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Chadd, 40
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Do’s and don’ts in Vancouver (Ex: Tipping: yes/no, touching strangers: yes/no, safety tips etc.):

Tipping, yes! And for real, 20% is an average for decent service.

What are the Vancouver spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

The seawall. Stanley Park. The harbour. Yaletown. Gastown.

Which Vancouver shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Simons at Park Royal in West Vancouver (across the bridge!).

What’s the one place in Vancouver you think is underrated?

The West End. It's literally in the middle of downtown. Quiet, green, tree-lined streets, walkable to everything in the inner-city. Sure it's not flash and new like the rest of Vancouver, but it's an unbelievable place to live, and worth a walk through.

If you had unlimited resources and one weekend in Vancouver, what would you do?

A floatplane tour of the city and surrounding area (Howe Sound) and/or up Grouse Mountain (or the Seymour/Cypress) to take in the unbelievable views. Rent or charter a boat for an afternoon? Otherwise, beyond the outdoors, FOOOOOD. So. Many. Good. Restaurants!

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

It's not difficult to do... take them for a drive around town - Stanley Park, Kits, downtown/Yaletown/Gastown/Chinatown/Main Street/South Granville, across the Lions Gate, up Cypress and/or into he British Properties.

You’ve been working hard and wanna treat yourself to something nice in Vancouver - what do you do?

Go out for a nice dinner and drink. There is no shortage of amazing options to choose from.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

There's a little perch on a trail in Stanley Park just above the seawall at Siwash Rock. On a late summer's day afternoon, it's quite blissful.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Steamrollers

Tomorrow’s your last day in Vancouver. How do you spend it?

Crying.

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