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Access and Resources

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

Lodging:
On trendy Robson Street, within walking distance to Stanley Park and many of the best restaurants in town, the Kimpton-owned Pacific Palisades Hotel (www.pacificpalisadeshotel.com) 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 (www.sylviahotel.com) 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.

Dining:
Be sure to make a reservation to sit on the outdoor patio of the Sandbar Seafood Restaurant (www.mysandbar.com). 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 (www.granvilleisland.com) is open year-round 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chinatown's Floata Restaurant (www.floata.com) 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 (www.vancouverchinesegarden.com) is located at the corner of Keefer and Carrall Street.

Sites:
Rent bikes at Spokes (www.vancouverbikerental.com), 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 (www.vanaqua.org) costs $50 for one adult and one child, minimum age eight.

The Museum of Anthropology (www.moa.ubc.ca) 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 (www.capbridge.com) 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 www.tourismvancouver.com.

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