Subject: RE: Re: Vancouver and Victoria
Elaine: Yes, 10 days would do it. Peak tourist season is July and August. If you can avoid that, we would recommend coming to Vancouver between late April and early May. At that time the cherry trees, azaleas and rhododendrons will be in bloom. The weather can be very pleasant but you could run into some rain. If you get here then, you will still be able to catch end of the season performances at theatres, the opera and concerts. As far as museums are concerned, the Anthropology Museum at the University of British Columbia is a must. The Art Gallery has some good holdings. As for parks , Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park are very good. Granville Island, a combination of markets and arts and craft shops is on everybody's list as is a visit to the top of Grouse Mountain for a spectacular view over the Vancouver area. Getting around to all of the places mentioned is possible on foot or by public transport. You will probably not need to rent a car. Going to Victoria is best by taking a bus from downtown Vancouver. It goes on the ferry to Vancouver Island and lets you off in downtown Victoria. Somebody has already mentioned the Butchart Gardens which are very much worthwhile. - If there are any specific questions you have, please let us know either via the list or directly to us. Jean and Howard Mann