By Keri Griffiths
Vancouver
Canada
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Vancouver Canada, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is one of the worlds most spectacular and stunning cities. This city offers travelers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventures and the sophisticated amenities of a world class metropolis. You can spend you morning skiing down snow covered peaks, your afternoons sailing in the pristine harbor and your evenings dining in style or dancing it up in a club or two. What ever your speed, Vancouver has something to satisfy your needs.

Vancouver, British Columbia can be frequented by Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and travelers can book their flight by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Travelers can also check out our hotel listings below to find accommodations to your chosing, and after you do, click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com. Our top selection of hotels in the area is the Holiday Inn for reasonable price and excellent service.

No vacation to Vancouver would be complete without a trip to Granville Island. Located at the heart of the city, Granville Island began as an industrial complex. But after the post World War II economy, most companies were forced out of business but the city came up with a way to breathe new life into the city. Today, Granville Island is an urban oasis, kept alive by a vibrant artistic and agricultural community. You can spend an entire day exploring theaters, galleries, waterfront restaurants and one of the most spectacular fresh food markets you have ever seen. Throw in the most vibrant and diverse of mix of people and you will experience one of the true wonders of this city.

Vancouver is surrounded by the gorgeous Coast Mountain Range and that means one thing: Adventure. Whether you’re in the mood for downhill skiing, snowboarding or a more leisurely dog sled ride you can find it within an hour’s drive of downtown. In the summer time you can hike the trails, do some dirt biking or try you’re hand at paragliding.

Grouse Mountain offers one of the most spectacular views of the city and has the city’s most diverse recreational sports. If you’re up for a challenge how about trekking up the mountain side via the Grouse Grind. On average it takes hikers an hour and a half to make their way up the 1.8 mile trail; do you think you can beat the time?

If you’re looking for a more relaxing day, then head over to the jewel of Vancouver: Stanley Park. With 1000 acres of forest to explore it’s hard to believe that the park is only minutes away from the bustling downtown core. The majestic Cedars, Hemlocks and Fir trees transport visitors to a peaceful, tranquil, oasis. Out of all the things to see in Stanley Park you can’t leave without seeing The First Nations Ark Work. Vancouver embraces local artists and, more importantly, the city celebrates their history and culture. Displayed with pride are stunning totems poles, statues and other art work from the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Watuth and other First Nations tribes.

Then take a leisurely walk around the 5.5 mile sea wall and enjoy the stunning views of the city. If all you want to do is sit in the sun, make yourself at home on one of the parks many beaches. For the kids; explore the petting zoo, take a ride on the miniature train, or visit the Vancouver Aquarium.

Are you in the mood for a little bit of shopping or maybe a lot of shopping? Head on over to one of Vancouver’s most famous streets: Robson. In the three blocks stretch you with find premier fashions, cozy boutiques and delicious coffee shops. But night time is when the street really comes to life. Colorful buskers, restaurants with live entertainment and clubs that will having you dancing till the sun comes up. The atmosphere is electric, the people are friendly, and the food is divine. If it’s a party you want than head to Robson Street.

Vancouver, British Colombia Canada is an international city that has something to offer any traveler. From wild outdoor adventures to family friendly fun you will be able to find it in this truly magnificent city. The breath taking beauty of the city will leave you feeling rejuvenated, relaxed and full of memories to last you a life time.
Hotels in Vancouver
By D. Gregory Perrin
Hyatt Regency Vancouver
655 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
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In British Columbia, there are few hotels larger than the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  This enormous hotel has 644 rooms to accommodate a large number of travelers in the region.
   
Upon arriving in your room, guests will find all the usual amenities plus more.  There is a 32 inch flat screen television with a full cable package and pay per view options for movies.  Some guests like music more than television, and for these guests there is an iHome stereo system that you can plug your ©iPod into to listen to your own music while resting in the room.  There is high speed internet in each room and an in-room safe large enough to hold a laptop.  Beyond these, there are all the usual additions to the rooms such as ironing board and iron, coffee maker, work desk and chair, and others.
   
The hotel offers several amenities that guests are able to take advantage of during their stay at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  During the summer months there is an outdoor pool for guests to relax in or layout at while getting some sun.  There is a whirlpool for guests who have had a long day of sightseeing or business and need to unwind.  And for guests who desire to maintain their fitness regime, the hotel offers a full service health club on-site.  While staying at the hotel, guests can find out about all these services and a long list of others by utilizing the E-Concierge service.  Thru your computer you can communicate with the hotel to find information about parking, maps, directions, transportation, and a wide assortment of other services.  Upon check-in at the hotel, ask the front desk staff about how to utilize this excellent service.
   
The Hyatt Regency Vancouver can also accommodate all of your eating and entertainment needs as well.  The hotel has the Mosaic Bar and Grill which is open for lunch and dinner.  For adults looking to relax, there is the Mosaic Bar and the Gallery Lounge.  On Fridays and Saturdays at the Gallery Lounge there is live jazz music and the bartenders are very knowledgeable and friendly to make your experience the very best possible.
   
There is no other hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia that can offer the wide range of services as the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.  The next chance you have to visit the city, ensure to make your hotel accommodations with the very best Vancouver has to offer, the Hyatt Regency Vancouver. Vacationers can book today by following this link through EscapeWizard.com (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Vancouver
By D. Gregory Perrin
Holiday Inn
711 West Broadway Street, Vancouver, BC
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Vacationers or business travelers looking to stay near the airport during their stay in Vancouver should look no further than the Holiday Inn on West Broadway Street.  The hotel is excellent for international travelers as the hotel staff can accommodate visitors in 11 different languages.  Guests can arrive at the hotel for check-in as early as 3 p.m. where there will be a porter to take your luggage to your room. The hotel has an ATM on-site incase you are in need of cash upon checking in.
   
Upon entering your hotel room, you will find all the usual accommodations as well as a nice crisp aroma since all of the hotel’s rooms are non-smoking. There is a desk to use for work, a coffee/tea maker, color television with full cable package, high speed internet, and many other amenities in the room. If you have an extra guest and don’t need to book an additional room, you can get a rollaway cot in your room for only an additional 20 Canadian dollars per night.
   
If you are a business traveler, there is a fully functional, staffed business center in the Holiday Inn.  The hotel offers courier service, copying, computers, printing, and a Technical Concierge, to assist with all our needs.
   
For dining options, there are two restaurants right at the hotel. Stages Bistro & Lounge is in the lobby level of the hotel and all three meals of the day.  Children under 12 of guests in the hotel eat at no charge in Stages.  There is another restaurant that is attached to the hotel which is the Golden Great Wall Szechuan Restaurant.  This restaurant is open for lunch and dinner only.
   
The Holiday Inn on West Broadway is equipped to accommodate all of your needs whether you are in Vancouver for business or leisure, you can rest assured this hotel is an optimal selection. EscapeWizard.com invites you to make your reservation today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Vancouver
By Sarah Hay
Westin Grand, Vancouver
433 Robson Street Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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The elegance and sophistication of the Westin Grand, Vancouver is apparent the moment you arrive. Located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, the all-suite hotel puts visitors in the center of all the shopping, dining and attractions this bustling city has to offer. The whole family will love staying at the Westin Grand, as the hotel offers Westin Kids Club, a children’s program exclusively designed to keep kids entertained while mom and dad unwind.

In fact, some of the many ways the Westin helps you relax include offering an outdoor heated lap pool and whirlpool, sauna, spa services, a WestinWORKOUT gym, and childcare services. Nearby, you’ll find beaches, tennis and golf courses, and the multilingual staff and 24-hour front desk and concierge service are always at your service to help make your stay as blissful as possible.

The 207 suites at the Westin Grand Vancouver feature floor-to-ceiling windows, deep soaking baths, windows that open, dual line speakerphones, and wireless high speed Internet access (for a small daily fee). You can really feel at home during your stay, as suites also offer kitchenettes with microwaves, dishes and cookware for three, coffee and tea makers, mini bars, refrigerators and 24/7 room service. Westin Heavenly beds come standard in all suites, and connecting rooms are available in some suites.

If you need any personal items while staying at the Westin, there is a gift and sundry shop on site, and a business center with copying and printing services are also offered, as well as secretarial services. If you’re feeling hungry, the Hidden Tasting Bar and Social Lounge provides a modern, casual approach to dinner and drinks. There are six event spaces at the Westin, the largest of which covers 1,222 square feet of flexible meeting space. The best of Vancouver is just one click away at the Westin Grand, Vancouver, and EscapeWizard.com gets you there for less, just click here: (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Vancouver
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel
15269 104th Avenue, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
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The Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel has recently undergone a 10 Million dollar renovation, and now offers even more for their guests to enjoy. This hotel is located just 30 minutes away from downtown Vancouver, and is just 40 minutes from the Vancouver International Airport. In addition to enjoying everything Vancouver has to offer, you can also explore Surrey and the Fraser Valley. You can visit Bear Creek Park, Bell Centre for the Performing Arts or Cloverdale Rodeo. There are also several wineries in the area that offer tastings. If you enjoy animals, the Greater Vancouver Zoological Society and the Vancouver Aquarium are both within easy reach. Golf fans will love trying out the world class golf courses just a few miles away.

There is also a lot to enjoy at this four-star hotel without ever leaving the grounds. You can take a dip in the beautiful outdoor, heated swimming pool, or fit in a workout in the fitness center on the Reebok Lifestyle Cardio equipment. Guests also have access to the Guildford Recreation Centre where you will find even more exercise options, including yoga classes. The renovated lobby now features the Link@Sheraton(SM), a unique space with complimentary high speed internet access where you can get some work done, or just relax.

You can also choose to do some work in your room, where you will find a large desk; however, internet access does require an additional fee. The guest rooms are designed for comfort and feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed. You will also enjoy the large windows offering views of the mountains or the city. In the room you will find a flat screen television, a mini-bar and a coffee maker.

You can also head downstairs to the Fresh Restaurant & Lounge, a casual restaurant serving a wide variety of dishes. They also have an excellent Sunday Brunch. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) for more information or to book your room through EscapeWizard.com.