Green Travel in Vancouver



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Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and it's definitely one of the greenest as well. Even the new Olympic village is as eco-friendly as it gets. Vancouver is also full of restaurants that have a strong commitment to using regional and sustainable ingredients, and the city is full of parks, gardens, and other open spaces to explore on foot or by bicycle.

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Day 1 - Vancouver


The Pacific Palisades Hotel has undertaken an "EarthCare" program, which uses sustainable products from environmentally-friendly lighting and cleaning products down to organic coffee and minibar food. And if you request the EarthCare package upon reserving a room, they'll contribute a carbon offset credit if you fly in. Once you get settled in at the hotel, take a walk around downtown. There are a number of interesting buildings near the hotel. The Christ Church Cathedral, Marine Building, Sam Kee building, and the Library Square are some of the more impressive architectural examples. The Cactus Club Cafe is a great place for a lunchtime introduction to green dining in Vancouver, casual yet delicious fare that has a strong focus on local ingredients and sustainable meat and seafood. Near the cafe is Artspeak, an innovative non-profit art centre, if you would like to get a look at the works of some local artists. Also nearby are several of Vancouver's many parks and green spaces. Particularly beautiful is the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden, created to encourage cultural dialogue and built in the classical style. Vanier Park is another lovely open area, with several beaches and most of Vancouver's large museums, including the Vancouver Museum, Maritime Museum, and Space Centre. Even if you don't go into any of the museums, there's lots of interesting sculptures and architecture to appreciate, and Vanier is a good place to just enjoy the outdoors. Watch the sunset on the water, and then walk over to Bishop's restaurant. Known as one of Vancouver's finest restaurants, this is also one of the first restaurants in the area to emphasize the importance of local and sustainable food.


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Christ Church Cathedral

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Location:

690 Burrard St
(At Georgia Street)
V6C 2L1 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 682 3848
fax: +1 604 682 8377


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Marine Building

Location:

355 Burrard Street
V6C 2G8 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 683 8604
fax: +1 604 608 6163


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Sam Kee Building

Location:

8 West Pender Street
V6B 1R5 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 683 2000(Tourist Information)


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Library Square

Location:

350 West Georgia Street
V6B 6B1 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 331 3603
fax: +1 604 331 3800


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Cactus Club

Location:

1136 Robson Street
Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 604 687 3278


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Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Location:

578 Carrall St
V6B 5K2 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 662 3207
fax: +1 604 682 4008


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Artspeak Gallery

Location:

233 Carrall St
(Near Cordova)
V6B 2J2 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 688 0051
fax: +1 604 685 1912


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Vanier Park

Location:

1000 Chestnut Street
V6J 3J9 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 257 8400 (Board of Parks and Recreation)
fax: +1 604 257 8427 (Board of Parks & Recreation)


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Bishop's Restaurant

Location:

2183 West 4th Avenue
(bet. Arbutus & Yew Sts.)
V6K 1N7 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 604 738 2025
fax: +1 604 738 4622


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Pacific Palisades Hotel

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Location:

1277 Robson St
At Jervis
V6E1C4 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 1 604 688 0461
fax: 1 604 688 4374


Day 2 - Vancouver


Get out early to Lynn Canyon for a morning hike. There is an ecology centre here with information about local flora and fauna, and there is rainforest, waterfalls and pools, and a suspension bridge that swings 20 stories above the canyon. Lonsdale Quay is a fun place to visit for the observation tower, visiting stores, and people watching, and also a good place to find something tasty for lunch, as there are a number of local vendors selling everything from Mexican to Italian cuisines. You can spend the rest of the afternoon exploring some more of the open spaces in north Vancouver, such as the Tilford Gardens, which has a number of interesting theme gardens including one that has several rare indigenous species. Also in the area is Ambleside Park, which has a long, clean beach perfect for swimming or lounging, and Lighthouse Park, a lovely wilderness area. Hike to Jackpine Point in time to watch the sunset over the ocean. When you're ready for dinner, try one of the tasting menus at Raincity Grill, which are made up entirely of ingredients from farms and producers within 100 miles of the restaurant.


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Lighthouse Park

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Location:

South of Highway 1/99, on the mouth of Burrard Inlet
Caulfield Drive
Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 925 7275


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Raincity Grill

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Location:

1193 Denman Street
(Morton Ave.)
V6G 2N1 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 6046857337x
fax: +1 604 685 7362


Day 3 - Vancouver


To get out to see the glacial fjords, head out on a kayak tour with Lotus Land Tours, who offer a Vancouver Kayak Wilderness Adventure. Indian Arm is Canada's most southernmost fjord, and is a calm inlet filled with marine life. Lunch is fresh veggies and fish on a small island in the fjord. You'll get back just in time to head up to Grouse Mountain, and take a gondola ride up to the top of the peak just north of the city. Take the sunset tour and try dinner at one of the restaurants at the summit, or travel up the mountain on your own and then grab Indian for dinner at Vij's, where seasonal local food is shaped into fabulous Indian fusion food.


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LotusLand Tours Inc.

Location:

1251 Cardero Street
Suite 2005
V6G 2H9 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 684 4922
fax: +1 604 684 4921


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Vij's Restaurant

Location:

1480 W 11th Ave
(bet. Granville & Hemlock Sts.)
V6H 1L1 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 604 736 6664


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Grouse Mountain

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Location:

6400 Nancy Greene Way
North Vancouver
V7R 4K9 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 984 0661 / +1 604 980 9311
fax: +1 604 984 6360


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Grouse Mountain Sunset Tour

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Vancouver, Canada


Day 4 - Vancouver


Visit Stanley Park in the morning, the city's most famous park. There is a community garden, rhododendron collection, and plenty to see and do. Take a walk along the seawall, a scenic path that runs along the entire shorelength of the park. Grab lunch at Subeez Cafe, a casual and friendly place to get some innovative fresh fare, and then take the bus northeast of town to Harrison Lake & Hot Springs. A small community on the lake, this is a great place to relax in the hot springs and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings on the beach or on a hike. Have dinner in town here, or ride back into town for a meal at C Restaurant, one of Vancouver's premiere seafood restaurants. C also happens to be one of the city's most ecologically responsible, even founding a fish protection program.


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Stanley Park

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Location:

Stanley Park Causeway
Stanley Park
V6G 3E2 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 257 8400 (Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation)
fax: +1 604 257 8427


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Stanley Park EcoWalk Tours

Location:

Stanley Park Causeway
Second Floor, Stanley Park Dining Pavilion
V6H 3H4 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 683 7943
fax: +1 604 683 7981


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The Seawall

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Location:

Stanley Park Causeway Road
(Outside of Stanley Park)
V6G 3E2 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 683 2000(Tourist Information)
fax: +1 604 682 6839(Tourist Information)


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Subeez Cafe

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Location:

891 Homer St
V6B 2W2 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 604 687 6107


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C Restaurant

Location:

2-1600 Howe Street
(Beach Ave.)
V6Z 2L9 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 6046811164x
fax: 604 605 8263


Day 5 - Vancouver


Take the morning to tour some more of Vancouver's parks and green spaces. Don't miss the Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which borders the west side of the city and the University of British Columbia. This huge forest is filled with miles and miles of paths to hike. Nearby is the UBC Botanical Gardens, which has tons of rare and unusual plant species, and the Nitobe Memorial Garden, one of the most authentic and beautiful Japanese gardens in the Western Hemisphere. Stop in for some great local cheeses and charcuterie at the Salt Tasting Room at lunchtime, and then set out on one of Vancouver's famed mountain biking tours. You'll be hungry by dinner, and O'Doul's is the place to try some of British Columbia's wines paired with one of the restaurant's many delicious seafood dishes.


1

University of British Columbia Botanical Gardens

Location:

6804 SW Marine Dr
200m Northwest of 16th Avenue & Southwest Marine Drive Intersection
V6T 1Z4 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 822 9666
fax: +1 604 822 2016


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Pacific Spirit Regional Park

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Location:

West 16th Avenue
V6T 2C9 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 224 5739 (GVRD Parks West Area Office)
fax: +1 604 682 6839(Tourist Information)


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Nitobe Memorial Garden

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Location:

1895 Lower Mall
West of the Asian Centre & the Fraser River Parkade
V6T 1Z4 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 822 9666
fax: +1 604 822 2016


4

Salt Tasting Room

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Location:

45 Blood Alley Square
V6B 1C7 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 604 633 1912


6

Big Mountain Bike Adventures

Location:

206-3333 West 4th Avenue
V6R 4R9 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: +1 604 730 0220


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O'Doul's Restaurant & Bar

Location:

1300 Robson Street
(Jervis St.)
V6E 1C5 Vancouver, Canada

Contact:

tel: 604 661 1400


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