|Subject: Re: Vancouver (city) ideas?|
Granville Island http://www.seegranvilleisland.com/ is connected to the mainland on its southern side, so no need to take the boat http://www.aquabus.bc.ca/ if you'd prefer to drive or walk; the boat (which simply crosses a narrow waterway) runs all year, though, every five minutes. I agree that Granville Island is worth a visit, though it's not as active in the winter as other times of the year.
If you have a car, a restaurant "must visit" is the Salmon House on the Hill http://www.salmonhouse.com/ in West Vancouver (over the Lions Gate Bridge). The best of west coast seafood, and a spectacular view to boot (if it's not raining). If you can't escape downtown, though, they have a nice sister restaurant: Aqua Riva http://www.aquariva.com/
There's lots to see and do in the Vancouver area; like always, the best choices depend a lot on what you prefer to see and do!
... Doug (ex-Vancouverite, currently in San Francisco)