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General Information
Co-ordinates 123 09 West, 049 14 North
Phone code
Key numbers
Country code: 1 604, Exit code: 01
Police/fire/ambulance: 911. RCMP (604) 264-3111
Weather: 664-9010, Road conditions
UTC offset -8
Summer time From 1st Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.
Measurements Metric
Electricity supply 110 or 220 v, 50 cps – Plugs: 2 pin, same as US.
Weather highlights Ave. temps: Dec/Jan/Feb: +5 to 7 C, Mar/Apr/May: +10 to 18 C.  Jun/July/Aug: +21 to 23 C, Sep/Oct/Nov: +18 dec to + 9 C.

 

What’s on?
Where magazine - Vancouver Monthly travel magazine
Vancouver Magazine Events in Vancouver
B.C. Rail site Rail journeys out of Vancouver
Princess Louisa Cruises One day boat trip to Canada’s most spectacular fiord
Landsea Tours Vancouver and Victoria tours

 

Things to do

The Tourist Centre is just opposite the Pan Pacific Hotel for comprehensive information. Day trips to Whistler alpine village and Victoria on Vancouver Island are musts. At Victoria don’t miss the world famous Butchart Gardens, and high tea at Empress Hotel.

See info at bottom of this page.

 

 

Church and Mission
Christ Church Cathedral
Latest update Insertion date: 15 Feb 98
Characteristics Anglican Cathedral of Vancouver (Episcopalian) liturgy with emphasis on spiritual development and social services to the needy. Great music ministry, from the classic to Rock Masses. Innovative and exploratory outreach.
Address 690 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2LI.
Church Web site On the way.
Contacts Phone: (604) 682-3348, Fax: 682-8377. Email: brendaab@vcn.bc.ca
Service times Sundays: 0800 & 1030. 1st Sun 1900. Midweek: 1210 lunchtime services.
Language of services English
Transport Central downtown, opposite the Hyatt Hotel.
Notes The Cathedral is worth a visit any time, then check their program.

 

Vancouver City Centre
Latest update Insertion date: 15 Feb 98
Characteristics Pentecostal Church - unknown – need feedback please.
Address 1290 Hornby at Drake
Church Web site Not known
Contacts Phn: 684-3778
Service times Sunday’s: 1030, Friday’s: 1930 hrs
Language of services English
Transport Taxi – downtown Vancouver
Notes No first hand information on this fellowship as yet.

 

Glad Tidings
Latest update Insertion date: 15 Feb 98
Characteristics Independent Christian Fellowship - unknown – need feedback please.
Address 3456 Fraser St, Vancouver V5V 4C4
Church Web site Not known
Contacts Pastor Ernest C. Culley. Phn: 873-3621, Fax: 876-1558
Service times Sundays 1000 and 1800
Language of services English
Transport Taxi – downtown Vancouver
Notes No first hand information on this fellowship as yet.

 

International Christian Centre
Latest update 23 Nov 1998
Characteristics Charismatic
Address #105-3570 E. Hastings St.
Vancouver, B.C. V5K 2A7
Church Web site N/A
Contacts Pastor Rev Rainer Mittelstaedt
email: rmittelt@direct.ca

Tel (604)-205 5422 (C)
Fax (604)-205 5423 (C)

Service times  
Language of services English
Transport Taxi – downtown Vancouver
Notes  

 

Vancouver Vacation Info

Pan Pacific Hotel:

is located beside Canada Place on a Pier near the main train station and looks over the downtown area / Stanley Park/ West End / Burrard Inlet & North Vancouver / or East towards China town and Burnaby…..depending on which way your room faces.

Downtown:

is 5 to 10 minutes south - south west centering near Granville and Georgia. There is a big underground shopping area as well (not personally familiar with it)

Gastown:

famous walking street with many choices of restaurants and bars etc. Approx 10 min walk along Powell st (east)

Chinatown:

East and South around Hastings & Main st.

Skytrain:

The Waterfront terminal is 2 mins from the hotel lobby and runs all the way out to Surrey via Burnaby and New Westminster. The Metrotown stop is one of largest shopping centers in western Canada. New Westminister stop has great shopping and eating areas right along the banks of the Fraser river (the same river which runs by the airport although there are more than one arm to the river). Further on is the Surrey shopping center which also (I am told) has good shopping.

Back closer to the hotel but on the Skytrain route is BC Place (CFL BC Lions), GM Place (NHL - Vancouver Canucks & NBA-Grizzlies)

Seabus:

is a continuing of the Skytrain and departs also from the Waterfront station (right near the hotel) and goes across Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver at the base of Lonsdale Ave. There is good eating & shopping places there. One recommendation: The Keg which is a surf and turf (steak & Lobster/crayfish) which is part of a famous chain and popular as a family restaurant.

There is also a bus terminal where you get off the Seabus where you can get a bus to either Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension bridge. (again, I have not personally done this)

Stanley Park:

again about a 10 min walk to the entrance where you will find the Zoo and Lumbermans Park. If you plan to circumvent the park you will need to rent a bike (available near the entrance) or go by car. On the north side is of course the Lions Gate Bridge ( The Lions are 3 mountain peaks to the north which you can see from the hotel that are close together. You also see them on the way to Whistler.) To the south is English Bay, a popular place in the summer time.

Granville Island:

Just off the Granville Island bridge in False creek is a very popular dinning and shopping area.

Daily Transit Pass:

You can buy a daily travel pass which is good on all public buses, Seabus and Skytrain

Vancouver Island:

Should you be interested in this, it can be done in one day but is quite rushed. The catch is getting on the ferries which are extensions of the Trans Canada Highway. On holidays or weekends the waiting times can be up to 2 hours so get some info on that pror to departing.

Suggested routing: do a clockwise route via the Tsawwassen ferry in Delta (go south past the Vancouver Airport) to Schwartz Bay (Sidney BC)(Victoria Airport). From there it’s about 30 mins into Victoria, the capital of British Columbia (not Vancouver) and is a carry over of Jolly Old!!!!

Must see a)the Parliament buildings b) the Royal Museum (be sure to go to the top floor and work down) c) Empress hotel with a favorite eating place called the Elephant & Castle & d) Pacific Rim Park along the ocean where on a clear day you can see the State of Washington USA.

Leaving Victoria heading north will take you past the Butchart Gardens which is a do not miss. Heading towards Nanimo keep a look out for the famous Cowachin Indian sweaters. Also, near Ladysmith

Nanimo is where you will catch the ferry to Horseshoe Bay however ,if you have the time, the drive up to Campbell River is very nice. Campbell River is well known for Salmon fishing.

After arriving at Horseshoe Bay you will pick up the same highway to Vancouver as you would if you were returning from Whistler. The Boat House Restaurant is a lovely setting for dinner in Horseshoe Bay whether your getting on or off the ferry or just driving back from Whistler.

Whistler Mountain:

Well, everyone has probably heard about one of the most popular ski resorts in North America but there is more to do there than just ski. It’s definitely worth the drive at any time of the year. Two waterfalls which stand out are the Brandywine Falls (just before arriving in Whistler) and the Nairn Falls (about 15 minutes past Whistler)

If your real adventuresome you can take a full circle road past Whistler to Pemberton, on to Lilloett, Cache Creek and down the Fraser Canyon via Hope where you will join up with the Trans Canada Highway back to Vancouver.

Harrison Hot Springs:

On Harrison Lake down Trans Canada Highway towards Abbotsford.

Skiing:

Besides Whistler/Blackcomb, there are 4 mountains within view of downtown Vancouver. Cypress Mtn, north of West Vancouver, Grouse Mtn, north of North Vancouver, and Seymour Mtn are all on the north shore while Mt. Baker lies to the south in Wash USA (require passport)

Tourist Information:

There is a main Tourist Information Center in close proximity to the hotel. Contact the concierge for directions.