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
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