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Vancouver to Tofino and the Pacific Rim Whale Festival

Program Number: 21275RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/15/2015 - 3/21/2015;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,525.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: National Parks; Natural History
Meals: 15; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Low Fat; Low Salt    

The coming of spring to Vancouver Island means the arrival of abundant gray whales and the annual Pacific Rim Whale Festival. Enjoy entertaining lectures and field trips led by visiting and local naturalists, marine biologists and cetologists, as well as a celebration of coastal traditions welcoming the gray whales. Witness the migration of these great ocean giants as you find beauty in the marine mammals, rugged coastline, crashing surf and coastal rainforests of this ecologically rich region.




Highlights

• Study gray whale behavior from shore and vessel during their annual northern migration from the waters around Baja California to the seas of the Arctic.
• Walk the Wild Pacific Trail and learn about the diverse flora and fauna where the rainforest meets the sea.
• Learn how the northern Pacific Ocean influences coastal ecology and the human inhabitants of this region.



Activity Particulars

Walk two miles per day with frequent stops on well-maintained forest and coastal trails and beaches; some rocks and roots, slippery and uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

3-15-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Vancouver, 1 night; ferry/coach to Tofino, 3 nights; coach/ferry to Vancouver, 1 night; departure.




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
Vancouver: Hotel near airport. Tofino: Comfortable, centrally located motel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Kathy Campbell

Kathy Campbell earned a bachelor’s in fisheries and aquatic science at the University of Victoria. A professional biologist and environmental educator for more than 20 years, she is currently research and development manager for Innovative Aquaculture, a shellfish hatchery and production facility on Lasqueti Island. Kathy has also worked as a park naturalist, wilderness and grizzly bear guide, and environmental coordinator.
 
Kim Johnston

Kim Johnston is education coordinator for the Raincoast Education Society in Tofino, British Columbia. In between several posts at Raincoast Education Society working with youth, Kim earned a master’s in environmental education and communication from Royal Roads University. Currently, her passion is creating RES youth programs focused on the natural and cultural history of the area, as well as sustainable living. During free time, Kim can be found hiking, surfing, teaching yoga and reading.
 
Barb Beasley

Barb Beasley is a coastal ecologist with a strong background in animal behavior and marine and rainforest ecology. Her current research projects include work in the areas of human and wildlife interactions, species at risk, and coastal amphibian populations. She is an experienced teacher and course designer, primarily for senior university students at the famous Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre on Vancouver Island's west coast. A prime directive for Barb is that her students have a lot of fun learning about the natural world. She is an avid scuba diver, sea kayaker and hiker and lives in the west-coast town of Ucluelet, on Vancouver Island. Barb also volunteers for many nature non-profits, and is a director for the Raincoast Education Society and a monitor of waterfowl, shorebirds and seabirds for Bird Studies Canada.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Best Western Abercorn
  Vancouver, BC 1 night
   Marina West Hotel
  Tofino, BC 4 nights
   Best Western Abercorn
  Vancouver, BC 1 night
 Best Western Abercorn
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 12:00 PM

 Marina West Hotel
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 allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Independent arrrivals to the hotel in Vancouver. Introductions at 4:30; dinner at 6:30 at the hotel. You will be staying at Best Western Abercorn that night.
  End of Program:
Independent departures from Vancouver, BC after breakfast. You will be staying at Best Western Abercorn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Passport requirement for land and sea is subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
  From End of Program
  Location: Vancouver, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Best Western Airport Shuttle
phone: 604-270-7576
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

The Best Western Abercorn Inn offers complimentary airport shuttle service.

 

Vancouver

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Best Western Airport Shuttle
phone: 604-270-7576
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

No charge
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

The Best Western Abercorn Inn offers complimentary airport shuttle service.

 
Driving Directions
  Downtown Vancouver From Downtown Vancouver/North Vancouver to our Vancouver airport hotel Follow signs to Highway # 99 south along Granville Street. Follow Granville Street to West 41 st Avenue, turn left at West 41 st Avenue and right onto Oak Street. Follow Oak Street over the bridge and stay in right lane take first exit off the bridge (Airport Exit) and stay in right hand lane. Turn right at the Husky (Gas Station) and right again onto Bridgeport Road. The Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn is located just one block along on your right hand side, across from Costco.
  Hope (Hwy #1 West) From Hope (Hwy #1 West) to our Vancouver airport hotel Exit off onto highway # 10 west. Follow highway # 10 through Langley and Cloverdale to Highway # 99 North. Follow highway # 99 north until you reach exit (Bridgeport Road/ Airport). Take this exit and turn left at the lights. Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn is located on Bridgeport road, just 2 blocks along on your left hand side, across from Costco.
  Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (ferry from Victoria) From Tsawwassen (ferry from Victoria disembarks in Tsawwassen) to our Vancouver airport hotel Follow Highway # 17 from the Ferry Terminal, exit off onto Highway # 99 north. Follow highway # 99 north until you reach exit (Bridgeport Road/ Airport). Take this exit and turn left at the lights. Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn is located on Bridgeport road, just 2 blocks along on your left hand side, across from Costco.
  US Border (Hwy #99 North) From the US Border (Hwy #99 North)to our Vancouver airport hotel Our Vancouver airport hotel is located approximately 30 minutes north of the border. Follow highway # 99 north until you reach exit (Bridgeport Road/ Airport). Take this exit and turn left at the lights. Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn is located on Bridgeport road, just 2 blocks along on your left hand side, across from Costco.
  Vancouver Airport From Vancouver Airport (YVR)to our Vancouver airport hotel To drive follow signs out of the Airport parking lot, which will direct you to Highway # 99 south. Once you have crossed the swing bridge over the river you will be on Sea Island Highway. Turn left at the 1st light (# 3 Road) (stay alert) and a quick right turn onto Bridgeport Road. Our Vancouver airport hotel is located just a few blocks along on right hand side.
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.
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: Independent arrivals and Orientation
(Sunday, March 15)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Abercorn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Ferry to Vancouver Island/Highlights of Victoria/Tofino
(Monday, March 16)

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: 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.
 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.
 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.
   
Accommodations: Marina West Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Living on the Edge: Where the Rainforest Meets the Sea/Wild Pacific Trail/ Ucluelet Aquarium
(Tuesday, March 17)

Note: Terrace Beach Walk approximately 2 hours with stops to discuss the diverse flora and fauna. Coastal trail is well maintained; some rocks, roots. Visitors to the Ucluelet Aquarium can expect an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that the well being of our display specimens is a primary concern.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at the hotel.
 Morning: 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.
 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: Visitors to the Ucluelet Aquarium can expect an up close and personal encounter with a diversity of local marine life. We provide a stimulating "hands on" learning environment for children of all ages. Visitors can take comfort in knowing that the well being of our display specimens is a primary concern. We hope you will agree by the end of your visit that our aquarium is unlike any other you've visited. For one thing, all of our display specimens were gathered in local waters right outside the aquarium's doorstep. With so many beautiful and interesting creatures to learn about locally, there is simply no need to import species from other regions. Another point of difference is that the creatures you'll see on display are released back into the wild. Not only does this practice minimize our impact on the environment, it keeps our displays new and interesting. Release days are locally publicized events in which we attempt to involve the entire community. Our aquarium is literally part of the local marine ecosystem. Water from Ucluelet harbour flows directly through our tanks, allowing many animals to find their own way in and out of the displays. Think of these tanks as a system of transparent tide pools connected to the harbour ecosystem. At the Ucluelet Aquarium we don't expect the displays to communicate for themselves. Knowledgeable staff members are always available to discuss ideas about marine biology, human's relationship to the ocean, or whatever comes to mind as you ponder the displays. Our staff may even invite you to participate in some of the more interesting aspects of caring for our collection such as feeding a creature or releasing a creature back into the ocean.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own in Tofino.
 Evening: Free evening to relax.,
   
Accommodations: Marina West Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Whale Watching Cruise/Exploration Time and Festival Events/Kat Campbell Presentation
(Wednesday, March 18)

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. The afternoon will be spent exploring the region or participating in some of the Whale Festival Events



   
 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! An onboard naturalist will identify wildlife, describe their activities and their history in the area.
 Lunch: Lunch in Tofino.
 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. Transportation 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
 Dinner: Dinner in Tofino.
 Evening: An evening presentation by Kat Campbell about her experiences with First Nations combined with Wine and Cheese ?
   
Accommodations: Marina West Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mudflat Walk/ Wickaninnish Interpretive Centre / First Nations Presentation/Long Beach
(Thursday, March 19)

Note: 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. This afternoon, we visit with Joe Martin, an Elder and Councillor of the local Tla-o-qui-aht Nation. Joe will answer questions you have about local First Nations traditions as well as current issues challenging them.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast 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. his is it - the longest sand beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Surfers, kayakers, swimmers, sand castle builders, frisbee throwers, walkers, talkers and thinkers come to be inspired by the sights and sounds of this beautiful beach. Bring lots for lunch and stay for dinner over a beach fire. Watch the sun set deep into the ocean and feel that direct line from you out to the universe.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 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. We will be joined by an Elder and Councillor of the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation who will share stories about local first nations traditions and current issues. This is it - Long Beach, the longest sand beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Surfers, kayakers, swimmers, sand castle builders, frisbee throwers, walkers, talkers and thinkers come to be inspired by the sights and sounds of this beautiful beach. Watch the sun set deep into the ocean and feel that direct line from you out to the universe.
 Dinner: Dinner 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.
   
Accommodations: Marina West Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Depart Tofino/Cathedral Grove Old Growth Forest/Coombs Country Market/Ferry to Vancouver
(Friday, March 20)
   
 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.
   
Accommodations: Best Western Abercorn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Independent Departures
(Saturday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Independent departures from Vancouver hotel. Bon Voyage!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vancouver, BC Capilano Suspension Bridge
Voices 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 Garden
Step 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 Island
Early 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 Cruise
Vancouver'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 Museum
The 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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