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Vancouver activities and time constraints

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I am helping my 20 something son and his wife plan a trip to Seattle and Vancouver at the end of Sept./beginning of October. They are both active and enjoy outdoor activities, good restaurants and general sightseeing of whatever area they are visiting. They will arrive in Vancouver on Sun. afternoon, Sept. 30th and probably head back to Seattle sometime early afternoon on Wed., Oct. 3. They are visiting friends in Seattle prior to Vancouver so if they decide to go to Vancouver Island/Victoria, they will have done that already. So I am focusing on what they could do in Vancouver. I think they will rent a car either before going to Vancouver or when they arrive by some other means to Vancouver. I am researching the alternatives and there are so many! I don't think they could take the Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver because there are only 2 time choices for those dates and they are too early or too late for the rest of their itinerary. Does anyone know anything about the bus ride from Seattle to Vancouver? I priced it and looked at the schedule and that would work. Their friend lives in Bremerton so they would have to take the Bremerton Ferry back to Seattle Sun. morning, get a taxi to the Station on Jackson St. in Seattle and then the bus to the Vancouver Pacific Central, then probably a taxi to hotel in Vancouver. Seems a little complicated but they are young. Any suggestions are welcome about this.

As far as activities in Vancouver I am sure they would enjoy Grouse Mountain, Capilano or Lynn Canyon Park, Stanley Park, possibly the Aquarium, Sea to Sky Highway, Granville Island, and maybe the Trolley Tour to get an overview. I just discovered the Lynn Canyon Park idea today when researching. The plus would be that it would save them some money by doing that instead of Capilano. Maybe they could choose between Grouse Mountain and the Sea to Sky Highway as well. Would the trolley tour be the best way to see the city and Granville Island or can this be done some other way? How much time (minimum) should one allow for each of these activities on my list? If there are any recommendations of which activities could be combined on the same day to economize time, that would be very helpful too. My last question is about the weather; would any of these activities not work due to the temps being too cold to really enjoy? I realize you can't count on what weather will be like so maybe they can have alternatives depending on that. Thanks much for any help.

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