VancouverBook - 2003
Vancouver, the burgeoning metropolis of Canada's west coast, is a young city, but one with an intriguing past and a dynamic yet conflicted future; it also remains one of the world's top 10 tourist destinations according to Conde Nast Traveler, and according to a recent survey is the world's second most livable city, behind Zurich, Switzerland.
Vancouver: The Unknown City (a completely different book from its predecessor, Vancouver: Secrets of the City ) unearths a wealth of city folklore, whether it's the licensed food stands at the legendary nude Wreck Beach, the deep-sea submarine beached outside the Maritime Museum, or Sean Penn and Robert DeNiro breaking up a fight with a mobster at the restaurant Il Giardino. It also includes the city's best shopping meccas, restaurants, and nightlife haunts that even many residents aren't aware of, as well as movie gossip, transportation stats, and much, much more.
Vancouver: The Unknown City will make you reevaluate your ideas of what Vancouver is and wants to be.
Other Unknown stories:
* Fidel Castro's stopover nap
* the limo at the Backpackers' Hostel
* how Lost Lagoon was once regularly "lost" at low tide
* Vancouver's original elite neighbourhood, Blueblood Alley
* the woman, named Sylvia, behind the Sylvia Hotel
* the Wall Centre's dark glass controversies
* the restaurant that got gambled away
* the smuggling of the Gastown statue of Gassy Jack