Official Professional Travel Planners' Guide

2014 Official Professional Travel Planners' Guide

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MUST-SEE NEIGHBOURHOODS Each with its own character and community, Vancouver's distinct neighbourhoods invite visitors to come explore Robson Street A renowned destination for diehard shoppers, Robson Street is Vancouver's leading shopping and strolling thoroughfare. High-fashion boutiques are mixed in with beauty-product shops, bookstores and much more – including more than 90 shops in this shopping district alone. Restaurants, bars and coffee shops provide a place to recharge or simply watch the crowds go by. Yaletown Historically a fashion and warehouse district, Yaletown has enjoyed a renaissance with old warehouses converted into unique galleries, highend apparel marts, lofts, cafés, studios, designer showrooms, ultra-hip clothing stores, and restaurants, bars and sun-drenched patios perfect for mid-afternoon cocktails. If your clients are into sleek and modern, this is the place to send them for a shopping spree. West Fourth Avenue Granville Street English Bay Gastown The birthplace of Vancouver, Gastown still shows evidence of the city's origins in preserved Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets. Officially designated a historic area, this renovated district is full of shops and restaurants and adorned with antique street lamps, as well as the Gastown Steam Clock, the world's first steam-operated clock. This is one of the best areas in the city to shop local designers and independent boutiques for unique fashion finds. Chinatown Vancouver is home to Canada's largest Chinese population, thanks to Chinese immigration dating back to the railroad construction of the 1800s. The city's vibrant Chinatown reflects an authenticity of Chinese culture, food, architecture and festivities. Be sure to have your clients visit the Chinatown Night Market, a summertime bazaar that comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of a Chinese market on weekend evenings from May through September. 14  WELCOME TO VANCOUVER Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Granville Street is the city's main entertainment district. With countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs in the area, this is a popular late-night hangout, particularly on weekends. In the daytime, send visitors to the Pacific Centre shopping mall for the latest fashions and popular brands, or to Holt Renfrew, a vast department store for high-end shopping. West End "Young," "hip" and "happening" describe this densely populated area of downtown Vancouver, adjacent to Stanley Park. The ever-popular English Bay beach, with its sandy stretches and waterfront promenade, makes a natural people-watching spot. The West End is also the heart of Vancouver's gay community and is the location of the annual Pride Parade and many Gay Pride Week festivities in late July/early August. South Granville Located just south of downtown, South Granville is a great place to explore on foot. This 10-block area offers an eclectic mix of coffee shops, fashion boutiques, art galleries, bookstores, interior design stores and purveyors of items handcrafted by First Nations artists. TVan photos: Clayton Perry; Canadian Tourism Commission

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