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Vancouver Life

Ever-evolving neighbourhoods reveal a kaleidoscopic vision of this liveable , loveable city text doris ecker + artwork luciana alvarez
Coal Harbour , with Harbour Centre and the sails of Canada Place
DOWNTOWN
Harmonic convergence on a pedestrian-friendly scale — that ’ s the essence of the city ’ s vibrant downtown core . Historic buildings and the sparkling façades that inspired author Douglas Coupland to call Vancouver “ City of Glass ” meld into an appealing streetscape that holds its own against mountain and water views . Take a walk on Vancouver ’ s natural side from the bustling cruiseship terminus , along the waterfront past the greenroofed Convention Centre West Building to the forested jewel in Vancouver ’ s crown , Stanley Park . Or stroll through time , past the relief-encrusted Art Deco Marine Building ( 1930 ), Sinclair Centre ( 1911 ), the Vancouver Lookout ( 1977 ), Holy Rosary Cathedral ( 1900 ), the Colosseum-shaped Public Library ( 1995 ) and the sky-piercing Living Shangri- La ( 2009 ), BC ’ s tallest building at 201 metres ( 659 feet ). Brand- and luxury-shopping options range from classy boutiques in historic buildings to weatherproof malls . Sightseeing warrants sustenance , and downtown ’ s culinary landscape delivers — pan-Asian and West Coast fine dining , modern Mediterranean , glitzy cocktail lounges and original street-food carts . It ’ s an easy amble to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre , Orpheum and Granville Street entertainment venues .
ROBSON STREET
You can ’ t really get the wrong end of the strip on Robson . From Denman to Granville , day and night , restaurants , bars and cafes are abuzz with latteand cocktail-loving fashionistas , shop-happy visitors and the see-and-be-seen crowd . On Robson Square , the neoclassical-revival-style Vancouver Art Gallery , renovated in 1983 by celebrated architect Arthur Erickson , harbours works by renowned Canadian artists , international exhibitions , a classy shop and cafe . History buffs will relish the story of the double ménage à trois that led to the
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Vancouver Life Ever-evolving neighbourhoods reveal a kaleidoscopic vision of this liveable, loveable city text doris ecker + artwork luciana alvarez Coal Harbour, with Harbour Centre and the sails of Canada Place 66  DOWNTOWN Harmonic convergence on a pedestrian-friendly scale — that’s the essence of the city’s vibrant downtown core. Historic buildings and the sparkling façades that inspired author Douglas Coupland to call Vancouver “City of Glass” meld into an appealing streetscape that holds its own against mountain and water views. Take a walk on Vancouver’s natural side from the bustling cruiseship terminus, along the waterfront past the greenroofed Convention Centre West Building to the forested jewel in Vancouver’s crown, Stanley Park. Or stroll through time, past the relief-encrusted Art Deco Marine Building (1930), Sinclair Centre (1911), the Vancouver Lookout (1977), Holy Rosary Cathedral (1900), the Colosseum-shaped Public Library (1995) and the s K\Y\[][[ܚSH JK&\[\Z[[] HY]\ NBY] K[ H[^\K\[[ۜ[BH\H]\]Y\[\ܚXZ[[‚HHHHHHT  M H ‚X]\وX[ˈYYZ[\[\[[K[۝۸&\[[\H[\B[]\8%[P\X[[\\[H[[[\YY]\[X[]HZ[[\[ܚY[[Y] Y\ˈ]8&\[X\H[XHB]YY[[^X]X]Kܜ][H[ܘ[[BY][\Z[Y[[Y\˂ДӈQU[H[&]X[H]Hܛۙ[وH\ۂ؜ۋH[X[ܘ[[K^H[Y \]\[\[Y\\HX^]]X[Z[ [ݚ[\[ۚ\\ Z\H\]ܜ[HYKX[ XK\Y[ܛ ۈ؜ۂ]X\KH[\X[ \]][ \[H[]\\[\K[ݘ]Y[ NN H[X]Y\]X\\\Xۋ\\ܚH[ۙY[YX[\\[\][ۘ[^X][ۜB\H[YK\ܞHY[[\BܞHوHXHp[YH0\]YB