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Lonsdale Quay Hotel: Three Things to Know

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A few years ago, I visited Seattle and uncovered a love of the Pacific Northwest that I didn’t know I had. And many people, including my longtime friend Big Frank, insisted that I’d like Vancouver even better.

With that in mind -and despite the fact that the Canucks NHL team had been my

Clouds build behind Sarah.

Clouds build behind Sarah.

Blackhawks’ playoff nemesis in the 80s- Sarah and I booked a trip that would give us a little taste of attractions in Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria and a side of Squamish.

I’ll get to all those at some point, but today’s focus is on the Flight Centre Lonsdale Quay area. This is a bit of a haul from the airport and will probably be a $50 cab ride. You could take buses, but that’s up to you.

Our view from the Lonsdale Quay Hotel.

Our view from the Lonsdale Quay Hotel.

I’m a very big fan of the Lonsdale Quay Hotel. Since it’s across a bay from Vancouver proper, it’s very reasonably priced. Three other things work in its advantage:

1. The SeaBus connects directly from there to downtown Vancouver, with easy access to all the fun that area. It’s also a nexus for bus transport.

2. The first few floors are an awesome marketplace. All the food you need, plus an extremely friendly coffee shop called Bean Around the World.

A trio of Stanley Park racoons.

A trio of Stanley Park racoons.

3. The staff is friendly and eager to help. And determined to be even better – for example, I filled out the customer comment card when we checked out. A few weeks later, the hotel’s GM sent a letter my way mentioning specific comments I had (an idea to stock rooms with more pillows, praise for a particular front desk staff person). I’ve never had that happen before!

Wandering Justin picks wild blackberries

Wandering Justin picks wild blackberries

Now, about that SeaBus – be sure to hop on. You’ll get off near the cruise ship terminals. For there, a sturdy walker can accomplish a lot: Chinatown, the under-construction Olympic Village, the southern portion of Stanley Park, probably a bit of Granville Island.

Get out there and walk, and then hop the SeaBus back to Lonsdale Quay when you’re ready to relax. Also, the bus service is excellent throughout Vancouver. In any case, just picking a direction and walking is a solid strategy. You’ll have a great chance of finding something fun.

A totem pole in Stanley Park

A totem pole in Stanley Park

Mentioned in this post
  1. Vancouver
    City in Canada

    Vancouver Canada
  2. Whistler
    City in Canada

    Whistler Canada
  3. Victoria
    City in Canada

    Victoria Canada
  4. Squamish
    Attraction in Canada

    Canada
  5. Flight Centre Lonsdale Quay
    Attraction in North Vancouver Canada

    123 Carrie Cates Ct
    North Vancouver Canada
    (866) 295-1436
    http://www.flightcentre.ca/
  6. Bean Around the World
    Restaurant in Vancouver Canada

    2977 Granville St
    Vancouver Canada
    (604) 731-9522
    http://batw.ca/
  7. Stanley Park
    Park in Greater Vancouver Regional District Canada

    2000 W Georgia St
    Greater Vancouver Regional District Canada
    http://vancouver.ca/parks/parks/stanley/
  8. Granville Island
    Greater Vancouver Regional District Canada

    Greater Vancouver Regional District Canada
    +1 (604) 685-3102

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