Vancouver by bus

I didn’t think the border guards were going to let the van in. So I went to see Vancouver again, by BoltBus this time. Leaving from Seattle Chinatown, to Pacific Bus/Train Terminal in Vancouver.

Got an Alcatel U50 for 79CAD, plus 25CAD at a Telus store in Metropolis Mall in Metrotown for prepaid activation of separate minimum voice plan and minimum data plan, and got to pay by credit or cash if you like. The activation on the box, sold by BestBuy, says to goto website to activate. You cannot activate with cash thru this method, and the credit card needs to be domestic bc it insists on Canadian address. But you can use something called a prepaid slip, which you pay at Telus and they give you a code that represents a credit in their system. But if you’re going to Telus to get that credit code, you might as well get it activate by their representative.

You know what. If DisneyWorld had a GPS for it’s ride locations, I think that would be very cool. But in new cities, the old domestic cell phone doesn’t always work. So getting the prepaid smartphone in Canada with GPS really made navigating and searching for next place to visit or hangout, much more easier. And cities with tourism really should have an app for that. It just cost a little over 100CAD, and I wasn’t going to get lost anymore.

I enjoyed the Metropolis mall so much, I never really ventured away from it. Lots of people watching. Big bright clean and fresh-feeling food court. Coffee is making a big comeback in Vancouver. Good public transportation with a refillable RFID type card system, where you have to pay for the card up front. Or you can buy flimsier single rides tickets of 3CAD for one way bus, or 4CAD one way train.

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Pacific Coast, Day 1-2, Vancouver

Landed in vancouver.  Took subway into city.

Yaletown, wrapping normally from top-left.  The trendy neighborhood.

  1. Yaletown shops and restaurants
  2. Canada plates
  3. Different block of Yaletown neighborhood
  4. Another angle a block in Yaletown
  5. Vancouver airport customs
  6. Public restrooms
  1. Sushi in Yaletown
  2. Chinese Food in Yaletown

Bulldogs in Vancouver!

Granville, wrapping normally from upper-left

  1. Granville St
  2. The polar bears, we don’t judge, not that there’s anything wrong
  3. More shops on Granville, Starbucks further down
  4. Rubbernecking in Canada, some things are the same, everywhere
  5. Waterfront station
  6. Japadogs, asian flavored hotdogs

Waterfront / Sea Terminal, wrapping normally from upper-left.

  1. Waterfront station
  2. Trolley down Cordova St?
  3. Cruiseship parked on waterfront
  4. Disembarking cruise travellers
  1. Shanghainese restaurant for chinese dumplings
  2. Near Waterfront station
  3. How I discovered the chinese dumpling place
  4. Yes, I tried a japadog.  It’s ok.

Capilano, wrapping normally from upper-left

  1. Capilano park over a valley, with suspension walking bridges (they sway) spanning them, and across the trees in the forest.
  2. Bridge suspended between trees.  Where was this when I was a kid, and still wanted a treehouse?
  3. Different angle of bridge suspended by bridge
  4. I think I’ve seen this guy before.
  5. Different kinds of lumber

Gastown.  A couple of nice restaurants.  And I think a underground tour  starts here.

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Chinatown, Rogers Arena Stadium, World of Science, wrapping normally from upper-right

  1. Chinatown gate
  2. Edge of chinatown
  3. Stadium w retractable roof (BC Place?)
  4. Sharpei
  5. World of Science
  6. Edge of Rogers arena where some kids are skateboarding

Stanley Park, wrapping normally from upper-left

  1. Map of Stanley park
  2. Beach on the park
  3. Stone sculpture
  4. Concession stands in park
  5. Warnings about the scourge in our parks!  The seagulls!
  6. Another map of park

Robson and Denham

  1. Robson St has a string of restaurants from Denham to Granville
  2. Hahaha

Train Terminal to Seattle, wrapping normally from upper-left

  1. Leaving from waterfront station
  2. Leftover dumplings
  3. Subway outside VIA train station
  4. Pacific Central station