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Flying in for cruise (June 2022) either 2 or 3 days early and staying at Pan Pacific hotel. I've been to Vancouver before and visited Stanley Park, Dr. Sun Yet-Sen Classical Garden, Vancouver Tower, Hop on Hop Off bus, and Vancouver Aquarium.

Looking for recommendation as to what not to miss that I haven't seen. Interested in spending time in Gastown but questioning safety of that for solo older woman. Clock seems very close to my hotel. Electric Harbor tour looks fun - is it? I know I will be on a cruise but this might be a different perspective. Granville Island looks fun but not sure how to get there yet. Not interested in any suspension bridges - scare me! Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!

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Gastown is not unsafe. Are there some sad, unsavoury looking street people in the area - sure. But it's not unsafe.

Granville Island is easy to get to on transit.

https://goo.gl/maps/atZCTgJK7kWXyEPz8

The acclaimed Museum of Anthropology is an absolute must-see - for the collection, the building's architecture, and the surroundings.

https://moa.ubc.ca/

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Hi LovemyAcura ~

Lighthouse Park is 45 min by #250 Horseshoe Bay bus from Georgia St downtown. Point Atkinson lighthouse is there, good views over to Point Grey and good trails to walk through temperate rain forest around the park.

https://westvancouver.ca/parks-recreation/parks/lighthouse-park

Electric Harbour tours are quite new, take you around Vancouver harbour. False Creek is where Granville Island is located. the West End of downtown Vancouver is between the two. You could take the False Creek Ferries by hops, around False Creek, or get a day pass for unlimited exploration at the different stops. The Maritime Museum stop would get you to the Museum, Vanier Park where grown people fly interesting kites in what can be surprisingly strong winds off English Bay, Kits Beach, Kits Pool (heated salt water). The David Lam stop is handy to Yaletown. The Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown is where the old CPR engine #374 is open to the public. It was the first passenger train to bring people across Canada from Toronto in the late 1800s and the Roundhouse was the real deal at that time. Stamp's Landing stop has some great patios and the pubs to go with them. Yaletown stop is close to the east side of Yaletown. The Village stop is a "destination" in that it is where the Olympics 2010 athletes stayed, long since converted into condos and is a community now in its own right.

https://govancity.com/vancouver-shopping-districts/olympic-village-shopping/

False Creek Ferries: https://granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/

https://granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/

You might like Queen Elizabeth Park with its sunken quarry garden. They are beautifully kept and in June there will be wedding parties getting their photos done here. The park is that photogenic.

Granville Island is a great destination. The #50 False Creek South bus runs along Granville St downtown. At some point in early summer the change the bus route to one street away from busy Granville = southbound on Howe St and then northbound on Seymour St, so watch for that.

Gastown is okay. It is mostly on Water St just a block from the DTES (Downtown East Side), the poorest postal code area in Canada. The underemployed, unemployable, drug addicted, mentally ill, homeless folks do spill over into Gastown for the tourist spare change handouts. They generally ask politely for some spare change. They do seem to have grievances with each other when knives can be drawn, but not usually with folks from out of town.

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Personally I would skip Granby Island - its ok but you have similar in Arizona.

From your hotel - superb - you can walk to tour buses that take you to North Vancouver. This is a fun area to go to to do the suspension bridge. I would suggest that instead.

Your other plans are good.

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A drive up the Sea to Sky highway is most beautiful but you would need to rent a car.

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Epic Rides goes to Whistler - no car needed.

https://epicrides.ca/

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Gastown will be fine earlier in the day.

Granville Island is a nice spot to wander, and you can get out on the seawall and walk up to Kits or down to Olympic Village.

Queen Elizabth Park is a nice stop.

Totally agree with Museum of Anthropology. Also Nitobe Gardens.

Go to the Cleaveland Dam and walk through the park to the salmon hatchery and by the giant cedars in Capilano River Regional Park.

See if Landsea Tours or one of those does a Fort Langley tour. You can get there on transit but its a bit of an ordeal. A tour would be simpler.

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