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Seeking advice / coffee
Posted May 4th, 2011 - 2:34 am by from Orlando, United States (Permalink)
Hi Vancouver CS People!

I'm a new CS member and I'll be visiting your area from about July 8-12, 2011 or so. I've never been there. (My last visit to Canada was Newfoundland and it was awesome.) I'll be driving up from Seattle Washington. (I live in Orlando, Florida - about 25 minutes drive from Disney World.)

I was hoping that someone can advise me what decent hotel to stay at in the Vancouver area, and maybe even some special areas/attractions or a kayak trip, etc.

I DO have a AAA book to find some touristy references, and still a couple of months to figure out my itinerary. Heck - I don't even have my flight to Portland Oregon reserved yet - probably June 27th - nor the rental car from there to Vancouver and back. So I'm slowly trying to do my research. Any help is appreciated.

And it would be fun to have coffee with someone from the area and maybe even a CS event when I'm there.

See you soon, and thanks in advance, Steve

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Posted May 11th, 2011 - 2:00 pm by from Orlando, United States (Permalink)
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Posted May 11th, 2011 - 6:22 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Steve,

This is the group for UBC Couch Surfers. UBC = University of British Columbia. Most people in this group are students, and most students are away from campus for the summer.

I would definitely recommend visiting UBC. Highlights include the rose garden, Nitobe Japanese garden, Museum of Anthropology, Botanical Gardens, Pacific Spirit Park, and my personal favorite, Wreck Beach.

But your questions don't really seem specific to UBC, so you might want to try re-posting in the general Vancouver group. Or try checking out the Vancouver wiki site:


Also, you will find you will get more useful advice if you ask more specific questions. Vancouver is full of great things to do, but it really depends on your interests.

For kayaking, try Deep Cove or any of the Gulf Islands.



Posted May 11th, 2011 - 7:35 pm by from Orlando, United States (Permalink)
Wow - thanks for your response Eric - It's helpful.

So - wanting to reciprocate, I called my local organic brewery and unfortunately they never printed beer coasters (they said they will someday). So then I called the oldest micro-brewery in Florida (Dunedin - the town where I used to live) and they said they gave them all away years ago and lost money on them, so they don't intend to reprint.... Darn! Anyway - I tried.

I didn't realize that UBC was mostly a college CS site - sorry. Duh - I should have known. I saw the main Vancouver site where it said not to post my type of request there, so I didn't. Now I notice there IS a different Vancouver area Group site that's made for my type of request: http://www.couchsurfing.org/group.html?gid=30597
Being a newbie I never thought of looking at the Wiki site.

Thanks again - I'll try the other groups and look up your tourist suggestions. And if you're ever in Orlando - yep, the other corner of North America - you're invited to stay in my guest room.

Take care, Steve

Posted May 21st, 2011 - 1:37 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Steve, there are many, many things to do in Vancouver. I recently showed my nephew (from Oz but currently living in London) the city and there were many things we didn't get to. First, I would visit Granville Island. There is a great public market there but also lots of art stores (including wonderful Aboriginal art) and a micro brewery. You can find people on the Island to rent you a kayak and you can take a water taxi across to Yaletown, a great area with warehouses converted to lofts and bars and restaurants. As to Scuba dives, I would recommend the Diving Store on Arbutus just south of Broadway. After Yaletown, visit Gastown, also an area full of warehouses and constantly opening new places to eat, drink and shop. For the outdoors, there are hiking trails everywhere - the Pacific Spirit Park out by UBC, Mount Seymour over on the North Shore, and many more. A drive to Whistler is worth it on a sunny day b/c it's one of the most beautiful drives ever. If you have the money, a float plane ride from Coal Harbour (near downtown) to Victoria harbour (on Vancouver Island) for the day is a great outing (or for less money, but a more down to earth approach, take the ferry to Victoria). Kitsilano the "hippie" area (where I've just bought a second home), is worth visiting (both the beach boardwalk and W. 4th for the shopping). Stanley Park, just near the downtown is a must. The seawall is 5.5 miles around, so if you don't have time to walk it, rent a bike or roller blades - every time you turn another corner, another spectacular view is there. I'm sure there are far more things to do than I've listed - it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, full of very friendly people. If you want to meet for a coffee or a drink, let me know. I should be there for the summer.

Posted June 19th, 2011 - 9:13 pm by from Orlando, United States (Permalink)
Hi Hunsister,

Thanks for the great ideas - I've written them down and love them. I think that now, officially, I have a month of stuff to do in only a few days. Your ideas to visit Victoria and the Whistler drive are now at the top of my list. Also - Kitsilano has been advised by everyone, so that's a must too. I'm sure I'll have a great trip.

I still need to find the best whitewater rafting place for a few hours of numbing-cold fun.

And I'm sorry for the delay in responding. I didn't know (until now) that anyone replied to my post after Eric did. I decided to keep checking the other Group summaries where I was getting ideas of things to do in Vancouver. I kind of dropped looking at this UBC group once I realized it was mostly students.

And sure - I'd love to get together for a coffee with a real, live, "Vancouverite"? (who's there for at least part of the year) = We'll have to figure out how to arrange that. Maybe there will even be a CS get-together when I'm there.

Thanks again, Steve

Posted June 29th, 2011 - 11:38 pm by from Burnaby, Canada (Permalink)
Hi Steve,

There's lots to do in Vancouver. Hopefully the weather will be nicer when you are here. There's lots of events going on. During the time that you are here, Vancouver is celebrating its 125th birthday, so there's celebration events held in Stanley Park for free. If you're a beer drinker, there's Canada Cup of Beer, but you need to buy tickets for that, held at UBC.

I personally would recommend heading up to Whistler, especially if you have never been there. Well, its more outdoorsy type, but you can go kayaking, hiking, and mainly enjoying the scenery. The view is gorgeous up on the mountain, and you can take the Peak to Peak, so a gondola ride from Whistler Mountain to Blackcomb Mountain. I believe its the longest in the world if I'm not mistaken.

Other things to do in Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge. It has tree-top walkways, so you'll be walking from tree to tree. If you want a nice scenery type of activity, and not travel up to Whistler, there's Grouse Mountain, where you can see Vancouver.

There's also other touristy places, but too long to really list out, unless you have specifics as to what you would like to see. I work in the tourim industry, so I can help you out if you need assistance in planning, or show you to some of the places, if I'm not working.


Posted July 2nd, 2011 - 2:15 pm by from Orlando, United States (Permalink)
Hi Diana,

You people have been so kind... Thanks. So far I've been having a great time on my trip into the Northwest USA, and am looking forward to Southwest Canada.

I've gone with ECOTOURS in Portland Oregon(I'd recommend them, and especially Jeff who also happens to be the company owner) to Mount Hood & the Columbia River Gorge (beautiful), and to Mount St Helens (destructive history). I've walked to Voodoo Donuts (awesomely eclectic) and had a donut dinner there, seen the Rose Test Garden (650 different varieties in bloom and with over 8000 rose bushes, and also to the Japanese Gardens. Today I'll go to the Farmers Market, the Saturday Markets (like a weekly art festival) and to the Blues Festival (music). Etc. People in Portland are thrilled that I brought my Florida weather with me. I'll make sure to reserve some for Vancouver too. lol

I still expect to get to Vancouver BC on Friday, July 8th afternoon. (And at this moment I still need to find a hotel/motel in the area, but I'm not worried unless Prince William & Kate happen to be there at the same time.)

Take care, Steve