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Staying in Touch

Kinko's (789 West Pender St.) offers Internet access. Websters Internet Cafe (340 Robson St., near the Vancouver Public Library) keeps long hours. London Drugs, at the major intersection of Granville and Georgia, has terminals. Yaletown coffee houses Blenz (338 Helmcken St.) and Seattle's Best (1137 Hamilton St.) are other options.

What to See and Do

Gastown is where Vancouver began. Today it's a welcoming precinct of cobblestone streets and shops. Next-door Chinatown remains a small slice of the Orient, particularly along lively Pender and Keefer streets, east of Main.

Thousand-acre Stanley Park maintains best-attraction status. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre, at the east end of the park, is world-class.

Across the Lions Gate Bridge in North Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge, with its new Treetops Adventure, introduces both a spectacular river canyon and the opportunity to view it all from the bower above.

At Granville Island, don't confine yourself to the public market. Amble through the Net Loft and on to Railspur Alley for more artisans and crafts. Continue as far as the Granville Island Hotel for a pint at the Dockside Pub and Brewery.

UBC's Museum of Anthropology (6393 N.W. Marine Dr.), with its collection of authentic totem poles from remote coastal settlements, should not be overlooked.

Getting Around

If you confine your travels to the downtown peninsula and False Creek, you won't need a car. If you want to ride around Stanley Park, tour companies that include the drive are Gray Line and Vancouver Trolley Company.

To go further afield you'll need to join a bus tour or rent a vehicle.

For the short leap from the downtown peninsula to Granville Island, hop a small passenger ferry (Aquabus) near the foot of Davie Street, or from the dock behind the Vancouver Aquatic Centre (False Creek Ferries). From Granville Island you can connect to Vanier Park and its museums to the west, or to Telus Science World to the east.

The commuter SeaBus carries passengers from Waterfront Centre, directly east of Canada Place, across Burrard Inlet to the Lonsdale Quay.

Where You're Docked

Ships dock at Canada Place or Ballantyne Pier. Canada Place, at the northern end of Burrard Street, is smack downtown. Ballantyne Pier is accessible by taxi, 10 minutes from the city center. Vancouver International Airport is 40 minutes by airport bus or taxi from downtown.

Where to Eat and Drink

For a glass of wine, a light meal, and great atmosphere, walk a block south on Davie Street to the food emporium Urban Fare.

Griffins, at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is ideal for casual dining. Milestone's Grill and Bar in Yaletown falls into the same category.

Elegant and expensive, but still relaxed, is the Cascades Lounge in the Pan Pacific Hotel at Canada Place.

For Asian cuisine, including dim sum, an accessible favorite is the Kirin Mandarin. For Western-Asian fusion, the Glowbal Grill and Satay Bar, 1079 Mainland St.). Another chic option is the Aria Restaurant in the Westin Grand Vancouver.

If you've been walking or cycling in Stanley Park, ideally located is Vancouver's home-grown White Spot, known for its burgers.

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