Vancouver is an Incredible City with Lots of Outdoor Activities, Good Restaurants & Microbreweries. There is so much to do and see in the city that a visitor to Vancouver will have no trouble finding something to do. This video focuses on what tourists should not do in Vancouver. From avoiding the Downtown East Side to Not forgetting the extra layers if you are going whale watching we cover the best and the worst don’ts of visiting Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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  1. Walter, glad you came to our city man. Keep up the good work.
    Vancouver is a great place to live and visit.

    I was born and raised in Vancouver and the surrounding area, and I live here to this day

    East van, it can be a sketchy area, DEPENDING on where you are. The trouble area people are talking about is about a 3 block radius on a single street, east Hastings.
    If you walk 1-2 blocks away from that area you hit some of the richest areas in Vancouver, including gastown. If your visiting Vancouver, be aware of this, and don’t let it stop you from visiting all the clubs, bars, restaurants, stores, and event centres that rub shoulders with that area. It’s perfectly safe

    The shoe thing is the exception not the rule. Most people are perfectly fine with shoes on in the home.

    A lot of people and local restaurants go to Granville island for fresh produce, meat, and beer brewed right on the island. I’d recommend seeing show while your there. We have an art college on Granville island so there’s often unique shows that happen there. Last year while I was down there buying some locally raised pork belly from the market I saw a one man Batman show for example.
    It is not just for tourists
    I’d say the only place that is strictly touristy is gastown.

    Want to enjoy Canada’s cultural mosaic? Hit china town, or the Richmond nightmarket

    Vancouver island
    a ferry ride away and worth seeing. I’d rent a vehicle when you get onto the island and spending a day in tofino. Tofino is a fishing and surfing community and is well worth the visit.
    Of course there is also Victoria, British Columbia’s capital. Lots to see here, manors (which tourism will tell you are castles), gardens, amazing food, high tea at the empress hotel, whale watching, fishing, clubs, pubs, LOTS of shopping. It’s worth 2-3 nights for sure.

    Kelowna
    It’s a 4-5 hour drive through the mountains from Vancouver. It’s a stunning drive that can be hazardous in the winter. In the summer the roads are fine. Take the coquihalla highway.
    There are places to stop and get out along the way to stretch your legs and enjoy the sights.
    Eventually rainforests will give way to a much drier climate.
    Once there, Kelowna has some of the nicest lakeside beaches in B.C.
    It’s a much smaller community than Vancouver but because of that it has a little more charm (that does not mean that is is a small city).
    There is lots of shopping and food but the beaches and the water sports are the main show here.
    Go parasailing, hit a casino, take in a show. Lots to do in Kelowna. I make the drive about 4 times a year. My grandparents moved there after they found the lack of moisture (read less rain) helped with their arthritis.

    Everyone has access to tripadvisor so I’m just gonna make a few personal recommendations off the top of my head:

    https://koberestaurant.com/kobe-reservations/

    https://moosesdownunder.com

    https://www.cactusclubcafe.com

    http://www.redwagoncafe.com

    https://www.kegsteakhouse.com

    https://blarneystone.ca

    http://riobraziliansteakhouse.ca/locations/coquitlam/

    Any falafel, donair, japadog, or poutine shop.

    Food trucks are big in Vancouver and are always worth a gander

    http://www.commodoreballroom.com

    https://vancouvercivictheatres.com/venues/queen-elizabeth-theatre/

    https://vancouvercivictheatres.com/venues/orpheum/

    https://yukyuks.com/vancouver

    http://www.guiltandcompany.com

    http://www.roxyvan.com

    http://vancouver.dubhlinngate.com

    http://www.elephantcastle.com

    https://www.stormcrowtavern.com

    http://riotheatre.ca

    https://bardonthebeach.org

    http://www.vtsl.com

    https://richmondnightmarket.com

    https://www.bcplace.com

    https://rogersarena.com

    That’s just the very tip of the iceberg.
    I’d suggest looking at ticket master and stub hub before you come to get a better idea what shows are being put on at the big theatres and concert halls.

  2. From the outside looking in humans are very similar to a disease. The solution to the world’s problems is genetic screening. A system has to be set up to allow humans with a low genetic score a limited number of offspring. Obviously, a higher score will enable you to have more children. (People with a higher score will naturally have less children) This system should be implemented worldwide. I haven’t quite figured out the solution in the case of accidental pregnancy, but we have people working on this issue at this time.

  3. I agree tourists, and most anyone else, should avoid E. Hastings St, and the surrounding neighborhood. If things start looking bad, you've walked too far. Turn around and go back to Gastown. Hotels can get very expensive. An exception is if you don't mind traveling in the off season. Instead of Summer, go in the Fall. The hotels will be cheaper. It will rain more, but that is what umbrellas are far. As you get farther into Fall, there are less tours, so you'll need to plan on doing things on your own, but still doable. As far as snow, I spent several days in Vancouver last December. It did snow, and it stuck around for almost all my visit. It wasn't a huge amount, but it can snow some. Come late Fall into the Winter it can get cold, but not frigid. Last December the temperatures did dip below 0C most mornings. If you bring a decent coat and some gloves, you should be fine.

  4. I am glad you visited Vancouver. I hope you had a great time!!!! I really enjoy your travel videos. I live in Vancouver and it is a great city. I actually don’t use an umbrella. I don’t mind the rain.

  5. Granville Island Public Market reminds me of The Embarcadero/Pier 39, super touristy, but you can't not visit if you're there!

  6. I am an American and grew up in a house where we didn’t take off our shoes in our home. In my 30s however I finally realized how gross it is to wear shoes in the house so in our home we take our shoes off at the front door. However most people I know don’t do this so I don’t feel comfortable asking people to take their shoes off. I mop our floors a lot. LOL I think human beings in general just do what they are brought up in their own families to do. A lot of Americans are starting to realize how disgusting it is to walk in public bathrooms and then walking around home.

  7. Go to the downtown east side.
    Maybe not during the night if you're taking your family.
    In the DTES, you'll see all the older buildings.
    You'll see old whiskey libraries, boutiques and chinatown.
    That's where you'll find your cool architecture.

    Most homeless people arent going to hurt you, they're only going to ask for change.

  8. And don't forget a life changing visit to Main & Hastings. The failed Canadian experiment in social engineering that closed the mental health institutions and other care facilities and unleashed those who need societies' help the most. Lax drug laws, cops told to look the other way, prostituion and more than 100 social agencies spending millions of tax dollars annually and nothing has changed in 30 years except the problem is worse. Remember how VANOC re-routed its official roadmaps to the Figure Skating venue (cowards); ask any cop working in the neighbourhood of the hopelessness they feel in a never ending sea of humanity. Successive governments take the view 'leave it the next government'. Canada's failed social engineering continues today on the watch of socialist governments in Vancouver, Victoria and Ottawa. Plenty of blame to go around…….. you name it, Liberals, Conservatives, NDP, Social Credit – the entire lot. The vast majority of those on the downtown lower east side have serious mental health issues and they belong in care.

  9. House prices are the way they are because government is corrupt and the casinos run a money laundering scheme. Most of the city is owned by foreign investors and we don't know who they are because Canada is the easiest place in the world to set up untraceable companies. And yes, I am being very serious. We had a referendum here in 2015 regarding tax on transit. We voted no, but just the other day the government decided yes. So they wasted all of that money on the referendum when they were going to make everyone pay for it anyway. There is more but I will stop there. Vancouver blows big balls.

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  14. i live down in delta and have been going downtown atleast once a month the past year with my boyfriend i just love the city. we usually go to check out record stores and the rock shopon granville ( a store with thousands of band/horror shirts,accessories, patches from metal, punk, rock, a little pop etc) and i would 100% recommend the Vancouver police museum if your into kinda morbid things its like an 6 min walk east of gas town and cheap cus its only $8 per person. and theres a punk themed restauraunt on commercial drive called cannibal cafe

  15. lolololol. "copyright of Mark Wolters". Ummmm, more like "copyright of YouTube". Can you please post a link to your copyright, dumb shit!?

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