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Old August 14th, 2009, 10:09 AM   #1
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One of the great cities of North America: Vancouver | Part II

I took a lot of photos in July so here is Part 2:

Part 1: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=927436
Part 3: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=939496

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Hi all, I've been quite busy the last few weeks taking pics around town so now here they are. But first, just for fun I thought I'd throw in this little, rather flattering, introductory quote taken from Adventure Capitalist, a novel about a rich business man who spends a few years traveling the world. He went to Vancouver towards the end of his trip which makes me appreciate this quote all the more. He visited Vancouver in December of 2001.

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Vancouver, which has fewer than two million people in its metropolitan area (and which is not located on Vancouver Island), is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its physical setting is spectacular, with magnificent mountains running down to the sea and an array of public parks beautifully preserved. It offers all that the U.S. Pacific Northwest offers and more. It is a dynamic, prosperous city, in large part because of its status as a modern melting pot, a gateway to and from Asia. Canada actively seeks and encourages immigration as the United States once did. Large numbers of Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Europeans, Iranians, and others have made the city their home. It reminds me of what New York must have been like at the turn of the twentieth century. In a hundred years, maybe a couple of hundred, unless somebody does something really stupid, Vancouver, one of the great cities of North America, will have become one of the great cities of the world. - Jim Rogers
And here are the pics. Afterwards, let me know if you agree at all with Jim Rogers. They were all taken around the downtown peninsula. The more nature-oriented ones were taken in Stanley Park, Vancouver’s premier downtown park.
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Part 1: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=927436
Part 3: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=939496
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Old August 14th, 2009, 12:20 PM   #2
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Stunning city except you've been getting our weather and we've been getting your weather this summer!
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Old August 14th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #3
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really great

dying 2 visit
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Old August 15th, 2009, 02:38 AM   #4
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Amazing city!
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Old August 15th, 2009, 03:13 AM   #5
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It seems Vancouver is a somewhat 'permanent' resident of Mercer's Quality of Life annual top rating (scoring 4th in 2009 after Vienna, Zurich and Geneva)... would surely love to visit some day. Looks like a kind of city that I would love to be in.

What about nightlife, bars, restaurants and nightclubs?
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Old August 15th, 2009, 05:32 PM   #6
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This thread makes me long to return to the PNW.

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Stunning city except you've been getting our weather and we've been getting your weather this summer!
Not entirely true actually. The PNW is the greatest place on Earth for summer. Days on end without clouds and highs in the 70s and 80s. Here on the East Coast we had a June similar to a PNW winter.
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Old August 15th, 2009, 08:24 PM   #7
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OMG I love this city!
I wanna be there one day
lol That "beach" is kind of weird, I would say
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Old August 17th, 2009, 09:46 AM   #8
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It seems Vancouver is a somewhat 'permanent' resident of Mercer's Quality of Life annual top rating (scoring 4th in 2009 after Vienna, Zurich and Geneva)... would surely love to visit some day. Looks like a kind of city that I would love to be in.

What about nightlife, bars, restaurants and nightclubs?
The restaurant scene here is pretty exceptional. Vancouver has a growing list of culinary accolades on top of its already long list of livability ones (for example, it was ranked as the 10th best restaurant city in the world by Food & Wine magazine last year). It has been great for a long time but recently it has been getting a lot more attention internationally to the point that a few star chefs (Daniel Boulud, Jean-Georges Vongerichten) have taken notice and opened up restaurants in the city within the last year or so. Vancouver's large immigrant population also helps to add a huge variety of cuisines here, though I'd say the city really excels at seafood and Asian styles of cuisine in particular. Anyways, I could go on but I'll leave it at that.

In terms of nightlife/clubs/bars Vancouver is alright. However, I'd say for a North American city of its size it does quite well. Our downtown does not go empty after work hours and there are plenty of people out at night (especially on weekends and especially in the summer). We have everything from generic skank-filled dance clubs playing top 40 beats (in fact there is a whole street dedicated to these), to jazz lounges, gay clubs, Irish pubs, and cheap dive bars. There are always plenty of live shows going on too though the city could probably use a few more mid-size music venues. However the City is a little too conservative when it comes to things like closing hours, among other things. Bars/clubs can only stay open until 2am in some areas, 3am in others. Also if you like strip clubs then this is probably not the city for you. The number of those have been steadily dwindling with a few of the handful still left in danger of redevelopment (however I think there is a substantial number of low-profile kink/swinger clubs). Many restaurants are open late and a decent number for 24 hours so that helps but there is still much room for improvement. Another issue I have with Vancouver's scene is the ridiculously long lines to get into many of the clubs/bars. It feels like there isn't enough venues to meet demand.
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Old August 17th, 2009, 03:33 PM   #9
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Stunning city except you've been getting our weather and we've been getting your weather this summer!
Toronto actually gets more rain and cloud during the summer than Vancouver.

From The Weather Winners website; http://www.on.ec.gc.ca/weather/winners/

Most Clear Skies in the summer:
Vancouver = #11
Toronto = #28

Sunniest Summer:
Vancouver = #38
Toronto = #47

Average Precipitation for June, July & August
Vancouver = 134mm
Toronto = 220mm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver

And now you know

Great photos. Got to get back there someday. Thanks for sharing.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:19 AM   #10
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Toronto actually gets more rain and cloud during the summer than Vancouver.

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Great photos. Got to get back there someday. Thanks for sharing.
I imagine he's talking about temperature. Torontonians don't consider it summer unless it's in the 30s. 'Where has summer gone?' was a constant topic of conversation in Toronto till August brought the first real heat. Vancouver is usually in the 20s in summer. In June and July things seemed to be in the reverse.
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Old August 18th, 2009, 12:54 AM   #11
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nice photos dude
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