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Vancouver &
Victoria
2004
by Shawn Blore & Alexandra de Vries
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Contents
List of Maps
vi
What’s New in Vancouver & Victoria
1
The Best of Vancouver & Victoria
3
1
1
Frommer’s Favorite
Vancouver Experiences . . . . . . . .4
The Best Websites for
Vancouver & Victoria . . . . . . . . . .5
A Short History of
First Nations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
2
Frommer’s Favorite
Victoria Experiences . . . . . . . . . . .9
3
Frommer’s Favorite Experiences
Beyond Vancouver & Victoria . . .10
4
Two Trips of a Lifetime . . . . . . . .10
5
Best Vancouver Hotel Bets . . . . .11
6
Best Victoria Hotel Bets . . . . . . .12
7
Best Vancouver Dining Bets . . . .14
8
Best Victoria Dining Bets . . . . . .16
2
Planning Your Trip to Vancouver & Victoria
18
1
Visitor Information &
Entry Requirements . . . . . . . . . .18
2
Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
The Canadian Dollar &
the U.S. Dollar . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
3
When to Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
Vancouver & Victoria
Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . .23
4
Insurance, Health & Safety . . . . .30
5
Specialized Travel Resources . . . .31
6
Getting to Vancouver . . . . . . . . .33
7
Getting to Victoria . . . . . . . . . . .37
8
Planning Your Trip Online . . . . . .38
Frommers.com: The
Complete Travel Resource . . . . .39
9
Tips on Accommodations . . . . . .40
3
Getting to Know Vancouver
42
1
Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
2
Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . .48
Fast Facts: Vancouver . . . . . . . .51
4
Where to Stay in Vancouver
55
1
Downtown & Yaletown . . . . . . .55
Bed & Breakfast Registries . . . . .56
2
The West End . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65
3
The West Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
4
The North Shore (North
Vancouver & West Vancouver) . . .73
 iv
CONTENTS
5
Where to Dine in Vancouver
74
1
Restaurants by Cuisine . . . . . . . .74
2
Downtown & Yaletown . . . . . . .76
3
Gastown & Chinatown . . . . . . .84
4
The West End . . . . . . . . . . . . . .85
5
The West Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89
6
The East Side . . . . . . . . . . . . . .94
7
The North Shore . . . . . . . . . . . .96
8
Coffee, Sweets & Ice Cream . . . .97
Caffeine Nation . . . . . . . . . . . . .98
6
Exploring Vancouver
99
Sightseeing Suggestions . . . . . . .99
1
The Top Attractions . . . . . . . . .102
Granville’s Greatest Hits . . . . . .105
The Other Suspension Bridge . . .111
2
Architectural Highlights . . . . . .112
3
Neighborhoods to Explore . . . .115
4
Vancouver’s Plazas & Parks . . .118
5
Especially for Kids . . . . . . . . . .121
6
Organized Tours . . . . . . . . . . .124
7
Outdoor Activities . . . . . . . . . .127
8
Spectator Sports . . . . . . . . . . .136
Vancouver Strolls
137
7
Walking Tour 1: Downtown
& the West End . . . . . . . . . . . .137
Walking Tour 2: Gastown
& Chinatown . . . . . . . . . . . . .142
Walking Tour 3: Kitsilano,
Granville Island & Yaletown . . .146
8
Vancouver Shopping
152
1
The Shopping Scene . . . . . . . .152
2
Shopping A to Z . . . . . . . . . . .153
9
Vancouver After Dark
164
1
The Performing Arts . . . . . . . . .164
2
Laughter & Music . . . . . . . . . .168
3
Bars, Pubs & Other
Watering Holes . . . . . . . . . . . .169
4
Dance Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . .173
5
Gay & Lesbian Bars . . . . . . . . .175
6
Other Diversions . . . . . . . . . . .176
Getting to Know Victoria
178
10
1
Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .179
Neighborhoods in Brief . . . . . .181
2
Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . .182
Fast Facts: Victoria . . . . . . . . .184
Where to Stay in Victoria
186
11
1
The Inner Harbour & Nearby . . .186
The Best Bed-and-Breakfast
Registries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188
2
Downtown & Old Town . . . . . .194
3
Outside the Central Area . . . . .198
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