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Chinatown - Rich in culture and history and on top of that, the world's thinest office building is on Pender and Carrall streets. This building, the Sam Kee building is only 1.8 metres (6ft) wide. The only full sized classical garden outside China, the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, is also located here. Built in the 1980s, it has oriental style buildings amid gardens that only the Chinese have been able to master.

Capilano Bridge - For those who have no fear of heights, this is the world's greatest suspension bridge, or to put it simply, wood and rope bridge. The footbridge, is 450 ft across and is 250 ft above the Capilano River. There is a small entrance fee but the views make up for it.

United Flower Growers - Not many people know that outside Holland, Vancouver has the second largest flower auction activity in the world. Three times a week, people gather at United Flower Growers at 4058 Marine Way for the flower auctions that attest to Vancouver's thriving plant and flower industry.

Granville Island - This is not a real island but was once the city's industrial district. It is now the heartbeat of the city where everything happens.

Holiday Acting Class for Gifted Kids (13-15yrs) HOLIDAY ACTING WORKSHOP - A 3-Day Theatre Course for Gifted Kids (13-15 year olds) www.timperez.org
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Marmalade Kitchen & Bar This London inspired waterfront restaurant boasts a stunning view of False Creek and neighbouring Granville Island. Marmalade's mod-retro decor conveys a smooth and sexy mood, featuring rich brown woods and dark chocolate leather with amber lighting and accents. Dine by candlelight on the waterfront patio or enjoy a draught ale at the bar. Experience delicious West Coast classics such as the Sauteed Sockeye Salmon or a traditional Sunday roast with all of the trimmings. Join us during the week for our daily lunch specials or unwind from a long day’s work with one of our uniquely blended cocktails. Just minutes away from Yaletown you will find Marmalade Kitchen & Bar, situated along the seawall overlooking the marinas at False Creek. Whether you fancy a walk, a short cab ride or even a cruise on the False Creek ferries, you won't find yourself far from Marmalade. Pop in for a leisurely lunch, settle in for a satisfying dinner and cocktails, or join us on the weekends for a wonderful brunch and freshly brewed italian coffee. #3 - 1010 Beach Avenue On the seawall at the bottom of Hornby Street www.marmaladekb.com
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Vancouver Shopping

Robson Street - All the things you can expect from the city's premier shopping street, chic boutiques, high end retailers.

Harbour Centre Mall - This is a short walk from most downtown hotels and is located at the base of the Harbour Centre Tower.

Lonsdale Quary and Market Shops - This is a modern multi-level market on the waterfront that is open daily. Practically everything can be found here.

Chinatown - There's an open air night market every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Traffic is closed off and the market is transformed into a dazzling neon lit spectacular where you can buy from exotic fruit to life sized stuff animals.

Vancouver Activities

Vancouver Aquarium - This is in Stanley Park and is one of the biggest aquariums in North America. You can see various species of whales through the glass of enormous tanks.

Science World - this museum is housed in the dome like structure near the main street railway station. You can wonder through the inside of a camera, explore space craft and much more.

Ambleside Beach and Park - has a skateboard park and children can also join in the basketball and volleyball that is played on the beach.

Vancouver Parks & Gardens

Stanley Park - If you stop there long enough a cannon goes off at 9 pm every day. It is the city's largest park having began as a military reserve in the 1800s. It is about 10 minutes away from downtown.

Vancouver Beaches

The Sunset Coast - A day trip that is north of Vancouver but is worth it for the strip of quiet beaches, cedar forests, hiking trails and artist colonies.

Vancouver Restaurants and Bars

Vancouver Restaurants

Bridges - There's a choice of patronising either the bistro, restaurant, pub and dock (which is outdoors). The restaurant has all the elements of fine dining and all the things that go with it. The dock, while more casual, is equally good and has dishes from grilled salmon to pizza. All the local brews and more are available at the bar. The restaurant is on 1696 Duranleau Street.

Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House - With a claim to serving 250 000 oysters annually, this restaurant must know its seafood. Steaks and salads are also a strong feature. It's on 777 Thurlow Street downtown and just to know what to expect about the ambience, the waiters wear white jackets.

Yaletown Brewing Company - Pizza's are half price on Sundays. The food is home-style but far from boring. Located on 1111 Main Street, the restaurant has an attached but separate bar and is popular among those working in the locality.

Earls Restaurant - From burgers and sandwiches to cedar planked salmon with curry sauce. This restaurant rightly says that it fills the gap betwen fast food and casual dining. The environment is relaxed and the prices are good too.

Vancouver Bars & Clubs

Barclay Lounge - Everything is all laid back here from the music to the decor. Located on 1348 Robson Street, it has a cabaret style lounge and singers whose repertoires range from Frank Sinatra to other laid back singers and music of recent times.

Jolly Taxpayer - On 828 West Hastings Street, it can be quite busy at lunch time from patrons who work in the area. After work, these patrons are often back to unwind. Despite the comings and goings, it is all very relaxed, the atmosphere very much like a British pub.

Mavericks - Big dance floor, big mix of crowd and pool tables for those who are that way inclined. It's on 6669 Kingsway.

Pat's Pub - There are always special events taking place and if you do not want to miss out, keep track of the events calender which is always advertised well in advance. Located downtown on 403 East Hastings Street, it has been around since 1914. You could describe as a traditional beer parlour and the cost of both food and drink seem to be reasonable with coolers and ciders, for instance, going at $3.

Vancouver children's activities

Vancouver Aquarium - This is in Stanley Park and is one of the biggest aquariums in North America. You can see various species of whales through the glass of enormous tanks.

Science World - this museum is housed in the dome like structure near the main street railway station. You can wonder through the inside of a camera, explore space craft and much more.

Ambleside Beach and Park - has a skateboard park and children can also join in the basketball and volleyball that is played on the beach.

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