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17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

I arrive in Vancouver on 17th June and plan a stay at the Rosewood Georgia hotel, for perhaps 6 nights. Is this long enough to see the city and local attractions? We have a good budget and are flexible, can anyone offer suggestions? Apart from the city, mountains, wildlife, glaciers and fine food are our preferences. Many thanks for any advice offered!!

Edited: 06 June 2012, 14:49
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1. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

Welcome to the forums, Dave ~

You could do a very very thorough visit of Vancouver city and the immediate surroundings in 6 nights. That would include our local mountains: Seymour, Grouse and Hollyburn (a.k.a. Cypress.) We can do fine food as well, as much as you can eat. We don't really have wildlife per se, unless you count the bear that rode the garbage truck into the city a while back. There is whale watching out of both Vancouver and Victoria. And at Whistler, you could look into Michael Allen who does bear awareness tours, with a bear thrown in if they happen to be where you go. There are a couple of captive grizzlies at the top of Grouse Mountain.

So that leaves you 11 days. Do you have any thoughts about what you want to do with those? You could spend time in Whistler (2 hours away), Vancouver Island (Victoria (4 hours), Tofino (7 hours), north Island at Telegraph Cove (7 hours)). You could spend time in the Okanagan Valley (Vernon in the north to Osoyoos in the south, 5 hours) Also the Nelson area is beautiful and interesting (9-9.5 hours). You could take all of those 11 days and drive 850 km to the Rockies over two days each way, then 7 nights there, split between Banff and Jasper. There you would find a fair dose of wildlife. We are a fairly big area here, BC can contain 4 UKs quite nicely, one in each quadrant. You could always plan a one way journey and fly out of Calgary.

Are you planning to rent a car? It would be very very helpful for any of the destinations mentioned above, except for Whistler or Victoria proper. We don't have trains like you do in Scotland, one train to Jasper and on to eastern Canada, 3 times a week.

Are you talking about June 17 this year? It is a bit late for you to be researching at this point, but really it's the way to go. It's the only way you will design a trip that meets your needs and interests. July 1 is Canada Day and July 4 is the American Independence Day. That will make for one of the busiest long weekends around here. Any accommodations you will want will need to be booked in advance. Any ferry between Vancouver and Vancouver Island will need reservations.

You could have a look at our very good tourism website: www.hellobc.

Also have a look at Frommers: frommers.com/destinations/britishcolumbia/

You might rush out to buy the Frommers guide: British Columbia and the Canadian Rockies.

And a great tool for determining driving routes, distances and times is .... maps.google.com

On TA, on each and every forum you will find to the Upper Right, the Top Questions. In the left sidebar, you will find the Things to Do. One forum level up from this, the British Columbia Forum, you will find in first position of the topics listed there (against a push pin), a Trip Report Collection showing experiences previous visitors have had.

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Here is a list of some of the highlights of Vancouver that you might like to have a look at:

VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN:

Stanley Park, including the Aquarium

Gastown - for a self guided walking tour: http://www.gastown.org/history/index.html --> take a self guided walking tour. Otherwise this historic birthplace of Vancouver will just be brick and stone to you.

Chinatown

Robson Street

Bill Reid Gallery at 639 Hornby St. between Dunsmuir and Georgia

Vancouver Art Gallery, with its great Gallery Café

The Marine Building at 355 Burrard St. for the exterior, facade, entrance, foyer and the inside of the brass-doored elevators. Notice the marine and ship themes. Office hours only.

NORTH SHORE:

Grouse Mountain

Lynn Canyon Susp Bridge (free)

Capilano Susp Bridge ($$$)

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SOUTH SIDE OF FALSE CREEK

Granville Island and False Creek

Maritime Museum - www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com/page216.htm

Van Dusen Gardens

Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory

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4 Self Guided walks - vancouver.ca/commsvcs/…index.htm

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Museum of Anthropology at UBC

Nitobe Memorial Gardens at UBC - http://www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/nitobe

Greenheart Canopy Walkway at UBC Botanical Gardens –

www.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/canopy-walkway

OUTLYING REGIONS:

Gulf of Georgia Cannery Museum www.pc.gc.ca/lhn-nhs/bc/georgia/index.aspx

Steveston Village

infovancouver.com/things-to-see-and-do/great…

tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g181716-d18…

Fort Langley http://www.fortlangley.com/

Edited: 06 June 2012, 16:26
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<<our very good tourism website: www.hellobc.>>

www.hellobc.com

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3. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

Thanks very much for an excellent response. I think the drive up to the Rockies sounds like the best option for the remaining days, either that or Vancouver Island.

You are right about the research coming a bit late, however we have both been so busy with work we just booked the flights and hotel to make sure we were fine for the start of the honeymoon.

I will check out your suggestions in detail as well.

Thanks!!

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Thanks, I will check that out. :)

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As you are now mentioning the Rockies as a definite maybe, have a look at this article from the BC Forum's Top Questions:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g154922-c120076/Briti…

Posting tip: if you have specific questions for a city, post on that city's forum. If you have questions that take you over the whole province, post your questions on the BC forum. If you have specific questions about the Rockies, which are in Alberta, the next province to the east, post on the Canadian Rockies Forum. Simply type those words in to the search field above the green navigation bar.

Post the most rudimentary itinerary for that 11 days, along with your interests for what you would like to see and do, and you'll get lots of help sorting and streamlining.

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6. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

With the time you have, you probably need to focus on either Vancouver Island or the Rockies, as you have already said. Both are stunning destinations, so you have some tough choices there. However, given your very short lead time, you are going to have to get cracking on finding available accommodation and go from there.

People around here who are doing a local honeymoon usually go to the island. Look at booking a private beach front cabin for a few nights. But again, most of the best stuff will probably be booked, so you are going to have to go with what you can find on the fly at this point.

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7. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

Thats fine, got a great deal on Rosewood (£800 cheaper than booking two months ago) so I might have such luck once again and if not the saving can go towards making the trip special.

Thanks for the advice, it really is a tough choice though.

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8. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

That's great. Tofino (on Vancouver Island) is wonderful and very romantic (where I went on my honeymoon). Sounds like you got a great deal on the Rosewood too.

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9. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

Yes and a great room, for whatever reason every third night was free and we got an upgrade, so very happy. Really looking forward to the trip, thanks for the suggestion, we will check it out.

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10. Re: 17 Days honeymoon in Vancouver, suggestions please :)

In a way, it's too bad that you have Vancouver at the beginning of your trip because it may have made more sense to go Vancouver Island, Vancouver and the Rockies. But you have such a great deal at the Rosewood, I would not give it up.

On your honeymoon, you do not want to overdo it and make it like a tour (if it;s Tuesday, this must be Victoria). A suggestion is to do Vancouver (6 days), Tofino (5 days [one day to get there by road, 3 days there and a day to get back] and Banff [fly to Calgary from Victoria or Vancouver] rent a car in Calgary and drive to Banff from which you can see Lake Louise, all around Banff and even Calgary if you want. That way you are not constrantly on the move from hotel to hotel.

This scenario involves skipping Victoria which being from the UK, you can do without ersatz phoney English. Whistler you can do as a day trip from Vancouver but you can also skip it if you go to Banff which will be much more dramatic.

In Tofino, the grande dame in her perch on Chesterman Beach is the Wickannish. Very pricey but a real treat. Massages for two in a space overllooking the surf; great restaurant while you watch the surfers. However for considerably less and # 1 on Trip Advisor try Pacific Sands. However on short notice, you probably have to call the hotel directly and beg,

In Banff, consider the Rimrock Resort; again wonderful hotel outside the city core; ideal for honeymooners with a bus into town. Or the Banff Grande Dame: the Banff Springs Resort, particularly if your Scottishness has attracted you to golf. Anyway, something to consider.

Edited: 07 June 2012, 17:39