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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1510 on: September 21, 2017, 03:47:18 AM »
Trips are not for relaxing. Trips are meant to teach you the value of couchpotato Sunday afternoons by making you constantly stressed and anxious. You're not travelling right if you're not questioning your itinerary choices every five minutes with fever induced sweat.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1511 on: September 22, 2017, 06:13:47 AM »
What's an itinerary?

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1512 on: September 22, 2017, 06:15:56 AM »
Something to do with IT. I think it's when you need to take your laptop to a different place to get better Wifi.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1513 on: September 22, 2017, 06:19:17 AM »
Personally I used to just go with fly somewhere travel and see things, catch next plane, repeat. There are lots of things I have missed, but lots of things I would otherwise not have seen. I work on the basis that everything in a different place is potentially interesting and if I miss something, that is just an excuse to go back again.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1514 on: November 01, 2017, 10:05:48 PM »
I'm going to Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia soon. Any recommendations for what to do? 
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1515 on: November 01, 2017, 11:41:23 PM »
For starter's, bring/buy an umbrella. And light gloves... since you can't hide your hands in your pocket and hold an umbrella and coffee at the same time. Maybe you'll buy a toque while you're at it.

Taking a stroll around the seawall (Stanley Park) is kind of a nice introduction to the city whatever the weather. But I'd walk out the park and up Robson if you're looking for a bite, as the selection and prices are better.

If you're looking for a heavy meal, the Chicken and Waffles at Tuc Craft Kitchen in Gastown is bbbphhhhhhhhhh. Too good. Also it gets you into Gastown which is kind of an interesting area to explore. I recommend hitting it during the daytime, as it can be a little sketchy later.

If you need a liquor store, Legacy Liquor on Manitoba st is decidely huge and their selection is terrific. However if you're looking to simply sit down and drink then the CRAFT Beer Market on 1st ave is not far away. It's a unique repurposed barn-looking place, but it's large and they have 100+ beers/ciders on tap. It's quite impressive. Of course there's lots of microbrews around too if you aren't looking for food to go with your drinks.

From there you could stroll through the Olympic Village, and eventually get to Granville Island. Granville Island is your typical public market-cum-tourist trap, with lots of everything (except parking). Street performances, shops, etc. Probably worth a wander if you've never been there and it looks interesting. If you do make it there, and you've yet to eat a poutine, I highly recommend stopping at Edible Canada (during brunch) and getting the Mt. Lehman Duck Poutine. You're not going to come to Canada and not eat a poutine are you?

If you keep south of False Creek and continue walking west you'll get to kits beach. It's all nice walking. Then you'll be close to Rain or Shine ice cream. I like the London Fog ice cream but you do you. :)

If you're looking for a bit of exercise with a rewarding view that doesn't eat a whole day's time, try the Grouse Grind. You'll get a good view of things. Just call ahead before you go. I can't remember when they shut the trail down for the season. You'll be in the neighbourhood of the Capilino Suspension bridge but personally I'd pass on it. It's just a walking bridge over a gorge... and it ain't free either. But it's kind of a touristy thing so you may hear about it.

As for Victoria, are you flying to the island or taking the Ferry via bus/car?

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1516 on: July 31, 2018, 10:13:12 AM »
Trying to plan holiday between Xmas and NYs somewhere to go ski.  Japan is not double as everything booked so possibly looking at Sweden due to northern lights, huskies and snow.  But also like the idea of Vancouver and Whistler, I know one of our members here is living out in BC but can;t remember off the now since it was quite a while ago since we discussed.  Just trying to get ideas, the US is off limits as I have to limit my days there.
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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1517 on: July 31, 2018, 03:46:26 PM »
I'm going to Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia soon. Any recommendations for what to do?

If you have access to a car while in Victoria I would recommend the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park, just remember to take your bathes and a towel.

Trying to plan holiday between Xmas and NYs somewhere to go ski.  Japan is not double as everything booked so possibly looking at Sweden due to northern lights, huskies and snow.  But also like the idea of Vancouver and Whistler, I know one of our members here is living out in BC but can;t remember off the now since it was quite a while ago since we discussed.  Just trying to get ideas, the US is off limits as I have to limit my days there.

Whistler/Blackcomb is an awesome ski area. Not sure how far north in Sweden you will have to go to see the Northern Lights, I was there in the beginning of Autumn (many years ago) and had to go up to Kiruna to have a chance to see them (you can get there by train from Stockholm, but it is an overnight trip, it might have been 19 hours on the train, memory is fuzzy). Due to the weather I did not get to see them in Kiruna, but I did see them in Narvik, Norway, which was a lovely 3 hour train ride away. Not sure if winter cuts off the train though.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1518 on: July 31, 2018, 04:03:59 PM »
Trying to plan holiday between Xmas and NYs somewhere to go ski.   I know one of our members here is living out in BC but can;t remember off the now since it was quite a while ago since we discussed.

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Re: Vacation
« Reply #1519 on: July 31, 2018, 10:11:17 PM »
It is I! :)

If the #1 priority is skiing people may point you towards Big White over Whistler/Blackcomb. I'm not a skier myself but my understanding is that it's got better snow for that sort of thing. That said, it kind of isolates you a little more. Big White village has a  handful of restaurants and shops, and everything is walkable or ski-in/ski-out, but you're a good hours drive into a proper city (Kelowna) with pretty serious winter road conditions. Kelowna is also the nearest airport. On the up side it's pretty much guaranteed to be a white christmas.

A Vancouver/Whistler trip gives you more flexability for things to do and places to go/stay. And Whistler is pretty over Christmas. Vancouver itself is typically just cold and damp during christmas, but if it does snow it tends to slow things right down. I've had a flight cancelled over a mere inch of accumulated snow coming down just prior to take off. Other Canadian cities are better equipped to cope with snow, as it's a regular occurrence. For the most part though, it's no biggie.