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I find reviews most useful when I have an idea of where the reviewer is coming from, so here goes. I’ve been traveling all over the worldmostly solo, since the early 1990s, and first began using the Lonely Planet series in 1991. Since the steep deterioration in quality in LP in the last 5 or 10 years, my preferred guides have been Rough Guides or, if available, Blue Guides. That should give you an idea of my traveling style. I had heard good things about this book, so I decided to give it a try, and I used this book for an eight-day solo trip to Vancouver in July 2014. I find Amazon sometimes tends to lump reviews of different editions of a book together, so I want to make it clear that this review is only for the 2014 6th edition of the book. Warning, this is a very long review!
Overall: For those of you who mourn the days of the old Lonely Planets, full of useful info and great maps and actual content, as opposed to the watered-down stuff they’re putting out these days, I am happily here to tell you that this one is kind of a throwback to the old days. Well done Mr. Lee!
Hotels. I was using hotel frequent-stay points for my trip, so my choice of hotel was constrained, and I didn’t use this section at all.
Restaurants. Wo! For about 75-80% of my meals on this trip, I used Lee’s recommendations, and this was the best I’ve ever eaten on any trip, ever (including Paris :-). I was mainly eating in the low-budget end of things for two reasons. First, I was traveling alone, and I don’t enjoy lengthy “fine dining” when I’m by myself. Second, I love street food and ethnic “everyday” food, and Lee made it clear there were great choices in this category. He was right. I went outside my usual comfort zone and ate things I would normally never eat. Every place he recommended, I had an outstanding meal. (One of the best meals I had on the entire trip was from the Railway Express food truck.) Important note: if Lee says that a certain restaurant is busy, hard to get into, etc., at a certain time of day - he’s right! Go at a different time if you don’t want to wait.
Transport. A nice clear subway map is included, along with some of the bus routes you’re mostly likely to take (though by no means all of them). The directions for getting from the airport to downtown using public transportation were spot-on. In July 2014, Vancouver had not yet converted to the Compass system, so this area will change quite a bit as soon as that happens. Bus directions were generally good.
Neighborhoods/maps. Vancouver doesn’t really have a lot of “sights” - it’s mainly an outdoorsy city, great for walking and hiking and exploration of neighborhoods. I did quite a few of Lee’s recommended walks, and loved the various neighborhoods that he recommended. There aren’t really things to “see” in neighborhoods such as Kitsilano, Main Street, etc. - just shops and restaurants and cafes, and in some cases, interesting houses - but it’s fun to explore, and he included the nice detailed block-level maps that used to be standard in LPs but have all but disappeared from them these days. The tear-out map was good as well, but really only covered the core city. Some of the maps were a little tricky to use as you had to flip back and forth between different maps, the legend and the map, etc. - I’d recommend putting legends on the same page as the map they’re for.
Sights. That said, there are a few sights, and Lee makes sure you know what they are and (for the most part) how to get to them. Where he became suddenly and uncharacteristically kind of vague was on how to get to the Museum of Anthropology. Here is how. Take a Canada Line train to City Hall/Broadway. Get on a 99B bus (express bus) at the corner of Cambie and Broadway. DO NOT get on a 9 bus (local) or it will take you all day (it’s slow enough with the 99B). The 99B and the 9 buses both stop in the same general area but NOT necessarily at the same place. Check the signs to make sure you have the right stop; they are clearly labeled. Take the 99B west to the end of the line, which is at a bus parking/staging area near the northeast corner of campus (“UBC Bus Loop”). Either get on a campus shuttle there, or, start walking, bearing generally to the northwest. There are maps posted all over campus - keep checking them if you don’t have a good sense of direction. (I walked west down Student Union Blvd (south of the North Parkade), then bore north on East Mall, west on Crescent Road, north through the UBC Rose Garden (lovely! look for the flagpole with the Canadian flag on it), and down a bunch of steps to Marine Drive - museum is just to your left from there.) Eventually you will hit a busy perimeter road (Marine Drive) along the north side of campus. The MOA is on the north side of this road. It’s about a 15-minute walk from the bus parking area. Lee’s descriptions of the sights are good, and I found the practical info on the sights (such as opening/closing hours) to be excellent.
Style. Ah yes, the days when LP had style! Lee has a quite distinctive style, and you may love it, or not. He has some favorite words, and you’ll be reading them again and again, and again. If any of the following list annoys you, you might want to select a different guidebook: Cool, fave, ‘hood, hipsters, indie, “cheap and cheerful”, perfect, scene, smashing, and... especially, “locals”. “Local” or “locals” shows up on just about every page, sometimes more than once. Typical phrases: “...neighborhood spot that’s close to the heart of in-the-know locals who flock here...”, and, “This legendary locals’ fave is the best place in town to...” and “...this smashing little store is a must for artsy, indie types...” and “....is beloved of local coolsters”... and “local hipsters have claimed this as their own....”. If you love this kind of writing, or if you fancy yourself a cool indie hipster, you’ll love Lee’s style. If you had a hard time making it through the above examples... you might want to reconsider your purchase!
In summary I loved my stay in Vancouver, and I have to give a lot of credit to this book. One of the most recent LPs I bought (Iran) was so awful that I gave it away while I was still in the country, and many others I never bought in the first place. This one, I’m keeping.