Posts Tagged ‘North Vancouver’

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/

Bike, Bus and other Tour Operators…

Monday, March 4th, 2013

One of the regular questions we receive at the hotel is “What is the best way to get around Vancouver?” We have decided to explain how it all works and what are the best options are for you to see the city with the least amount of effort while being informative and as fun as possible.

Using the vehicle may not be the best option within the downtown core, however, we do recommend using the vehicle to go further afield if you are feeling adventurous and will like to go your own way, please make sure that you ask us at the Front Desk for advice and pointers on how to get from A to B.

We will like to introduce you to Tour Operators that will do the hard work for you and really make a day trip work, so you don’t have to get lost and figure it for yourself.

Vancouver has multiple options for you to get around the city, the most obvious being the Public Transportation of either Bus, Skytrain and of course Taxis. The bus and the Skytrain are run by Translink (who also run the Seabus from Vancouver to the city of North Vancouver at Lonsdale Quay). Taxis are everywhere, so when ordering they are usually at the hotel in under 5 minutes.

http://www.translink.ca/

What is so good about the Translink company running the bulk of the public transport is its efficiency, one ticket will last you 90 mins which means you are able to transfer on any mode of transport they offer within that hour and a half, and with Vancouver being a smaller city in consideration, that ticket will get you quite far at a very small cost.

TOUR OPERATORS

BIG BUS SIGHTSEEING TOURS.
As for sightseeing and a tour that will be fun and engaging, you will need to look no further than Big Bus. We have been recommending Big Bus for many many years, we strongly feel that they are one of the best ways to get yourself around Vancouver, they have great knowledge of the city, they are fun, engaging and above all very experienced within this industry. Their routes pretty much hit every major attraction within the city, such as Granville Island, Gastown and Stanley Park.

http://bigbus.ca/home/

There are various tours that they have on offer, the most popular being their Hop on Hop off excursions, you have an option of 1 day or 2 day passes, the best thing about Big Bus is that you can Purchase your ticket directly with us at the Front Desk as the stop is literally just around the corner from us, no more than a 30 second stroll on Thurlow Street. Perfect!

LANDSEA TOURS AND ADVENTURES.
For travelling further afield such as Whistler and Victoria, we will recommend Landsea Tours & Adventures. Landsea Tours are perfect if you have a limited amount of time, and are looking for a day trip to Whistler or Victoria or even the North Shore of Vancouver. The tours will come directly to the Hotel and from here, they will whisk you away to your destination where they will set the agenda that you get to see the major hotspots and have time to sight-see and explore the destination for a few hours.

The Victoria trip also includes the Famous Butchart Botanical Gardens, we highly recommend that if you need to visit Victoria and the Gardens, please consider this tour option, as it will be more productive to let Landsea tours set up your trip, whisk you away from your doorstep with less fuss and more to see!

http://www.vancouvertours.com/

ENGLISH BAY BIKE RENTALS
Located close to English bay on Davie St (a wee 10 minute walk down the hill) You will find these guys! They have a large stock of different bikes to suit your needs that you can use to get around the city, ask the Front Desk so you can get a discount voucher.

http://www.englishbaybikerentals.com/

Just remember, you can purchase your Big Bus and Landsea Tours at the front desk, we can also point you in the right direction for Limo Services if there are 5 or more that would like to travel together…

And so it begins – The snow is here, lets hit the slopes!!!

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

It seems like that Vancouver is in for a dollop or Snow over the next day or so and we all know what that means – Ski season is well and truly underway!

It tends not to snow too much in Vancouver, but when it does – it really is a stunning sight, especially if you manage to get a rare glimpse of the sun that catches the glistening snow sparkling off the mountains that tower over the city.

Vancouver is spoiled for choice when it comes to Winter sports, and the choices come from 3 stunning peaks to use as your outdoor adventure playground during the winter Season.

On any of the 3 mountain resorts in the area you will be able to enjoy Skiing, Snowboarding, Snow Shoeing, tubing and a whole lot more….
There has been plenty of precipitation falling over the last few weeks (which is normal for this time of year) So whats falls as the wet stuff down at Sea Level, is almost certainly falling as the white stuff at the top of the peaks. To date, roughly up to 300cm of snow has accumalated on the mountain tops, in the last 24 hours alone there has been up to 10cm, and that amount is set increase dramatically over the next few days.

GROUSE MOUNTAIN
Nestled in between Cypress and Seymour, Grouse mountain is by far one of the more popular destinations to visit when it comes to Winter Sports. It is in a great location as this is the mountain that sits directly over North Vancouver and dominates the city skyline to the North of Vancouver itself. Along the way, you can even stop off at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, where the whole area is currently illuminated for the Festive Season. Capilano Canyon Lights runs until January 5th and illuminate the bridges and park from 4pm till 9pm.
At Grouse there is a fantastic restaurant that overlooks the city, an open are Ice rink, and the slopes here are suitable for beginners and the more experienced.

Mountain HighlightsThe Theatre in the Sky, Snow Limo and Mountain Ziplines.

http://www.grousemountain.com/#tickets-passes

http://www.capbridge.com/explore/canyon-lights/

Mount Seymour
This is a great place for any beginner to come and learn to Ski as it offers shorter runs to practice and learn, it also has a great rugged feel to it, so if you are searching for the quintessential ‘outdoors’ adventure, Seymour is the place to be.

Mountain HighlightsSnowshoeing and 2 for 1 Discover lessons

http://www.mountseymour.com/home

Cypress Mountain
Cypress mountain was used during the 2010 Winter Olympics for the alpine events. Cypress Park has some more challenging slopes so if you want to test yourself this is the place to be.

Mountain HighlightsSnow Tubing and Snowshoeing.

And of course – WHISTLER
Th gem in the crown during the Winter season is Whistler Blackcomb and Whistler Village.
A beautiful Alpine Village that was home to the majority of events during the 2010 Winter Olympics, this really is the place to go if you are a Winter Sports junkie.
Located a couple of hours north of Vancouver, there are many ways to get here, and we feel that one of the better ways is to use Landsea Tours. Landsea tours will pick you up at the hotel and take you for a full day out to Whistler, where you can participate in sight seeing and some skiing too. It is designed for tourists so you don’t have to figure out where to go or what to do as they have your itinerary set. Speak to the front desk and we will book the tour. Payment occurs on the day on the bus, either by Cash, Debit or Credit.

Mountain Highlights- Peak to Peak Gondola and Whistler Village

http://www.whistlerblackcomb.com/

http://www.vancouvertours.com/

Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours & Lonsdale Quay ‘Savour Saturdays’

Friday, October 5th, 2012


The Vancouver Trolley Company will be running their annual ‘Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours’.

The tours will run from October 19th through to October 31st where you will be involved in a haunted evening filled with murderous tales and infamous buildings of Vancouver.

Your host will tell gruesome tales of troubled ghosts, how they met their end, and where they now occupy their time. You will be visiting locations such as the Mountain View Cemetery and the autopsy room at the famous Vancouver Police Museum where over 15.000 autopsies have been performed.

The 2 1/2 hour Haunted trolley tours will depart every evening from Canada Place at 5.30, 6.30, 7.30 and 8.30pm, returning once again to Canada Place. The tour is suitable for adults (13+) at the rate of $40 (including tax) per person. If you wish to reserve, full credit card payment is required, you can do tihs by contacting 604 801 5515 ext 100.

Here is a video from their tour!

http://youtu.be/BP11CJLYSN4

Book in advance as this is likely to sell out!!!

http://www.vancouvertrolley.com/tours/seasonal/haunted-halloween

Lonsdale Quay Market – ‘Savour Saturdays’.

Every Saturday throughout the month of October is ‘Savour Saturdays’ at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. The market here is the North Shores version of Granville Island market, and it is one to visit – especially if you are making an excursion to see the sights such as Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain.

It is going to be a great food festival, where you can taught some amazing recipes with the help of some amazing Chefs from the area – the festival will have something for everyone so it will be a fun filled family event.

The Market itself has plenty to see and do, with an amazing selection of local produce, fine meats, cheese, wine and artisan stores.
It is also very easy to reach this area from The Sunset Inn and Suites – Just catch the Number 6 Downtown Bus on Davie Street (outside Dennys) to the very last stop at Waterfront Station, transfer here to get the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, where you are immediately at the Market!!!

http://www.lonsdalequay.com/events.php

If you do plan to go here, please see the Translink.ca link below which give you bus options to the Quay…

http://tripplanning.translink.ca/hiwire

September is the best month for late season hiking!

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012


Vancouver is enjoying a fantastic end to the Summer Season, its hard to believe that come the weekend the official start of Autumn begins.

Now, lets not get too carried away with this, it seems likely that weather will hold out for us for the rest of the month, and at The Sunset Inn we all pretty much agree that the month of September is pretty awesome in the city.

So as the Sun still packs in some welcome warmth and the air has a beautiful crisp feel to it, this will be a good time to check out some hiking trails before its too late. We will recommend some easy and not so easy trails for you too enjoy.

The Grouse Grind.
One of the most challenging and famous of trails for people who are into hiking but are not the full deal, its a good beginners guide to people who are wanting to become more serious about hiking.
Every Wednesday there is the Grouse Grind Social, but you must hurry, the trail will soon be closed for the season as it gets a little too icy at the top.

Baden Powell Trail (North Shore).
This is a great tail that connects Deep Cove out towards Lynn Canyon and then onto Grouse Mountain, a very popular trail that hits the 3 major attractions of the North Shore. Deep Cove is a very beautiful small village that is a natural cove situated at the mouth of Indian arm, a very popular destination for kayaking. Lynn Canyon has its very own Suspension bridge, this is the locals favorite as it is free and not as crowded as Capilano, check it out!

Stanley Park/False Creek.
The majority of visitors that come to Vancouver will have heard of Stanley park, it is a huge park (same size as downtown) with amazing views of the North Shore districts of North and West Vancouver (where the trails above are situated) The Burrard Inlet and English Bay.
There are plenty of easy trails that criss cross their way through the park. If you are feeling energetic, you can even walk round the park, head towards False Creek and walk all along that area. A good tip is to hire bikes at English Bay Bike Rentals on Davie Street, this will get you around the park and the creek in no time.

So please make the most of it, as we now know we are on borrowed time, and with Vancouver being Vancouver, come October, the march of the Seasonal storms will be migrating from Alaska and knocking on our door….but this means something else…Ski Season!!!

For further information, please see the links and video below

http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/tp/Great-Vancouver-Hikes.htm

http://www.vancouvertrails.com/regions/vancouver-city/

This video really shows off the beauty of the wilderness that is pretty close by

http://youtu.be/AtIGOeVL-aM