Flavia’s guidebook to Greater Vancouver Area and Lower Inland BC

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Flavia’s guidebook to Greater Vancouver Area and Lower Inland BC

Malls and other services nearby
Great mall! Right next to the Skytrain. There, you will find stores like Walmart, T&T Supermarket, over 140 stores, and guests service (such as Central City Gift Cards and Student Price Card).
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Central City Shopping Centre
10153 King George Blvd
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Great mall! Right next to the Skytrain. There, you will find stores like Walmart, T&T Supermarket, over 140 stores, and guests service (such as Central City Gift Cards and Student Price Card).
At Guildford Town Centre, you will discover a premium shopping destination like no other in the Fraser Valley. This fully enclosed shopping centre features 200+ stores, services and restaurants to choose from such as Hudson's Bay, Apple, Walmart Supercentre, Disney Store, London Drugs, Uniqlo, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, The LEGO Store, Sephora, Victoria's Secret and more. Guildford Town Centre is a primary bus exchange for buses in Surrey. The mall is served by the 096, 341, 320, 326, 335, 337, 375, 501, 509, 590 and C73 buses.
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Guildford Town Centre
10355 152 St
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At Guildford Town Centre, you will discover a premium shopping destination like no other in the Fraser Valley. This fully enclosed shopping centre features 200+ stores, services and restaurants to choose from such as Hudson's Bay, Apple, Walmart Supercentre, Disney Store, London Drugs, Uniqlo, H&M, Forever 21, Old Navy, The LEGO Store, Sephora, Victoria's Secret and more. Guildford Town Centre is a primary bus exchange for buses in Surrey. The mall is served by the 096, 341, 320, 326, 335, 337, 375, 501, 509, 590 and C73 buses.
Situated on 57 acres of land in the heart of the Tri-Cities, Coquitlam Centre features over 910,000 square feet of retail on two spacious levels. Coquitlam Centre is the only shopping centre in Metro Vancouver offering Hudson's Bay, London Drugs, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket, UNIQLO, H&M, Aritzia, Sephora, Lululemon Athletica, Atmosphere, Golf Town, Walmart, and Best Buy, all in one convenient location. This mall is reached by Skytrain - Lincoln Station (Millenium Line).
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Coquitlam Centre
2929 Barnet Hwy
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Situated on 57 acres of land in the heart of the Tri-Cities, Coquitlam Centre features over 910,000 square feet of retail on two spacious levels. Coquitlam Centre is the only shopping centre in Metro Vancouver offering Hudson's Bay, London Drugs, Sport Chek, T&T Supermarket, UNIQLO, H&M, Aritzia, Sephora, Lululemon Athletica, Atmosphere, Golf Town, Walmart, and Best Buy, all in one convenient location. This mall is reached by Skytrain - Lincoln Station (Millenium Line).
Metropolis at Metrotown is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the third largest in Canada, behind Alberta's West Edmonton Mall and Ontario's Square One Shopping Centre. With easy access to public transportation, it's located adjacent to Metrotown Station on the Skytrain rapid transit system.
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Metropolis at Metrotown
4700 Kingsway
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Metropolis at Metrotown is the largest mall in British Columbia, and the third largest in Canada, behind Alberta's West Edmonton Mall and Ontario's Square One Shopping Centre. With easy access to public transportation, it's located adjacent to Metrotown Station on the Skytrain rapid transit system.
Parks and Places to exercise a bit
If you like a calm place to walk a bit, Holland Park is the spot. Just a few minutes from our place, right in the heart of Surrey, Holland Park is ideal for those who like to keep their exercise routine or for tourists who just enjoy spending time like locals. Great thing is that, if you get tired or hungry along the way, there's a mall right in front of it : )
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Holland Park
13428 Old Yale Rd
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If you like a calm place to walk a bit, Holland Park is the spot. Just a few minutes from our place, right in the heart of Surrey, Holland Park is ideal for those who like to keep their exercise routine or for tourists who just enjoy spending time like locals. Great thing is that, if you get tired or hungry along the way, there's a mall right in front of it : )
A nice place for those who seek a bit of nature and fresh air. The Green Timbers Urban Forest is a great option nearby and has a good infrastructure for families, runners/joggers and solo travellers with a passion for the outdoors. It has public restrooms, a parking lot and picnic area.
Green Timbers Urban Forest
14600 100 Ave
A nice place for those who seek a bit of nature and fresh air. The Green Timbers Urban Forest is a great option nearby and has a good infrastructure for families, runners/joggers and solo travellers with a passion for the outdoors. It has public restrooms, a parking lot and picnic area.
Hawthorne Gardens has a varied collection of flowering trees and shrubs, which are particularly attractive in the springtime. Dogwoods, magnolias and flower cherries extend the flowering season well into early summer. Several large ponds, frequented by waterfowl, are located at the northern edge of the gardens. Many benches provide great bird-watching opportunities. To the west of the garden, an urban forest offers an extensive trail network for a longer walk. It has a large gazebo, dry creek planting, sculptural pieces and seating areas with lots of open green space, ideal for picnics.
Hawthorne Gardens
Hawthorne Gardens has a varied collection of flowering trees and shrubs, which are particularly attractive in the springtime. Dogwoods, magnolias and flower cherries extend the flowering season well into early summer. Several large ponds, frequented by waterfowl, are located at the northern edge of the gardens. Many benches provide great bird-watching opportunities. To the west of the garden, an urban forest offers an extensive trail network for a longer walk. It has a large gazebo, dry creek planting, sculptural pieces and seating areas with lots of open green space, ideal for picnics.
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Deep Cove
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It's beautiful gardens are carefully maintained throughout the year, and it's location on the top of a hill allow tourists to have panoramic views of Vancouver.
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Queen Elizabeth Park
4600 Cambie St
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It's beautiful gardens are carefully maintained throughout the year, and it's location on the top of a hill allow tourists to have panoramic views of Vancouver.
Summertime Must Go!
A must go during summer! This waterpark is the biggest in British Columbia and totally worth the visit. With affordable tickets (Cad 25,00 per person incl. taxes), you'll definitely have lots of fun! Now operating in two sessions per day, the limited amount of people makes the queues almost nonexistent. I recommend this to my guests due to the fact that the park is a 2-hour drive from Vancouver downtown (105km). Meanwhile, from Surrey BC it takes about 1hour 20min for you to get there. A must go attraction with beautiful surroundings (Cultus Lake has awesome views). Open until September 7th, 2020. AM Session: Arrive by 9 am – (slides start at 9:30 am – exit by 1:30) PM Session: Arrive by 2:30 pm (slides start at 3:oo pm – exit by 7:00 pm) Open Daily, Rain or Shine
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Cultus Lake Waterpark
4150 Columbia Valley Hwy
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A must go during summer! This waterpark is the biggest in British Columbia and totally worth the visit. With affordable tickets (Cad 25,00 per person incl. taxes), you'll definitely have lots of fun! Now operating in two sessions per day, the limited amount of people makes the queues almost nonexistent. I recommend this to my guests due to the fact that the park is a 2-hour drive from Vancouver downtown (105km). Meanwhile, from Surrey BC it takes about 1hour 20min for you to get there. A must go attraction with beautiful surroundings (Cultus Lake has awesome views). Open until September 7th, 2020. AM Session: Arrive by 9 am – (slides start at 9:30 am – exit by 1:30) PM Session: Arrive by 2:30 pm (slides start at 3:oo pm – exit by 7:00 pm) Open Daily, Rain or Shine
As fun as it can be! You'll have lots of fun with breathing views. And no, during summer the water is not super cold as you may think it is. During it's 2020 summer season, the waterpark will open from 11:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Time are as followed: 11:00AM-1PM 1:30 PM-3:30 PM 4:00 PM-6:00 PM It closes September 7th, 2020. And you have other activities available. I highly recommend the BBQ boat rental (you can bring your own food and enjoy a bbq while chilling on the lake) and the Bumper boat rental. It's about 2hours from Vancouver downtown and 1hour 20min from Surrey BC by car.
Harrison Water Sports
100 Esplanade Ave
As fun as it can be! You'll have lots of fun with breathing views. And no, during summer the water is not super cold as you may think it is. During it's 2020 summer season, the waterpark will open from 11:00 am-6:00 pm daily. Time are as followed: 11:00AM-1PM 1:30 PM-3:30 PM 4:00 PM-6:00 PM It closes September 7th, 2020. And you have other activities available. I highly recommend the BBQ boat rental (you can bring your own food and enjoy a bbq while chilling on the lake) and the Bumper boat rental. It's about 2hours from Vancouver downtown and 1hour 20min from Surrey BC by car.
Stanley Park is one of Vancouver's main tourist destinations. Featuring beaches with spectacular views of Vancouver Bay, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Stanley Park is the place for you to enjoy the outdoors like the locals. You'll also find there Canada's largest aquarium and an array of can't-miss spots (including a pool, water park, miniature railway and more) Stanley Park is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world and has a great infrastructure for tourists, with several parking areas, picnic/bbq spots, public washrooms and restaurants.
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Stanley Park
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Stanley Park is one of Vancouver's main tourist destinations. Featuring beaches with spectacular views of Vancouver Bay, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, Stanley Park is the place for you to enjoy the outdoors like the locals. You'll also find there Canada's largest aquarium and an array of can't-miss spots (including a pool, water park, miniature railway and more) Stanley Park is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world and has a great infrastructure for tourists, with several parking areas, picnic/bbq spots, public washrooms and restaurants.
This urban beach has one of the most beautiful views of Vancouver. Stunning photos are definitely garanted!
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Kitsilano Beach
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This urban beach has one of the most beautiful views of Vancouver. Stunning photos are definitely garanted!
Surrounding Cities in Greater Vancouver Area
New Westminster is located across Fraser River, connected to Surrey by the historical Pattullo Bridge. If you visit New West by Skytrain (it's just 03 stations from our place), just stop at Columbia Station, and you will be right in the Old city centre and Front Street. One curiosity is that, like many places across Canada, Front Street was used as a location in feature films such as Rumble in the Bronx, I, Robot, Shooter and New Moon.
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New Westminster
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New Westminster is located across Fraser River, connected to Surrey by the historical Pattullo Bridge. If you visit New West by Skytrain (it's just 03 stations from our place), just stop at Columbia Station, and you will be right in the Old city centre and Front Street. One curiosity is that, like many places across Canada, Front Street was used as a location in feature films such as Rumble in the Bronx, I, Robot, Shooter and New Moon.
One of the city’s top attractions is Mundy Park, which is the largest park in Coquitlam. The 176-hectare park is filled with wildlife and a great spot to look for black bears. The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is the largest casino in the province, and despite its name, it is actually located in Coquitlam. If you go there using Skytrain, the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station is the place to stop and check the Lafarge Lake, located right in front of the station. The lake is home to many species of waterfowl, as well as beavers, common carp, brown bullhead, bluegill, and is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring and fall.
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Coquitlam
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One of the city’s top attractions is Mundy Park, which is the largest park in Coquitlam. The 176-hectare park is filled with wildlife and a great spot to look for black bears. The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver is the largest casino in the province, and despite its name, it is actually located in Coquitlam. If you go there using Skytrain, the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station is the place to stop and check the Lafarge Lake, located right in front of the station. The lake is home to many species of waterfowl, as well as beavers, common carp, brown bullhead, bluegill, and is stocked with rainbow trout in the spring and fall.
Burnaby is the 3rd largest city of the greater Vancouver area by population. With an impressive 25% parkland, some of it's urban parks are Central Park (which is home to Swangard Stadium), Deer Lake Park, Burnaby Lake, Barnet Marine Park and Confederation Park (which has great forested walking trails). With five distinct shopping districts, Burnaby has BC’s largest shopping centre, Metropolis at Metrotown. You can also experience an authentic Asian shopping spree at Crystal Mall. The city of Burnaby is easily reachable by it's 11 SkyTrain stops and 9 freeway exits.
Burnaby
Burnaby is the 3rd largest city of the greater Vancouver area by population. With an impressive 25% parkland, some of it's urban parks are Central Park (which is home to Swangard Stadium), Deer Lake Park, Burnaby Lake, Barnet Marine Park and Confederation Park (which has great forested walking trails). With five distinct shopping districts, Burnaby has BC’s largest shopping centre, Metropolis at Metrotown. You can also experience an authentic Asian shopping spree at Crystal Mall. The city of Burnaby is easily reachable by it's 11 SkyTrain stops and 9 freeway exits.
Nature Escapades on Lower Inland BC
Harrison greatest attraction is its hot springs, of course, but it is also the closest access to Sasquatch Provincial Park. Yup...Harrison is Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) hometown! You can expect breathtaking views while surrounded by nature : ) A 2-hours drive from Vancouver downtown, I recommend Harrison to my guests due to the fact that my listing in Surrey BC is conveniently distant by a 1hour 10min drive.
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Harrison Hot Springs
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Harrison greatest attraction is its hot springs, of course, but it is also the closest access to Sasquatch Provincial Park. Yup...Harrison is Sasquatch (aka Bigfoot) hometown! You can expect breathtaking views while surrounded by nature : ) A 2-hours drive from Vancouver downtown, I recommend Harrison to my guests due to the fact that my listing in Surrey BC is conveniently distant by a 1hour 10min drive.
Bridal Veil Falls is an iconic waterfall located near Chilliwack, in the Fraser Valley area. It has a nice infrastructure for tourists, like parking space and picnic area, and it's a popular destination for those seeking a bit of adventure. And no, you don't have to worry about having a hard time on it's trail. It's a short walk on an easy path to reach the waterfall, which is spectacular and I can guarantee that you'll end up with awesome photos.
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Bridal Falls
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Bridal Veil Falls is an iconic waterfall located near Chilliwack, in the Fraser Valley area. It has a nice infrastructure for tourists, like parking space and picnic area, and it's a popular destination for those seeking a bit of adventure. And no, you don't have to worry about having a hard time on it's trail. It's a short walk on an easy path to reach the waterfall, which is spectacular and I can guarantee that you'll end up with awesome photos.
Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is a valley-bottom lake, with old-growth forested slopes and spectacular subalpine and alpine ridges. Is ideal for motor-boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or fishing. Forty kilometres of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bird and wildlife viewing, and nature appreciation.
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Chilliwack Lake
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Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is a valley-bottom lake, with old-growth forested slopes and spectacular subalpine and alpine ridges. Is ideal for motor-boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, or fishing. Forty kilometres of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bird and wildlife viewing, and nature appreciation.