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04-26-2012, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by dtones520 View Post
Hey, since it is officially the offseason for my team and yours, I figured it was a good time for me to post this here now.

My fiancÚ and I are getting married on October 6th and are planning on going to Vancouver for our Honeymoon. Looking for suggestions on where to stay, what to do, where to eat, etc. we are by no means rich, but are comfortable financially, so nothing too extravagant. Hopefully, there will be a Canucks home game going on that week, I'd love to be able to go to one (if the Wings were in town, I'd go nuts). Plus the Nucks are my second favorite team.

Funny story, my fiancÚ and I got engaged before the game where the Red Wings started their home winning streak and, as you all know, that streak ended against Vancouver. Pretty ironic, right?

Anyways, any suggestions are appreciated. Cheers!
Canucks tickets are quite pricey, among the most expensive in the league, IIRC. I know how expensive weddings can be, so set aside a good few hundred dollars if you plan to see the Canucks here, fyi.

Wetcoaster is the guy to ask about restaurants and touristy stuff. He's wined and dined his way from one end of town to the other. Just drop him a pm or wait until he sees this thread. He'll send you a wall of text on the subject.

A few points though: Gastown is nice and touristy; the surrounding area is NOT. The downtown eastside is the ass of the city. I understand Detroit can be a pretty rough town (don't know, never been there, just saying) and maybe it'd be nothing to you, but I can't see anyone wanting to hang around meth/crackheads, bums, disgusting hookers and the like on their honeymoon so stick to Water street and resist temptation to roam around down there after dark. Vancouver doesn't really have any "Fear for your life" dangerous ghettos like a lot of US cities and we don't have all the guns floating around, but take care of your valuables and be very careful where you park your car. Vancouver is very safe in terms of violent crime, but it's top 5 in North America for property crime.

If you're around for any length of time, something to consider might also be a day trip to one of the gulf islands. I spent my honeymoon on Galiano Island. Beautiful spot.

Also, if you're not renting a car and will be riding the buses and skytrain to get around, here's a few helpful hints to ensure you blend in as a local:
  1. Display no familiarity with the destination or fares. Under no circumstances should you look up a route on translink's website. Stare vacantly at transit maps, especially when other people are behind you.
  2. Everyone want to hear your conversation all the time. Especially if you're on a cellphone. It's loud on the bus; raise your voice! Don't be shy, we all want to know the status of Aunt Lily's hysterectomy!
  3. Remember, that seat isn't good enough for you. Or anyone else. Upon encountering an empty seat, you must stand in front of it instead of sitting down. Everyone in Vancouver has a desk job that involves no actual physical work, so we all like to stand as much as possible. Your mission is to guard that seat if it's empty, so on no account should you move out of the way and let anyone else sit in it unless you see missing limbs.
  4. The back of the bus is a scary, scary place. No matter how many people are trying to cram on in the front, you must walk to the back door, cast a terrified look at the back, then stand in front of the door so nobody can get past you to the empty seats at the back. Those aren't people sitting back there; they're scary monsters who will eat you the second your body climbs up the two steps to the back. It is your sacred duty to protect your fellow bus riders from their horror; ignore any attempts people might make to brush past you to get to the back. Remember, you're doing them a favour.
  5. The above works especially well with a backpack. On no account should you remove a backpack and put it on the ground. You are exposing people to horrible things if you do. We want to know what your backpack feels like being the outdoorsy folks we are, so keep it on and turn around abruptly as much as possible.
  6. We also want to know what your taste in music is. Crank any iPods up to full volume. If you walk onto a bus or skytrain and hear anyone else's iPod, this means a challenge has been issued. Both of you must turn your music up as high as it will go, and the winner gets the most frowns and exasperated looks.
  7. Read the paper. Preferably the Sun. It's the full-sized daily, so there's no way to read it without assaulting the person next to you. We all love that.
  8. If you ignore my advice and decide to go through the downtown eastside, you'll not only need to look like a local but smell like one too. Mix equal parts goat urine, hydroponic marijuana, and the cheapest rum you can find and roll around in it for a few minutes before boarding.
  9. Vancouver transit functions on Solipism; the philosophical view that your consciousness is the only thing that truly exists and everything else is a product of your imagination. When a skytrain door opens, do not wait for anyone to get off the train before attempting to enter the car yourself. Those people trying to get off the train around you don't really exist. If you're an Asian woman under 5'5" and over 50, you have the civic right to shove onto any train that comes along with your elbows out like you're in the mosh pit at a Ministry concert. It's in the bylaws or something.
  10. Remember, the door it where it's at. It's the best place to stand no matter what. Not the middle of the aisle where people can get by you.
  11. At many skytrain stations, you'll see people waving copies of the Metro and 24 at you. It's Vancouver's official free toilet paper. Don't mind the ink, no one else does.

Yeah, that's about it. A quick google search will reveal Vancouver's many tourist attractions and activities. Granville Island is worth the trip over the bridge from downtown, and during October most of the tourist hordes have packed up and gone home. Hope you enjoy your stay.

*edit* Oh, and stay the hell away from the Patricia. That was a really bad joke.

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