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Firestorm
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(04-07-2011, 06:43 AM)
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I've found the Toronto thread to be quite helpful, so I thought why not start one for the number one city in the world? And what better day for it than its 125th anniversary? I call on Vancouver-GAF to help make this OP a useful resource to anybody who wants to visit or move to Beautiful British Columbia =)



Public transportation is handled in Vancouver by Translink. Transit is actually pretty amazing in the Metro Vancouver area. We may complain about how late buses are sometimes and how little they run in some of the outer areas, but it's a pretty great system relatively speaking. The SkyTrain is the lifeline of the system and you will grow to love it if you use transit on a regular basis.

Both Google Maps and Bing Maps provide transit directions for Vancouver and you should use those over TransLink's site because TransLink is confusing.

Skytrain
The SkyTrain map can be found here. There are three lines in service. The Expo Line goes from Waterfront station in downtown Vancouver through the south part of Burnaby, New Westminister, and ends in Surrey. The Millenium Line follows the same path but splits off in New Westminister and loops through the north part of Burnaby instead of Surrey. The recent Canada Line takes riders from Waterfront to the city of Richmond which is where the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is located.
Bus
How bad the buses are depends on where you live. Checking Google Maps / Bing Maps is your best bet on figuring out which to take. Night Buses go until 3AM and cover a good portion of the city!
Seabus
The Seabus provides ferry service between Waterfront Station (Vancouver) and Lonsdale Quay (North Vancouver) every 15 / 30 minutes depending on the time of day.
Everything in this thread was outdated so I got rid of it all aside from transit. Special Thanks to my cousin for letting me use her beautiful picture of the False Creek area for the banner up top.
Last edited by Firestorm; 11-03-2015 at 03:42 AM.
funkmasterb
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(04-07-2011, 06:46 AM)
I just moved here from San Francisco! Thanks!
Stackboy
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(04-07-2011, 06:47 AM)
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I visited Canada and Vancouver for a month in July last year, beautiful city.
-COOLIO-
The Everyman
(04-07-2011, 06:47 AM)
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we get it vancouver, youre awesome

i need to visit sometime
Pavaloo
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(04-07-2011, 06:52 AM)
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Should add English Bay to the beach section! It really is lovely.
AlexMogil
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(04-07-2011, 06:54 AM)
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I so wish I lived there. I visit once a year.

People who live there: as much as you may complain about day to day stuff, in my eyes you are living in Eden.
zero_suit
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(04-07-2011, 06:54 AM)
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Awesome OP

I need to visit Vancouver sometime.
Leeness
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(04-07-2011, 07:02 AM)
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Not enough Vancouver love in this thread yet~ Need more replies.

I'm not living directly in the city, but close enough (White Rock).

I actually really like North Vancouver, especially Esplanade, Lonsdale, quay area. I was going to school in the area and the school was in a beautiful area on the mountain, I could go up to Grouse and I was close enough to the quay that I was just a seabus away from downtown. You can also add Grouse Mountain (and the Capilano Suspension Bridge) to Mountain!

I'd like to live in the actual downtown someday, even just for a bit, especially in the Yaletown area. It's all really nice there.

Also, Stanley Park! Add that to Park immediately~

Happy birthday, Vancouver. :)
isny
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(04-07-2011, 07:07 AM)
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Going to add a restaurant to the list. Refuel! =D
Firestorm
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(04-07-2011, 07:09 AM)
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Yep, will add those obvious ones like English Bay, Stanley Park, Grouse, etc. soon. Although if anyone has a write-up it's appreciated =) I'm actually in Ontario at the moment so it's late and I'm going to be heading to bed :(
NetMapel
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(04-07-2011, 07:11 AM)
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Originally Posted by Leeness

Not enough Vancouver love in this thread yet~ Need more replies.

I'm not living directly in the city, but close enough (White Rock).

I actually really like North Vancouver, especially Esplanade, Lonsdale, quay area. I was going to school in the area and the school was in a beautiful area on the mountain, I could go up to Grouse and I was close enough to the quay that I was just a seabus away from downtown. You can also add Grouse Mountain (and the Capilano Suspension Bridge) to Mountain!

I'd like to live in the actual downtown someday, even just for a bit, especially in the Yaletown area. It's all really nice there.

Also, Stanley Park! Add that to Park immediately~

Happy birthday, Vancouver. :)

Whoa a fellow White Rocker ? Seriously ? Hahaha wow




Go 351 !!!

Archer
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(04-07-2011, 07:13 AM)
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Highly overpriced. Best city in the world, if you can afford it.
criesofthepast
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(04-07-2011, 07:15 AM)
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BC>>>>>Ontario

Toronto>>>>Vancouver

Visiting a relative in Vancouver this summer so this thread should come in handy.
BocoDragon
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(04-07-2011, 07:17 AM)
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Sushi-wise... I love the giant, experimental sushi of Sushi California (by Lougheed Town Centre station) or Sushi Garden (near Metrotown and another by Gilmore stn.) I have a suspicion they're owned by the same people... they're both all-Korean girl staff, they both renovated recently, and they both have similar sushi...

And as far as Korean food itself.. an interesting one is Pojang Macha at 595 E Broadway.. the whole restaurant is made to look like the street vendors you'd find in Korea, where you go inside a tent to eat (I hear they're dying/gone in Korea itself :( ). There's a blog entry here where you can see the interesting decor of the place (orange tarp!).

Oh and ya gotta shout out the Amderstam Cafe downtown... part of Marc Emery's (The Prince of Pot) empire. Have a bite to eat, sip your drink, and smoke all the weed you want... :P
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 07:20 AM)
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Originally Posted by subrock

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZDdcO4_5wA

lol, what the hell is this? Don't watch that, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xMz2SnSWS4

The coolest Sushi/Japanese restaurant ever, The Eatery on West Broadway:

Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 07:28 AM)
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Even though I am currently away from my city, I would like to contribute as well. A relatively recent place that is great for lunch and is near the Cambie is Meat and Bread. Meat and Bread is just a sandwich place that doesn't have a lot of selection but it is not needed. The porchetta is fucking amazing and delicious. These aren't the biggest sandwiches in the world so you will need to buy 2 if you are really hungry but one deals with me just fine. This also isn't a place to linger to long as the seating situation is not meant for long talks or lunch meetings but this is irrelevant as the sandwiches are amazing. They also sell their own mustard and condiments on the side. Website here http://meatandbread.ca/
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 07:29 AM)
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A couple other quick areas:

Gastown area of Downtown Vancouver (I work near here! Awesome area to work)



Vancouver Art Gallery



Robson Square



Stanley Park (Best city park in the world, even beating out Central Park)

Last edited by Tabris; 04-07-2011 at 07:44 AM.
Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 07:35 AM)
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Another restaurant recommendation is Les Faux Bourgeois which is off of Fraser and Kingsway. This isn't the area where you would expect a quaint little French Bistro but it is. Food here is great and the prices are reasonable with good serving sizes. Menu contains traditional French cuisine as well as specials every day. Only negative I have with this place is that there are large amount of hipsters usually but the same could be said for lots of restaurants including my earlier recommendation of Meat and Bread. Website here http://www.lesfauxbourgeois.com/
castlegar
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(04-07-2011, 07:53 AM)
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Great OP, and well deserved

FUN FACT: Vancouver has the same birthday as Billy Dee Williams
MutFox
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(04-07-2011, 08:11 AM)
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The Cauldron was lit today for Vancouver's B-Day. :P

North Vancouver Represent. :D
Dastardly Jerks
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(04-07-2011, 08:23 AM)
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No love for Granville Island?

Good improv shows, microbrewery, a kickass toy store (for the manchild in all of us) and awesome markets.
Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 08:29 AM)
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Originally Posted by Dastardly Jerks

No love for Granville Island?

Good improv shows, microbrewery, a kickass toy store (for the manchild in all of us) and awesome markets.

Mad love for the Market. Bridges bar has a decent happy hour if you are there in the afternoon. Oyama in the market is one of the best stores in the city for pate and french charcuterie. Stock Market is a decent place for soups as well within the market. Also the French bakery in the market is good too, called La Baguette et L'echalote.
Salsa
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(04-07-2011, 08:31 AM)
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im gonna make a Montevideo, Uruguay thread one day

then i'll get banned
maruchan
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(04-07-2011, 08:33 AM)
you should put bc.. i keep on thinking of vancouver washington
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 08:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by maruchan

you should put bc.. i keep on thinking of vancouver washington

No one cares about Vancouver, WA.
C-Jo
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(04-07-2011, 08:36 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tabris

No one cares about Vancouver, WA.

This.
Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 08:37 AM)
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Originally Posted by maruchan

you should but bc.. i keep on thinking of vancouver washington

Only people from Vancouver Washington make this mistake. If we made a Portland thread I don't think people in Portland Maine are going to be bitching.
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(04-07-2011, 08:39 AM)
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Throw Granville Street up there too.



Venues

- Orpheum
- Commodore Ballroom
- The Vogue THeatre

Originally Posted by Tabris

No one cares about Vancouver, WA.

For once I agree with you.
Warm Machine
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(04-07-2011, 08:41 AM)
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Great OT and OP.

My downtown selection of places to go...

High End Restaurants
Chambar - Great Belgian food and excellent beer selection
Yew - Westcoast cuisine in the Four Seasons Hotel
Don Francesco - Italian with great wild game menu
Il Giardino - Italian with an incredible wine selection.
Brix - Got married here. Eat the duck!

For less expensive but still very tasty....
La Bodega - A Spanish Tapas institution, get rocked on the Sangria
Salsa and Agave - Probably Vancouver's best traditional Mexican

Japanese Food
Shuraku - Good chef and very imaginative rolls.

Coffee
Cafe Artigiano - Blenz and Starbucks should be ashamed by the mastery on display.

Favorite Pub
The Lennox - Casual atmosphere good beer selection with the best Leffe anywhere on the planet including Belgium for some fucked up reason.

Summer Afternoon Place to Be...
Earls Patio in Yaletown knocking back honey lager, hot wings, and shrimp tacos.

Nice Hidden Lunch Spot
Sciue - Flatbread pizza whatever size you want and amazing coffee as well. There is one right downtown and another in Yaletown.
maruchan
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(04-07-2011, 08:44 AM)
both are in the northwest, and vancouver and Vancouver are only 300 miles apart.. its washington represent.. everyone knows that vancouver is just a seattle north, like portland is a seattle south...
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 08:44 AM)
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Summer Afternoon Place to Be...
Earls Patio in Yaletown knocking back honey lager, hot wings, and shrimp tacos.

I would like to raise this one up a notch. The Keg in Yaletown's rooftop patio is awesome.

Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 08:44 AM)
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More restaurant talk. The Glowbal group is quite popular but I think the best one of their group is the least popular and that is Tratoria on West 4th. Similar to Italian Kitchen but I always enjoy my time at Tratoria opposed to Italian Kitchen. Great Italian food at ok but not great prices. Glowbal's other restaurants I feel are a bit overrated, especially Society.
Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 08:47 AM)
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Originally Posted by maruchan

both are in the northwest, and vancouver and Vancouver are only 300 miles apart.. its washington represent.. everyone knows that vancouver is just a seattle north, like portland is a seattle south...

And no one knows that Vancouver Washington exists outside of people in the Northwest. Even in Seattle you say you are from Vancouver they don't think about the Portland suburb they think about Canada as Vancouver is growing as an important international city every year.
Zekes!
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(04-07-2011, 08:47 AM)
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Vancouver Island GAF represent, represent
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 08:48 AM)
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Originally Posted by maruchan

both are in the northwest, and vancouver and Vancouver are only 300 miles apart.. its washington represent.. everyone knows that vancouver is just a seattle north, like portland is a seattle south...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World's_most_livable_cities

Where is Seattle? Does anyone care about Seattle anymore?
Warm Machine
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(04-07-2011, 08:50 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tabris

I would like to raise this one up a notch. The Keg in Yaletown's rooftop patio is awesome.

Everytime I've tried to go there the place is so busy and we can't get in. :( One day I will!

For anyone old school Vancouver I miss Carlos n Buds. That used to be the go-to patio to get boozed on a hot day.
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 08:52 AM)
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Originally Posted by Warm Machine

Everytime I've tried to go there the place is so busy and we can't get in. :( One day I will!

1) Get there at 4-5pm.
2) They get you a pager, so go there when you want to drink a bit and just drink at the bar until a spot opens on the patio.
leroidys
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(04-07-2011, 08:57 AM)
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vancouver's alright
Big-E
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(04-07-2011, 08:58 AM)
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Joe Fortes also has a nice patio.
C-Jo
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(04-07-2011, 08:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by Big-E

Glowbal's other restaurants I feel are a bit overrated, especially Society.

Society is super overrated, although the milkshakes are pretty good.

My picks for restaurants are Zakkushi on Denman and Octopus' Garden on Cornwall.
Barrow Roll
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(04-07-2011, 09:00 AM)
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Vancouver-age eh? Time to pimp my shit on GAF.

You guys should come visit me at the comic shop I work at, Metropolis Comics and Toys. Right across the street from Metrotown.

If you see a 20 year old half-asian dude with black hair working then come in challenge me to Smash Bros. I dare you. Or check out some comics, toys, stuff or just chill. It's a pretty laid back place.

A friend of mine is also putting together a small little video game themed art show at the shop. The opening night is this Saturday, but the art will be up on display for about 2 weeks after that.

If you want more info then check out the 8-Bits of Destiny Facebook page.

And Anton's is totally overrated. But I'm probably just spoiled by my mums delicious home made pasta.
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Momar
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(04-07-2011, 09:00 AM)
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I was thinking of driving up to Vancouver (from Seattle) for the weekend, maybe stay in a hostel for a night and explore the town a bit. Any suggestions? How's the weather looking, should I wait a little longer before exploring?
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(04-07-2011, 09:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by maruchan

both are in the northwest, and vancouver and Vancouver are only 300 miles apart.. its washington represent.. everyone knows that vancouver is just a seattle north, like portland is a seattle south...

Right. Forget that Vancouver is Canada's biggest access to Asia, maintains one of the largest ports in North America, is one of the most livable and beautiful cities in the world, hosted the most successful Winter Olympics Games campaign in the event's history, and it's many MANY more numerous claims to fame. It's still only a shittier version of Seattle and more people recognize Vancouver Washington than Vancouver BC.
Tabris
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(04-07-2011, 09:03 AM)
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Oh, you don't go to Metrotown unless you're a 13 year old girl. (edit the OP with that info for uninformed)
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(04-07-2011, 09:04 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tabris

Oh, you don't go to Metrotown unless you're a 13 year old girl.

So THAT'S where they've been hiding... *puts trenchcoat on*
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(04-07-2011, 09:07 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tabris

Oh, you don't go to Metrotown unless you're a 13 year old girl. (edit the OP with that info for uninformed)

Truth. I fucking hate that place more than anything in the world. I hate when friends want to do things near there. Fucking hole.
Dastardly Jerks
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(04-07-2011, 09:11 AM)
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The people there are pretty much the worst kind that exist outside of Surrey. Terrible selection of generic shops. Overpriced cinemas that suck in space compared to any of the Scotiabank venues...

I think we're all in agreement here.
Desperado
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(04-07-2011, 09:11 AM)
A friend of mine visited Vancouver and I was amazed at the pictures she took of the city. I couldn't get over how beautiful it was. The excellent architecture combined with the surrounding natural landscape is just breathtaking. I didn't know a modern city could look so elegant.
Warm Machine
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(04-07-2011, 09:14 AM)
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Originally Posted by Big-E

Truth. I fucking hate that place more than anything in the world. I hate when friends want to do things near there. Fucking hole.

I don't like going there only because it is crazy busy all the damn time. During Christmas they should just rename the place Burnaby Zoo.

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