Walking Vancouver: 36 Walking Tours Exploring Spectacular Waterfront, Dynamic Neighborhoods, Hip Hangouts, and Tasty Diversions

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Wilderness Press, Oct 9, 2013 - Sports & Recreation - 246 pages
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There’s no better way to explore one of the world’s most livable cities than on foot. Walking Vancouver shows you Vancouver, British Columbia as you’ve never seen it before, whether you’re a die-hard local or a first-time visitor. Site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, the city is already renown for its diverse neighborhoods, easily accessible sites, and “clean and green” image.


With this book you’ll explore neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Kitsilano, and the West End, accompanied by the amusing and savvy descriptions from the author, a Vancouver insider. The 36 anecdote-packed, easy-to-follow ambles include Stanley Park’s hidden sites; University of British Columbia’s unexpected attractions; Granville Island’s artisan pit stops; and the historic mansions of old-school Shaughnessy Heights. There’s a perfect pub crawl in Gastown; lively farther afield strolls in Steveston, New Westminster and the North Shore; and even an eye-opening tour around the Downtown Eastside. You’ll uncover the colorful stories behind street names, character buildings, and eye-catching public art. This highly portable guide features detailed maps for each trip, original photos, and parking/transit information for every trip. Route summaries make each walk easy to follow, and a “Points of Interest” section summarizes each walk’s highlights.

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John Lee was born and raised a few miles north of London in the pub-strewn city of St. Albans, before heading to university in Leicester. Eager for overseas adventure, he next finagled his way into Western Canada's University of Victoria to study politics before teaching English in Tokyo and then taking a life-changing trek on the Trans-Siberian Railway. By the time the train trundled into Moscow, he had decided to abandon all reason and become a full-time freelance travel writer. More than 10 years later, he's still doing it. An adopted Vancouverite for most of that time, John's travel writing has appeared in more than 125 major newspapers and magazines around the world and his trips have taken him from New Zealand's Fox Glacier to the pubs of Galway and the barbecue pits of Texas.

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