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                                              NOT EVEN INCESSANT RAIN, STORMS, SNOW AND CLOUD CAN DAMPEN
                                              A VISITOR’S SPIRIT ON A TRIP TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA – HOME
                                              OF THE 2010 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES, WRITES SARAH BLINCO.
    PHOTOGRAPHY: TOURISM VANCOUVER




                                                                                                                                                                                            Whistler Village




                      Grouse Mountain




                      I’VE WAITED 10 years to return to Vancouver, having         Aquarium and Stanley Park (which is 100 acres bigger            Horseshoe Bay and world-famous skiing playground
                      first visited this beautiful city in 2000.                  than New York’s Central Park).                                  Grouse Mountain.
                         First time around I was treated to sunshine, snow-          After a leisurely stroll through Gastown, the quaint,           Feeling adventurous, we decided to check out
                      capped mountains and outdoor adventure in a winter          original section of the city along the waterfront, we           Capilano Suspension Bridge, a footbridge that hangs
                      that was fashionably cold. Upon my arrival this time,       caught the Skytrain using our $9 day-transport pass             136m long and 70m high above the Capilano River.
                      snow blanketed every house, car and street that             (terrific value if you’re hopping on and off any bus,           Although slightly terrifying at first, the bridge walk is a
                      we passed on the Skytrain into Downtown from the            ferry or train) to Metrotown – British Columbia’s largest       lot of fun (www.capbridge.com).
                      airport. Unfortunately this dissipated into rain that was   shopping mall. We scoured this shopping mecca                      Then there’s Lighthouse Park, just a short ride from
                      to last our entire trip, but we quickly discovered that     from top to bottom, splurging on delicious winter               downtown to West Vancouver. Lighthouse Park boasts
                      Vancouver is a fun all-weather destination.                 goodies at popular stores like Banana Republic,                 thick, ancient wilderness, tall fir trees and spectacular
                         Based conveniently within the city centre at the         Zara, Gap, Guess, Old Navy and Coach. Shopping                  ocean views highlighted by an old lighthouse.
                      luxurious but relatively unknown and well-priced            in Vancouver is fantastic, offering quality brands                 We also ventured out of town and booked West
                      Terminal City Club Tower Hotel (www.tcclub.com), only       at low prices (noteworthy city shopping precincts               Coast Sightseeing’s Whistler and Shannon Falls tour.
                      a few minutes from Waterfront Transit Station, we were      aside from Metrotown include the Pacific Centre and             The scenic bus trip along the spectacular Sea to Sky
                      perfectly situated to                                                                      Robson Street in Downtown        Highway stops at romantic Horseshoe Bay, the mining
                      explore all of Vancouver’s                                                                 Vancouver).                      town of Britannia Beach, Shannon Falls National Park
                      highlights. Vancouver’s        “We scoured this shopping                                     Later, we boarded the          and the timber town of Squamish.
                      insightful Tourist
                      Information Centre
                                                     mecca from top to bottom,                                   Skytrain back to town.
                                                                                                                 Sailing over the city, you get
                                                                                                                                                     Snow-drenched Whistler Mountain (www.
                                                                                                                                                  whistlerblackcomb.com) eventually appears in the
                      (www.tourismvancouver.         splurging on delicious                                      a glimpse of “Vancouverite”      midst. Here you’ll find high fashion, snow and beach
                      com) is just around the                                                                    neighbourhoods, architecture     boutiques along with hotels, nightclubs, pubs,
                      corner from Terminal           winter goodies...”                                          of British Columbia,             restaurants, hotels and nearly 200 ski runs. Whistler
                      City, and showcases                                                                        surrounding mountains, the       is consistently winning accolades as one of North
                      hundreds of ideas on what to do in British Columbia         harbour and noteworthy sites along the line, including          America’s top resort destinations, and co-hosted the
                      (BC). We were promptly presented with a double-sided        the spectacular dome-shaped Science Centre, BC                  2010 Winter Olympic Games with Vancouver.
                      sheet featuring suggestions for rainy day activities,       Place and General Motors Stadium (home to the hugely               A trip to Vancouver not only sparks an enthusiasm
                      including a film and television locations tour (this        popular Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team).                     to venture across the rest of Canada, but a passion
                      area is known as “Hollywood North” being the third             A ferry departs Waterfront Station every 15 minutes          to return to BC to experience the many wonders this
                      largest film destination in North America outside of Los    for the north shore. The scenic ride stops at Lonsdale          beautiful region has to offer, regardless of taste, budget
                      Angeles and New York), and expeditions to the famous        Quay – gateway to West Vancouver, Lighthouse Park,              or weather.

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