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8 hours to kill in YVR...any suggestions?

Old Jan 11, 11, 9:33 pm
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8 hours to kill in YVR...any suggestions?

Greetings to all the FT experts.

I may find myself with 8 hours to kill in YVR on my way back to HK (trying to stand by a day early...long story) from about 2 PM until 10Pm. I have a few questions:

1) I have never been to vancouver, does anyone suggest going into the city for a few hours, if so...what should i see?

2) is there a secure place to store my computer bag while I am killing time?

3) are there any hotels that might offer a 6 hour rate or something along those lines, in the vicinity of the airport?

Cheers.
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Old Jan 11, 11, 9:43 pm
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The Skytrain now connects directly from the airport to downtown and only takes 20-25 minutes. What to do and see depends on what you are looking for. Or there is the River Rock casino on the Skytrain line that is less than 10 minutes from the airport, not only gambling but good options for food.

Your remaining questions I've leave for others.
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Old Jan 11, 11, 9:47 pm
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Yeah, definitely get out of the airport and go downtown. Although the Fairmont (fabulous hotel right in the airport) offers day rooms, there's really not much point in getting one on the way _to_ HKG. The SkyTrain will take you to the Waterfront station in about 20 minutes. Lots of great restaurants and bars nearby, I'll leave it to the locals to make specific recommendations - maybe you could give some guidance as to what you're interested in.
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Old Jan 11, 11, 9:56 pm
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Aside from the fact we're suppose to be getting snow tonight into tomorrow and rain for the next week or so. (Unsure as to when you're coming in). If you have the time and energy, I would definately suggest heading into the city. As stated above, the skytrain brings you straight into downtown. You can stop off at the River Rock casino to kill some time gambling (which is a stop on the skytrain). Or when you head into the city, you can walk along Robson street which has a bunch of stores and restaurants to kill some time.

Depending on the weather (and whether you're in the mood to wander around) you can take a cab into stanley park and walk around the sea wall. It's a beautiful park right along the water. There is also the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park. Vancouver Art Museum is nice.

Shame it's this time of year, so the weather will more than likely not be in your favour. But there are still some options for you. Despite living in Vancouver, it's been ages since I've gone down there just to kill a day. So hope I was somewhat helpful, but I'm sure I'm missing out on a bunch of other things.
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Old Jan 11, 11, 10:30 pm
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Fairmont YVR is nice nonetheless.. and has a nice spa, workout area. Want to stay in the airport.. this is the place.. sit back and relax.. hit the restaurants on the concourse.

Sounds like hitting downtown on the Skytrain is an option though.
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Old Jan 11, 11, 10:35 pm
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Originally Posted by Ancien Maestro View Post
Sounds like hitting downtown on the Skytrain is an option though.
I used to live in the Lower Mainland which was prior to the completion of the skytrain line into the airport, it was PITA to commute to the West End from YVR via Granville with all those traffic and intersection lights. Using Oak or Cambie as alternatives weren't that much better either.

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Old Jan 11, 11, 10:50 pm
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Originally Posted by Dmanmtl View Post
Greetings to all the FT experts.

I may find myself with 8 hours to kill in YVR on my way back to HK (trying to stand by a day early...long story) from about 2 PM until 10Pm. I have a few questions:

1) I have never been to vancouver, does anyone suggest going into the city for a few hours, if so...what should i see?

2) is there a secure place to store my computer bag while I am killing time?

3) are there any hotels that might offer a 6 hour rate or something along those lines, in the vicinity of the airport?

Cheers.
D
With that much time,I would go downtown. It takes approx. 25mins each way by SkyTrain.

There is a left luggage location I have used on the Arrivals level, domestic. I think there is also another one on the International side too, according to the yvr.ca website.

http://www.yvr.ca/en/shopping-dining...-Services.aspx
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Old Jan 11, 11, 11:03 pm
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Go have dinner a t Ciopinnios restaurant in Yaletown (downtown). The Best
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Old Jan 11, 11, 11:22 pm
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Excellent Chinese cuisine in Richmond.

Shanghai cuisine: Shanghai Wonderful is my favorite.

Lots of Cantonese (Kirin recommended), dim sum, Japanese Izakaya, etc. Don't smack me, but in some cases, I'd say the Asian cuisine is better in Vancouver than Hong Kong.

You could even kill a couple hours at Aberdeen Center (via Skytrain). There's a good Taiwanese beef noodle restaurant (follow it up with dessert at Beard Papa's, foodcourt) and I'm sure Daiso will eat at least 1/2 hr.

Good luck!
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Old Jan 11, 11, 11:24 pm
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If the weather permits, you can walk around Stanley park on the seawall. It's about 3 hours all the way around, but you can also go on shorter walks within the park.

If you're stuck inside and looking for something free, there's the library downtown.

There's a movie theater near the Stadium/Chinatown skytrain station. There's malls in Richmond at the Landsdown and Bridgehouse stations, and several more in Vancouver. And shops along Granville and Robson streets. (Catering to different crowds, though.) On Robson, you'll get to see 2 Starbucks on the same corner.
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Old Jan 11, 11, 11:27 pm
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give some clues as to what you like doing…

and i'll give you some suggestions.
i live in the false creek area near the olympic village stop on the Canada Line skytrain.
if you like walking, or shopping, or eating/drinking, museums, etc. or some combination of the above.
walking around false creek is nice. granville island is a great spot.
yaletown has shops and restaurants.
it just started snowing here so you'd need to be dressed appropriately.
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Originally Posted by john_doe123123 View Post
Lots of Cantonese (Kirin recommended), dim sum, Japanese Izakaya, etc. Don't smack me, but in some cases, I'd say the Asian cuisine is better in Vancouver than Hong Kong.
No reason to smack you. In fact, Condé Nast agrees with you.
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Old Jan 12, 11, 5:34 am
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Originally Posted by Dmanmtl View Post
Greetings to all the FT experts.

I may find myself with 8 hours to kill in YVR on my way back to HK (trying to stand by a day early...long story) from about 2 PM until 10Pm....
Snow today and onwards to tomorrow. I'm on AC007 to HKG on 13th Jan which departs at 1140. It might be delayed too if the ripple effects today's flights.

But hang on .. if you're leaving at 10pm.. you're not on AC then but on CX !

Oh dear, you're in the wrong forum !
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Old Jan 12, 11, 9:38 am
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Originally Posted by Silvercity View Post
Go have dinner a t Ciopinnios restaurant in Yaletown (downtown). The Best
Clearly you and I have had different experiences here! I've been four times and this wouldn't make myntop ten, I only go when I don't get to choose.
IMHO, if you want Italian, you can do a lot better without the ridiculous prices and surly attitude.

Back on topic...
You also have time to go up Grouse mountain or go to a number of other attractions.
As others have stated, it depends what you like to do.
Granville Island is also a nice spot to walk around, and the bar at the Granville Island hotel is a great spot to relax by the fire and stare out at the water.
There is also a culinary school that has great prix fixe lunch and dinner options that is at Granville Island.
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Old Jan 12, 11, 10:28 am
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Clearly you and I have had different experiences here! I've been four times and this wouldn't make myntop ten, I only go when I don't get to choose.
IMHO, if you want Italian, you can do a lot better without the ridiculous prices and surly attitude.

Back on topic...
You also have time to go up Grouse mountain or go to a number of other attractions.
As others have stated, it depends what you like to do.
Granville Island is also a nice spot to walk around, and the bar at the Granville Island hotel is a great spot to relax by the fire and stare out at the water.
There is also a culinary school that has great prix fixe lunch and dinner options that is at Granville Island.
Not the best options for OP today...

Grouse is expensive to go up, and is pointless as it will be cloudy with no view, not to mention cold if one doesn't have proper ski attire on.

Granville Island is ok but as rain is forecasted, it'll be miserable and cold. Don't know if there is much to stare at either since it'll be dark by the time OP gets there.

Maybe a walk around town is better... take SkyTrain to town, where he may get off at either Yaletown or Vancouver City Centre and walk around. Just FYI, the ticket you purchase is valid for 90 mins. So you're ok on same ticket for other forms of transportation ie bus, and the ferry which we call the Seabus as well (this you take at the Waterfront). And then once you realise that Vancouver is very similar to HK in many ways, and you want to head back to the airport, you may take the SkyTrain Canada Line again. Just note that there is another Skytrain line which doesn't go to the airport. Be careful not to take that one by mistake!

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