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Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, known as Hollywood North, it’s surrounded by mountains and invites outdoor pursuits of all kinds, but also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes.

The Greater Vancouver area of around 2.6 million inhabitants is the third most populous metropolitan area in the country. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada. Vancouver is the most densely populated Canadian municipality, and the fourth most densely populated city over 250,000 residents in North America, behind New York City, San Francisco, and Mexico City.

Vancouver is one of Canada's warmest cities in the winter. Vancouver's climate is temperate by Canadian standards and is usually classified as Oceanic or Marine west coast. The summer months are typically dry, with an average of only one in five days during July and August receiving precipitation. In contrast, precipitation falls during nearly half the days from November through March.

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Summer Panorama by Clayton Perry, on Flickr


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Summer Skyline by Clayton Perry, on Flickr


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Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay.

As Vancouver's first park, with its ever-blooming gardens, pristine coastal areas and roughly 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees, Stanley Park is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world.

Unlike other large urban parks, Stanley Park is not the creation of a landscape architect, but rather the evolution of a forest and urban space over many years.

The Vancouver Seawall in Stanley Park is popular for walking, running, cycling, inline skating, and even fishing (with a licence). There are two paths, one for skaters and cyclists and the other for pedestrians. Walking the entire loop around Stanley Park takes 2 to 3 hours, while biking it takes about 1 hour.

There are also more than 27 kilometres (17 mi) of forest trails inside the park.

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Brockton Point and Lighthouse, Totem Poles and Vancouver Aquarium

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Lion's Gate Bridge from the Seawall

Stanley Park Seawall View by James Wheeler, on Flickr
 

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Kitsilano

Kitsilano is a neighbourhood in the city of Vancouver.

Kitsilano, known locally as Kits, is synonymous with famous Kits Beach—named one of the "top 10 best city beaches in the world" by international travel magazines, and perfect for outdoor fitness. Kitsilano is one of the city's organic-food hubs, and has extensive restaurants and retail along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway.

The neighbourhood has played host to a number of annual events such as the Vancouver International Children's Festival, the Bard on the Beach outdoor Shakespeare festival, and the Celebration of Light fireworks competition.

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Kitsilano Aerial

Vancouver by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

Kits Beach

Endless Days Of Summer by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Kits Beach

Canada Day at Kits Beach by Christopher Porter, on Flickr

Kits Beach

Kitsilano Beach 2012 by Urban Explorer Hamburg, on Flickr

Kits Pool

Pool Time by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 

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Grouse Mountain

Vancouver is one the mildest Canadian cities. Unlike the rest of Canada, Vancouver doesn't get all that cold in winter. Vancouver nighttime temperatures in winter rarely falls below freezing for snow to stick on the ground. On average, snow falls on eleven days per year, and typically does not remain on the ground for long.

However, the surrounding mountains get plenty of snow in winter. Grouse Mountain, located north of Vancouver, gets 305 centimetres of annual natural snowfall. It is the site of an alpine ski area which in the winter season overlooks Greater Vancouver.

In the summer, Grouse Mountain Resort features a scenic chairlift ride, a 2.9 km (1.8 mi.) hiking trail known as the Grouse Grind, zip-lining, paragliding and helicopter sightseeing.

Grouse Mountain is located 15-minutes from downtown Vancouver, and the Grouse Mountain Skyride climbs on a one-mile aerial journey to the Alpine Station, 3,700 feet (1,100 meters) above sea level in just 8 minutes.

Grouse Mountain map


Downtown Vancouver and Grouse Mountain

Vancouver Skyline by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Downtown Vancouver and Grouse Mountain

Vancouver's Winter Skyline by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

The Grouse Mountain Skyride climbs to 1,100 metres (3,700 feet) in just 8 minutes

Grouse Mountain

Greater Vancouver Panorama from the summit of Grouse Mountain at twilight

Vancouver City while snowboarding on Grouse Mountain by pierre leclerc, on Flickr

Snowboarding at Grouse Mountain

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West End

Vancouver's richly diverse West End neighbourhood epitomizes the city's entire downtown core: It is family-oriented and gay-friendly, ultra-urban and tree-lined traditional, a beach town and a downtown combined. Primarily a residential area, this is one of the most densely populated areas in all of Canada, with 45,000 people living in high-rise condominiums and apartments.

Denman Street, Robson Street and Davie Street are the major dining and nightlife streets in the West End. Denman Street is literally packed with restaurants of every type imaginable, from Ukranian and Indian to French, East African, and Russian. Robson Street, famous for its shopping, has loads of eateries and bars. For gay nightlife, Davie Street is the Vancouver destination. The city's biggest and most famous gay nightclubs are on Davie.

Numerous parks and beaches can be found throughout the West End including Alexandra Park, Cardero Park, Nelson Park, Stanley Park and Sunset Beach. The area is also known for English Bay Beach, a large park on English Bay which is thronged during the annual Celebration of Light fireworks display each year mid-summer.

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Vancouver West End by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

Sunset Beach, West End

Sunset Beach, Vancouver, BC by JamesZ_Flickr, on Flickr

English Bay Beach, West End

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English Bay Beach, West End

English Bay Beach by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

English Bay Beach, West End

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Gastown

Gastown is in the east end of downtown Vancouver between the central business area and East Van. It is one of the oldest parts of the city and much of the early architecture and character remains, giving it a different look and feel than the glass and concrete of the rest of downtown.

Established the same year that Canada became a nation, Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton into one of the country’s most cosmopolitan cities. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit.

Gastown is a mix of "hip" contemporary fashion and interior furnishing boutiques, tourist-oriented businesses (generally restricted to Water Street), restaurants, nightclubs, poverty and newly upscale housing.

In the east of Gastown is the Downtown Eastside (east of Columbia St., north of East Hastings St., and west of Heatley Ave.), an area known for its drug use, prostitution and homelessness. It's certainly walkable during the day, but it can be a dangerous area at night if you are not familiar with it.

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Gastown Aerial

Gastown HDR by Brandon Godfrey, on Flickr

Flatiron Building, built in 1909, Carrall St. & Water St., Gastown

Flat Iron (Hotel Europe) Bldg Gastown Vancouver - 10 MAY 2011 by Ted McGrath, on Flickr

Gastown Steam Clock, Water St. & Cambie St., Gastown

Gastown at night by Emil Akberli, on Flickr

Street music, Gastown

Street Music by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Water St., Gastown

gastown by fujitariuji, on Flickr

Graffiti, Gastown

Bender The Offender by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 

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UBC-Point Grey

UBC is a district in the westside of Vancouver occupying a pretty spot at the tip of the Point Grey peninsula. Its main occupant is the University of British Columbia (or UBC for short), the largest university in British Columbia and one of the larger universities in Canada.

Point Grey is one of Vancouver's older neighbourhoods, with many long-time residents. The area is known for three of the city's popular beaches, Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach and Spanish Banks. Both beaches are great for watching the sunset, over English Bay and the mountains. Point Grey Village serves as the area's shopping district, where many independently owned businesses contribute to a village-like atmosphere. Point Grey runs along English Bay, between the University of British Columbia and Kitsilano.

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University of British Columbia (UBC) Aerial
UBC is the oldest institution of higher learning in British Columbia and enrolls over 58,000 students.

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UBC Main Mall
UBC's 4.02 km2 (993-acre) Vancouver campus is located about 10 km (6 mi) west of Downtown Vancouver.

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UBC Main Library
The University is ranked 30th in the world in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 rankings and eighth among universities outside the United States by Newsweek.

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UBC and Pacific Spirit Regional Park Aerial
UBC is surrounded by Pacific Spirit Regional Park, a 874 hectares (2,160 acres) park. The park contains over 73 km of walking/hiking trails, 50 km of which are designated multi-use and available for cycling and horseback riding as well.
In the background is Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver and the the North Shore Mountains. The beach in the foreground, down a gentle slope from UBC, is Wreck Beach, North America's most busiest clothing optional (nude) beach.


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Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Vancouver International Airport (IATA: YVR) is located immediately south of the city of Vancouver. It is the second busiest airport in Canada.

The majority of Canadian flights are with Star Alliance member Air Canada and WestJet. U.S. destinations are served by United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Alaska Airways, Air Canada, Cathay Pacific (JFK) and WestJet. International flights are serviced by Air Canada, WestJet, Aeromexico, Air France, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific, Air China, EVA Air, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, and Air New Zealand to name a few.

The airport has won several notable international best airport awards; it won the Skytrax Best North American Airport award in 2007 and 2010 through 2015. The airport also made the list of top 10 airports in the world for the first time in 2012, rated at 9th (2012), 8th (2013), and 9th (2014) overall. It is the only North American airport included in the top 10 for 2013 and 2014.

The Canada Line provides the only direct rapid transit public service downtown, in 25 minutes.



YVR Aerial

YVR by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

YVR with the North Shore Mountains in the background

The North Shore Mountains Over YVR by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Landing with Mount Baker in the background

Dreamliners and Mt. Baker by CharlieOscar98, on Flickr

Landing with the North Shore Mountains in the background

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Main Terminal

YVR by globetrekimages, on Flickr
 

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Chinatown

Chinatown, the second largest in area in North America, is further from the tourist path and feels rougher around the edges than Gastown. It has the usual tea shops and ducks hanging in the windows, but there are also beautiful gardens and an active night market in the summer.

Centred on Pender Street, it is surrounded by Gastown and the Downtown Financial and Central Business Districts to the west, the Downtown Eastside to the north, the remnant of old Japantown to the northeast, and the residential neighbourhood of Strathcona to the east.

Due to the large ethnic Chinese presence in Vancouver—especially represented by multi-generation Chinese Canadians and first-generation immigrants from Hong Kong—the city has been referred to as "Hongcouver" (a term considered derogatory by some Chinese).

In addition to Han Chinese from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Mainland China, Chinese Latin Americans have also settled in the Chinatown area. Most of them were from Peru, and arrived shortly after Juan Velasco Alvarado took over the country in a military coup in 1968. Others have come from Brazil, Mexico, and Nicaragua.

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The China Gate

Nicky's Space

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Gentrification of Vancouver Chinatown - Good bye mural - soon blocked by another condo development by PhotoJunkie88, on Flickr

The China Gate

Chinatown by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

E. Pender St. & Gore Ave., Chinatown

Chinatown by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
A Ming-dynasty style garden located in Chinatown. The Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Chinese Garden offers a refuge of tranquility in the midst of a busy city. Nearly all of the materials -- from rare hardwoods to the special weathered limestone used in the ponds -- were brought over from China.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 

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Vancouver South

Vancouver South covers the southern portion of Vancouver. It is mostly residential and has some of city's older and more prestigious neighborhoods. The area is best known for its gardens and parks, such as VanDusen Gardens.

The neighbourhoods in Vancouver South are Dunbar-Arbutus Ridge, Kerrisdale, Marpole, Punjabi Market, Fraser Street and Victoria Drive.



Vancouver South Aerial

Colliers

Dunbar - Arbutus Ridge
Dunbar - Arbutus Ridge is a community with tree-lined streets, restored heritage houses, quiet neighborhood parks, and striking views of the North Shore mountains.

Dunbar Hair Styling by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Dunbar - Arbutus Ridge

Off Dunbar by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Dunbar - Arbutus Ridge
St. George's School

St. George's School by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Kerrisdale
A busy neighbourhood commercial district. Located on West 41st Avenue between Larch and Maple Street, there are multiple coffee shops and restaurants that serve great food. It has a small town feel, but busy city traffic.

Sunny Afternoon, March 12, 2010, Panorama by chun @ beijing, on Flickr

Kerrisdale
W. 41st Ave. & Arbutus St.

Kerrisdale by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 

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Granville Island

Located beneath the Granville Street Bridge on the south side of False Creek, Granville Island (actually a peninsula) started off as industrial land. Overtime, its warehouses and shops were abandoned and left to decay when the industry moved on. In the 1970s the federal government embarked on an ambitious plan of urban renewal, which involved cleaning up the pollution left by industry on the island and encouraging mixed-use development. Today, the restored original corrugated tin buildings and their new occupants -- artisans, markets, boutique shops and restaurants -- come together to give Granville Island its vibrancy and unique feel.

One of the easiest ways to see the island is to just wander around and take it all in -- browse a little bit, enjoy the views, watch a street performer, people-watch. Railspur Avenue is home to plenty of art galleries and an artisan sake shop. The Granville Island Public Market on the far north end of the island has a revolving set of day vendors selling art and specialty food items, and permanent stalls that offer produce, meat, fish and natural herbs. Notable permanent vendors in the market include: the Stock Market (which sells ready-to-eat soups as well as sauces, stocks and dressings), Granville Island Tea Co., Stuart's Bakery and a la mode, the pie store.



Granville Island Aerial

Vancouver Bridges by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

Granville Island Panorama

Granville Island Public Market by Alexis Birkill, on Flickr

Granville Island Panorama from Downtown

Granville Island by Kyle Rurak, on Flickr

The Aquabus
Small ferries from downtown, Yaletown and Science World to Granville Island

Spirit of False Creek - Vancouver, BC Canada by ♥ Petersoɳ [email protected], on Flickr

Granville Island Public Market
Housed indoors, there are endless rows of stalls that feature fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, seafood and numerous other commercial vendors. Locals come here to get started on whatever lunch or dinner menus they are working on, and visitors come to get lost in a dizzying array of fresh smells and lively vendors

Granville Island Market by Clayton Perry, on Flickr


Granville Island by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Granville Island Atmosphere

Vancouver Atmosphere - A view from Granville Island by Bert Kaufmann, on Flickr
 

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Bridges in Vancouver

Metro Vancouver is surrounded by water. Like NYC and San Francisco, Metro Vancouver has many bridges in its proper, 18 bridges to be exact.

Lion's Gate Bridge
The Lions Gate Bridge, opened in 1938, officially known as the First Narrows Bridge, is a suspension bridge that crosses the first narrows of Burrard Inlet and connects the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the North Shore municipalities of the District of North Vancouver, the City of North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver Panorama by Vick Sahota, on Flickr

Lion's Gate Bridge

Lion's gate Bridge by shapour bahrami, on Flickr

Lion's Gate Bridge


Lion's Gate Bridge

Lions Gate Bridge by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Granville Bridge
The original bridge was completed in 1889. On February 4, 1954, the current Granville Street Bridge opened

Concrete RIver by Evan Leeson, on Flickr

Granville Bridge

Granville Street Bridge by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 

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Grouse Mountain

Grouse Mountain map


City of Vancouver from the summit of Grouse Mountain

Vancouver from the summit of Grouse Mountain Ski resort by pierre leclerc, on Flickr

Greater Vancouver and Mount Baker from the summit of Grouse Mountain

Mount Baker from Grouse Mountain, Vancouver by pierre leclerc, on Flickr

Hiking trails at the top of Grouse Mountain - Summer

Grouse Mountain - Vancouver by Patrick King, on Flickr

The top of Grouse Mountain - Summer

Grouse Mountain by John Biehler, on Flickr

Dining at the top of Grouse Mountain with spectacular views of Greater Vancouver

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Gastown



The Dominion Building
It was Vancouver's first steel-framed high-rise. At 53 m (175 ft), the thirteen-storey, Second Empire style building was the tallest commercial building in the British Empire upon its completion in 1910.

Dominion Building - 1908 by Bob_2006, on Flickr

Cycling on Carrall St., Gastown

Cycling on Carrall Street 1 by Paul Krueger, on Flickr

Jazz Festival, Gastown

Jazzfest 12 by Essi Yeganegi, on Flickr

Downtown Skyline from Crab Park, Gastown

Vancouver Skyline by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 

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UBC-Point Grey



Point Grey
Point Grey is a neighbourhood on the western side of Vancouver, next to Pacific Spirit Park. Today, it's one of Canada's most expensive residential areas.

Highbury Living

Jericho Beach
Jericho Beach is a more family oriented beach with a large picnicking area. The beach forms a crescent shape which creates a sheltered swimming area that is relatively shallow.

Beach Time by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Jericho Beach
Jericho Beach is also a great location to go windsurfing or dingy sailing. The east side of the beach caters to swimmers and the west side to sailboats and windsurfers. In the background is Point Grey.

Sundown On Locarno by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Locarno Beach
Locarno Beach is located between Jericho Beach and the Spanish Banks beaches. It is designated as one of Vancouver's "quiet beaches". It is also located near Vancouver's largest Youth Hostel.

Panoramio

Spanish Banks Beaches Panorama
Spanish Banks Beaches are a set of three sandy beaches. Spanish Banks is located between Locarno Beach to the east and the grounds of the University of British Columbia to the west.

Spanish Banks Panorama by Clayton Perry, on Flickr

Spanish Banks Beach
Spanish Banks has a large stretch of beach which makes for a popular beach volleyball area.

Volleyball On The Beach by Clayton Perry, on Flickr
 
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