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Program #21275RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
We travel to 1,200 feet over the spectacular Sutton Pass on our way to the west coast.

Equipment Requirements
Bring a sun hat with brim and chin strap; sun glasses, sun screen, comfortable walking shoes; a warm windproof, rainproof jacket and warm sweater; camera & binoculars.

Itinerary for Mar 16 — Mar 22, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn is the only Vancouver airport hotel offering comfortable cozy charm with all the must haves for the modern traveler. Being a boutique, Vancouver airport hotel, for us, means that our staff is obsessed with making sure you have a great stay. You are going to love the attention we pay to the little details that make the difference. Shuttle service to and from Vancouver International airport is offered (every half hour/21 hours per day).

Contact info:
9260 Bridgeport Road
Vancouver, BC V6X 1S1 Canada
phone: 604-270-7576
web: www.abercorn-inn.com/

Room amenities: Wireless Wi-fi (HSIA 10 Mbps), mini-fridge, luxurious triple sheeting with eco friendly duvet inserts, flat Panel LCD TVs, free local telephone calls under 30 minutes, MP3 AM/FM alarm clock, in room coffee/tea maker (with Wolfgang Puck premium coffee), hairdryer, Egyptian cotton bathrobes, iron and ironing board, spa lineup personal care products, individually controlled A/C unit with wireless remote and dataports. Also: TV remote control sleeve wrap, extra hygienic pillow and blanket wrap, housekeeping inspection black light UV sterilizer wand - kills 99.9 % bacteria, viruses etc.

Facility amenities: Modern fitness centre, free hi-speed Wi-Fi Internet at a lightning 10 Mbps speed. On-site restaurant and lounge, outdoor patio, room service, full business center, ATM machines on-site and 24-hour front desk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability/rates.
Contact the hotel directly for information on additional nights at the hotel. Toll Free: 1-800-663-0085 or Email: reservations@abercorn-inn.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Independent arrivals and Orientation
Arrive To: Independent arrivals to the hotel. Welcome, Program Orientation, Introductions at 4:30 p.m. in assigned meeting room

Dinner: Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant at 6:30 p.m. Vegetarian meals are always available. Program meals are plentiful, healthy, and delicious. Many meals are served buffet with several dishes to choose from. Please indicate on your "Participant Information Form" any allergies or preferences that you may have. We will do our best to fill your needs.

Lodging: Best Western Abercorn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Marina West Motel is a waterfront facility that offers the perfect setting for whale watching, eco adventures, fishing, boating, beachcombing and much more. Located on the waters edge in beautiful Tofino on the Pacific Ocean side (west coast) of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, our motel features a superb marine setting with a large array of land and water activities to satisfy all visitors throughout the year. Marina West is located near Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach and Ucluelet. Whether it's salt water fishing in the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound, a game of golf at Long Beach Golf Club, whale watching, kayaking, bird watching or simply a romantic stroll or beachcombing the sandy beaches in Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino and the surrounding area has something for everyone. Enjoy great pub fare, daily food and drink features and friendly, attentive service in a marine setting overlooking the mountains of Clayoquot Sound. Within an easy walking distance in the community of Tofino, you will find banks, post office, drug store, hospital, grocery and hardware stores, many wonderful galleries and gift stores, parks, several marinas and wharves, float place service & dock, and garages. Marina West offers full marina facilities including showers and laundry. Our marina, located in the calm, quiet waters of Browning Passage is sheltered from the wind and surf of the open Pacific Ocean. With access to the channels and inlets of Clayoquot Sound, this is the perfect location to start a memorable fishing trip or boating excursion to explore the many miles of untouched shoreline in the area.

Contact info:
634 Campbell Street
P.O. Box 69
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
phone: 250-725-3277
web: www.marinawest.com/index.html#homepage

Room amenities: Our spacious rooms feature modern appointments with an emphasis on providing a comfortable, relaxed stay in Clayoquot Sound. Room amenities include: coffee machines, fridge, microwave, cable TV, data ports, voicemail and hairdryers. High speed wireless internet is available. Rooms offer views of the harbour and mountains or the forest and gardens.

Facility amenities: Marina West Motel offers rooms with ocean and garden views, meeting rooms, full service waterfront restaurant and a marine pub. Marina West offers the most affordable adventures in Tofino... truely something for everyone. Imagine escaping to Marina West located in Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, nestled in Clayoquot Sound on the doorstep of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Whale watching, fishing, kayaking and surfing adventures are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - Ferry to Vancouver Island/Highlights of Victoria/...
Note: This program is offered during the Pacific Rim Whale Festival and participants will have an opportunity to join workshops, lectures and field trips and hear about the latest marine research during free time. From forest walks and specimen collecting to photo workshops and storytelling with a First Nations artist, the festival offers a wide range of interesting and unique experiences. Some events are free or have a nominal fee; some are ticketed. Transportation will be provided to the events.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and board the coach to begin our journey to Vancouver Island via BC Ferries. This trip is approxiamtely 1.5 hours and offers an unlimited supply of fresh air, a deck-side view of breathtaking scenery and a high probability of spotting marine wildlife.

Morning: Discover Victoria's highlights by coach including China Town, the Inner Harbor, Empress Fairmont, Legislative Building, Dallas Road Seaside route and Beacon Hill Park. This provincial capital on Vancouver Island is blessed with spectacular scenery and a mild climate year-round. Victoria is rich in First Nations history, marine coastal ecosystems, cultural attractions and European charm that dates to its years spent under British colonial rule.

Lunch: Lunch in Victoria.

Afternoon: Depart for Vancouver Island's West Coast and Pacific Rim National Park. Your Group Leader will provide interpretive commentary on the diverse geographical and cultural regions of Vancouver Island as we make our way to Tofino. Located on the rugged outside shores of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada; Tofino is bordered on the south by the Pacific Rim National Park and on its other three sides by ocean.

Dinner: We will check into the hotel and then enjoy a scrumptious dinner in the town of Tofino.

Evening: Explore the community and get into the spirit of Pacific Rim Whale Festival. The coming of spring to Vancouver Island means the arrival of abundant wildlife--gray whales, bountiful schools of spawning herring and their predators. Pacific Rim National Park co-hosts the Whale Festival, offering lectures and field trips led by visiting and local naturalists, marine biologists and cytologists. Join the celebration and find beauty in the many marine mammals, rugged coastline, crashing surf and coastal rainforests.

Lodging: Marina West Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Marina West Motel is a waterfront facility that offers the perfect setting for whale watching, eco adventures, fishing, boating, beachcombing and much more. Located on the waters edge in beautiful Tofino on the Pacific Ocean side (west coast) of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, our motel features a superb marine setting with a large array of land and water activities to satisfy all visitors throughout the year. Marina West is located near Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach and Ucluelet. Whether it's salt water fishing in the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound, a game of golf at Long Beach Golf Club, whale watching, kayaking, bird watching or simply a romantic stroll or beachcombing the sandy beaches in Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino and the surrounding area has something for everyone. Enjoy great pub fare, daily food and drink features and friendly, attentive service in a marine setting overlooking the mountains of Clayoquot Sound. Within an easy walking distance in the community of Tofino, you will find banks, post office, drug store, hospital, grocery and hardware stores, many wonderful galleries and gift stores, parks, several marinas and wharves, float place service & dock, and garages. Marina West offers full marina facilities including showers and laundry. Our marina, located in the calm, quiet waters of Browning Passage is sheltered from the wind and surf of the open Pacific Ocean. With access to the channels and inlets of Clayoquot Sound, this is the perfect location to start a memorable fishing trip or boating excursion to explore the many miles of untouched shoreline in the area.

Contact info:
634 Campbell Street
P.O. Box 69
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
phone: 250-725-3277
web: www.marinawest.com/index.html#homepage

Room amenities: Our spacious rooms feature modern appointments with an emphasis on providing a comfortable, relaxed stay in Clayoquot Sound. Room amenities include: coffee machines, fridge, microwave, cable TV, data ports, voicemail and hairdryers. High speed wireless internet is available. Rooms offer views of the harbour and mountains or the forest and gardens.

Facility amenities: Marina West Motel offers rooms with ocean and garden views, meeting rooms, full service waterfront restaurant and a marine pub. Marina West offers the most affordable adventures in Tofino... truely something for everyone. Imagine escaping to Marina West located in Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, nestled in Clayoquot Sound on the doorstep of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Whale watching, fishing, kayaking and surfing adventures are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Living on the Edge: Where the Rainforest Meets th...
Living on the Edge: Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea/Wild Pacific Trail/Mud Flats Interpretive Walk

Note: Terrace Beach Walk approximately 2 hours with stops to discuss the diverse flora and fauna. Coastal trail is well maintained; some rocks, roots. Lots of benches for a rest. Sturdy shoes recommended for Mudflat walk; gumboots are not necessary. Stay close to shore or take off your shoes and head out into the mud.

Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.

Morning: Explore Tofino's mud flats on an interpretive walk with marine biologist. The Tofino Mudflats Wildlife Management Area (TMWMA) is home to dozens of marine and terrestrial species, from shrimp, clams and packs of wolves to herons, owls and migrating shorebirds. The mudflat walks provide a unique, hands-on introduction to this rich and complex ecosystem and will introduce you to the many invertebrates that are the base of this rich marine and terrestrial food web, from ghost shrimp to clams, and so much more! You are guaranteed to leave with a greater appreciation of this rich ecosystem and understand that it is so more than just mud. In spring the area experiences spectacular shorebird migrations, when migrating shorebirds, sometimes in excess of 30,000 birds per day, stop over on the Tofino Mudflats to feed and rest during during their impressive annual migrations. The Mudflats lie within the traditional territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation. Over 50 archaeological sites, including shell middens, fish traps, and canoe skids, reflect a long history of resource use and management in the area.

Lunch: Lunch in Ucluelet with some free time to explore this west coast town. Ucluelet is resource-based community where, as compared to many coastal communities, the fishery and related manufacturing activities are still very important to the local economy.

Afternoon: Join coastal ecologist Barb Beasley at Terrace Beach for a presentation on Living on the Edge: Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea. This session explores the cultural and natural history of life at the interface between land and sea. We start at Amphitrite Point Lighthouse Station and discuss the forces that have led to the need for the Coast Guard system on the west coast. Then we wander along the Wild Pacific Trail and examine adaptations of the flora and fauna to this harsh and productive environment.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Tofino.

Evening: Free evening to relax, take part in some of the events at the festival, walk on the beach, stroll through the botanical gardens or visit the aquarium.

Lodging: Marina West Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Motel

Description: Marina West Motel is a waterfront facility that offers the perfect setting for whale watching, eco adventures, fishing, boating, beachcombing and much more. Located on the waters edge in beautiful Tofino on the Pacific Ocean side (west coast) of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, our motel features a superb marine setting with a large array of land and water activities to satisfy all visitors throughout the year. Marina West is located near Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach and Ucluelet. Whether it's salt water fishing in the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound, a game of golf at Long Beach Golf Club, whale watching, kayaking, bird watching or simply a romantic stroll or beachcombing the sandy beaches in Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino and the surrounding area has something for everyone. Enjoy great pub fare, daily food and drink features and friendly, attentive service in a marine setting overlooking the mountains of Clayoquot Sound. Within an easy walking distance in the community of Tofino, you will find banks, post office, drug store, hospital, grocery and hardware stores, many wonderful galleries and gift stores, parks, several marinas and wharves, float place service & dock, and garages. Marina West offers full marina facilities including showers and laundry. Our marina, located in the calm, quiet waters of Browning Passage is sheltered from the wind and surf of the open Pacific Ocean. With access to the channels and inlets of Clayoquot Sound, this is the perfect location to start a memorable fishing trip or boating excursion to explore the many miles of untouched shoreline in the area.

Contact info:
634 Campbell Street
P.O. Box 69
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
phone: 250-725-3277
web: www.marinawest.com/index.html#homepage

Room amenities: Our spacious rooms feature modern appointments with an emphasis on providing a comfortable, relaxed stay in Clayoquot Sound. Room amenities include: coffee machines, fridge, microwave, cable TV, data ports, voicemail and hairdryers. High speed wireless internet is available. Rooms offer views of the harbour and mountains or the forest and gardens.

Facility amenities: Marina West Motel offers rooms with ocean and garden views, meeting rooms, full service waterfront restaurant and a marine pub. Marina West offers the most affordable adventures in Tofino... truely something for everyone. Imagine escaping to Marina West located in Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, nestled in Clayoquot Sound on the doorstep of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Whale watching, fishing, kayaking and surfing adventures are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - Whale Watching Cruise/Wickaninnish Interpretive C...
Note: Be prepared for cool and damp weather on the whale watching cruise. Water conditions could be rough as we will be going into open water on the west side of the island. Boarding/disembarking boat.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we embark on a Whale Watching Experience. Gray Whales hug the shoreline on their northern migration from Mexico to Alaska, making the West Coast of Vancouver Island one of the best viewing areas. There are 'resident' whales that live in this area right through mid-November when they join the main migration as it passes our coast on the southern journey. We hope to find porpoise, sea otter, seals, sea lions, puffins and other sea birds, and always, bald eagles. Our vessel will orient us so that we can see and experience as much as possible without interrupting the natural activities of the wildlife. We could possibly see humpback whales and Orca if we are very lucky! We have scheduled this trip for the afternoon to maximize our opportunity to see whales and other wildlife of the area. An onboard naturalist will identify wildlife, describe their activities and their history in the area.

Lunch: Lunch in Tofino.

Afternoon: The Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre is an information centre, interpretive facility which focuses on the natural and cultural heritage of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Gain an understanding of the North Pacific Ocean and its influence on nature and man in a self-guided visit. The centre offers displays that introduce visitors to the geographical and natural history of the Pacific Northwest. The human history of the North Pacific coast is illustrated by a collection of artifacts used by Nuu-chah-nulth Indians, the traditional inhabitants of the area.

Dinner: Dinner in Tofino.

Evening: An evening presentation will focus on the role of the warden service and Parks Canada in Pacific Rim National Park.

Lodging: Marina West Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: Marina West Motel is a waterfront facility that offers the perfect setting for whale watching, eco adventures, fishing, boating, beachcombing and much more. Located on the waters edge in beautiful Tofino on the Pacific Ocean side (west coast) of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, our motel features a superb marine setting with a large array of land and water activities to satisfy all visitors throughout the year. Marina West is located near Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach and Ucluelet. Whether it's salt water fishing in the protected waters of Clayoquot Sound, a game of golf at Long Beach Golf Club, whale watching, kayaking, bird watching or simply a romantic stroll or beachcombing the sandy beaches in Pacific Rim National Park, Tofino and the surrounding area has something for everyone. Enjoy great pub fare, daily food and drink features and friendly, attentive service in a marine setting overlooking the mountains of Clayoquot Sound. Within an easy walking distance in the community of Tofino, you will find banks, post office, drug store, hospital, grocery and hardware stores, many wonderful galleries and gift stores, parks, several marinas and wharves, float place service & dock, and garages. Marina West offers full marina facilities including showers and laundry. Our marina, located in the calm, quiet waters of Browning Passage is sheltered from the wind and surf of the open Pacific Ocean. With access to the channels and inlets of Clayoquot Sound, this is the perfect location to start a memorable fishing trip or boating excursion to explore the many miles of untouched shoreline in the area.

Contact info:
634 Campbell Street
P.O. Box 69
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
phone: 250-725-3277
web: www.marinawest.com/index.html#homepage

Room amenities: Our spacious rooms feature modern appointments with an emphasis on providing a comfortable, relaxed stay in Clayoquot Sound. Room amenities include: coffee machines, fridge, microwave, cable TV, data ports, voicemail and hairdryers. High speed wireless internet is available. Rooms offer views of the harbour and mountains or the forest and gardens.

Facility amenities: Marina West Motel offers rooms with ocean and garden views, meeting rooms, full service waterfront restaurant and a marine pub. Marina West offers the most affordable adventures in Tofino... truely something for everyone. Imagine escaping to Marina West located in Tofino on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, nestled in Clayoquot Sound on the doorstep of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Whale watching, fishing, kayaking and surfing adventures are available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - Exploring Living Streams/Volunteer Planting/Pacif...
Exploring Living Streams/Volunteer Planting/Pacific Rim Whale Festival Events

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore forest and fish ecology on a guided walk. A great opportunity to learn about the importance of salmon stream and forest restoration. Past forest practices have left parts of BC’s coastal rainforest in need of a helping hand. This is where the Central Westcoast Forest Society and its many partners come in! Hear about the steps involved in watershed restoration, giving Mother Nature a boost and accelerating the natural healing process,

Morning: Participate in some local stewardship and conservation of a local stream at this local planting event. Volunteers are encouraged to lend a hand to plant some native plants and trees at the Lost Shoe Creek new off-channel habitat.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: The Pacific Rim Whale Festival offers a wide range of interesting and unique experiences - from forest walks and specimen collecting to photo workshops, music and storytelling with a First Nations artist. Some events are free or for a nominal fee; some ticketed events. Transporation will be provided to festival events. Be inspired, educated and entertained by celebrating coastal traditions, the unique environment and the spring return of the grey whale.

Dinner: Dinner on your own in Tofino.

Evening: One last opportunity to participate in the festival events or relax and get ready for our trip back to the mainland tomorrow.

Lodging: Marina West Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn is the only Vancouver airport hotel offering comfortable cozy charm with all the must haves for the modern traveler. Being a boutique, Vancouver airport hotel, for us, means that our staff is obsessed with making sure you have a great stay. You are going to love the attention we pay to the little details that make the difference. Shuttle service to and from Vancouver International airport is offered (every half hour/21 hours per day).

Contact info:
9260 Bridgeport Road
Vancouver, BC V6X 1S1 Canada
phone: 604-270-7576
web: www.abercorn-inn.com/

Room amenities: Wireless Wi-fi (HSIA 10 Mbps), mini-fridge, luxurious triple sheeting with eco friendly duvet inserts, flat Panel LCD TVs, free local telephone calls under 30 minutes, MP3 AM/FM alarm clock, in room coffee/tea maker (with Wolfgang Puck premium coffee), hairdryer, Egyptian cotton bathrobes, iron and ironing board, spa lineup personal care products, individually controlled A/C unit with wireless remote and dataports. Also: TV remote control sleeve wrap, extra hygienic pillow and blanket wrap, housekeeping inspection black light UV sterilizer wand - kills 99.9 % bacteria, viruses etc.

Facility amenities: Modern fitness centre, free hi-speed Wi-Fi Internet at a lightning 10 Mbps speed. On-site restaurant and lounge, outdoor patio, room service, full business center, ATM machines on-site and 24-hour front desk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability/rates.
Contact the hotel directly for information on additional nights at the hotel. Toll Free: 1-800-663-0085 or Email: reservations@abercorn-inn.com

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Depart Tofino/Cathedral Grove Old Growth Forest/C...
Depart Tofino/Cathedral Grove Old Growth Forest/Coombs Country Market/Ferry to Vancouver

Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel before departing Tofino by coach.

Morning: At the base of the Beaufort Mountains we stop to visit the spectacular old growth forest at Cathedral Grove Provincial Park. The beauty and majesty of this forest of giant Douglas fir trees laden with mosses and lichen and underlain with huge ferns compares to the feeling of reverence generated in the large cathedrals of Europe. Experience this feeling as you learn about temperate rainforests, biological diversity, understory communities, and a relatively new understanding of the importance and inevitability of forces such as storms and fires that keep ecosystems in a state of constant change.

Lunch: We leave the island's west coast and head for Nanaimo to catch the ferry, stopping along the way at the store with the Goats on the Roof - Coombs Country Market.

Afternoon: Travel by ferry from Nanaimo back to mainland BC and Vancouver. This is a different route from the ferry we used to get to Vancouver Island.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Best Western Abercorn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Seven: Saturday, March 22 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Independent departures from Vancouver hotel. Bon Voyage!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vancouver, BC
Capilano Suspension BridgeVoices from Vancouver’s past mingle with the sounds of nature, beautiful gardens skirt colourful totem poles, British Columbia First Nations artisans chisel legend into cedar and Capilano Suspension Bridge takes you to the serenity of a West Coast rainforest. Cross the suspension bridge, try out Canada’s award-winning tourist attraction, Treetops Adventure which offers a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest in the mid-story of 1300-year-old old growth Douglas-firs; or take the Cliffwalk with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms.
For additional information, visit: www.capbridge.com
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese GardenStep back in time to 15th Century China at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. The first of its kind outside of China, the Garden offers a glimpse into life as a Chinese scholar during the Ming dynasty. Scholars lived and worked in their gardens, sharing these enchanting spaces with friends and family of all ages. Like any home, a scholar's garden was filled with energy, but also offered quiet moments for contemplation. As a bridge between cultures, the Garden offers lively demonstrations, Chinese festival celebrations and diverse art exhibitions. We also feature musical concerts such as the summer Enchanted Evenings Concert series.
For additional information, visit: www.vancouverchinesegarden.com/
Granville IslandEarly in the morning, the first Aquabus of the day putters across False Creek, heading towards Granville Island. Home to 300 businesses, studios and facilities, the destination still retains an old-fashioned, timeless feeling. Craftsmen and artists take up residence here, and it's clear that the tradition of apprenticeship and mastery is alive and well. You can see it in the detail of a ceramic bowl or the gentle curve of a freshly blown glass vase, the intricacy of a piece of jewellery or the flick of a painter's brush. Granville Island's charming public market overflows with fresh produce, breads, seafood and a bounty of other goods is reason enough to visit Granville Island. Be sure to also stroll the narrow lanes of the island to check out its unique shops and photo-worthy views of downtown across False Creek. Street music is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Granville Island. Singer/songwriters strum away in open courtyards, drum circles form out of nowhere, and a clear strain of a melody from violin or saxophone melody often seems to make its way to the ears of an unsuspecting visitor
For additional information, visit: www.granvilleisland.com/discover-island/visitors-guide
Harbour CruiseVancouver's best sightseeing, dining and special event cruises. Join Vancouver's most popular Sunset Dinner Cruise, an amazing opportunity to enjoy the fabulous sunset view. Enjoy Vancouver's only authentic paddlewheeler and narrated tour of the inner harbour or relax with Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise through a secluded mountain fjord. A unique experience, since the area is only accessible by boat, in 4 hours you will pass Deep Cove to Indian Arm and finally reach Silver Falls.
For additional information, visit: www.boatcruises.com/
Vancouver MuseumThe Vancouver Museum houses permanent displays, exhibitions and educational programs about the natural, cultural and human history of the Vancouver region. Canada's largest civic museum moves into its second century, it continues to explore the human and natural history of the Vancouver region, the Pacific Northwest Coast and Pacific Rim with exciting, ever-changing new exhibitions. The Vancouver Museum continues to celebrate the rich legacy and heritage of our diverse multicultural society through varied programs.
For additional information, visit: www.vanmuseum.bc.ca/index.htm

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