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If we love Europe will we be disappointed in Vancouver?

If we love Europe will we be disappointed in Vancouver?

Jun 1st, 2004, 05:55 PM
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And it's extremely clean!
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Jun 1st, 2004, 09:43 PM
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Many, many European tourists, particularly Germans, come to BC every year. There must be something here that Europeans like!
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 03:54 AM
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I love Europe, too, but Vancouver is a city that will remain on my "A" list for ambiance, friendliness, walkability, urban energy and beauty. It is definitely NOT like Europe; more like San Francisco, with plenty of diversity and good food. Tourism is big, but it hasn't destroyed the place, either. One thing that may remind you of Europe: the fabulous public marketplace on Granville Island that you can easily access by water taxi. Don't miss it!
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 04:22 AM
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From an earlier reply: "Vancouver is better than Europe in the sense that you have beautiful surroundings and lots to do and decent food and restroom facilities."

Seems a funny way to compare a small city with a continent. But then I suppose that's what the questioner asked for.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 06:05 AM
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"Seems a funny way to compare a small city with a continent. But then I suppose that's what the questioner asked for."

I had the same thought. And it's always fascinating how people idealize Europe, as though it is some magic land in a fairy tale book and not a group of countries with lots of beautiful places, but also lots of ugly places with ugly people and bad food.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 03:17 PM
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I'm European but I've lived in Vancouver for eighteen years. I'm not an outdoorsy, hiking type and I still love it here.

If you're looking for an old-fashioned, comfortable, reasonably-priced hotel, may I recommend the Sylvia Hotel? It's in a quiet residential area (Vancouver's West End), overlooking the ocean and Stanley Park. The web address is


And if you're going over to Vancouver Island, I thoroughly recommend the Ucluelet/Tofino/Long Beach area (or Pacific Rim National Park, as it's also known and as you mention in your post). Beautiful beaches, mountains, forests...accommodations can be hard to find in the summer, but any B&B with an address on Chesterman Beach Road or Lynne Road should do the trick. You really do need to hire a car for travel to this part of the Island.

There's not a great deal to do in Campbell River unless you're into fishing...but I'd be glad to be proved wrong, if other posters want to comment on this.

Hope this helps. Don't hesitate to ask more questions. It's a pleasure for me to talk about this beautiful part of the world.
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Jun 2nd, 2004, 03:56 PM
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Don't get me wrong....I love Europe and have travelled there extensively. All I meant by the statement was that if you're saying that you adore Europe and worry that you won't like Vancouver...well, in my opinion, you can get just as much out of a trip to Vancouver without some of the added hassles.

By hassles, I don't mean that Europe is ugly or dirty or has unfriendly people. I've never found that to be the case....but I have to be honest, I found travelling Europe a bit more of a hassle in the sense that you're always changing money, changing trains, it's difficult to find reasonably priced hotels that offer ALL of the amenities like many Vancouver hotels do, and in many European cities...just try to find a public restroom when you're out and about seeing the sites. I was at the point in some places where I was just looking for the nearest bush.
Not all of Europe...but many areas need to keep up with the modern ages as far as public facilities and hygiene. Could be just my experience.

But it honestly wasn't a slight against Europe...which I love
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 02:38 AM
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As a Frenchman,I would say easily that Vancouver is the mosr scenically beautiful city in North America.No,you won't be disappointed.It surpasses by leagues the overrated San Frnacisco for example,costs half of what you'd spend there.Another added bonus is that Canadians are so friendly.I loved Seattle but Vancouver is more cosmopolitan and some restaurants and hotels there are truly first class.For an experience out of this world try booking at the fantastic Pacific Palisades hotel.Its an experience you wont forget.But as one poster rightly said you better hurry and book if you want to visit this summer.Vancouver hotels fill up easily
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 10:11 AM
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Another little known feature of life in Vancouver is that 'ugly and/or unfriendly people' are deported to Nanaimo-there to stew in their juices for the rest of their unnatural lives
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Jun 3rd, 2004, 10:43 AM
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Sam does have a point. There is a huge percentage of thin, beautiful people here (not me, but that's beside the point .
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