Capilano Suspension Bridge

CAPILANO SUSPENSION BRIDGE

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.   The current bridge is 136 meters (446 ft) long and 70 meters (230 ft) above the river. It is part of a private facility, with a charge for admission, and draws over 800,000 visitors a year.  The Capilano Suspension Bridge is located at 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver, BC V7R 3J1.  For more information, call (604) 985-7474.

The bridge was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver. It was originally made of hemp ropes with a deck of cedar planks, and was replaced with a wire cable bridge in 1903. In 1910 Edward Mahon purchased the Capilano Suspension Bridge. “Mac” MacEachran purchased the Bridge from Mahon in 1935 and invited local natives to place their totem poles in the park, adding a native theme. In 1945, he sold the bridge to Henri Aubeneau.  The bridge was completely rebuilt again in 1956.

The park was sold to Nancy Stibbard, the current owner, in 1983. Annual attendance has since increased, and in May 2004, Treetops Adventures was opened. This new attraction consists of seven footbridges suspended between old-growth Douglas Fir trees on the west side of the canyon, forming a walkway up to 30 meters (98 ft) above the forest floor.

As well as the bridge itself and Treetops Adventure, the park also features rain forest ecotours, award-winning gardens, nature trails, North America’s largest private collection of First Nations totem poles, period decor and costumes, and exhibits highlighting the park’s history and the surrounding temperate rain forest. Guests can also witness a First Nations performance, featuring their traditional Regalia (ceremonial dress), masks, dancing and storytelling.

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Chinatown, Vancouver B.C.

CHINATOWN, VANCOUVER, BC

Chinatown is located at 578 Carrall Street, Vancouver.  Chinatown is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and is Canada’s largest Chinatown Centred on Pender Street  It is surrounded by Gastown, the Downtown Financial and Central Business Districts to the west, the Downtown Eastside to the north, the old Japantown to the northeast, and the residential neighborhood of Strathcona to the east. The approximate street borders of Chinatown’s official area as designated by the City of Vancouver are the alley between Pender Street and Hastings, Georgia, Gore, and Taylor Streets, although its unofficial boundaries extend well into the rest of the Downtown Eastside. Main, Pender, and Keefer Streets are the principal areas of commercial activity.

Chinatown remains a popular tourist attraction, and is one of the largest historic Chinatowns in North America. However, it went into decline as newer members of Vancouver’s Cantonese Chinese community dispersed to other areas of the metropolis. It has been more recently overshadowed by the newer Chinese immigrant business district along No. 3 Road in the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.  Many affluent Hong Kong and Taiwanese immigrants have moved there since the late 1980s, coinciding with the increase of Chinese-ethnic retail and restaurants in that area. This new area is designated the “Golden Village” by the City of Richmond, which met resistance to the proposed renaming of the area to “Chinatown” both from merchants in Vancouver’s Chinatown and also from non-Chinese residents and merchants in Richmond itself.

Chinatown was once known for its neon signs but like the rest of the city lost many of the spectacular signs to changing times and a new sign bylaw passed in 1974. The last of these was the Ho Ho sign (which showed a rice bowl and chop sticks) which was removed in 1997. Ongoing efforts to improve safety by hiring private security new marketing promotions and introducing residential units into the neighborhood by restoring and renovating some of the heritage buildings.  Current focus is on the restoration and adaptive reuse of the distinctive Association buildings.

Due to the large ethnic Chinese presence in Vancouver—the city has been referred to as “Hongcouver” (a term considered derogatory by some Chinese).

Here are a list of attractions that you can take a look at:

Attractions:

  Century’s Winds of Change Mural – This mural records the historical  time of Chinese in Canada crossing the span of over 100 years, from 1858 to present.

  China Gate – China Gate was part of the China Pavilion at Expo 86 in Vancouver.  It was donated to the City of Vancouver after the end of the exhibition.  Today it is the gate to Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver.

  Chinatown Abacus – A large abacus artwork with stylized beads of British Columbia jade sits here on the edge of Chinatown.

  Chinatown Plaza Neon Sign – A 45-foot neon sign installed on the exterior of Chinatown Plaza.  The bilingual sign (“Chinatown Plaza” in English and “Chinatown welcomes you” in Chinese) incorporates traditional and contemporary design elements and ideas from the community.

  Chinese Cultural Centre Museum and Archives – The Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Chinese Canadians and fostering an appreciation of traditional and contemporary Chinese arts.

  Chinese Zodiac Mosaic – The 12 animals that compose of the Chinese Zodiac are represented in embedded mosaics in the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park Courtyard.

  Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – As the first Ming Dynasty Scholars Garden built outside of China, this earthly paradise interesting perspectives on culture, architecture and horticulture in the Ming Dynasty.

  Historical Alley – Between 1890-1920, early Chinese immigrants settled in Shanghai Alley and Canton Alley in Vancouver Chinatown.

  Jimi Hendrix Shrine – The restaurant on this site used to belong to Nora Rose Moore Hendrix, who was Jimi Hendrix’s grandmother.  Jimi lived by here while he was in primary school.  This is now the site of a shrine dedicated to Jimi Hendrix.

   The Monument of Canadian Chinese – Corner of Keefer & Columbia Streets – The monument is shaped in the Chinese character “zhong”, symbolizing Chinese, moderation and harmony.  The two bronze statues next to the character are a railroad worker and a Canadian Chinese WWII soldier.

  Sam Kee –The world’s narrowest building – only 6 feet wide, this phenomenal structure has been recognized by Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

  Vancouver Chinatown Millennium Gate – A physical structure that is symbolic of both past and future to commemorate this “Journey In Time”.

  West Han Dynasty Bell – The bell was a gift from the City of Guangzhou to the City of Vancouver in honour of the 15th anniversary of the twinning of the two cities.

If you need a tour or a ride around Chinatown, please call Classic Limousine at 604-874-4880 to reserve your reservation today.

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Vancouver Wedding Limousine

Vancouver Wedding

Looking for a limousine for your wedding. Renting a Limousine for your Wedding is as important as picking out your wedding dress or suit.  In Vancouver especially around wedding season, which is typically spring to late summer, Book early! Booking late can cause a lot of headaches, such as paying more for your limo as companies start to get fully booked. Expect to book a minimum of 4 hours as all Limousine companies have strict policies regarding the amount of hours needed during their peak seasons. Book well ahead, the best deals can be found by booking as early as possible.  So do not linger. Another Limo Rental Tip is that if your bride is wearing a very long dress or has a long train it is usually a good idea to rent an Suv Limousine. When your beautiful bride steps down from the Suv Limo it is much easier to keep the dress or train off the ground.  At Classic Limousine we pride ourselves in Customer Service and we will go all out to make sure that your Wedding goes like you planned.

  Call Classic Limousine at 604-874-4880, to reserve a Limousine for your most memorable day.

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Vancouver Limousine

Vancouver Limousine

Renting a Vancouver Limousine is a great way to cruise for the night.  With all the dangers of drinking and driving these days it is a much safer way to have a designated driver to chauffeur you.  The thing about this is you need to find someone in your party that is willing to be the designated driver. The other option is to take taxis but then this normally means that you have to split up your group.  Renting a limousine alows you to party it up and not have to worry about drinking and driving.  There is a simple solution to this; Rent a Limousine or SUV Limousine from Classic Limousine.  We provide Limousine service for 1-16 passengers.The simple solution to this is to hire a limousine for your night out. Limousine Rates are very reasonable and when you think about all the other possible costs that you could end up with! It really is the easiest way to get around with all ofyour friends and to not have to worry about anything. Our professional chauffeurs will pick you up and you can relax and you will not have to worry about a thing.  To book a limousine whether it is a super stretch or an SUV Limousine, call Vancouver Limousine at 604-874-4880 to reserve your Limo now.

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Vandusen Garden in Vancouver

VAN DUSEN GARDEN

Van Dusen Garden is one of Vancouver’s well known attractions. The area is approximately 55 acre. The garden includes 11,000 ongoing plants revealing over 7,300 plant families as well as 255, 00 individual plants from around the world.  Their collection varies from tropical South Africa to Hamalayas, to the South America and the Mediterranean, across Canada’s Boreal forests and the Great Plains to plants native to our own Pacific Northwest.

The garden’s decorations display exquisite landscape backgrounds. Detailed garden areas are planted to reveal botanical relationships.

The Garden presents an inspiring and pleasant environment for all visitors around the world and all ages. With its admirable collections and the splendour of their display, the Garden endorses knowledge and understanding of the world of plants and their fundamental importance to life.

There will always be something to catch your interest no matter what season it is! The garden’s vision is too flabbergasting to put you into bore.  VanDusen Botanical Garden features a large plant collection of over 7,000 different kinds of plants.  Van Dusen Garden is located at 5251 Oak Street (37th & Oak Street), Vancouver, BC   V6M 4H1.

VAN DUSEN GARDEN’S RESTAURANT

The Shaughnessy Restaurant located in Van Dusen Garden. Only the highest quality local ingredients are selected to serve. For a distinctive, memorable experience, come and discover Shaughnessy Restaurant at Van Dusen Botanical Garden.

Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00 am- 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Daily
Dinner: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Daily

Dinner Menu

Reservations:
604-261-0011

VAN DUSEN TOUR

From April though the end of October, VanDusen Garden offers a variety of docent-led walking and cart tours of the Garden.

Guided Walking Tours

Daily at 2 p.m. plus Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Free for Members or with Garden admission. Meet at the Information Desk on the Deck.

Group Walking Tours

Available everyday for groups of 10 or more. Must be booked in advance by calling 604-257-8666.

Cart Tours

For seniors and the disabled, every day at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Advance booking required for weekdays by calling 604-257-8666. Weekends and holidays are on a first come, first served basis. A cart holds 5 passengers and only one cart can be reserved at a time. We encourage groups booking for more than 5 people to book 2 consecutive times.

VAN DUSEN SCULPTURE

VanDusen has a collection of several sculptures, including fountains, sited throughout the Garden. Eleven larger stone sculptures were created at the Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium, held here in 1975. Additional sculptures came to the Garden as gifts or were commissioned by VanDusen Botanical Garden Association (VBGA).

The Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium

Hosted by Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr School of Art), under the direction of Gerhard Class, The Vancouver International Stone Sculpture Symposium invited 12 internationally-renowned artists to spend the summer of 1975 in the newly opened VanDusen Botanical Garden creating sculptures with the assistance of 24 students from the school. The artists were given a choice of site at the Garden and stone (either marble from Turkey and Iran or travertine from Turkey). Donated by Debro Construction Company, the stone arrived in Vancouver as ballast in ships.

One definition of good garden sculpture is that once admired, it should blend and almost disappear in the landscape, not detracting one’s attention from the living collections. This may be the reason why abstract sculpture is sometimes more successful than the representational kind which may evoke images that impinge too much on the quiet flow of ideas that one likes to enjoy in a garden”.

VAN DUSEN OUTDOOR WEDDING

VanDusen Botanical Garden offers some of the most uniquely spectacular settings for your outdoor wedding. Picture yourself at the top of the Great Lawn with stunning azalea beds, flowering trees and peonies as the backdrop. This picturesque lawn area offers views across the treetops to the majestic North Shore Mountains. The Great Lawn can accommodate wedding ceremonies up to 120 guests.

The gently sloping lawns adjacent to Heron Lake have been featured as a romantic location in many Hollywood movies. Now, this idyllic setting, with the lake and its willow trees, is available for smaller wedding ceremonies of up to 100 guests.

Meadow Pond, secluded at the south west corner of the Garden, is available for wedding ceremonies of up to 30 guests.

Whether you choose vibrant floral, serene water, or a secluded garden, all backdrops will provide a memorable setting for your special day.

VAN DUSEN LIBRARY

The VanDusen Library collection complements the living resources of the Garden. It is the largest botanical and horticultural library with free public access in the province. Over 5,000 books, periodicals and other materials including seed catalogues are available for research and general information.

Call Classic Limousine for your transortation to Vandusen Garden in Vancouver: 604-874-4880

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Valentines Day Vancouver

 

Whether your taking your loved one out for a romantic dinner, or lavishing them with a day full of wonderful gifts, like a visit to the Spa, Hair Salon, shopping,  or simply heading out for a night on the town – one should travel in style with Vancouver  Limousine. The luxurious ride, professional chauffeurs, and first class service will make it a day and night to be remembered. Clients travel in style and do not have to be concerned about finding there way home after a night on the town. Exceptional Tours, with courteous well trained limo drivers who provide there clients with a safe and undisturbed journey.  Whether your spending your limousine ride with the love of your life or a group of good friends – be prepared for a memorable night. Renting a Valentines Day Limousine can really make a huge impression on your loved ones, and why not? Once a year to go all out and show them how much you care about them. If you want to make an extra special impression you could consider asking for one of the romance packages available, generally these are some beautiful flowers and chocolates but we can easily cater it to your needs. Make sure to book early because Valentines Day is a high demand day for Vancouver Limousine Companies, and if you have a special request make sure you include it in your booking. If you want to do something special consider making the Valentine Limousine a Surprise, nothing is more impressive than a Stretch limousine or Suv limousine at your doorstep when your date or loved one is not expecting it. Our professional Chauffeurs will whisk you off to your Romantic Night out on the town.
Call us today at Vancouver Limousine 604-874-4880 to book your special Valentines Day Limousine.

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Granville Island Vancouver

GRANVILLE ISLAND

A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you’ve ever seen. There is a vibrant and diverse mix of people and activities, and the destination is so dynamic that no visit to the city is complete without spending at least a day here.  This is the place where locals and visitors come together to be inspired, to be entertained or simply to breathe in some of its unique atmosphere.

TOP MUST SEE AND DO: 

Market at Granville Island

Granville Island Public Market

Visit the Public Market – Browse the aisles and sample local and exotic flavours from the very best farmers, bakers, butchers and fishmongers. There are a variety of crafts galore and buskers too.

Treat the Little Ones – There’s plenty of fun for kids large and small, with the Kids Market selling all kinds of kids’ delights, the giant indoor Adventure Zone, magic, juggling, live turtles, party gifts, the Water Park, and lots more.

Catch a Show – From daring comedy to modern classic plays to contemporary theatrical productions and don’t forget the buskers dotted throughout the Island’s cobblestone streets.

Grab a Bite – Whether it’s a casual nibble or gourmet dining, you’ll discover why Granville Island is famous for its food. It’s also a great place to enjoy a drink with a friend or a date.

See some Art – Art on show, art for sale. See exhibitions from Emily Carr University of Art and Design nestled beside glassblowing, jewellery making and other artisans’ studios.

Ride a Boat – Take a rental boat around scenic English Bay or hop on an Aquabus or a False Creek Ferry for a quick jaunt around the False Creek Inlet. This is also the place for planning an unforgettable sea kayak adventure or whale watching tour.

Make your own Adventure – Take things at your own pace. Just pick up a map from the red information huts around the Island, and guide yourself around Granville Island and the surrounding city.

Beer

Brewery at Granville Island

Visit the Brewery – Time for a beer.  The Granville Island Brewing Co. is British Columbia’s first “cottage” brewery.  Take a tour or try more ales at the Dockside Restaurant at the Granville Island Hotel.

Festival at Granville Island

Attend a Festival – Don’t miss one of the Island’s regular festivals or events (music, wooden boats, performing arts, literature and food). Showcased at three theatres; the amazing Performance Works space, an outdoor amphitheatre and the unique Ocean Art Works. Festivals also take place in many outdoor spaces, studios, Emily Carr University and café’s.

The Maritime Market – Get closer to the Pacific. Sprawled across the southwest side of the Island, you’ll find boating supplies and clothing, tours and fishing, plus a handful of boat-builders at work.

Fun

Kids play area

A Day for the Kids

Kids Market – Kids Market is located on Granville Island in the heart of Vancouver. Kids Market is next to the pond at the entrance to Granville Island and has 28 shops, services and activities for children and their families. Kids Market is housed in an old factory which is over 100 years old. Shop and play indoors or enjoy the patio and play area beside the pond!  Splash around in the water park that is right next door.  For more information, please check out their website: www.kidsmarket.ca.  Open daily 10am – 6pm.

EATING:

Deciding whether to visit a hip and casual waterfront café, a top stylish restaurant or an ethnic snack from the market? Hmmm, that’s a tough one. There really is something rare about eating here; you’ll not only feel re-energized by the sumptuous food, but by the time spent away from the bustling city.

But don’t just think of it as a place to refuel while shopping or to unwind before catching a play. Dining here can also be a reason to visit all on its own:

Here are the lists of restaurants that you could check out in Granville Island:

  1. A La Mode – Located inside Public Market.  This restaurant offers a wide selection of homemade sweet and savory pies.
  2. Agro Café – Located in the heart of Railspur Alley, the Agro Café is the place to go for organic eats and coffee, whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner.
  3. Armando’s Finest Quality Meats – Located in the Public Market.  Armando’s is a full service meat shop, specializing in custom cuts and quality specialty products.
  4. Artisan Sake Maker – Artisan Sake Maker is the first boutique premium sake winery in Canada.  Producing wine in small lots.  Masa aspires to create new styles of sake to complement the seasonal flavours of local west coast foods.  His wines may be purchased at his studio on Railspur Alley.
  5. Backstage Lounge – The Backstage Lounge is a funky, elegant space, a perfect venue not only for live music but fundraisers, birthdays, stag or stagettes.  Their kitchen facilities offer an array of menu items to enjoy while taking in their waterfront and mountain views.  Come join the Backstage Lounge for lunch or dinner any day of the week.
  6. Beanstalk Bistro – The Beanstalk Bistro is the place to go for refueling inside the kids Market.  Choose from a variety of small meals and snacks that appeal to kids of all ages.  They have hot dogs, cheese sandwich or something that appeals to all little tummies.
  7. Blue Parrot Espresso Bar – Relax with a cup of coffee, tea, or espresso and enjoy the view of False Creek at the Blue Parrot Espresso Bar.
  8. Bridges Bistro – Fine dining and casual fare are available at one of Vancouver’s best patios, with a fantastic view of False Creek and English Bay.  The bistro features seafood, burgers, pizzas and the largest al fresco dining area in the city
  9. Candy Kitchen: Located in the Public Market, the Candy Kitchen is a sweet lover’s ultimate dream.  Get your sugar-high in full swing with the wide assortment of tasty treats they have to offer in the form of bulk and pre-wrapped candies and chocolates.  They also carry an assortment of collectible Pez dispensers
  10. Cats Social House – Cats Social House is dedicated to presenting exceptional cuisine in a stylish and unique setting. As test kitchen for Browns Restaurant Group, Chef Danny Markowicz provides fresh new ideas weekly. Shopping for ingredients at The Public Market, Danny creates delicious dishes from local farms and sustainable resources. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch
  11. Celine’s Fish and Chips – Located in the Public Market.  Celine’s offers only the finest fist the ocean has to offer.  Enjoy the classic cod and chips or try something a little more adventurous, like deep fried oysters or calamari.  Lots of selection and lots of flavour – a seafood lover’s dream.
  12. ChocolaTas – ChocolaTas offers you a wide range of hand designer chocolate.  Traditional and original flavors are on the menu with the one invariable; the quality.  They specialize in customized gourmet gifts to pamper your guest or yourself.
  13. Curry2U –   Curry2U brings a touch of spice to the everyday. They serve healthy, heart-smart Indian dishes, and while carnivores crave our butter chicken, many of our most popular dishes are vegetarian and in some cases, vegan
  14. Dockside Restaurant – The Dockside exudes urban dash and sparkle. Watch as their chefs prepare familiar favourites with unfamiliar brilliance. The heart of the kitchen is our wood fired grill, rotisserie and forno. Perfect for any size group from 4 to 200. Open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, reservations recommended.
  15. Duso’s Italian Foods – Large variety of spices, cheese, pasta, dips and ready-to-eat food for sale.
  16. Dussa’s Ham and Cheese –  Cheese and sliced meats ready to eat
  17. Edible British Columbia –  Edible British Columbia is a culinary events company with a market store in the Public Market on Granville Island entirely dedicated to local artisan products, providing customers with products previously available only at the farm or in regional stores. Gourmet crackers, jams, chutney, cheeses, chocolates, and unique culinary tools. Visit the tasting bar and try before you buy
  18. Finest at Sea – Finest at Sea recognized the need for a source of top quality all wild seafood products of known origin.  Combined with state of the art processing, storage facilities, transportation and delivery systems, the ‘Finest At Sea’ products are a phone call away).

For the list of other restaurants, please check out the Granville Island website.

ARTS AND CULTURE

Granville Island has always been such a unique haven for creativity. And just when you think you understand why, something comes along and takes you completely by surprise.  Day or night, young or old, you can always find an eclectic mix of festivals, theatre, street performers, musical shows and art exhibits, many of which are created in the island’s hidden studios and rehearsal spaces.

Here are the lists of clubs/theatre that you could check out in Granville Island:

  1. Ainsworth Custom Design – Custom metal fabrication shop, specializing in furniture. Mediums include stainless steel, copper, brass, wrought iron, and aluminum. They often combine their works with other contemporary materials including, glass, wood, marble, and fabric. Experienced in residential and commercial installations of signs, security gates, stainless steel kitchen components and spiral staircases
  2. Arts Club Theatre Company – The Arts Club Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organization which produces professional live theatre in Vancouver and operates three theatres on a year round basis – The Stanley Theatre, the Granville Island Stage, and the New Revue Theatre. Their popular productions range from musicals and contemporary comedies to new works and classics
  3. Carousel Theatre Company & School – Carousel Theatre Company produces enlightening and inspiring theatre for young people and their families. We also offer fun and creative acting courses for thespians ages 3 to 16 years. Our talented instructors are professional actors and directors who are also fabulous teachers
  4. Circle Craft Co-op – Circle Craft Co-Operative features the work of craftspeople from across British Columbia. Circle Craft has been a major force in promoting the work of craftspeople in British Columbia since 1972. For every season of giving, the Shop and Gallery features a wide selection of contemporary and traditional craft in clay, glass, fibre, wood, metal and mixed media – our Gallery hosts monthly exhibitions.
  5. Darcus Gallery – Jack Darcus has been painting and exhibiting in Vancouver, Eastern Canada, and Europe since 1964. In recent years he has presented a series of landscapes in egg tempera, the medium he loves best. Using this medium he creates beautifully detailed paintings that are comprised of thousands of tiny brush-strokes. Visit the studio to see his work and have a chat with the artist
  6. Dundarave Print Workshop – Incorporated as a cooperative, non-profit society since 1971, Dundarave Print Workshop, (DPW), is an artists’ studio and gallery dedicated to contemporary fine art printmaking. Located in the Net Loft building, amidst Vancouver’s vibrant Granville Island community, DPW offers professional facilities for intaglio, relief-based printmaking. Our 30 members show in our gallery at the same location.
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