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Exploring Vancouver’s West End. Part 4. Parks and play areas.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

To end our series on the West End we will point you in the direction of the numerous parks in the district that you can enjoy. The parks and play areas in the West End vary in all shapes and sizes and appear in areas where you will least expect it, we want to make sure that you can get to enjoy these areas just as much as we do.

Green Space Parks within the West End
As built up as Vancouver seems to be you have to applaud the effort that has been made at integrating the Green spaces that seem to be dwindling from many other cities around the world.
As many people make their way into Vancouver for the first time you would not be wrong in thinking that the city just looks like it is a built up mass of Glass Skyscrapers, however, once you make your way to the West End area all is not what it seems. The West End has really done a great job with the immersion of nature and suburbia and many of the parks have their own unique style and charm, so we will guide you through them by starting with the smaller ‘hidden’ parks to the larger parks more well known parks in the area.

West End Garden Oasis among the Streets and Lanes.
Before we head to the larger parks in the area, take a small wander around the West End and look out for some of the many Bike Paths that connect the small streets to the more larger Streets that criss- cross the area, along some of these pathways you will come across cute mini gardens that are dotted all over the city. These areas are surprisingly cute and are awash with colour and all kinds of Plant and Tree life. These spots are quite good at nullifying the city noise and always have some cute animals going about their business, expect to be greeted by a Black or Gray Squirrel, or even later on in the day a Skunk or Raccoon will likely amble on its way.

One of the closest little gardens that connect the Bike Paths to the Streets in the city is just two very short blocks away on Burnaby St and the cross street of Jervis St, there is a really cute park with a cobbled pathway that is a used for biking as well as pedestrians, this is a stunning spot if you just need a small rest on your travels. It will take a little over 5 minutes to reach this little city Oasis.

Click on this interactive Map and you can check out where the local parks are situated in the West End.
https://www.google.ca/maps/dir//49.28718,-123.132167/@49.2871023,-123.1371274,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m3!4m2!1m0!1m0?hl=en

Nelson Park & Mole Hill
Located just a couple of small blocks away from us & easily reached when you head North on Thurlow St – you will be there in 5 minutes.
After some major redevelopment in 2007 Nelson Park has been treating our local neighbourhood for quite some time now, it looks beautiful at all times of the year, but is particularly striking in the Spring (with blooms) and Fall (with the falling leaves in the park).
At this park you will find a play area for the little kids, some nice benches dotted all around – and one quarter of the park is a dedicated Off Leash Dog park, where the pooches are allowed to be unleashed and run amok without a care in the world.
Mole Hill
Like we had mentioned in previous Blogs, the West End has many areas that are classified as heritage building, well, Mole Hill which is situated next door to Nelson Park is a whole block of Co Op Heritage Houses that have been kept in excellent shape by the people for the people who reside there.
The Alley and gardens are stunning and if you go for a little exploration in the area, you will find that half along the Alley you will come across a small pathway that connects the Alley to Nelson St, here, you will find a cute small creek and a little bench, its a really nice ‘secret’ nook where you can have a small moment among the flowers and trees.
Where? Thurlow St and Nelson St

Barclay Heritage Square
As we have also mentioned in previous blogs Barclay Square is surrounded by some very interesting Heritage Buildings that lets you step back in time at what Vancouver looked like at the end of the 1800s.
whether you are a local or visitor the Barclay Square gardens are among many a really nice and tranquil spot to enjoy all year round. The Gardens are well kept and are inviting for all who wish to laze around and enjoy the natural colours that flowers, shrubs and trees can offer!
Where? Barclay St, Broughton St and Nicola St

Alexandra Park
Just nestled into the corner of the West End where English Bay meets False Creek this corner nook is a great place to watch the ocean without stepping foot onto the sandy beach. You can enjoy people watching here if that is your kind of thing to do, and you can even check out the stunning Bandstand that is the center piece of Alexandra Park. The park has been around for over 100 years and the Bandstand is exactly 100yrs old this year opening up for the public in 1914.
Where? Beach Ave and Burnaby St

Sunset Beach Park
Sunset Beach park overlooks Sunset Beach of course! This just a small 5 minute walk down the steep hill from the hotel, the Park overlooks Sunset Beach and False Creek and is a hit among all the locals here, you get amazing views of English Bay, Bowen Island and some of Vancouver Island from here, and you can also enjoy a play Hockey, kick around of a football or skateboard and Rollerblade in the designated play areas here.

So get out there and enjoy the Green Spaces among the concrete Jungle!

How to see the very best of Vancouver in just a few short days.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Its been a crazy Winter here in Vancouver as we have not seen this much Sun over the winter period for as long as anyone can remember – maybe, just maybe this is a sign of a good tourist season to come for 2014.
We are starting to notice a big upswing in reservation calls for people who are now looking ahead to the Spring and Summer season get away’s. We feel this will be a good time to give you advice on how to utilise your time in the city with the few days that you may be stopping over. So we will guide you on what to do if you are stopping by the city for just 1, 2 or 3 days…

1 DAY VISIT
One day in the city may seem like there is no time to see anything, but we feel you can actually see a fair bit of the city due to the size and geography of the area, so, if you are only making a whistle-stop tour and still want to catch some sights, here are the places to see for just one day.

BIG BUS CITY TOUR – HOP ON HOP OFF Big Bus will be the very best way to see the sights of the city while having the freedom to get around at different stops so you can experience some pretty decent areas that Vancouver has to offer. The bus stop is quite literally a 1 minute walk from the hotel on Thurlow St – we suggest that you do a full circle tour on the bus, and then once back around, its time to use the Hop on Hop off option to good use.
Granville Island is a must see area in the city, it is our own version of Seattle’s Pike Place market There are some amazing boutique shops to browse and shop in, the wonderful Granville Island Market whic is open from 9am till 7pm seven days a week. There are also some really excellent restaurants to choose from too, our suggestion is to visit The Sandbar Restaurant, this really showcases the very best Pub style dishes, Seafood and an Asian infusion twist which is very very Vancouver.

Granville Island Website: http://granvilleisland.com/

After spending some time on Granville Island we highly recommend that you take a walk inStanley Park A diamond in the rough – Stanley Park is one of the largest public parks that shows you what the area once looked like before the rapid expansion of the city. The Park is located at the Western end of the downtown peninsula and at 1,001-acres there is plenty to see. Here you are in the heart of an ‘urban Rainforest’ so to speak, there is no shortage of spectacular scenery with the various species of Plants, trees and wildlife, it is a must see area of the city, just like Granville Island.

We also recommend that you purchase your Big Bus tickets with us at the front desk as it will be a cheaper deal for you – as opposed to buying a ticket directly from their website. We will send you their link below so you know what to expect when you get here.

BIG BUS Website http://bigbus.ca/home/

Sandbar Restaurant http://www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar

2 DAY VISIT
Now that you have gotten some of the downtown area out of the way, you can now start to explore a little deeper, if you have purchased a ticket with Big Bus you will have seen that they have a 2 day Pass – this will help get you to explore some of the older areas of the city.
Gastown and Chinatown are also a must see area of Vancouver, here you will step back in time and get to see where the original and oldest areas of the city began, you can check out the famous cobble-stoned Streets, incredibly stunning architecture and historical landmarks such as The Steam Clock, the Chinatown district (which is one of the oldest in North America and Canada – including the majestic and beautiful DR SUN YAT SEN CLASSICAL CHINESE GARDENS website http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/

Gastown Website:http://www.gastown.org/

GROUSE MOUNTAIN & CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE can be visited after spending some time in Chinatown and Gastown, you can head over to Waterfront Station where you can catch the Seabus over to North Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay (which is North Vancouver’s version of our own Granville Island, its smaller but very cute and offers some great views of the Burrard Inlet, Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park.

Grouse Mountain overlooks Vancouver and can be easily spotted as the middle of the three North Shore mountains that overlook the city, it is nestled in between Cypress Mountain to the West and Mount Seymour to the east. Grouse is excellent for Winter sporting activities for all the family – and in the summer it has great hiking trails, the famous Grouse Grind if you are up for a steep walking challenge and entertainment at the top for all the family to enjoy, this includes a lumberjack show which is funny and breath taking and a Bird Sanctuary and Grizzly Bear enclosure.
Just one stop down from Grouse is the world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, here you will get to experience one of the worlds largest suspended Suspension Bridges, high above the Capilano river and canyon, there is also a daring cliff walk and glass paths for the especially daring – its a stunning sight to be so high among the trees in this amazing rain-forest canopy.

Grouse Mountain – The Peak of Vancouver https://www.grousemountain.com/

Capilano Suspension Bridge Website: http://www.capbridge.com/

3 DAY VISIT
if you happen to be here for 3 days or more, then we absolutely encourage you to start to explore further out to areas like Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Vancouver Island is a pretty big place – many believe that it is a fairly small place but don’t be fooled it is actually close in size to the UK!
Victoria which is the capital of BC is a very quaint and beautiful town, much smaller than Vancouver and certainly steeped in rich history of its colonial past – it too has a decent China town to explore.
We recommend that you use a Tour Operator to visit Victoria, the one way trip itself take roughly 3 to 4 hours to get from Vancouver to Victoria – this includes the stunning Ferry ride that meanders through the Georgia Strait and the Gulf island, if you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of some travelling Whales…..when you are in Victoria, take a visit to the Empress hotel for some High Tea!

We really like LANDSEA TOURS, they have an excellent package that will take you directly from the hotel to Victoria, they will also ship you around the town so you can get to enjoy the world famous Butchart Gardens, The Museum of Victoria and some time to walk around the downtown area, they will also bring you back to the hotel too – its an awesome tour where you can sit back, learn about the area and not have to think! We like that very much!

Victoria BC Website: http://www.victoria.ca/

High Tea at the Empress Hotel Victoria http://www.fairmont.com/empress-victoria/dining/afternoontea/

Landsea Tours http://www.vancouvertours.com/

Honda – Celebration of Light 2013 Important Information.

Friday, May 17th, 2013

By far one of the biggest events of the Summer calender is the Celebration of light Fireworks.

We will like to give you some helpful tips and advice for the 3 days on the days that the Fireworks will be occurring as there will be road closures. We will also give you some pointers on where is best to watch the show.

CHECKING IN TIME/PARKING ADVICE
As we are in high season it is highly likely that the rooms will be ready closer to the usual check in time of 4pm, we know that some of you are travelling early – so if the room is not ready, don’t worry, we will have plenty of space to store any bulky luggage, and you will be able to park your car at anytime, irrespective of the status of the room.

Bring your vehicle to the very front of the hotel, we have a loading zone for your convenience that has enough space for 2 vehicles – when you check in, park the vehicle in this spot (make sure there is enough room for a second vehicle) and we will then direct you with a parking pass to the parking lot.

ROAD CLOSURES
Due to the volume of people that will be attending the display (300,000 and more) The city will be shutting down the West End to traffic for safety precautions.

ROAD CLOSURES COME INTO AFFECT AT 19.30hrs (7pm)

We do advise that you try to check into the hotel before the streets close at 7.30pm, as the Police will not let anyone in without a West End permit (Our Green Parking passes are not accepted as Permits). The Sunset Inn is just within the closed boundary.

Please see the link to see a map of the Road closures. http://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28412201/MAP2012.pdf

THE BEST VIEWING/VANTAGE POINTS
The majority of the crowds will be heading down toward the intersections of Davie and and Denman Street – also a big crowd will assemble at Beach and Pacific Ave.

English Bay is the most popular area, however, it will be seriously crowded and you will likely be packed tighter than a can of sardines. We suggest that you head down Thurlow Street towards the Sea-Wall and head West towards English Bay and the Inukshuk.

Sunset Beach is a really good vantage point and will be much quieter and less congestion. DO NOT BRING BOOZE, it will be confiscated and you are at risk of a fine. Be smart regarding valuables – as always when there are large crowds it is best to be safe and sound.

For further information on the events. Please look at the website
http://hondacelebrationoflight.com/

Beaches and outdoor Swimming Pools.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The city of Vancouver is surrounded by many gorgeous beaches for you to enjoy, as the season starts to heat up we want to share with you the very best of Vancouver Beaches, swimming pools (Indoor and Out) and other aquatic related centers for all the family to enjoy.

VANCOUVER BEACHES

Downtown Vancouver/Stanley Park
SUNSET BEACH
Our namesake Beach is just a short 5 minute walk down the hill from the hotel. At Sunset Beach you get to experience some very good views of the The Burrard St Bridge, Granville Island, False Creek and the mouth of English Bay….it is one of our favorite beaches due to its location and the fact that it does not get as busy as the others…and of course you do get to experience some spectacular Sunsets from this vantage point.

ENGLISH BAY (FIRST BEACH)
English Bay is the most popular beach of them all due to its location at the Western side of the city – this is where the West End meets Stanley Park. You can reach English Bay by heading west from the hotel, we feel the best and most scenic route is to walk South to Sunset Beach and then head West along the seawall towards the Iconic Inukshuk
To many locals this is also known as First Beach as it is the first beach you reach as you make your way along Stanley Park.

SECOND BEACH
Heading West along the Seawall from English Bay and after about a 10 minute or so walk you will reach the beginnings of Stanley Park and Second Beach. Not as crowded as English Bay but it can get pretty busy when there are some events happening such as the Outdoor Movies at the height of Summer.
Close by to Second Beach are the Tennis Courts where the Herons annually congregate to raise their young high above the courts. Take the family along where you can enjoy a BBQ and Picnic at Ceperley Meadows and the famous outdoor Second Beach Pool – read further down to the Swimming Pool section for further details.

THIRD BEACH
Keep walking West along the Sea wall and as you start to turn towards the North West you reach the third and largest of the Stanley Park Beaches Third Beach.
Very popular among the locals who are willing to walk a little way around the park, here you will get to see unobstructed views of English Bay, Bowen Island, North Vancouver, The Spanish Banks and UBC towards the Southwest.
At the height of Summer, the beach is very popular among the drumming crowds – its well worth a visit to see the crowds congregate with their drums, especially as the Sun is beginning to set you hear the drummers increase the beat and volume which ultimately ends on a voracious high just as the Sun Sets, its quite the spiritual experience and a great sense of community as another day ends in Vancouver.

Greater Vancouver Beaches
KITSILANO BEACH
Some say this is out little version of California….so check it and lets us know what you think. Its a stunning vantage point of Downtown Vancouver, the North Shore and Bowen Island. There are also some great restaurants here to dine in that overlook the beach. If you like dogs, walk north towards The Maritime Museum and there is the smaller Dog Beach, this place will put a smile on your face!

Also close are:
Museum of Vancouver http://www.museumofvancouver.ca/
Bard on the Beach http://www.bardonthebeach.org/
H.R Macmillan Space Centre http://www.spacecentre.ca/

JERICHO BEACH/SPANISH BANKS
Located further West along Kitsilano – Jericho Beach and its parks is a stunning place indeed, with the city of Vancouver out East in the distance and towards the north you have Cypress Mountain dominating the sky line, this is an awesome area to see the Sun set over Vancouver Island at the height of summer.
Check out the Jericho Beach Webcam http://www.jericho.ca/webcam/webcam.html

WRECK BEACH
Wreck Beach is famous really for one thing….and thats the nudists! A world famous nudist beach that is a popular destination in the summer….clothing is optional so you have been warned.
Located at the Western end of the University of British Columbia and flanked by some steep cliffs here you will enjoy stunning views of the Georgia Strait and Vancouver Island.

OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
SECOND BEACH POOL
A very popular outdoor pool for all the family to enjoy – its locations is close to English Bay and by Stanley Park, at the height of Summer the near by Ceperley Meadows is the location for late evening after dark movies, so bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy!
The Pool is heated and has a cafe located nearby if you fancy an Icecream, Hotdog or a Burger.
http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/p/secondbeachpool.htm

KITSILANO POOL
The most popular Outdoor beach of them all, located just to the West of Kits beach, this pool is huge – it is 3 times longer than an Olympic sized pool…pretty impressive!
http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/p/kitspool.htm

NEW BRIGHTON POOL
Located out in East Vancouver on the Burrard Inlet, it is the 3rd open air pool to enjoy.

For further information on Pools and recreation – http://vancouver.about.com/od/sportsrecreation/tp/outdoorpools.htm

INDOOR SWIMMING POOLS
AQUATIC CENTER
Just a few minutes walk down Thurlow St from the hotel and at the Foot of Sunset Beach and The Burrard Bridge – The Aquatic Centre is a great all year round facility for Water related activities.
http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/vancouver-aquatic-centre.aspx

HILLCREST POOL
The jewel in the crown for Aquatic facilities, Hillcrest is a state of the Art Sports centre than not only boasts a swimming pool, but much more for Sports and recreation.
Located next to the Stunning Queen Elizabeth Park, Hillcrest was the former curling venue for the 2010 Winter Games.
http://www.hillcrestcentre.ca/

Queen Elizabeth Park.. http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/queen-elizabeth-park.aspx

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

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/

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

Where to Dine in Vancouver during January?

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Dine Out Vancouver

We have some great events coming to Vancouver during January and beyond, we will like to pay special attention to an annual Food event that will begin on January 20th and runs till February 5th.

Dine Out Vancouver has become a regular fixture over the last 10 years and has now become a staple on the foodie calender. Vancouver has always been known as a foodie city and for very good reason too. Its cultural and social diversity has made the city a true goldmine for anybody who has a love for everything that is culinary, and in this city you will absolutely find something that will suit your taste buds, if you like to experiment, there will surely be a cuisine and ethnicity that will be a brand new experience, we always encourage everyone to just go for it!

Where ever you will be in the city, you will most likely stumble across a restaurant that is a participant of this popular event, and with over 200 Restaurants participating you will be spoiled for choice. The prices for Dine Out are a massive steal, for 3 courses you will be paying from $18, $28 or $38 Per person, the meal being paired with a BC VQA Wine or a Kronenberg 1664.

The listings of all the restaurants that are participating in Dine Out will be released on January 9th via the Tourism Vancouver webpage

At the hotel, all the staff have their favorite restaurants to choose from, so please do not feel shy….ask us as many questions as possible about where we feel you should go to dine. Please also check out these restaurants below that are in the local area, especially if you are looking for something close by, and boy do we have quite the selection for you to enjoy…we have it all in The Davie Village area. The few we will have mentioned will be a reflection of the more popular food demographics that make up Vancouver.

Seafood-Pacific Northwest
The Boathouse Restaurant – Excellent location where you can enjoy some fantastic seafood at an affordable price, the restaurant is overlooking English Bay and is located at the very Western end of Burnaby St and Beach Ave, it is around a 15 minute walk downhill, or an easy few minutes bus ride close to the hotel just catch the Number 6 Bus towards English Bay.

Japanese
Guu There are 3 locations of this very popular “Izakaya” style establishment, the closest being found a 10 minute walk away at 838 Thurlow St, at Guu, you will experience authentic Japanese style food and a fun atmosphere that makes the dining experience unique to Guu.

Breakfast-Diner
Joe’s Grill and Hamburger Marys, These are two very popular diner experiences that will suit all the family and are ideally located a couple of minutes walk away, either side of the hotel on Davie Street, at these restaurants you will have something for everyone of all ages, with a Canadian/North American twist, all day breakfast and an overall Canadian feel.

We will promote more in future blogs where we will look at The Staff Picks of Restaurants………we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!!