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Enjoy the Wonders in Vancouver

Arnie Greenberg

The west coast of Canada beckons. Vancouver and the area around it offer unbounded activities that involve artistic masterpieces and out of doors wonders. There is so much to describe in this incredible mecca, it is difficult to know where to begin.

Let’s start by a peek from my office window.


A laughing welcome  

Coal Harbor Yacht Club

There are many outdoor sports for all seasons, such as hiking, skiing canoeing, fishing, river rafting and snowshoeing in the scenic Rocky Mountains or cycling in the center of Vancouver around Stanley Park, Coal Harbor and the Lost Lagoon, part of scenic Stanley Park

Totems, reaching for the sky, adorn not only the park areas, but even in shopping malls. The carvings are a traditional native expression, both intricate and simple, of northwest coastal natives such as Tsimshian, Haida,Tlingit, Kwakiutl and Nuxalt. The totems are symbolic culture icons. Once outlawed by the Canadian Government but today there is a revival on college campuses, museums and public buildings.

Entry from the Pacific at Coal Harbor…at Stanley Park…


Totems in the parks

This is a stone figure in “the likeness of a human’. It is a form of communication survival saying ‘someone was here’ or ‘you’re in the right place’ and could indicate direction or even a personal memorial showing friendship. There is no distinctive shape required. One uses the stones found around the site. An inukshuk was used as the emblem of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. 

BC is a heavily wooded mountain province and one of the first rules is to ‘beware of the bears’…brown or polar.

There rain here too and on those days, one can go to the Vancouver Art gallery, an opera, ballet, stage show or when the rain lifts, one can visit the exciting Chinese Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden (578 Carroll Street. Phone: 604 662 3207).

There is also the beautifully designed Van Dusen Botanical Garden considered one of the top ten gardens in North America. Their pre Christmas show is not to be missed. (Tel 604 257 8335 at 5251 Oak St. near W.37th)

On sunny days you can take the Stanley Park Horse-Drawn Tours hich lasts an hour and starts around 9:30 AM, departing every 20-30 minutes.


If you want more action, save time to visit the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. It is open every day (except Christmas Day) 9:30 am to 5 pm 9…7:30 in July and Aug.


To confirm call 604 659 FISH.  

But to get the greatest sense of where you are and the beauty of this Pacific coast city arrange for a seaplane tour. Call 604 233 3505 or 1 800 665 0212 for cost and information. They have local trips and long distance journeys to most parts of the province.




Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Te; 604 985 7474l

Go whale watching on the Prince of Wales 1 888 383 4884   or Call 604 272 7200

Visit Granville Island by car or boat

See Gastown dating from 1867

Take a gondola ride atop Grouse Mountain

Take a WOK to Chinatown

See the Vancouver Canuks at Rogers Arena or the BC Lions or even the singel –  A baseball Vancouver Canadians  

For more information see Vancouver Tourism 200 Burard St. suite 210

Tel: 604 682 2222   or see  

Rainy Days:

Art gallery

Centennial museum

Granville island brewing 78

Yaletown…contemporary art gallery

Acquarium marine science center***Wale Watching***

Granville public market …Punjabi Market…Maine & 48th (Little India)

UBC…wreck beach( 78…sea to sky vistas)

B C place stadium  BC  Lions…Canucks

English Bay    beach jan 1…seawall 

Stanley Park…Lost Lagoon…horse drawn tours

Kitsilano …Jericho beach …Vanier park …Bard on the Beach

Planetarium..observatory free…aboriginal…Chinese Garden

Vandusen Botanical Garden***

Walking tours…boat tours…

Seaplane tours

Alaska highway 1942 one of the great engineering feats of the 20th century p 367

Jasper natl park 10,878 sq km 1907

Banf springs hotel 1920s

Sockeye p.218

BE CAREFUL: emergency dial 911

You can Contact Professor Arnie Greenberg at


Over the past few years, Professor Greenberg has traveled with groups to France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Budapest, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague and both Sorrento and the Bay of Naples plus most of Sicily. His tours traveled to the far reaches of the globe including Italy and most of China (Beijing -Hong Kong) and to Russia where his group cruised the waters from St.Petersburg to Moscow. 

"He took a group to Greece and another to northern Russia. In Nov 07 he took a tour group to much of India and ended his tour groups by revisiting France. He now travels with his wife and friends. They winter in Argentina or San Miguel Mexico.  His newly found spare time is taken up with his painting and writing. "I must write every day." His current work is a cautionary manual for would-be tour leaders..  "So You Want To Be A Tour Leader." 

Arnie now travels with friends. He continues writing Travel articles about unusual places but often concentrates on novel writing. Two books based on French Art will be published this year.  Keep reading his web for travel ideas.  His next novel HELLSTORM'S Folly, will be available this fall. He now lives in British Columbia.

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