teenager in Vancouver

Old Jan 21st, 2003, 10:31 PM
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teenager in Vancouver

We will be visiting vancouver soon. We have a teenage son who loves being on his own or with a few friends in Downtown seattle, Pike place market area. Are there any similar areas in Vancouver he might enjoy? He is happy with a camera and a cup of Starbucks!It would need to be accessable by public transportation.
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 05:52 AM
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He might enjoy Granville Island. There happens to be a public market there, too, and lots going on, especially in the summer. There are theatres, shops, etc. - lots of fun just wandering around. He can catch the little water taxi at the foot of Hornby Street; it will take him right there and costs about $2.
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:08 AM
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thank you!
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 08:32 AM
Brian Kilgore
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Point him toward the old railway station down by the harbour, where he can catch the Sea-Bus ferry across to North Vancouver. It's a low-priced boat trip across the harbour, and should be a good place to take some pictures.

Interesting stores, more boats to shoot, a small mall, etc. all within walking distance ont he north side, and then he can take the boat back to downtown.

The train / Seabus station is within a few minutes walk of Gastown, which again has lots of interesting things for a teenage photographer to shoot.

Heading the otehr way from downtown, the area around the Westin Bayshore hotel has commercials and recreational boats to shoot, he may get some shots of seaplanes landing and taking off, and if he's got comfortable shoes, he's well on his way to Stanley Park.

STanley park, at night, is a good place to shoot pictures of Vancouver's lights, but even better is the parkinglot and the top of the chairlift at the Grouse Mountain chairlift, in North Vancouver. He'll need a tripod.

This is too far to walk to from the Seabus.

My prediction is that if he takes Cindy's advice, he'll be at Granville Island over and over again. It's too interesting to see just once. If he times it right, it's a great place to buy the components of a lunch, which he can then put together outside while watching the passing parade of people and boats.

Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 01:48 PM
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Great! thanks, He is going to love this...food ,independence and great photo ops. Hope we can get him to come home!
Old Jan 22nd, 2003, 05:20 PM
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Downtown Vancouver's a great place for a teen to roam. It's all within walking distance, and in all relativity, it's safe. I know... I used to be a teen... only 3 years ago! Living in the suburbs, downtown Vancouver was my favourite place to go whenever I had free time.

1. Granville Island is like Vancouver's Pike Market, although I'd say there's actually more to do at the Granville Island than there is to do at Pike.

2. Granville Street - between Smithe and Robson street there are a handful of alternative clothing shops, used CD stores, a great bookstore, funky shoe stores. Your son might get a kick out of that area... most teens love it.

3. English Bay/Denman Street - lots of great cafes and ethnic restaurants - and lots are very cheap in price! He can stroll along there, north to Stanley Park, or south to English Bay.

4. Once at English Bay he can walk along the seawall north into Stanley Park. If he likes nature, chances are he'll love Stanley Park. It's still my favourite place to spend an afternoon in Vancouver.

5. Commercial Drive. The part of Commercial Drive north of West 1st Avenue is home to Vancouver's old Italian neighbourhood. Within the past 20 years or so, it's been the local hangout for the artists and hippies. Lots of great coffee houses, bookstores, people busking in the park, etc. I always enjoyed coming here as a teen. I suppose you could call it Vancouver's "Haight Ashbury". He can get there many ways, but the easier would be to take the skytrain out of downtown, eastbound to the Broadway station. It's only a 5 minute skytrain ride away. That neighbourhood has lots of character.

6. Kitsilano - the trendy area, just west of Granville Island. If he walks along the seawall westward, he'll pass by Vanier Park - a great opportunity of photos of the city. He'll eventually get to Kistilano Beach. West 4th avenue is a few blocks south of Kits Beach, and it's home to dozens of restaurants and stores, including lots of Vancouver's popular snowboarding shops. (ie: WestBeach, etc)

Those would be my ideas!
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