June 12th, 2008

Vancouver – Considered Canada’s most scenic city

by Don

Considered Canada’s most scenic city, its harbor backed by forested mountains and fronted by glistening high-rise buildings, Vancouver is the northernmost port of cali on Panama Canal repositioning craises. The ships dock in the heart of downtown at Canada Place, a landmark complex crowned with white sails, or at Ballantyne Pier, a refurbished heritage facility situated a short taxi ride from the downtown core.

For a panoramic overview of the city, visit (1) The Lookout!, downtown Vancouver’s highest viewpoint at the top of the Harbour Centre Tower, a few blocks east of Canada Place. Some prominent buildings to look for: (2) Hotel Vancouver on Georgia Street (a grand railway hotel that was completed in 1939); (3) Marine Buüding on Burrard Street (Vancouver’s finest example of art deco architecture); (4) Library Square on Georgia Street (a modern, coliseum-like struc-ture housing Vancouver’s main library as well as shops and restaurants); the (5) Law Courts at Robson Square (a long, low buüding with a sloped glass roof and streaming waterfalls designed by Vancouver architect Arthur Erickson) and the (6) Vancouver Art Gallery (a for-mer court house designed by Francis Rattenbury in the Beaux Arts style and now housing a permanent collection of works by Emily Carr).

Gastown, an easy walk from Canada Place, was Vancouver’s origi-nal townsite, founded in 1867 by a smooth-talking saloon keeper named John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton. Gastown’s western entrance is marked by (7) The Landing – a refurbished heritage complex of shops and restaurants – at the junction of Cordova and Water Streets. Visitors can stroll along Water Street, past the working steam clock, to (8) Maple Tree Square where Gassy Jack’s saloon önce stood.

In the city’s West End, attractions include (9) English Bay Beach, where waterfront restaurants overlook the beach and bay, and adjacent (10) Sunset Beach where a passenger ferry can be boarded for the short trip across False Creek to (11) GranviUe Island, a revitalized industrial area that attracts year-round visitors to its public market, crafts bou-tiques, restaurants and live theatres. Also in the West End is Vancouver’s famous (12) Stanley Park, containing 1,000 acres of for-est and trails. A pedestrian seawall encircles the park, which can also be toured by vehicle. Among the park’s many attractions are a rose garden, totem pole display, aquarium and several good restaurants.

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