Re: What and where in Vancouver and Vancouver Island?
Gastown area has 'charming streets' but is a bit of a tourist trap (though not so much this time of year) Same with Granville Island with the bonus of marinas, brokerages, floathomes and Public Market... The Aqua bus and Granville Island Ferries will take you around False Creek, or to the Maritime Museum which houses the St Roch.
Upscale (up price) shopping on Robson Street, Denman st has a cool vibe and is adjacent to Stanley Park - too bad the Sea wall is closed for repairs. Bike rentals are popular here too. A pretty good Aquarium in Stanley Park as well.
Slightly out of the city is Steveston, a rejuvenated fishing/canning center in Richmond, Further south WhiteRock's shore side walk and shops is great on a nice day.
West Vancouver's Lighthouse Park is a nice natural hiking spot at the entrance to English Bay, and the ferry ride to Bowen Island nearby is a nice little day trip.
All of these are day trips from the city centre... where does your cousin live??
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