vancouver and area itinerary help

Jun 19th, 2012, 11:46 AM
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vancouver and area itinerary help

4 adults and 2 kids (3 and 5) arriving in Vancouver lunchtime Aug. 6 (after a 5-6 hour flight). Leaving Aug. 16 from Seattle. Saturday without driving (Jewish Sabbath).

Highlights seem to be: Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Tofino and Seattle. Trying to choose between Whistler and Tofino. Interested in nature - i.e. hiking, whale watching, etc.

Planning to arrive Seattle Aug. 13 at night or Aug. 14 in the morning.

Also trying to decide where we could have more walking distance activities on Saturday - in Vancouver or in Victoria.
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Jun 19th, 2012, 05:07 PM
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Tofino. I really don't much care for Whistler out of (snow) season. At any rate, to choose between the two, I'd say that west coast Vancouver Island is the hands down winner.

Vancouver is a supremely walkable city. Downtown is compact. Public transportation is also excellent.

For Victoria... the main tourist area you would want to visit is also very walkable. Personally though, I would vote for Vancouver for more than a day's visit.

Now, I haven't put together your timeline in my mind yet, so please excuse the obvious gaps. You'll need a car for the drive to Tofino. The drive across Vancouver Island, and your experience once there, will be a highlight of your vacation. Don't miss it.

To get from Vancouver to Seattle, I would recommend AmTrak. It leaves late afternoon, I think around 5 or 6 pm. It's a glorious ride and you get to see a lot of shoreline with eagles, etc. Driving down I-5, while not exactly tedious, is just not so scenic. You'll have to wait at the border, and will have to fit driving into a schedule around the Sabbath.

The train from Seattle to Vancouver leaves early morning. The rest of the schedule is buses - ok but you will be dealing with I-5.

You shouldn't need a car in either Seattle or Vancouver. In Victoria you'll only really need it for the drive to Tofino.
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Jun 20th, 2012, 09:46 AM
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I agree with the above from Sludick. I love Victoria but would also agree that Vancouver will have more to see and is certainly a walkable city and much more for the kids there, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain, Science world.

The ferries can be expensive to get to/from the island with a car. What you could do is take the ferry from Vancouver to Nanaimo and rent a car there. Nanaimo is mid island and only a 2 1/2 hour drive to Tofino.

Drive to Tofino

Drive from Tofino to Victoria and drop the car (Not sure how much the drop fee will be)

Then take the ferry from Victoria to Seattle. This way you are not backtracking.
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Jun 20th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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What they said . Vancouver is where i would recommend spending the bulk of your time. Don't miss the aquarium. it is expensive but worth it with kids.
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Jun 21st, 2012, 05:38 AM
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If you end up heading to Tofino don't forget to stop in at the Coombs Market with the goats on the roof! It's a quirky little place that has the best little deli bakery! And it sells a lot of neat stuff! It's only about a minute off the port Alberni hwy junction.
http://www.oldcountrymarket.com/map.php
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Jun 21st, 2012, 09:33 AM
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What AndreaC said.
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Jun 24th, 2012, 03:30 PM
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We finally have our itinerary!

now we're looking for a non hotel accomodation in Vancouver - 2 bedrooms plus pullout sofa for kids. recommendations welcome for any such b&b / vacation rental in Kitsilano near Heather Park / Douglas Park.
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Jun 25th, 2012, 12:09 PM
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Check VRBO and Airbnb.
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Jul 10th, 2012, 08:12 AM
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Hi 3Gentrip. I will be visiting Vancouver a week b4 you will be there. Any kosher restaurants there? What about kosher food establishments? Thanks for your help.
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Jul 13th, 2012, 06:52 AM
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Hi Monsey Traveller,

try this link:

http://koshervancouver.blogspot.co.i...ing-spots.html

please let me know what you liked, and especially what you didn't
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Jul 13th, 2012, 06:56 AM
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We're going to be in Tofino from Aug. 7 until the 10th. Any special sightseeing recommendations?

In Vancouver from Aug. 10 until 13 (without a car); looking for recommendations for:
a. walking only in kistilano on aug. 11
b. sightseeing highlights in vancouver and victoria aug. 12 and 13.

thanks
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Jul 16th, 2012, 08:46 AM
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Thanks for dining suggestions. Any place to recommend in Seattle?
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Jul 16th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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What kind of dining? You would be better off starting a new thread in the US forum.
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