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PAINTING VANCOUVER, CA

This beautiful city is nicknamed Hollywood North because it is one of the largest film production centers in North America. Sitting between the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser River, the waterways of this amazing city are filled with cruise liners and sailboats of all kinds. Wildlife intermingle with skiers in the foreground while the twinkling city skyline dances in the horizon.

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Gastown


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Miku Sushi


mikurestaurant.com
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Kayak Tours


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Horseshoe Bay


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Grouse Mountain


www.grousemountain.com
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Harbour Air


www.harbourair.com
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Vancouver Curling Club


www.vancouvercurlingclub.com
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Vancouver Lookout

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To get a better view you would need an airplane. The Lookout has an observation deck and a wonderful rotating restaurant. Great way to see the city.

www.vancouverlookout.com
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Try the Sushi and Pierogi

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Vancouver has more sushi restaurants than anywhere else in North America and the varieties are incredible. Pierogi are also poplular Slavic dumplings and available at many foodcarts and eateries. No link here. Just walk down the street and take your pick.

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Visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

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Breathtaking, rain or shine… Step into our door and out of your daily life as your heart and mind relax and energy renews. Journey back in time to 15th Century China and enjoy this “window to another world”.

vancouverchinesegarden.com
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Spend some time in Gastown

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This is the heart and genesis of todays Vancouver. Named for visionary and verbose bartender John “Gassy Jack” Dayton whose statue still graces the area.

www.viator.com
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Vancouver Harbour Tour

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Take a tour of Vancouver Harbour either by seaplane through Harbor Air or through numerous ships available for tours or charter. www.boatcruises.com

www.harbourair.com
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Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Hike across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It is one of the most popular attractions in Vacouver, British Columbia because there is so much to see and do.

www.capbridge.com
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Tour Granville Island

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Granville Market

granvilleisland.com
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Vancouver Aquarium

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Vancouver Aquarium you may have seen other aquariums but the world-class Vancouver Aquarium is one that will still impress and inspire. It needs to be on any itinerary for Vancouver.

www.vanaqua.org
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Stanley Park

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Spend a day at Stanley Park – Totem Poles at Brockton Point

vancouver.ca
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Ride the Grouse Mountain Tram

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Located just outside of Vancouver and with the most breathtaking view of the Vancouver City this is an incredible experience. At the summit you can even purchase one of Eric’s favorite treats, a Beavertail.

grousemountain.com
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FUN TRIVIA

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Capilano Bridge


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Stanley Park


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Lighthouse Park


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Beavertails


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Gassy Jack


HISTORY IN A NUT SHELL

Vancouver, CA



We are all familiar with the analogy of a force, say like a small snowball, which starts slowly down slope and gains mass and velocity as it careens forward until it becomes an incredible force? That is Vancouver British Columbia though the snow ball is a bad example because they really don’t get much snow. The Squamish people of the area lived a relatively isolated existence until the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778. The residents of Nuka Sound mistook the crew of the ship as some sort of mutant salmon, that would kill your appetite for fish. With the competition to find and control the Northwest Passage, Spain and England wrestled over control of the area for decades.

We are all familiar with the analogy of a force, say like a small snowball, which starts slowly down slope and gains mass and velocity as it careens forward until it becomes an incredible force? That is Vancouver British Columbia though the snow ball is a bad example because they really don’t get much snow. The Squamish people of the area lived a relatively isolated existence until the arrival of Captain James Cook in 1778. The residents of Nuka Sound mistook the crew of the ship as some sort of mutant salmon, that would kill your appetite for fish. With the competition to find and control the Northwest Passage, Spain and England wrestled over control of the area for decades.

In 1791 Captain George Vancouver sailed in to find that the Spanish had laid claim on the area. After meeting the Spanish Captain in charge, exchanging maps, and information, Captain Vancouver sailed away not really impressed by the area. It wasn’t until the 1800’s that England sent in intrepid trappers and settlers like Simon Frasier to set up trading posts for the booming fur trade. They set up in an area known at the time as Granville. During this period a verbose entrepreneur by the name of Jack Dayton opened a saloon near the Burrard Inlet to capitalize off the hard living workers in the area. Because of his tendency to spread a yarn or two he became known as “Gassy Jack” and the area known as Gas Town. Some consider him to be the founding father of Vancouver because of his vision of what it could be. In 1865 the first telegraph line was completed into the city with first telegram to cross the wires reporting the assassination of American President Abraham Lincoln. When the Cross Canadian railroad established its terminus in Vancouver the trade pendulum swung away from Victoria to Vancouver and they never looked back. The area surged from around 400 people to 13,000 in 4 years. In 1886 the settlements and cities in the area incorporated into the city of Vancouver and two months later, in June, the city had its great fire – I mean all the cool cities were doing it, right? Almost the entire downtown burned in 20 minutes but it was a newer city so, no big deal, they rebuilt. At this time they set apart a large area that would become Stanley Park – the treasure of the city. Through much of the 20th century the city continued to grow with fortunes rising and falling based on world events. After World War II an immigration influx began which continues to this day. Vancouver celebrated its centennial in 1986 with a World’s Fair Expo which lasted 6 months. In 2010 the city was host to a very successful Winter Olympic Games. Vancouver is ranked among the cleanest and most livable cities in the world with a metro population of over 2.3 million. Heading into its second century it has a head of steam to last it well into the future.