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[[Image:canplace dusk.jpg|thumb|350px|Canada Place - cruise ship terminal, convention center, Imax theater and Vancouver landmark]]
The '''Central Business District''' and '''Yaletown''' are the heart of Vancouver's downtown and contain the city's Financial District, two entertainment districts, trendy condos and many of its hotels, clubs and historical buildings. For the visitor, it's a good place to make a base to explore [[Vancouver]] (if you don't mind the hotel rates) because of its easy access to public transit, shops and restaurants. And if you want to sample Vancouver's cuisine or nightlife, or take in the mountains and harbour, it's a great place to be.
==Get in==
The Central Business District is the destination for most transit users, so it's not too much of a stretch to say all roads, buses and trains lead here. '''Waterfront Station''' is the main hub (''Cordova, at the foot of Granville St''), with the Skytrain, Seabus and many bus routes terminating there. A large number of buses also pickup outside '''Burrard Station''' (''corner of Burrard & Dunsmuir Streets'').
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.
* <see name="Hotel Vancouver" alt="" address="900 West Georgia Street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The third such hotel in this spot, the Hotel Vancouver was built over 11 years and completed in 1939. As with all Canadian Pacific hotels in Canada, the chateau style is truly impressive. The hotel's first guests were King George and Queen Elizabeth. Bring binoculars for a close up view of the building's many gargoyles.</see>
* <see name="Robson Square" alt="" address="800 Block Robson Street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Designed by Vancouver ''wunderkind'' Arthur Erikson (also famous for the '''Museum of Anthropology''' and '''Simon Fraser University''') this building which houses Vancouver's Provincial and Supreme Courts was completed in 1979 allowing the '''Vancouver Art Gallery''' to take over its former digs across the road. This organic building featuring flowing water and greenery allows you to literally walk all over it.</see>
* <see name="Canada Place" alt="" address="999 Canada Place" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Built for Expo 86 as Canada's exhibit, today the building serves as a cruise ship terminal and convention centre, and is also the site of an IMAX theatre and the luxurious '''Pan Pacific Hotel'''. Walk around the unique sailed structure and take in views of the building itself, '''Coal Harbour''', and the North Shore. It uses use of white colour with a roof of funky "sails" or "waves", which is a curved triangular shape, that has made it a modern gem.</see>
* <see name="Library Square" alt="" address="350 West Georgia Street" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Designed by Moshe Safdie (who also designed the '''National Gallery''' in [[Ottawa]]). Constructed as a 'square within a circle', this building is reminiscent of a modern Roman Colosseum. Completed in 1995.</see>
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