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Vancouver/Banff 2014

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1669 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9, Canada
The market community at the Public Market really makes Granville Island a must-visit in Vancouver. The vibrant colors of the fruits and vegetables that aren't on the East Coast really stand out, especially on farmers market days. The market goes...
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162 Water St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1B2, Canada
They serve comfort dishes here, but the simplicity is deceptive. The burger, for instance, is made from bacon, brisket, and chuck. Cocktails are an experience: Order absinthe and they will bring out the proper bohemian barware so you can party...
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325 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2N4, Canada
If you’re a coffee nerd, Revolver is the place to go for personal-size, pour-over coffees brewed from their unique lines of beans. Hang out for a while and you’ll run into everyone who lives at this end of Gastown. (604) 558-4444. As told to...
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315 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6A 0A7, Canada
The owners at this breakfast and lunch spot make almost everything from scratch and by hand, from grinding chickpeas for their hummus to making almond milk for the granola. They even offer vegan butter. (604) 681-5776. As told to Rhonda May. This...
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370 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7, Canada
Like the name says: just braised or slow-roasted meats, served on ciabatta buns. They are known for their hand-carved porchetta, but I order the daily special—that is, if I can get there before 2 p.m. The restaurant is first come, first served, so...
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801 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7, Canada
Originally opened in 1927, Vancouver's Hotel Georgia was the celebrity haunt of everyone from Elvis and the Rat Pack to Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn. The hotel closed in 2006 for a multimillion-dollar restoration project, and reopened as the...
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Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada
Vancouver’s most famous urban space, the thousand-acre Stanley Park, epitomizes everything that locals here love about the outdoors, and visitors have many ways to explore the expansive grounds. Hiking trails weave around totem poles and hemlock...
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From the bi-level dome car, Gold-Leaf Service passengers take in panoramic views of snowcapped mountains, Fraser Canyon, and the Thompson River as they make their way from Vancouver, B.C., to Banff, Alberta. The three-night excursion includes...
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530 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2B7, Canada
Japadog is one of those odd and wacky combinations of a hot dog with Japanese toppings, but it works! I had the Terimayo, a teriyaki-drenched dog topped with seaweed. Not substantial for the $5 price tag, but a good snack. The location on Robson...
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Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The Gastown neighborhood dates back to the Victorian era when “Gassy Jack” Deighton opened a saloon in a burgeoning sawmilling settlement. Now its grand heritage buildings—in Romanesque, Edwardian and Victorian Italianate styles—and brick-paved...
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333 Menchion Mews, Vancouver, BC V6G 3H2, Canada
Situated on the water near Marina Square in Vancouver with views of Stanley Park and the beautiful mountains is a great spot for seafood in all styles. You'll be entertained by the seaplanes taking off as well as the wonderful dishes passing...
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Gastown, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The permanent Olympic cauldron is the crowning snapshot to a picture-perfect day! I arrived back home from travels just in time for the Vancouver Winter Olympics. A good friend of mine and I went into the city for a fabulous day celebrating Canada...
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900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6, Canada
In Vancouver and Vancouver Island, British traditions are still going strong. High Tea at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is a treat while visiting the west coast city. Built in 1937, and not to be confused with its old rival the Second Hotel...
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578 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 5K2, Canada
Amid the bustle of Chinatown stands this lovely 15th-century-style garden, named for the father of modern China. Even though it was built in 1986, artisans from Suzhou constructed the entire property without nails, screws, or power tools. The...
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845 Avison Way, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E2, Canada
Presiding over Stanley Park, Canada’s largest aquarium houses more than 50,000 creatures, from penguins to sea otters to three-toed sloths. Don’t miss the star turns from the rescued Steller sea lions Izzy and Rogue, who swoop...
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This has got to be the funkiest sushi experience I ever had. It's bonkers. The entire place is decorated with papier mache-esque sharks, sea creatures, and multitudes of miscellaneous beings. It's completely eight-bit, neon, vintage, iconic '80s...
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1181 Melville St, Vancouver, BC V6E 0A3, Canada
Fresh local produce combined with classic cooking techniques gives this traditional French bistro a West Coast Canadian edge. Just a few blocks from Coal Harbor, the location can't be beat. For something light, fresh, and French, try the endive...
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791 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4, Canada
One of western Canada's most celebrated chefs, Ned Bell, oversees the kitchen at Yew Restaurant and Bar, located within the downtown Four Seasons Hotel connected to the Pacific Centre Mall. The dining room has the feeling of a forest—with high...
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1467 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E3, Canada
We had a delicious breakfast of liege waffles and coffee at Waffles & Berries, a small cafe in Coal Harbour. I love anywhere that serves authentic liege waffles, and this cafe makes them to perfection, right down to the big chunks of caramelized...
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100 Mountain Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1B2, Canada
This is another fun adventure that's not strenuous in Banff. Take a gondola up Mt. Sulphur. That building in the photo is where the gondola comes in. Then you can walk along a boardwalk up to the summit, from where you have panoramic views of the...
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Improvement District No. 9, AB T0L, Canada
Mountains are awesome, in every sense of the word. There’s no better way to experience the full glory of the Canadian Rockies than by taking an eight-minute ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Just a short drive from the center of...
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Lake Louise, AB, Canada
Lake Louise is one of the star attractions in Banff National Park. I actually had to set up my tripod in the water for this shot to get away from the many tourists visiting the lake. If you go, be one of the 1%...the ranger described the 1% as...
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Lake Louise, AB T0L, Canada
When you visit Banff. Take a good hike above Lake Louise until you reach Lake Agnes Tea House. Great Tea, Hot Chocolate and Scones! Keep Exploring...
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R. da Fortaleza, 8650-111 Luz, Portugal
On the edge of Costa Vicentina lies Burgau, a picturesque fisher village on the southwest coast of the Alagarve. A lot of brits have settled down here, making it their all-year-home. You can understand why when you’ve visited the place: Rough...