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Dec 8th, 2012, 04:12 PM
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Vancouver in late August

Hi, I am planning a weeks trip to Vancouver in late August and wondered if there was anything specific I need/should do at that time of the year?

I have already planned to do a day trip to Vancouver Island and possibly one up to Whistler also. Is it easy getting around Vancouver itself? Places to avoid? Places to definitely go?

Any tips & tricks would be greatly appreciated

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Dec 9th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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The fair at the PNE is on from August 17 through to the end of the month.

The major summer exhibition at the VAG, Grand Hotel, looks potentially interesting.
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Dec 10th, 2012, 06:18 PM
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"Places to definitely go?"

The main attractions here are excellent food with an Asian bent (too many to mention see Chowhound for details) and the outdoors.

In August Whale watching should be outstanding there are a number of companies leaving from downtown and some from the village of Steveston-a shuttle ride away but a shorter ride to the Orcas.

http://www.vancouverwhalewatch.com/

"Is it easy getting around Vancouver itself?"

Yes it's a snap-transit is cheap & pretty much ubiquitous-downtown is very walkable and safe as houses.

http://www.translink.ca/

"Places to avoid?"

No worries there although I do think that spending time in any museum but the Anthropology Museum @ UBC is a tragic waste of time in such a beautiful place.

http://moa.ubc.ca/
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Dec 11th, 2012, 11:05 AM
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Pretty easy to get around Vancouver.
Places to check out:
Gastown
Vancouver Art Gallery
Grouse Mountain
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Dec 12th, 2012, 12:59 PM
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I recommend the following in Vancouver:

- Stanley Park (world's largest urban park, far bigger than NYC's famous Central Park)

- The Bloedel Floral Conservatory (Massive dome that keeps a small area in Queen Elizabeth Park under tropical conditions, full of exotic plants, birds, and animals)

- Reifel Bird Sanctuary (huge bird sanctuary located in Delta, ~45 minutes drive from Vancouver)
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Dec 27th, 2012, 04:31 PM
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Thanks everyone, you have definitely given me food for thought
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Dec 29th, 2012, 01:09 AM
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thanks everyone too!
we will be there for a few days in feb...id like to check out the bird sanctuary..hope it is ok to see in winter
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Dec 31st, 2012, 07:52 AM
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You mention a day trip to Vancouver Island. Please plan at least an overnighter as you'll be spending about 6 hours roundtrip in transit on the ferries.
VI is very large (6-7 hrs driving time from Victoria to Port Hardy)so be specific about your destination - eg - Victoria or Parksville/Qualicum Beach.
Beautiful island - the REAL Big Island - Aloha!
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