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Where we lose ourselves in Vancouver

Hotel LeSoleil, moderate, (604) 632-3000, www.hotellesoleil.com. Everyone should enjoy this posh, pampering hotel, but it offers a little something extra for the ladies: the Elle Suite, which plies female business travelers with amenities like bath salts for the soaker tubs, low-calorie minibar snacks, and beefed-up security.

The Sylvia Hotel, inexpensive, (604) 681-9321, www.sylviahotel.com. The rooms may be somewhat sparse, but the building is a historic one, dating back to 1912. More important, it straddles beautiful English Bay and is surrounded by Stanley Park, so the location is ideal. Tip: Just before dusk, head to the bar, order a blueberry martini, and watch the sun go down over the bay. 

Dundarave Fish Market, moderate, (604) 922-1155, www.dundaravefishmarket.com. You're on the sea, so why not enjoy its bounty? Two of our favorites at this cozy café are the crab cakes and the fish and chips; you can also select your seafood straight from the display case and have the chefs prepare it to your liking.

The Red Onion, inexpensive, (604) 263-0833. We love a good diner, and so, apparently, do a lot of Vancouverites, who flock here for some of the best burgers and hot dogs in town. And did we mention the yummy fries with white dill sauce (an extra buck or two but worth every penny)?

BC Place Stadium, (604) 669-2300, www.bcplacestadium.com. The home of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions and the intended site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympics. In January, a vicious winter storm ripped a gaping hole in the Teflon dome, but now, fully restored, the stadium is once again ready for some football (the season runs July through November) as well as for concerts and other major events held there throughout the year.

Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, (604) 822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca. Sometimes you can judge a museum by its shop, and the ceramics, glassware, and other goodies at the MOA’s gift store do indeed hint at the endless wonders that make up one of the largest collections anywhere of Pacific Northwest art and archaeology. Particularly noteworthy is the assortment of towering totem poles, not to mention the museum’s own architecture and awesome views.