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Vancouver Intergenerational Discovery

Program Number: 21054RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/25/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,479.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; Outdoor Adventures, Misc.; Science & Nature
Intergenerational
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 12 years of age.

There is no better place for family fun and adventure than Vancouver, British Columbia. World renowned for its breathtaking natural setting, the city boasts more than 200 parks, a vibrant and diverse cultural, and doubles as a giant playground, poised on the Strait of Georgia. And summer is the perfect time to visit Vancouver. Explore Stanley Park by bike, a breathtaking oasis of old growth wilderness. Learn about marine conservation efforts at Canada's largest aquarium and sample some of the best Street Eats in North America on an exciting food safari.




Highlights

• Learn about the traditions and stories of the Coast Salish People while paddling Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm in traditional ocean canoes.
• Sample smoked wild salmon, gourmet bison burgers and fiery diablo chocolate cookies while exploring the city's cultural neighborhoods.
• Observe Orca, "Killer" Whales in their natural habitat and learn about the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast on a discovery cruise through the Fraser River estuary and into the Strait of Georgia.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles on city streets, groomed trails, boardwalks and beaches. May encounter slippery rocks, uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

7-20-2014

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Vancouver (British Columbia)

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Vancouver for its breathtaking hiking and biking trails and majestic views of the tree-lined waterway, the Strait of Georgia. With distinctive neighborhoods, top-rated restaurants and a thriving theater and arts scene, Vancouver is also a sophisticated destination. It is renowned as one of the world’s best cities.



Accommodations
Full-service hotel adjacent to English Bay at the foot of Stanley Park.
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Sands by the Sea
  Vancouver, BC 5 nights
 Best Western Sands by the Sea
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.
  Contact info: 1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com
  Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.
  Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call for availability & rates. Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrivals to the hotel in Vancouver; check-in after 4:00 pm. Dinner is at 6:00 pm. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Vancouver after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Best Western Sands by the Sea the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up to date information.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the hotel is approximately $15 per day. Please arrange directly with hotel by calling 604-682-1831.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International
  From End of Program
  Location: Vancouver, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

The cost is approximately CAD$ $30 - $35 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel 

   

At present time airport shuttle service is no longer offered to the hotel. Taxi service is readily available from the airport to the hotel.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Canada Line (TransLink)
phone: 604-953-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately CAD$7 - $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 35 - 45 minutes 

   

Visit TransLink.ca. for information on the Sky Train and city bus schedules.

 

Vancouver

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Checker Cabs
phone: 604-683-4567

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxis available at train station or use call box. Amtrak, Via Rail & Greyhound all provide service to Vancouver. Taxis available from the bus or train depot.

 

Vancouver

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30 - $35 (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

   

Taxi from hotel to Vancouver airport.

 

Vancouver

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sky Train/Canada Line

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 - $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 45 minutes 

   

City bus to Yaletown/Roundhouse Station, then take the Sky Train/Canada Line to the airport.

 

Vancouver

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  From East Take the Grandview Highway Exit to Granville Street. Turn right on Granville follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge. Turn Left on Davie Street and follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From North Take Highway 99 south and turn right on Taylor Way, exit 13. Turn left on Marine Drive. Follow signs for Vancouver, cross Lions Gate Bridge, and continue on West Georgia. Turn right on Denman Street and then turn left on Davie Street. Follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From South Take US Interstate 5 to Highway 99, follow 99 to 41st. Avenue. Turn Left on 41st Avenue and continue to Granville Street. Turn Right on Granville; follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge and turn left on Davie Street. Follow Davie Street to the ocean.
  From West Take Tsawwasswen Ferry Terminal, then follow Highway 17. Take exit to Highway 99 and follow Highway 99 to 41st Avenue. Turn Left on 41st Avenue and continue to Granville Street. Turn right on Granville; follow Granville across Granville Street Bridge. Turn left on Davie Street and follow Davie Street to the ocean.
Equipment Requirements: Supportive/comfortable footwear, good walking shoes are recommended, breathable, yet comfortable clothing suitable for daily walking, raincoat and/or windproof jacket (lined for cooler temperatures), umbrella.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals and Orientation
(Sunday, July 20)
   
 Afternoon: Independent arrivals to the Vancouver hotel. Check-in is after 4:00 p.m.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. This evening's dinner will commence at approximately 6:00 pm.
 Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Cycling in Stanley Park/Vancouver Aquarium
(Monday, July 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk at English Bay.
 Morning: Cycling in Stanley Park. Traverse the park and seawall by bike during an exploration of Stanley Park, a breathtaking park which remains unspoiled and a testimony to the giant trees which occupied the site of Vancouver in its former days. Learn about old growth forests, and the natural west coast atmosphere amidst a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees which transports visitors to an environment rich in tranquility. World famous landmarks in the park will also be discussed including Lost Lagoon, totem poles, various monuments and sculptures, and the 5.5 mi seawall which encircles the entire park.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch in Stanley Park.
 Afternoon: The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and home to more than 70,000 creatures including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels and more. Learn about the region's marine life in a special program that adults and kids alike will love. Go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals and the people who train them. Learn about the habitats and lifestyles of dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and other sea creatures.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Tonight we will have some fun with games and outdoor activities, including swimming, at nearby Stanley Park.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Museum of Anthropology/BBQ Lunch/Paddling the Burrard Inlet
(Tuesday, July 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk along the seawall.
 Morning: Explore the Museum of Anthropology and gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Discover one of the world's outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls and feast dishes are displayed in the Great Hall, while smaller (but equally magnificent) pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, ceramic and other materials are exhibited in the galleries. Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.
 Lunch: Enjoy a traditional salmon BBQ shore lunch.
 Afternoon: Leave the city behind to explore Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm, an 18 kilometre fjord that extends north from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. The park area was once heavily glaciated, leaving behind a spectacular landscape featuring rugged, forested mountains, several alpine lakes, and numerous creeks and waterfalls, including the 50-metre high Granite Falls. We'll travel the protected waters of Indian Arm in traditional canoes while our Coast Salish guides share traditional songs, stories and identify ancient village sites along the way.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own.
 Evening: Enjoy some free time to relax or explore more of Vancouver. Walk along the seawall to Stanley Park, take the grandkids swimming, ascend Grouse Mountain on the gondola or see Vancouver from atop the lookout.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Whale and Marine Safari/Granville Island
(Wednesday, July 23)

Note: We will be taking a brief (5 minute) ferry ride from English Bay to Granville Island. During your time on Granville Island, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Today we set sail from historic Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, to explore the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. We'll travel down False Creek and into English Bay, where the views of Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and Stanley Park are unparalleled. From English Bay, we pass the Fraser River estuary into the Strait of Georgia. From here we explore the Gulf islands in search of the resident Orca Whale pods and other wildlife along the way.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.
 Afternoon: Granville Island is known for its eclectic mix of artisanal food shops and studios. Discover this urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios and children's activities. Take some time to independently explore Granville Island and the Market. Visit the Kids Market with all kinds of fun activities - make a craft, or shop in the many toy and child themed shops; visit the pond and play on the boat and watch the ducks and geese; or cool off at the largest free water park in North America. Street Performers add to the Island's festive atmosphere; clowns and jugglers, musicians and magicians, balloon artists and face painters, flame throwers and fire eaters, comedians and thespians.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Tonight we will have some fun with games and outdoor activities, including swimming, at nearby Stanley Park.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Street Eats Food Adventure/Free Afternoon/Farewell Dinner
(Thursday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk.
 Morning: Partake in Canada Top Chef's favorite Street Eats Adventure - sample fresh seafood plucked from nearby waters, sweet, juicy Berkshire pork, and fiery chocolate cookies - just some of the things you will enjoy on the World's Best Street Eats Tour. Find out how Vancouver street eats has evolved into one of the nation’s gourmet street food destinations. Savour internationally and classically Canadian, locally inspired food including the Burger Bus' Bison burger, the best Japanese style hot dog ever, hot smoked wild salmon, pupusa and yuca fritas, fried rice balls to die for and fiery chocolate Diablo cookies that will have you drooling.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Take some free time to explore independently. Options include museums and galleries (Vancouver Museum, Maritime Museum, Telus World of Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery); gardens (Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park); or outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner and special wrap-up activities.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Sands by the Sea
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Independent Departures
(Friday, July 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Participants depart in the morning at their leisure. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vancouver, BC Grouse Mountain
Take the Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. If you want a real challenge - or at least a serious workout - try the Grouse Grind. A 2.9-kilometre (3700 ft) trail straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain. When you do the Grind, it's recommended you wear hiking boots and carry water. For those in good shape the hike takes about an hour. An average time would be between one and a half to two hours. The world record for doing the Grind is under 27 minutes! It's free to hike up, but it's not wise (or advised) for you to hike back down so you'll need to pay for the gondola ride to the bottom ($10 - 15 CDN for gondola ride). The Grind is open from late Spring to early Fall, dependent on weather and trail conditions. For additional information, visit www.grousemountain.com
  Museum of Vancouver
Museum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibits tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late ‘70s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park, set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline, and mountains. For additional information, visit www.museumofvancouver.ca
  Vancouver Maritime Museum
Visitors enjoy the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s many permanent and changing exhibits, the famous RCMP schooner St Roch and Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. The Maritime Museum tells the stories of Canada's ties to the Pacific and the Arctic. As a centre for life-long learning, the Museum interprets our ongoing interaction with the sea through exhibitions and programs for people of all ages. Visitors will discover rich maritime history and traditions and there’s so much to see and do for landlubbers and old salts. Explore the many exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, lighthouses, early fur trade, fireboats, Vancouver warships, deep-ocean exploration, coastal and transpacific steamship lines, and so much more. For additional information, visit www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
  Vancouver Zodiac Adventures
Immerse yourself in the pristine scenery and coastal wildlife of British Columbia. On this 3-hour tour, your guide will take you deep into Howe Sound to explore the many islands and inlets. Once there, you will encounter seals and sea lions, visit seabird nesting sites and discover bald eagles. Also be on the lookout for porpoises! Returning to Coal Harbour you will be treated to breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The tours are guided by a certified naturalist/skipper and depart from the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver dock. For additional information, visit www.princeofwhales.com/vancouver-departures/vancouver-zodiac-adventure-tours/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


First Fish, First People, Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim


Author: Meg McHutchinson, Judith Roche, One Reel


Description: A collection of native voices from Pacific shores, all remembering the salmon. It's a lovely book, illustrated throughout with black-and-white photographs, and made more poignant by the salmon's decline in the coastal regions.



Insider's Guide Victoria & Vancouver Island


Author: Gerald Hill, Kathleen Hill


Description: A quirky, personal guide to Vancouver Island by two residents, with a focus on out of the way places, food and cultural attractions. Organized by neighborhood, the guide includes excellent listings of where to eat, stay and shop.



Lonely Planet Vancouver Encounter


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: With a section of not-to-missed highlights and a calendar of annual events, this lively pocket guide organized by neighborhood includes suggested side trips, along what to see and where to shop, eat, drink and play. With a double-sided pullout map.



National Audubon Society Field Guide to the Pacific Northwest


Author: Peter Alden


Description: A compact photographic guide to the wildflowers, trees, mosses, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Pacific Northwest.



National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America


Author: Jon Dunn


Description: From Alaska to Baja California, Nova Scotia and Florida, this guide is the veteran's choice for birding anywhere in the United States. Tabbed for easy access, the color range maps in this sixth edition are outstanding.



Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and Alaska


Author: Andy MacKinnon, Jim Pojar


Description: A terrific handbook to nearly 800 species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, ferns, mosses and lichens found along the Pacific coast from Oregon to Alaska.



The Island Within


Author: Richard Nelson


Description: A beautifully written tribute to the Pacific Northwest. Drawn from the author's journals, this is an account of the natural and cultural history of an island in the waters of Haida Strait, with emphasis on the relationship between people and the land.



The Raven Steals the Light


Author: Robert Bringhurst, Bill Reid (Illustrator), Claude Levi-Strauss (Introduction)


Description: A classic collection of 10 Haida myths and legends with accompanying black and white etchings by Vancouver artist Bill Reid. These stories capture the storytelling traditions of the Haida.



Vancouver Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A laminated, folded map of Vancouver, British Columbia at a scale of 1:15,000.





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