Posts Tagged ‘Gastown’

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/

Celticfest and St Patricks Day Parade.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Spring is coming, it really is, and that means that we will get to see many more fun events to choose from as the season starts to slowly warm and wake from the long Winter slumber.

One of the biggest events that has taken a life of its own is CelticFest and the St Patrick Day celebrations and parade. This festival is quite the phenomena, its funny how all of a sudden we become Irish overnight – and in all honesty, why not? The Irish know how to party, have a great Beer that some of you may know about, they know how to dance, and, if you believe the stereotype, are ‘to be sure’ to have Red hair and will ‘thank you a million’ for coming out to celebrate with them.

The Festival runs from March 9th to March 17th where the big day and Parade concludes this festive period. the festival is one of the biggest of the early Spring season and you should wear something green in solidarity. This years parade follows the same route as 2012

If you want to catch an awesome parade – click on the links below where you can see the best of the St Paddys Day celebrations around Vancouver. The festival attracts well over 300 000 visitors a year featuring dancers, stilt walkers, music, some Irish Wolfhounds and more – so get your Jig on!

http://www.celticfestvancouver.com/parade.php

Popular Irish style pubs to visit are -

Doolins Irish Bar.
A popular favorite on Granville Street right in the heart of the entertainment district (especially the younger crowd) This will be bursting at the seams during the St Paddy Weekend.

http://www.doolins.ca/

Johnnie Fox’s Irish Snug.
A small but cute bar that is opposite Doolins on Granville, this to us is by far one of the most authentic looking Irish bars and really seems to have captured the essence and flavour of what an Irish style bar actually looks like. The food here is fantastic too…!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Johnnie-Foxs-Irish-Snug/122975751089380

At the time of writing, the webpage for Johnnie Fox’s seems to be under maintenance, please look at the facebook link above as this will be just as beneficial if not more!

Ceili’s
Located a couple of blocks north from Johnnie Fox’s and Doolins, this bar also captures the imagery of what a Celtic themed bar should look like, check out the impressive display of Whisky on the walls there, so many that it takes a wee ladder to find the items.

http://www.ceilis.com/

The Irish Heather
A fantastic Irish Gastropub that has undergone some major renovations over the years. This is fine Irish dining at its best, it has a high end quality to the place without necessarily breaking the bank either, unless you choose the more expensive route. A must see dining out fixture when you are visiting Gastown.

http://www.irishheather.com/

Historical Heritage in the West End

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

When arriving in Vancouver the first thing people seem to notice about its look are the tall Glass Skyscrapers that dominate the downtown Skyline, you can easily think that this is a city that is somewhat bereft of history…but that is not simply not true. If you decide to get around the city by foot, you will be amazed at the pockets of history that are dotted all around, and there are the more obvious older areas sheltered by the tall structures, such as Gastown and Chinatown, some of the oldest areas of the city. http://www.gastown.org/

The West End where we are located is steeped in history, we highly recommend that you take a small stroll all around the district, it will be an excellent way to visit some hidden gems and to see the beauty of the West End area.

Barclay Heritage Square & Roedde House Museum
To get an idea of what Vancouver looked like in the late 1800s you should take a visit to Barclay Heritage Square and the Roedde House Museum.

http://www.roeddehouse.org

This is a great museum that lets you see what a house in the 1800s looked like, all the materials and furniture are originals from that era, and the difference in this museum is that the artifacts are not behind a rope or glass wall they are there for you to get up close with and personal, some items you can even touch!
The house is situated in an area call Barclay Square, its like an oasis of history that is on of the 9 houses heritage buildings that surround the square.

http://www.heritagecanada.org/en/visit-discover/find-historic-places/historic-sites-canada/british-columbia/barclay-heritage-square

Two novelty ways to explore Vancouver city and beyond…

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

We believe that Vancouver is one of the most stunning cities in the world and how could you not. So what are the best ways to see the city and its surroundings? We feel we have a few novelty ideas that will make your trip that extra bit special.

As always, we will always recommended the regular city tours such as the cool Big Bus and Trolley tours, but Vancouver has a few more options up its sleeve – these are the famous walking tours of the city and Seaplane tours of Vancouver, Vancouver Island, ocean and mountains.

For those of you who like to explore the city on foot, Vancouver is indeed spoiled for choice with a great number of walking tours around the city – our pick will be ‘The Tour Guys’.

The Tour Guys offer free tours and more specialized walking tours at an offerdable price around our town, these guys are an absolute pleasure to be chaperoned around the city, they are energetic, fun and are pretty much street performers in their own right, but they belong to you, we think this is pretty awesome.
The tours focus on three areas of the city, which includes the well known area of Gastown which is the oldest area of Vancouver and certainly has quite some character and many many stories behind the scenes of Gastown, these stories you will be sure to hear from these great guys.

The tours which you will have to spend a little cash on include – Murder, mystery and mayhem, Eat your cart out (a delightful tour of the now famous Foodcarts of Vancouver), and a Craft beer tour called Beer makes history better – a tour that involves craft beers, sounds pretty cool eh!

If there is a tour that does not fit your schedule, you can also contact them and build a tour that fits you and your budget too…

The next option is a really really cool one, this could be a real treat for a loved one or an idea to have an epic view of the city, let us introduce to you the Harbour air seaplane tours.
Boasting a a large fleet of 39 aircraft, Harbour Air are proud to boast that they are the largest all Seaplane fleet in the entire world. Whenever you come to Vancouver, one of the most noticeable objects in the skies above you are these float planes buzzing all over the area.

The tours are great, they include anything from a short 10 to 20 minute tour of the City, to more extensive tours that travel farther afield such as Victoria, Seattle, Whistler, the great north shore mountains and Glaciers – we cannot think of anything more spectacular than buzzing around in a seaplane over Cypress, Grouse or Seymour mountains with the city falling behind.

http://www.harbour-air.com/

http://www.tourguys.ca/