From the dynamic Host City of Vancouver, to the Olympic venue cities of Richmond, and to the natural beauty of Whistler Host Mountain Resort, the Streetwise Vancouver Map features all the venues and sites where the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were staged. Also featured on the are are hotels, mass transit and shopping centers.
In terms of Feng Shui, the ancient art of placement that dictates the positive and negative flow of energy, Vancouver is perfectly situated; sheltered by the Coastal Mountains and open to the waters of English Bay and Burrad Inlet. With such a harmonious setting, it’s no wonder that Vancouver was named “the world’s most desirable place to live” for the fourth year in a row by the London based Economist Intelligence Unit. This will be evident on your first visit. There are few places where you can honestly imagine yourself living, and Vancouver is one of them.
You’re not alone. People have called this area home since 16,000 BC, starting with the Coast Salish people who arrived from Asia. Today, Vancouver is still welcoming arrivals from all over the world, particularly Asia. The population is 30% Asian, partly due to a mini boom of cautious immigrants who diversified their holdings right before the hand over of Hong Kong to China. Their presence has added another facet to this jewel of a Canadian city. You can trace the parade of the first peoples at the spectacular Museum of Anthropology, located on the campus of the University of BC (a separate inset map will show you how to get there and where to find the museum). The post and beam galleries, designed by Arthur Erickson, are the perfect setting for the collection of towering totems the museum is famous for. Walls of glass place them in a natural setting and you have plenty of room to examine them up close to see the detail or from afar to marvel at their complete story.
There are plenty of sites in Vancouver and getting around to see them all is easy. If you’re staying in the city (and you probably are) you can walk to most attractions. The Vancouver Museum highlights the growth and development of Vancouver from an outpost of fishing and forestry to a world class city. Science World is a great spot to take the kids so they can experience the interactive exhibitions and see an eye-popping OMNIMAX presentation. Adults will appreciate spending the time on Granville Island, a former dingy collection of rusty warehouses now transformed into galleries, shops, artists’ studios and home to a thriving public market – the perfect place to pick up provision for a picnic.
The best place to start your visit is Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre. Take a 45 second ride up a glass elevator to arrive at a spectacular 360° view of the city, the surrounding communities, the harbour and the mountains beyond. On a clear day you may even see Vancouver Island.
What you notice most when you’re perched above the city is how green it is. As the city developed over the years, a large tract of forest was set aside, over 1,000 acres, destined to remain wild and serve as a reminder of whence the city originated. So began Stanley Park. Located right in the heart of the city, this green sanctuary is crisscrossed with walking trails and surrounded by English Bay and a 6 mile seawall - a lovely place for a stroll at sunset. Within the park are tennis courts, playgrounds, a miniature golf course, restaurants, snack bars and cafes, the Vancouver Aquarium, the Lost Lagoon where you can feed ducks and raccoons, swimming beaches, a pool, a miniature railroad for the kids, totem poles and a cannon that goes off precisely at 9 PM each evening.
If you long to take advantage of the great outdoors, there’s plenty of it. A short jaunt out of the city brings you to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Swaying in the mist, high (high, high, high) above the forest floor and the Capilano River you can walk across this 430 foot miracle of modern engineering. It truly does allow you to become one with nature, as you hear the swift water below, smell the deep green piney resin from the trees surrounding you and feel the dampness of the misty clouds passing through. If, or rather when, you make it to the other side you also have the thrill of saying “I did it!” – worth the bragging rights alone.
Further up the coast on a scenic winding road is the recreational area of Whistler Mountain. Terrific skiing in the winter and superlative hiking in the summer guarantee you’ll have a good time throughout the year. The Winter Olympics 2010 will take place here as well as several venues in the city. While tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, this is sure to be one of the most popular Winter Olympics in memory.
The temperate climate of Vancouver permits the cultivation of a vast variety of plant life. From palms to evergreens, the mild winters and long growing season enable everyone to develop their own green thumb. Inspiration is readily available. The VanDusen Botanical Garden will delight you with its ever changing displays of plants from all over the globe. The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden is an impeccable example of a Ming Dynasty Scholars garden. Dedicated and named for the Father of Modern China, peace and serenity envelope this haven where contrasts of light and dark, rough and smooth, straight and curved are created from water, plants, rocks and architecture. Take your time as you go through the garden, as each turn brings a new picture and a new vision of complete and balanced harmony. Less is more than more.
The capital of British Columbia is located at the tip of Vancouver Island, across the Straight of Georgia from Vancouver. Veddy Veddy British in nature, Victoria has the mildest climate in all of Canada. You can get to Victoria by taking the 1 ½ hour ferry ride from Tsawwassen, in south Vancouver to Swartz Bay, about a half an hour from Victoria. Come for the day if that’s all you have time for, but you’re better off staying a night or two so you can explore the town, shop for antiques and other treasures along Fort Street and spend some time among the lush plantings of Butchart Gardens, another splendid Botanical Garden.
Whatever adventure you choose in this corner of Western Canada, the STREETWISE® Vancouver Map will assist you. The main map covers all of Downtown along with Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, West End, Yaletown and Granville Island. A separate inset map of the central downtown area highlights hotels, sites, SKYTRAIN stations, shopping, government and educational sites and the cruise ship terminal, where cruises to Alaska start and end. A map of the Vancouver area extends from the southern suburb of Richmond to North and West Vancouver, from Burnaby to Sea Island, including the Vancouver International Airport. All major highways and thoroughfares are depicted along with exit numbers and sites. An inset of the University of BC campus is included as well as an inset of downtown Victoria, BC.
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