Hotel is OK. September is less crowded and gets dark and cooler earlier, but generally quite pleasant.
September is arguably less busy as school is back in on Labour Day but more adults choose to visit for just that reason. Weather is never predictable around here. Have a look, but note that the precip is measured in cm, not mm, on this chart.
The Y will not let you down. Great location.
thanks everyone!...can you take the sky-train directly from the airport to the YWCA?...we are trying not to rent a car.
No skytrain directly from the airport to hotel. The City Centre station is about 5 minute walk from hotel. You can change trains and you would walk 1 minute but it's a bit complicated, first option is easier.
Here's one way that works well. Zoom the map to see details:
If it is raining, you might go right to Waterfront Station, walk through the tunnel and up into the old CPR Station, walk across towards Starbucks and through the swinging glass doors, then to the left, go down the escalator to the skytrain lines. Take either one to Stadium Station and walk 1-2 blocks to the Y.
I would choose the first option (walk 5 blocks) as well.
Vancouver is easy to get around without a car.Edited: 29 May 2011, 20:33
Well, a possibility would be a ferry trip to Bowen Island instead of Vancouver Island if your schedule is getting tight. The ferry leaves from Horsehoe Bay (you'd have to look at the ferry times). The little town is only a few blocks but it's nice drive around the island and fun to be on the water and you can go there and return the same day (from Vancouver). You just want to not miss the last ferry and get there in lots of time for the ferry line-up. There are no hotels there; nice to stop for lunch.
Here is a file copy I keep of a two day itinerary that might appeal to you. You would have to sort and arrange it your way. Please note that to the left sidebar, you will find Things to Do: including an Attractions tab and a Tours tab. You might have a look at The Tour Guys for an interesting activity in Vancouver.
On your half day, you might want to do something light. I would suggest you consider taking a taxi from your hotel (max $10) to the foot of Thurlow at False Creek and take the harbour ferry across to Granville Island. You could also take the #50 False Creek bus southbound anywhere on Granville from Pender south. For the tourist season, GI stays open until 7 pm. There is a lot to see there besides the market. Here is a link to the now permanently closed Model Train museum map that highlights the buildings by hovering your mouse. There is an art gallery in the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The Maritime Market area is interesting with some boats possibly up out of the water being worked on. And the Net Loft has a variety of shops.
On your full day, you could head out for Stanley Park and English Bay. Here is a look at selected sections of the seawall from Coal Harbour right round Stanley Park to English Bay. At 3:37 you will see one of the harbour ferries that takes people from the foot of Thurlow over to Granville Island.
If you spend any time in Stanley Park, as well as cycling or walking around it, you will have spent a good half day, perhaps even more than a half day. You might be interested in walking around Lost Lagoon. You can also cut straight through and end up at Second Beach next to English Bay. You might be interested in the area around the Aquarium with its Rose Garden, the Pavilion area, Artists’ Walk, Aquarium, Miniature Railroad, Lumberman’s Arch. As well, around the seawall, you will want to notice our 9:00 gun, Brockton Point (totem poles, perhaps a cricket game going on at Brockton Oval) and Prospect Point (cafeteria and outlook over the First Narrows and the Lions Gate Bridge.) And last, but definitely not least, are all the trails that criss cross through the woods. Here is a link to a map of Stanley Park. Just “Download Stanley Park Map.”
So now you’ve covered Granville Island and Stanley Park, perhaps it’s time to visit the natural beauty of North Vancouver. Lynn Canyon, Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge. Lonsdale Quay is a market with food and retail outlets.
From Waterfront Station, take the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay. Transfer with the same ticket to #229 Phibbs Exchange via Westlynn which will take you right to the park entrance. Park trails are available from the map on the following link.
When ready to return to Vancouver, you would take the #229 Lonsdale Quay bus from the entrance of LCP.
In the Top Questions (at the top right of the Vancouver Forum) you will find a lot of information for popular questions about Vancouver, including the public transit information for the above attractions.
Lonsdale Quay is worth a brief look see, if only for getting something to eat. The best soup at Soup Meister in the far corner (just near the elevator) opposite to most of the food outlets.
I would also like you to know about Shipyard Sal. Between May - September, from Wednesday – Sunday, at either 1:30 or 3:00, Shipyard Sal gives 45 minute tours of the former Burrard Dry Docks area that details the North Vancouver shipyards’ wartime efforts. The tour starts from the old Pacific Great Eastern RR station at the foot of Lonsdale, right next to Lonsdale Quay market. Rivet catcher, hair bandana-ed, overalls and all.
Other random thoughts for using spare time:
Vancouver Maritime Museum near Granville Island.
Queen Elizabeth Park on Cambie @ 33rd Ave. 1) take the Canada Line to King Edward Station and walk 10 minutes to the quarry gardens, or transfer to the #15 Cambie bus at KES for the final 8 blocks – 25 min. or 2) take the #15 Cambie bus from eastbound Pender @ Seymour to 33rd – 18 min.
www.translink.ca for their Trip Planner.