Vancouver and the surrounding area offer a delightful mix of outdoor fun, cultural activities, historic sights and spectacular scenery. Join this resident-author as she reveals her favourite pastimes and shares her intimate knowledge of the region. Ride the 1940 Pacific Starlight diner train from Vancouver to Porteau Cove. Rent a kayak and paddle off Granville Island, or spend your energy shopping in quaint boutiques. For kids, or adults who are kids at heart, there's ScienceWorld, a kids-only market, street entertainers and a fantastic space museum. You'll find lots of entertainment during your visit to Canada's third-largest city. Town and regional tours are complemented with detailed maps showing every attraction. "Alive!" guides tell you what's hot and what's not, with plenty of suggestions for daytime activity and night time fun. Hundreds of restaurant and hotel profiles, in all price ranges, including the best places to stay and eat if you're looking for pampering, adventure, nights in the city or value. Beyond accommodations and eateries, "Alive!" guides focus on the things that make each destination unique - scenic fall drives in pretty Whistler and spectacular diving and water sports in the Cayman Islands.
Full details on local celebrations, along with contact numbers for help in trip planning. "Sunup to Sundown" sections describe daytime activities from sightseeing and shopping to swimming and beachcombing. "After Dark" sections give the lowdown on nightlife from mild to wild. An "A-Z" reference at the end provides a comprehensive list of useful contacts, including ATM and bank locations, doctors and medical facilities, tourism offices, religious services and websites.show more