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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

PuSh Festival @Granville Island…1 more week left

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you are visiting Vancouver this week be sure to visit Granville Island as the PuSh Festival is in its final week (ending on February 3rd).

This is the first major festival of the season and a very good excuse to check out what Granville Island has to offer – and it does offer a lot. From the famous Granville Island market, to artisan bakeries, stylish boutique shops. There is also no shortage of entertainment for all the family, the famous Granville Island Buskers which are a staple for entertainment and they are really really good, you will be very entertained.

For further reading and more in depth information on Granville Island…please take a look at this older blog entry…it should help navigate you as to what is on offer there… http://www.sunsetinn.com/blog/?p=64

www.granvilleislandbuskers.com

The Island is also a good spot for dining, you have plenty to choose from most notably The Sandbar which boasts a great balcony area where you can enjoy your meal with an excellent view…and check out Edible Canada too, they have a sweet location right in the hub of Granville Island…perfect to watch the people and the day go by…to reach Granville Island is very easy, roughly a 20 minute journey, you head down Thurlow St and catch the False Creek Ferry, its easy, its cute and its cash only! Ask the Front desk at the Sunset Inn & Suites for further details there…

SAD SACK @ PuSh FESTIVAL
We want to highlight this particular show as it involves Kris Elgstrand who is the husband of our very own Sunset Inn Front desk extraordinaire Arabella Bushnell!!!

The show is a pretty quirky melancholy take on living in Vancouver, it explores the city via the medium of drawings, writings, thoughts and libertations, it was conceived during Vancouver’s darkest and dreary months of fall and winter…hence the title of Sad Sack.

http://sadsack.ca/events/push-festival-sad-sack-by-night

If you like to look at further works from Kris Elgstrand, be sure to check out his own show call ‘Social Anxiety Hour’ which also features our very own Arabella!!! so please come out and support these guys – you will not be disappointed. http://www.legstand.com

Look at some of the reviews from the Georgia Straight

http://www.straight.com/arts/push-festival

Bard on the Beach returns for Summer 2012

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Tents set up for Bard on the Beach


May 31st is the official opening of Bard on the Beach….a popular annual favorite that has been entertaining the masses since 1990.

The location of Bard on the Beach is quite convenient as it is situated at Vanier Park on the opposing side of False creek to us at the Sunset Inn. Just a 10 minute walk down the hill to the Seawall, you will be able to catch the cute False Creek Ferry taxi over to the Maritime Museam at Vanier Park. $3.25 one way and a round trip at $5.50 Cash Only!

The location for these great Shakespearean open air plays is pretty stunning, you have some wonderful views of English Bay and the City Skyline, definitely a photogenic moment that captures the city, mountains and rolling ocean.

Bard on the Beach runs from May 31st all the way through to September 22nd, so that is plenty of time to get your tickets for one of your favorite shows.

The performances for the 2012 season are as follows….

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

The ultimate battle of the sexes! Fiery, hot-tempered Kate faces off in a crackling battle of wits with the only man who can tame her.

MACBETH

Seductive prophecy and devastating ambition are the forces that drive this dark and powerful tragedy.

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

It’s 1968 and the merry wives of Windsor, Ontario plot their hilarious revenge on the wickedly charming rogue Sir John Falstaff.

KING JOHN

King John plots to stay one move ahead in this game of high-stakes chess where the winner takes the crown.

And whilst you are down there, head round the corner to kitsilano and kits Beach , this is truly our little taste of California….nearby there are some very good bars and restaurants to choose from, and if you are up for a challenge…climb the steep hill up towards West 4th Avenue. This area which is very much like The West End – is a popular spot for some shopping, drinking and eating.

http://www.bardonthebeach.org/

Gamboling on Granville Island!

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Granville Island is a must see area whenever you are visiting Vancouver, even the locals cannot get enough of the place year round and for good reason too. The Island is notably home to the busy Granville Market (Vancouver’s answer to Seattle’s Pike Place Market) and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Before we explain in detail about what the Island has to offer, we will like to share with you a little piece of the history in the creation of the island.

Vancouver was originally to be named the city of Granville, however, in 1886 it was decided to be renamed as Vancouver after the Captain George Vancouver (Born, 22nd June 1757 and Died 10th May 1798) he was an English officer of the British-Royal Navy, his name has also been commemorated with Vancouver Island and a few other cities throughout the Pacific Northwest of Canada and the US. The names Granville were then decided to be used for the busy arterial street that runs through the heart of Downtown Vancouver from North to South, (including Granville Bridge which spans over False Creek and Granville Island) all the way to southern most point of the City towards the Fraser River.

The Island itself was born out of an Industry boom due to the Port of Vancouver’s increasing growth. The location itself was once a natural Sandbar within the Creek, with industry evolving and traffic increasing, action was taken to try and stabilize the Sandbar where it could be used for the overall purpose of Real Estate and Industry. Not an easy task, it was determined by the current government at the time that the Sandbar with the formation of a man made Island was more of hazard to maritime operations within the Creek.

Around the turn of the century the Sandbar was finally stabilized and the Island began to take the shape that we are familiar with today. Many of the buildings that were built within the early part of the 20th century are still standing today, this includes the building that is home to the Granville Island Public Market. At the northern end of the Market facing the Creek-side you have the well known restaurant called The Sandbar, named in homage to the original natural Sandbank on which the island has been built.

During the great depression and the Second World War there was a gradual decline in the Industrial operations that occurred on the Island, this led to massive decay and a decline to all manner of operations, the buildings and the area suffered somewhat until the 1970s. It was During the 70s that the Government at the time decided that a family friendly space for tourism in mind should be created here, with money well spent, it was to be the beginning of the transformation to what we have today.

To get a good idea of whats on offer to show its diversity.

1) Arts and Craft.
The Maritime and Duranleau Studios are found next to the unmistakably large Red Boat barn that is located to the Granville Bridge passing high overhead, here you will come across Painting shops, Jewelry stores and Print making shops among many other art and Craft boutique stores. Then East of the Granville Bridge you will come across the centrally located Railspur Alley this beutiful cobbled stone alley is the hub of the Arts and Craft with well over 16 shops at work along the alley, here you will find Canada’s very first of its kind Sake making brewery, crafts made from Leather Workshops, Silk making and more…!

2) Family and Young Children.
Granville Island should be a family affair, and it really does not disappoint when it comes to keeping Children entertained, sometimes the adults can become more excited than the little ones! Aside from the Granville Market, there is also The Kids Market which is found under the Granville Bridge opposite the Granville Island Brewery. Here you can let your children wander around and search for great toys, games, clothes and be able to partake and enjoy themselves with Arts and Crafts that the Market has to offer, also included are the family Arcades, a two tier indoor playground and rooms on offer for Children’s parties and many more activities to keep everyone occupied and entertained.

3) Buskers.
Granville Island is very famous for its buskers that are dotted around the Island throughout the year, generally you will get to see and enjoy the majority of the buskers between May and September, however, you will be sure to fined, a handful of long term regulars entertaining the masses all year round.
The Island grants permits to roughly around 100 Buskers from Magicians to Musicians you will get to see it all!

4) Wine and Dine
If the Market is not enough for you, and you are in need of a good sit down meal and somewhere to drink, there are quite a few options for you to choose from all over the Island.
Among many, we at the Sunset do have some favorite spots to recommend. So we will offer our top picks for you to choose from….
The Sandbar…located next to the Public Market beneath the Granville Bridge, this is a very popular joint with excellent food, service and views. At the entrance is a Sushi Bar, on the 2nd Floor which is the main area of the Sandbar you will find the Bar and restaurant area, various evenings you can be entertained with their in-house regular Piano Guy to swoon you through the evening. The 3rd level is the balcony with excellent views of False Creek, at the restaurant you will be spoiled with an excellent choice of seafood and more…
Edible Canada… Brand new to Granville Island and is located at the central hub of the Island, showing off a great Patio where you can watch buskers, and the people milling around the Island all day…..Edible promotes local and Canadian artisan sustainable products from their venue and their Market Stall, and also offer a large variety of sauces, preserves and chutneys, cheeses, chocolates and specialty tools!!!
Go Fish…So you like Fish and Chips? You will like it even better if the Fish is fresh….even caught just a few hours before? Well this is the right place for you…located a few minutes walk South of the Island towards the southern Marina, this little blue open air shack IS the place to go for a real deal Fish and Chips experience!!! This Fish was literally fished and caught a mere few hours prior to it being a Fishy on your Dishy……enjoy, you will NOT be disappointed! Get there early as once the Food runs out on the day, that is it till the next catch…
Liberty Wine, High End Wine Store – Many of us after a long day will always like to just put our feet up with some good food, maybe a movie and an awesome wine to wash it down with, well luckily for you on Granville Island you have Liberty Wine Merchants! These guys know their wine and have an extensive selection of Wines, Ice wines, Ports, Vermouth’s and Ciders for you to enjoy, ALL Sunset Inn guests are entitled to 10% off…please ask at the front desk for the customer number.
Granville Island Brewery…Probably Vancouvers’ most well known Brewery, located in the center of the Island, here you can take a tour around the brewery and enjoy their samples of Beers they have on offer, with the range getting ever bigger overtime you can indulge and learn about the beer making process after your tour, you can also drop in for a quick drink during your Island visit, they also have a liquor and gift store on site. Another mention is the Artisan Sake Maker, this is truly a hidden gem on the Island, proud to boast that this is the first of its kind in Canada, like the GI brewery you can also enjoy a tour and sample the Sake made on site by the brilliant Sake Maker Masa Shiroki.

5) Seawall and Marina… The Seawall around the Island actually winds it way all around False Creek heading towards the east, and towards the West you can find yourself walking towards Kitsilano point and Vanier Park. You can easily walk pretty far along the Seawall which is something we highly recommend…..the Island is surrounded by a Marina, so if Boats and Yachts are your thing, you are going to be seriously spoiled.

6)Theatre Granville Island is home to plenty of theatrical entertainment…..lot and lots to choose from, ┬ásuch as The Arts Club theater, ┬áCarousel Theater and the Axis Theater to name a few.

 

To get to and from the Island there are various options, the easiest route of all is by walking from the Hotel South on Thurlow Street, in around 10 minutes you will find yourself at the seawall and The False Creek Ferry Jetty.
Further along beyond the Burrard Bridge, you will fine a similar service that is known as the Aquabus. Other alternatives are the Translink Bus No 50 from Granville Street, or if you feel energetic and fancy along scenic walk, try walking over the Iconic Burrard Street Bridge.

However you get there, we are sure you will have an unforgettable experience at the Island…..enjoy!