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Eat, Stay and Bike in Vancouver B.C.



Jill Weinlein

One of one of the best resorts to soak up Vancouver’s spectacular marina, harbor, mountain, and gleaming glass high-rise views is the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Located simply minutes to Stanley Park, it is also a brief stroll to the cruise ship terminal, and close to tons of of eating alternatives. This lodge has been a Vancouver favourite because it was in-built 1961.

This 10-story tall lodge provides 465 rooms and suites, plus a spa, eating places, state-of-the-art health club, giant assembly rooms and a particular occasion space. During the summer time, Coal Harbor has a number of cruise ships and seaplanes taking off all through the day.

This is a well-liked lodge for pre-cruise and post-cruise passengers, plus households searching for a quieter location with a big spherical heated swimming pool. 

Howard Hughes lived on the lodge for nearly six months when it was referred to as the Bayshore Inn. Supposedly nobody ever noticed him, as a result of he by no means left his room.

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STAY AND PLAY

During the afternoon the pool is a well-liked spot to calm down, swim and take heed to reside music acting on the out of doors eating patio at H Kitchen and Tasting. A workers member pedaling an ice cream cart provides complimentary ice cream to company. Inside close to the spa, one other workers member arms out customized donuts or luggage of popcorn.

Near the pool is an apiary or bee yard the place bins of beehives full of honey bees are stored. The lodge kitchens and bars incorporate honey and honeycomb of their drinks and meals objects. Their wildlife-friendly habitat earned the Westin Bayshore Hotel a Canadian Wildlife Federation certification. It’s the primary lodge to obtain this recognition for its lovely gardens and help for a wide range of wildlife.
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DINE AT THE WESTIN BAYSHORE

The H Tasting Lounge (HTL) provides elegant Pacific Northwest consolation meals overlooking a park and waterfront. It’s a preferred al fresco eating terrace throughout the summer time months. When the temperature cools down the terrace provides hearth options and heaters, plus diners can sit in heat translucent eating domes. 

The beverage choice contains Vancouver craft beer, British Columbia wine on faucet, and cocktails crafted with locally-distilled spirits.

Menu objects embrace a coastal Northwest uncooked seafood tower, lobster rolls and fish tacos. They make a meaty HTL Smash Burger and scrumptious Bao Buns Char Sui. Be positive to order one of the extravagant dessert shows you’ve ever seen incorporating slices of cake, macarons and cotton sweet.

Those on the lookout for a day fragrant tea expertise will get pleasure from candy and savory bites offered on a golden Ferris wheel.  
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RIDE A BIKE

The lodge provides complimentary bicycles to pedal all through the town on designated bike paths. The metropolis developed the Greenest City 2020 Action plan and is rapidly establishing itself as a world-class biking vacation spot. These bike paths are a preferred method to soak up the sights of the town and waterfront.

If the lodge’s bikes are all out, there’s a bike rental store on nearly each block. Cycle City Tours on Burrard and Hornby Street lease bikes by the hour or all day. They additionally supply group excursions or you may take their bicycles out for a spin by yourself.
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EXPLORE STANLEY PARK

Stanley Park has a six mile simple, flat and paved seawall bike path for locals and guests to discover some historic and colourful sights alongside the 1,000 acre park. Be positive to cease and view the First Nations Totem Poles in Brockton Point. Continue on to the Lions Gate Bridge the place each cruise ship, freighter and boat cruises beneath to achieve the open sea. Opened in 1938, the time period ‘Lions Gate’ refers to a pair of mountain peaks north of Vancouver, and in addition a pair of concrete lions, designed by sculptor Charles Marega that have been positioned on both facet of the bridge in 1939.
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SIGHTS IN STANLEY PARK

Continue on to note a statue of a ‘Girl in a Wetsuit’ on a rock within the channel. This was a present by sculptor Elek Imredy to the Vancouver Park Board in 1972. The woman represents Vancouver’s dependence on the ocean. 

A colourful wooden dragon head is a duplicate of the SS Empress of Japan Figurehead. The ocean liner SS Empress of Japan crossed the Pacific Ocean over 400 instances. The unique figurehead is within the Vancouver Maritime Museum.
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Another fascinating sight is Siwash Rock that’s separated by water from the seawall and has a tree rising on high. It is claimed that this dates again 32 million years. Squamish legend says {that a} man was rewarded for his unselfishness by being remodeled into rock.
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HOP-ON A FERRY

Another technique to see the waterfront is on one of many False Creek Ferries. Purchase a Hop-On and Hop-Off ticket to journey to 9 totally different stops all day lengthy. Visit Granville Bridge and Island to see how within the early 1900s, this was an industrial space full of factories and sawmills. Today it has been remodeled into the Granville Island Public Market providing an array of contemporary produce, and worldwide quick meals eating choices. This is now one of the common cultural districts with theatres, artisan workshops and craft outlets.

The ferry boat will even transport passengers to thrilling Yaletown, the BC Place Stadium and Rogers Arena, plus the previous 2010 Olympic Athletes Village, and Science World. Views whereas cruising on the water embrace Sunset Beach, the North Shore mountains, the West End skyline, Vanier Park, and Heritage Harbor.  
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DRINK + DINE

While on Granville Island, remember to dine on the sit down Alimentaria Mexicana Cantina for wonderful and genuine South-of-the-Border culinary fare. Order a basic margarita, Paloma, agave flight or zero-proof cocktail earlier than digging into Executive Chef Ernesto Gomez’ guacamole and crunchy chips. Some favourite menu objects embrace a grilled and barely charred pink cabbage salad and crispy cauliflower tacos.

There is a small boutique inside the restaurant showcasing and promoting artisans’ objects from small villages and farms in Mexico.

Afterward stroll round Granville Island to study that it is definitely a peninsula and never an island.
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ART EVERYWHERE

Examples of how Granville Island’s previous industrial roots are being remodeled into magnificence are the six colourful spray-painted concrete ‘GIANTS’ silos on the working Ocean Concrete producer. Identical twin avenue artists – Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, referred to as OSGEMEOS, began portray graffiti in 1987. Their ‘GIANTS’ seems right here on Granville Island, in addition to on streets and in galleries internationally.
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WHIMSICAL ART

Vancouver has a thriving indoor and out of doors artwork scene. The Vancouver Biennale is a non-profit charitable group that shows participating public artwork whereas remodeling city panorama. This Open Art Museum gives public artwork accessible to all. 

While exploring Yaletown, remember to see the two-ton, 18-foot pink ‘Proud Youth’ sculpture by Chinese sculptor Chen Wenling. He was impressed by a ebook referred to as ‘The Smiling, Proud Wanderer’ by Xiao Ao Jiang Hu.

Not solely does the brilliant pink shade signify a Chinese custom, but additionally a testomony to the artist’s fiery angle in the direction of life. ‘The bare and free determine absolutely reveals his honesty and fearlessness,’ states the Vancouver Biennal competition web site.
Be positive to go to English Bay to see the eye-catching artwork put in at Morton Park. There are 14 statues titled ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ designed by artist Yue Minjun. These whimsical patinated bronze sculptures symbolize the artist ‘in a state of hysterical laughter.’ They have been donated to the City of Vancouver by Chip and Shannon Wilson by way of the Wilson5 Foundation on August 11, 2012, to encourage laughter and playfulness to all who see this artwork.

Other artwork could be seen on the Vancouver Art Gallery within the coronary heart of the town. Founded in 1931, that is acknowledged as one in every of North America’s most revered and progressive visible arts establishments that includes regional artists.

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