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[[Image:canplace dusk.jpg|thumb|400px350px|Canada Place - cruise ship terminal, convention center, Imax theater and Vancouver landmark]]The [[Vancouver/City Center|City Center]] district is '''Central Business District''' and '''Yaletown''' are the heart of [[Vancouver]]. Unlike 's downtown and contain the city's Financial District, two entertainment districts, trendy condos and many North American citiesof its hotels, there is a very high density of residential areas in clubs and historical buildings. For the downtown corevisitor, second only it's a good place to make a base to explore [[New_York_(city)/Manhattan|ManhattanVancouver]] in North America. This includes (if you don't mind the very exclusive high-rise areas hotel rates) because of Yaletown its easy access to public transit, shops and restaurants. And if you want to sample Vancouver's cuisine or nightlife, or take in the huge Concorde Pacific development on the north side of False Creek. It also includes Gastown mountains and Vancouverharbour, it's Chinatowna great place to be.
==Get in==
As the City Center The Central Business District is the destination for most transit users, this area is well served by transitso it's not too much of a stretch to say all roads, buses and trains lead here. Parking '''Waterfront Station''' is as you would expect for a city centerthe main hub (''Cordova, at the foot of Granville St''), with the Skytrain, expensive Seabus and at times hard to findmany bus routes terminating there. Expect to pay between $6-20/day for parking in a parkade. The parking meters are in effect from 9AM-8PM 7 days a week. Many A large number of buses also pickup outside '''Burrard Station''' (''corner of the streets become no parking zones during rush hourBurrard & Dunsmuir Streets'').
Your Driving into and around downtown isn't usually a problem outside of rush hour, but it can be a nuisance (particularly parking), so your best bet is to leave your car outside of the city center and use SkyTrain (from the east) or SeaBus (from the [[North Shore(British Columbia)|North Shore]]) to enter the area. If you drive, '''Georgia Street''' is the main street through the CBD and continuing on through the [[Vancouver/West End]], Stanley Park and onto the North Shore. Access from the south is by bridge over False Creek (the Burrard, Granville and Cambie bridges). All of them will lead downtown so just take the one closest to you. Parking downtown is as you would expect for a city center: expensive and, at times, hard to find. Expect to pay between $12-20/day for parking in a parkade. On-street parking meters are in effect from 9AM-8PM, 7 days a week. Many of the streets become no parking zones during rush hour.
[[Image:Cbd-yaletown map.png|thumb|350px|Map of Vancouver City Center]]
*<see name="Vancouver Lookout" alt="" address="555 West Hastings Street" directions="top floor of Harbour Centre" phone="+1 604-689-0421" url="http://www.vancouverlookout.com" hours="Daily 9AM-9PM (winter), Daily 8:30AM-10:30PM (summer)" price="$13, discounts for children, seniors and students available; best prices if bought at Tourism Vancouver office" lat="" long="">Located on the top floor of the Harbour Centre, the Lookout offers a full 360-degree panoramic view of the city from 130m up. You'll see the downtown area, Stanley Park, the North Shore mountains and even the skyline of nearby Burnaby. The ticket is good for two trips during the day, so you can see it in the daytime and return for the sunset view.</see>
 
* <see name="Science World" alt="" address="1455 Quebec Street" directions="" phone="+1 604-443-7443" email="" fax="" url="http://scienceworld.bc.ca" hours="" price="$8.50 per person">This science centre is located in the distinctive building from Expo 86 at the end of False Creek. Has a wide range of participatory exhibits. Get off the Skytrain at the Main St/Science World station. The building is a unique shaped building that was constructed for Expo 86. Popular with the young and with those who like science. An ''Omnimax'' theatre is in this building as well.</see>
* <see name="Vancouver Art Gallery" alt="" address="750 Hornby Street" directions="" phone="+1 604-662-4719" email="" fax="" url="http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca" hours="" price="$15 admission ($11.90 students)">You can see and learn a lot about Emily Carr in the permanent collection, but the rest of the gallery varies in quality depending on what they have been able to attract as special exhibits. Take advantage of admission by donation on Tuesday evenings (5pm - 9pm) and sample what is there before paying the full admission.</see>
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