Posts Tagged ‘Victoria’

Explore the Georgia Strait and beyond as Whale watching Season is coming soon!

Monday, March 11th, 2013

In a little under a month the volume of Orca Whales will hopefully start to dramatically increase in numbers, and this can mean only one thing….Whale Watching Season has truly begun!

http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/activities-attractions/whale-watching/

As has been mentioned before, this area of the world is enriched with some amazing nature and wildlife out there, and along with the mass migration of birds in the air, beneath those chilly waters of the Pacific North West we have another type of mass movement happening below.

The most common Whales that many wish to see out on the ocean are the stunning Orca (Killer Whales). If you are out there on a good day you may witness a handful of Whales, however, if you are extremely lucky, you can be the few who will witness Pods of up to 100 whales at a given time….crazy!

Not only are there Orca’s, but you may even get the chance to see Humpback Whales, Mink Whales, Grey Whales and Dolphins…also, where there are these creatures, there will be birds too…you may even catch a swooping Bald Eagle.

Many will know about the Whale Watching industry in the area – and if this is your thing, you will not be let down. The Vancouver area is ideally situated for this industry to thrive so you will have a variety of options to get out onto the seas, so you too can witness this spectacular passing migration of many sea-faring species.

Some tours do operate all year round, while others are just more seasonal, please check out the links below for tours that may suit your needs – and remember, you can always just come to the Front Desk where the staff will be able to assist in booking a suitable tour for you.

PRINCE OF WHALES
Operating all year round and located not only in Vancouver but Victoria too.

http://www.princeofwhales.com/

WILD WHALES VANCOUVER
Wild Whales are based down on Granville Island, so not a million miles from us and definitely an area to visit while you are down there….you can reserve your spot with us at the Front Desk.

http://www.whalesvancouver.com/

STEVESTON SEABREEZE ADVENTURES
Steveston is a very cute fishing village that is close to the US border, this place is quaint cute and cool and is somewhere unique to explore as it has character that looks nothing like Vancouver, so if you are more adventurous than others and want to explore some pretty neat areas and fancy a bit of Whale Watching, this will be ideal for you!

http://www.seabreezeadventures.ca/whale-watching-vancouver/

Here are a couple of cool little tidbits…a couple of years ago, a lone Grey Whale decided to be a Tourist for a couple of days and wanted to go for a wee swim through English Bay and all the way up through False Creek to its furthest end by Science World…it came by for a couple of days – much to the delight of the visitors that were in the area that day. A very rare occurance but it is not the first time. It is thought that this particular Whale may have not found enough food for its own fat reserves and may have decided to take a drastic turn in its ongoing search for sustenance.

The particular Whale is shown in the picture in the top right hand corner of this page! And check out what the media at CTV News had to say about this…

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/grey-whale-wanders-into-downtown-vancouver-1.509376

And some Surfers in Tofino had a close shave with some Orca’s last week….maybe they wanted to join in the surfing fun, or fancied some fit surfers….we will never know.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOtntDW0KnM

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…

6 Nations Rugby Tournament begins February 2nd

Friday, February 1st, 2013

Europe’s biggest Rugby Tournament the RBS 6 NATIONS RUGBY kicks off tomorrow at 1.30pm GMT.

Various Bars in Vancouver may be showing the game live if you can stomach the early morning start. The first game to kick off will be Wales V Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales – kicking off at 5.30am (Pacific time). Followed by Scotland V England at Twickenham in London – kicking off at 8am. (Pacific time)

On Sunday it will be Italy V France at the Stadio Flamingo in Italy – kicking off at 7am (Not too sure if this will be shown live in the bars)

You can catch the games on http://www.tsn.ca/rugby/

We have searched and searched what bars are showing the games in Vancouver, and at this time we are not too sure whom or where…however, if you happen to be in Victoria, you can catch the games at The Strathcona Hotel http://www.strathconahotel.com

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/