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Just moved to YVR; can you help me come up to speed?

Hi-

Just moved here on Mon evening. I am like a turtle on its back. What do I need to know? Where should I get started? Is there a good online resource for learning how the city works?

I guess it's worth knowing that I'm American so even ordinary things are new to me.

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    1. re: Sam Salmon

      Right now we're in the vicinity of the criminal courts building and the art museum downtown.

    2. You might want to pick up copies or free local papers like the Georgia Straight, Westender or Vancouver Courier. They will start to give you a sense of local issues, entertainment options etc. This board is a good source for food issues and is best addressed by asking for specific information i.e.where are the best Thai restaurants in ----?; as well, http://www.urbanspoon.com/c/14/Vancou... provides a list of critic and blogger reviews of restaurants and some food stores.

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        1. re: Philx

          and what's that newspaper (same format (ie size and fold) as Georgia Straight) - it is about food here in BC - I can't remember where I picked one up last year - maybe in Lonsdale Quay? or the dreaded GI.

          re: another comment on this thread - I think that the poor quality produce is same at all IGA's - downtown or small town.

        2. Hey Rainey :-) Finally made the move eh ? (notice the "eh", eh ?)

          I forget where you were before, SF ? Sorry if I'm wrong.

          Assuming you're in city proper, hopefully this helps a bit:

          http://vancouver.ca/green-vancouver/m...

          And if you're outside city proper but inside Metro Vancouver, try:

          http://www.metrovancouver.org/Pages/d...

          And for the first little while, for all intents and purposes you're a tourist, so try:

          http://www.tourismvancouver.com/do/

          And for eats, well you've been here quite awhile so no further ado :-)

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          1. re: LotusRapper

            Yes, than you, we're finally here and thrilled to be!

            And,yes, so much has changed in 10 years that I feel very much like a tourist. ; >

            We're staying in furnished living for the next month or so while we look for more permanent digs. It's in metro Vancouver not terribly far from Cookworks which I hope to get to tomorrow. ; > I'm working on figuring bus routes out to get there.

            Thanks so much for the links!

            1. re: rainey

              If you haven't already seen this it should help with your transit planning:

              http://tripplanning.translink.ca/

              1. re: Philx

                And sometimes good ol' fashioned printed maps (or PDF versions) are just as good:

                http://www.translink.ca/en/Schedules-...

                I used to work for TL.

            2. re: LotusRapper

              Look what else I found: http://vancouver.about.com/gi/o.htm?z...

              I look forward to testing it on a nicer day. ; >

              1. re: rainey

                This site offers a much cleaner, quicker interface than Translink

                http://www.transitdb.ca/

                And if you're an Android user:
                https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...

                clean, quick data, can load favourite routes and timetables keep up to date.

                Cheers, and welcome!

                1. re: kinnickinnik

                  Yes thanks KK, that was the site I bookmarked long ago but somehow couldn't dig up.

              2. Hi! Welcome to Vancouver. You're living near my neighbourhood. (note the "u" in neighbourhood, labour, liquour, etc)
                At your earliest opportunity, please visit the Winter Farmers' Markets, either at Nat Bailey Stadium or Steveston (Richmond).
                Oh, and pick up a book or two of FareSaver tickets for transit.

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                1. re: KarenDW

                  Yes, I'll have to come up to speed with my "U's" and "zeds". LOL

                2. And there's a martini fundraiser (for BC Hospitality Foundation) at Yaletown Brewing Company, tomorrow night.