Traveling to Vancouver

If you are attending Sweet Side of Swing Northwest and planning to stay for just the weekend or stay a little longer and see some of our sites, here is a few ideas and links to help you with your planning.

Things to do near Sweet Richmond, BC

Restaurants Best places to eat in Richmond
Richmond Centre Shopping Mall
Richmond Olympic Experience
Asian Night Markets
River Rock Casino
Outdoor Recreation
Historical Sites
Steveston Village
More information about Richmond:

Vancouver International Airport: YVR

The Marriott Vancouver Airport Hotel has complementary shuttle service for registered guests staying at the hotel for the event. Reserve your pick up and drop off service 24/7 availability.

Public Transit: Translink

The Canada Line runs to/from Vancouver International Airport several times each hour, providing rapid transportation to six stations throughout Richmond and eight stations in Vancouver with single fares ranging from $2.75 to $5.50.It takes only about five minutes to reach central Richmond from YVR on Canada Line, and you can travel from YVR to the Waterfront station in Vancouver in less than half an hour.If travelling between YVR and the Aberdeen, Lansdowne or Richmond-Brighouse stations, transfer at Bridgeport station. All other stations on Canada Line offer direct service to and from the Richmond, BC, airport.


Registered guests of the hotel have complimentary free parking.
Event attendees have discounted event parking price of $7.50/ day.
Register your car with front desk at check-in.

Top 10 Sweet Sites to see in Vancouver

There is so much to see and do in Vancouver it is hard to narrow it down to 10.  So here is my suggestions:

Stanley Park Seawall, scenic views, horse carriage, totem poles, beaches & trails.  

Vancouver Aquarium Beluga whales, sea otters & dolphins. 4D Experience theatre

Science World Displays & Interactive exhibits, Omnimax Theatre

Fly Over Canada 4D Experience@ Canada Place:  flight simulation to see highlights of Canada indoors

Vanouver Lookout 360 degree view of metro Vancouver, North Shore Mountains, Vancouver Island

Museum of Anthropology World arts & cultural exhibits

Grouse Mountain Skyride, "Grouse Grind" hiking trails & eco walks, zipline, scenic view  & dining

Capilano Suspension Bridge Suspension bridge, cliff walk, totem poles wildlife

Granville Island Farmers market, arts & culture,  unique gifts and eating

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden jade pond, koi fish, 150 year old miniature trees

For more information on activities in Vancouver:

Vancouver Coastal Jazzfest:

Baird on the Beach:


Outdoor Activities

Our Beaches Picnic, sun, kayak, sail, volleyball & people watch

Places to Hike walking, hiking, rock climbing. Ancient forests, seawall and mountain options

Whale Watching Guided boat tour, Killer Whales, majestic Humpback whales & other marine wildlife 


Outside Vancouver

Staying longer?  Here are some other communities to check on in the area:


Vancouver Island

BC Wine Country


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