The German Tourist on the Westcoast Coast – Let the Journey Begin
Germans (Swiss, Austrians included) love travelling. Vancouver is a good starting place, where they either head East towards Ontario and Quebec, or South to Oregon and California. There is also the “Canadian Working Holiday Visa programme called International Experience Canada or IEC. Each year, they agree to a certaon quota of visa with each country that holds a working holiday agreement with Canada. This visa permits you to work, live and travel in Canada for 12 months.
Austria now has a Young Professionals category and an International Co-op (Internship) category, Germany has a Working Holiday, Young Professionals category and an International Co-op (Internship) category and finally, Switzerland has the Young Professionals category and an International Co-op (Internship) category. This means there are also a growing number of young professionals and students spending time in North America. They also love to travel while they are here.
Just for fun, I thought we could bring up some travel and tourism specialties that take people down South from Vancouver to Washington, Oregon and California. We could share some travel ideas that would suit the average couple spending time in North America, who have a love for the spectacular beauty and wild nature found on the west coast of Canada and the US. Comments and Feedback are welcome.
Let’s start with your arrival in Vancouver. If you don’t have family or friends to stay with, you will most likely spend a couple of days in a hotel. Of course, there are so many options, so I will only list 3 boutique, independent hotels that I personally like. These are all hotels that I have eaten in (their restaurants), but never stayed in. But they all seem to have pretty good Yelp reviews, so I am sure tourists love them.
1. Listel Hotel – According to their website, they are considered Vancouver’s “most art-full hotel” and are in downtown Vancouver’s shopping & restaurant district.
Directions: You can take the Canada Line Direct from the airport directly to the City Centre Station where you would get off at Granville & Georgia Street. From there it is a five-block walk to Robson Street and Jervis Street.
Address: 1300 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5
1-800 663 5491 or 604 684-8461
2. Sylvia Hotel – According to their website Sylvia is a “city landmark since 1912 and one of Vancouver’s greatest treasures.” They are located right at English Bay and offer a beachside dining experience.
Directions: Take the Canada Line to the Davie Street and Pacific Boulevard at the Yaletown-Roundhouse Station. There you get off and either walk 20 minutes up hill towards English Bay or take the #6 Davie Bus and get off at Denman.
1154 Gilford Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 2P6
+1 604 681-9321
3. Granville Island Hotel – According to their website, they are “Vancouver Island’s Oasis” and located in the middle of a living, breathing urban oasis filled with waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes, and a fresh food market.
Directions: Take the Canada Line to the Olympic Village Station on West 6th Avenue at Cambie Street and take the #50 Bus directly to Granville Island. Turn right onto Cartwright Street at the Kids Market. Keep walking until you reach Johnston Street.
1253 Johnston Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3R9
1800-663-1840 or 604 683-7373
While you are in Vancouver, you may want to consider car-sharing, rather than just riding in a taxi or rental car.
Finally, I don’t want to leave out any budget travellers, so I will also mention the:
1. Hostel Vancouver at Jericho Beach: According to their website, they are the “only beach retreat hostel in Vancouver” and are surrounded by parkland and sandy beaches, with cycling, kayaking, beach volleyball, wind-surfing and hiking within easy reach. (They haven’t yet added paddle boarding and sailing, which are available at the Jericho Sailing Centre, close by).
Directions: This is a little trickier to get to, but the easiest way is to take the Canada Line to Olympic Village, take the #84 bus to MacDonald. Get off and wait for a #4 (not #44). Take the bus to the hostel.
1515 Discovery Street
Vancouver, BC V6R 4K5
+1 778-328-2220 or 1-866 762-4122
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