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Vancouver & Victoria
2004
by Shawn Blore & Alexandra de Vries

Here’s what the critics say about Frommer’s:
“Amazingly easy to use. Very portable, very complete.” —Booklist “Detailed, accurate, and easy-to-read information for all price ranges.” —Glamour Magazine “Hotel information is close to encyclopedic.” —Des Moines Sunday Register “Frommer’s Guides have a way of giving you a real feelfor a place.” —Knight Ridder Newspapers

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Wiley Publishing, Inc.
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Contents
List of Maps What’s New in Vancouver & Victoria 1 The Best of Vancouver & Victoria
1 Frommer’s Favorite Vancouver Experiences . . . . . . . .4 The Best Websites for Vancouver & Victoria . . . . . . . . . .5 A Short History of First Nations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 2 Frommer’s Favorite Victoria Experiences . . .. . . . . . . .9

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3 Frommer’s Favorite Experiences Beyond Vancouver & Victoria . . .10 4 Two Trips of a Lifetime . . . . . . . .10 5 Best Vancouver Hotel Bets . . . . .11 6 Best Victoria Hotel Bets . . . . . . .12 7 Best Vancouver Dining Bets . . . .14 8 Best Victoria Dining Bets . . . . . .16

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Planning Your Trip to Vancouver & Victoria
1 Visitor Information & EntryRequirements . . . . . . . . . .18 2 Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 The Canadian Dollar & the U.S. Dollar . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 3 When to Go . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Vancouver & Victoria Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . .23 4 5 6 7 8

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Insurance, Health & Safety . . . . .30 Specialized Travel Resources . . . .31 Getting to Vancouver . . . . . . . . .33 Getting toVictoria . . . . . . . . . . .37 Planning Your Trip Online . . . . . .38 Frommers.com: The Complete Travel Resource . . . . .39 9 Tips on Accommodations . . . . . .40

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Getting to Know Vancouver
1 Orientation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 2 Getting Around . . . . . . . . . . . . .48

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Fast Facts: Vancouver . . . . . . . .51

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Where to Stay in Vancouver
1 Downtown & Yaletown . ....
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