We arrived in Vancouver around 12:30. Customs was quick and painless, and we took the neat driverless SkyTrain to our hotel. It was too early to check in, so we consulted the Vancouver Vegetarian Guide for the closest veggie restaurant, and walked a half-mile or so to Chinatown. The restaurant in the guide didn't seem to be there, but the one in its place had a large vegetarian menu. On the way back we stopped for tapioca ("bubble") tea, a stroll through the pretty Dr Sun Yat-Sen Garden, and a look at the World's Narrowest Building (1.8 meters deep) - both sites I had found through the Rough Guide to Vancouver I'd bought just before our trip.
We admired our spacious comfortable room - which includes a frig, microwave, and jacuzzi tub for much less than we paid at the W in Seattle - then napped for a couple hours before venturing back into the city. Downtown Vancouver is grittier than I expected, reminding me quite a bit of San Francisco with the graffiti, garbage, homeless people, and electric buses that fall off the overhead wires just like MUNI. At least the queer population seems vibrant here (also like San Francisco :-) ).