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Old 12-05-2002, 08:56 PM   #1
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Question visiting BC

Hi, folks. My wife and I will be visiting Vancouver Island and the Vancouver area in early January.

What do you recommend that we make sure to see? We are mostly interested in outdoors stuff like backcountry skiing; not really into clubs and nightlife.

Also, how much of local parks will be accessible with a FWD rental car?


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Old 12-05-2002, 11:51 PM   #2
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Is the Grouse Grind still open? If it is you should check that out.
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:22 AM   #3
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A few more clues, please ... what is the Grouse Grind?
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:24 AM   #4
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Is the Grouse Grind still open? If it is you should check that out.
Grouse Grind in the winter?!?

Well, not like we're having much of a winter right now in Vancouver!

The local ski-hills should be easily accessable by any decently tire-ed FWD rental vehicle.

Vancouver itself remains pretty snowless, so you shouldn't have any problems getting around. There's always lots to do when you get here.

Same with Victoria.

Is there anything in particular you'd like to see/do/try?

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Old 12-06-2002, 12:25 AM   #5
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A few more clues, please ... what is the Grouse Grind?
It's a local mega-tough hiking/crawling trail enjoyed may Vancouverites throughout the year. I believe it is closed during the winter due for safety's sake.

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Old 12-06-2002, 12:44 AM   #6
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Is there anything in particular you'd like to see/do/try?
Mostly scenery ... ocean, rain forest, mountains, x-c/backcountry skiing ... nothing too extreme, though.


Is there anything in Victoria or Vancouver that is really unique and "must-see"?
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Old 12-06-2002, 12:57 AM   #7
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The suspension bridge is pretty cool for the first time. Includes hiking trails, etc.

http://www.capilanosuspensionbridge.com/index.html

Lynn Valley Park (down the road from above with a free suspension bridge, falls, etc.)

http://www.dnv.org/ecology/park_map/choose_map.html

Vancouver Island activities - caves, waterfalls, whale watching...

[http://www.vancouverislandabound.com...d_contents.htm

List of some Vancouver outdoor stuff

http://www.vancouverplus.ca/feature/545/outdoors.html

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Old 12-06-2002, 03:08 AM   #8
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Don't forget good 'ol Stanley Park. I believe it is the largest urban park in North America!

Lotsa hiking trails, water is near by, walk the seawall, heck, blade or bike it with this dry weather we've got!

Possibilities are endless!

oh, and if you're going over to the Island, if the weather is nice, get out to Tofino or Long Beach.


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Old 12-06-2002, 03:36 AM   #9
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Don't forget good 'ol Stanley Park. I believe it is the largest urban park in North America!
Darren, I think that honour belongs to Central Park in NYC.
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Old 12-06-2002, 09:49 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info, guys.


Urban park trivia:

Central Park in NYC is only 843 acres.

Rock Creek Park in DC, where I live, is 2760 acres. It's mostly wooded, and great for x-c skiing when we have snow (just got a bunch yesterday).

According to http://www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/park...s/stanley.htm, Stanley Park is 1000 acres and North America's third largest urban park.
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Old 12-06-2002, 02:37 PM   #11
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If you like storm watching, the west coast of Vancouver Island (Tofino and Ucluelet) is a great place to go. Even if there's no storm raging, walking along Long Beach is nice.
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Old 12-06-2002, 02:49 PM   #12
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If you're looking for a little local culture I would highly reccommend Granville island, although park out side of the island and walk in, coz its a zoo there on the weekends. Or even better park on the downtown side and take the little ferry across. There is lots of good places to buy food and local artisans show their art for people to buy. It's a good afternoon, activity.

You're a kayaker right? well if the weather isn't too horrific there is some great paddling to be had in deep cove. If we do have snow in January there are some great x-country trails on the local mountains, all within 35 mins from downtown Van. Whistler is good in January although it is their peak season so everything is at a premium.

On the island, Victoria itself is pretty cool, pretty chill, laid back town. Tofino is a must the west coast of vancouver island is amazing. Take your camera.

Hope you and your wife have a good time.

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Old 12-07-2002, 01:41 PM   #13
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Darren, I think that honour belongs to Central Park in NYC.
Ah, maybe in Canada then!

hehehe. But then again, Stanley Park is 100% au-natural! Original greenery and foliage!

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Old 12-07-2002, 07:02 PM   #14
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There's always Whistler... ~2.5 hour drive from Vancouver. Hopefully there'll be more precipitation soon. The slopes are a little bare right now.

The local mountains, Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress, are closer, and all offer some great sights overlooking the city.

There are also many choices for heli-ski if you're into it.

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Old 12-08-2002, 01:55 PM   #15
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Since your interested in outdoor stuff there's Spelunking or caving on Vancouver Island. Not sure if the caves are open in January.
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Old 12-09-2002, 03:45 AM   #16
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On the Island, check out Cathedral Grove!
Just outside Naniamo about a half hour away. Beautiful awe inspiring trees. If you like that kind of thing (i do).
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