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Access and Resources

Getting There:
Air Canada (888-247-2262; ) and Alaska Air (800-252-7522; ) are two of the many international carriers that fly into Vancouver Airport. Taxi service to downtown Vancouver costs $30 to $35 or the Airporter ( ), a shuttle, costs $13.50 one way.

On trendy Robson Street, within walking distance to Stanley Park and many of the best restaurants in town, the Kimpton-owned Pacific Palisades Hotel ( offers spacious rooms that are geared to families. All suites come equipped with kitchenettes, pull-out sofas, and balconies with wonderful views of the city and sea. They also feature a large indoor pool and Jacuzzi, a perfect place to unwind after your day of sightseeing. Cost of suites start at $230 (Canadian) in September.

For families on a budget, the Sylvia Hotel ( is an excellent choice. Near Stanley Park and overlooking English Bay, many rooms come with a kitchen (including stoves and sinks) and a good-sized sitting area. Indeed, the rooms have the feel of being in a relative's apartment. Rates for family-sized rooms start at $165.

Be sure to make a reservation to sit on the outdoor patio of the Sandbar Seafood Restaurant ( A kid's menu with pizza is available if your children are afraid to down the oysters on the half shell. The nearby Granville Island Public Market ( is open year-round 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chinatown's Floata Restaurant ( is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., though things don't start hopping until at least 9 a.m. The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Gardens ( is located at the corner of Keefer and Carrall Street.

Rent bikes at Spokes (, at the corner of Denman and Georgia, on the outskirts of Stanley Park. A half-day rental for the four of us cost $84. The Sea Lion Trainer Tour at the Vancouver Aquarium ( costs $50 for one adult and one child, minimum age eight.

The Museum of Anthropology ( is located at the campus of the University of British Columbia, a 20-minute drive from downtown. Bus 4, 10, or 99 will get you to the campus and then it's a ten-minute walk. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for children.

The Capilano Suspension Bridge ( is located ten minutes from downtown, through Stanley Park and over Lions Gate Bridge. Ride the Seabus and then take Bus 236 to reach the bridge. Cost is $26.95 for adults, $8.30 for children six to 12, $15.65 for children 13 to 16.

For more information, visit Tourism Vancouver at

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