Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 13 Vancouver Aquarium (Red 5)

Stanley Park has many things to offer, but a family favourite has always been the Vancouver Aquarium. A non-profit that focuses on conservation and providing learning tools regarding aquatic life to the public, the Vancouver Aquarium has been in operation since 1956.

When you walk towards the Aquarium from the Trolley stop, you are greeted by caricature artists, balloon entertainers and Bill Reid’s famous Killer Whale Sculpture. Erected in front of the Aquarium in ’84, the statue represents the culture of the Northwest and the aquatic mammals both in the aquarium and in the neighboring Pacific Ocean. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 13 Vancouver Aquarium (Red 5)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 12 Rose Garden (Red 4)

Stanley Park is often the first place visitors to Vancouver venture to see, and it’s no wonder why. Offering over 1000 acres of green space surrounded by ocean, every turn has breathtaking sights. This afternoon I hopped off the Trolley at the Rose Garden and was greeted by many tourists exploring one of this Spring’s first truly beautiful days.

Just past the Garden itself featuring approximately 3500 plants on display (the best time to see the Garden in full bloom is early June) is the Stanley Park Pavilion. Celebrating their hundredth anniversary this year, the Stanley Park Pavilion is one of Vancouver’s most popular locations for weddings and other special events. It is also home to Stanley’s Bar & Grill, a restaurant featuring a 200 seat verandah.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 12 Rose Garden (Red 4)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 11 Westin Bayshore (Red 3)

Coal Harbour is a fantastic area to explore. When I hopped off the Trolley at the Westin Bayshore, the sun was shining over the ocean with views of Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains, while the surrounding cherry trees were displaying beautiful pink blossoms. There is a current public art display throughout downtown called Vancouver Biennale; the red statues that you see below make up the Meeting display and have been a fantastic photo op here since the fall of 2009. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 11 Westin Bayshore (Red 3)

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 9 Sutton Place

I luckily chose one of the sunny days to be a tourist this week and hopped off the Trolley at Stop #9, the Sutton Place, to explore what the bustling corner of Burrard and Robson had to offer.

As it happened to be just before noon, I happily stopped for lunch at the now infamous Japa Dog Hot Dog Stand, on the corner of Smithe and Burrard, in front of the Sutton Place Hotel. Japa Dog offers a wide range of selection from your normal hot dog to delicious bratwurst plus combinations, and has quite the local following. As there is often a line down the street for this stand, I expected to be waiting quite some time but must have just missed the lunch crowd. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 9 Sutton Place

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 8 Wall Centre

It’s been a beautiful start to Spring here in vancouver and I was excited to be a tourist in the heart of downtown today. I hopped off the Trolley at stop #8, the Wall Centre, and crossed the street to what I think of as Vancouver’s one-stop-shop hotel. The Century Plaza is home to an award-winning spa, a popular comedy club and a versatile restaurant. Beyond simply being home to these facilities, each of them goes a step above to bring a quality product to visitors and guests. Continue reading:
Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 8 Wall Centre

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 7 Cascadia Hotel

Today I hopped off the Trolley at the Cascadia Hotel and walked across the street to a little restaurant on Davie that I’d never noticed before – Miura Waffle Milk Bar.  I’d never had a waffle sandwich (or sando as they’re called at Miura’s) and figured it was time I understood what all the fuss was about. I sat down with my Garlic Chicken Sando and was blown away – the waffle was so good that I even went back for dessert, a Cookies n Cream Sando. If you’re a waffle connoisseur of any sort (or just looking for a sandwich that’s not your typical BLT on multigrain), this is a must visit while in Vancouver.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 7 Cascadia Hotel

Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 6 Quality Inn

On a drizzly Sunday afternoon I hopped off the Trolley at Stop #6, the Quality Inn. I started my venture at the Yale Hotel, a local favorite for nightly jazz and blues with a strong Vancouver history. The Yale was originally a CPR bunkhouse back in the 1880s and continued throughout the decades as a popular community meeting place. Today it not only houses live music nightly (please note this establishment is 19+), billiards tables and multiple TVs for sports, but is home to a recording studio as well.

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Vancouver by Trolley – Stop 6 Quality Inn