The season has now begun where you can get out and about to see Vancouver in some serious detail. The best way to do this is by renting a bike or going on a small boat cruise around the Bay, Harbour and Creek that encircle the city.

ENGLISH BAY BIKE RENTALS
English Bay bike rentals are really very good. They have an extensive selection of bikes to choose from, and they are really decent so biking at your leisure will be comfortable and effortless.
They are also experts regarding repairs and general maintenance here, so if you have a question or a problem – just ask them for help!

If you like the bikes that much, they even sell the bikes – check their website for special deals and sales on these items. Also ask at the Front desk for further details and coupons.

http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

FALSE CREEK FERRIES
When you are visiting Vancouver and you are in the vicinity of False Creek there is a very good chance that you will use their cute little false creek ferry to get to your destination such as Science World and Granville Island.

They also do larger tours of False Creek itself, this is something we feel you will enjoy, along the way you will get to see stunning views of the downtown area, the Olympic Village, Granville Island Public Market and the mouth of English Bay.

http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/sightseeing.htm

HARBOUR CRUISES AND EVENTS
Harbour Cruises are based in Coal Harbour, they do great tours around the north side of the city in the inlet that separates North Vancouver and Vancouver City itself.
These tours include travelling up Indian Arm and the small town of Deep Cove, evening Dinner Cruises and tours to see the annual fireworks display in English Bay.

http://www.boatcruises.com/