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Back in downtown Vancouver, Gastown district is one of top tourist areas for boutique shopping and souvenirs. Donít miss steam clock that rings on hour. Vancouver has one of largest Asian communities in North America so Chinatown nearby as expected has some of best dim sum luncheons outside of Hong Kong. Further boutique shopping can be found in Yaletown and Granville Island districts.
If time permits, one of recommended day trips to do out of Vancouver is to drive up Sea & Sky highway to Whistler, one of North Americaís largest ski resorts. During off ski season, Whistler is all season resort with many activities such as hiking, biking, festivities and shopping in village. A ride up gondola here will enable visitors to get a birdís eye view of majestic Canadian Rockies mountain range. The drive itself to Whistler, about two and a half hours along coastline, offers many wonderful scenic points as well.
Vancouver is a great city to visit as one can really see how a major city can still be in very scenic surroundings. For those coming to Vancouver as departure port of a cruise to either Hawaii or Alaska, it is highly recommended to allocate at least a full day before or after cruise to see what city has to offer. As I mentioned before, on a sunny day with sea on one side and mountains on other, Vancouver is really hard to beat.
Clint Leung is owner of Free Spirit Gallery http://www.FreeSpiritGallery.ca , an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculpture and prints. Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.