August 11, 2016

Vancouver


After Seattle we took the 4-hour train ride to Vancouver. Our hotel was in downtown Vancouver in a good location, where we could easily walk to a lot of places, including Yaletown and Gastown (I personally liked Yaletown better; cheerful atmosphere with tons and tons of restaurants). I'd say my favorite part of the trip was the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is literally in the middle of a rainforest. Highly recommend!

Here are some of my "must sees" along with what my initial itinerary was below (like Seattle, we couldn't get to everything on the list). I will note, however, that while I had every intention of going to Chinatown, we were strongly advised against doing so by our hotel concierge. From what we were told, it's not safe. So I'll just leave it at that and let you decide whether you want to go!

I had also planned out a day where we would take a day trip to either Victoria or Whistler. We decided on Victoria and it was so charming and beautiful! We did a group tour so that the van would pick us up in the morning, transport us to the ferry (while still on the van!) to Vancouver Island, and lets you off in downtown Victoria for some exploring, and then off to Butchart Gardens (and then back to the hotel). It was a really long day, but convenient because your transportation is all covered for you.

To See/Do:
  • Vancouver Lookout: 360 views of the skyline
  • Stanley Park: this is like Vancouver's version of Central Park
  • Gastown and Yaletown: good for walking around and grabbing dinner 
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge: awesome experience and beautiful scenery. It IS kid friendly!
  • Granville Island Public Market: Vancouver's version of Pike's Place
  • Victoria and Butchart Gardens: so much charm and the gardens are exquisite! High tea at the Fairmont Empress is a popular thing, but you may want to make advance reservations.
  • BC Parliament Buildings in Victoria
To Eat:
  • Tuc Craft Kitchen in Gastown
  • Black Rice Izakaya: good Japanese and sushi
  • JINYA Ramen Bar
  • Mister and Lik for ice cream
  • Murchie's in Victoria for tea

  • Day 1
    • Train to Vancouver
    • Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre Tower
    • Bus to Stanley Park
      • Stanley Park horse drawn tour
      • Vancouver Aquarium
    • Chinatown- head east on Georgia street, then east on W. Pender Street, b/w Carrall and Gore street
      • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden
    • Dinner in Gastown or Yaletown
  • Day 2
    • Grouse Mountain in North Vancouver
    • Shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge
    • Lunch in North Vancouver
    • Head back to downtown Vancouver and explore
    • Harbour Tour in the evening
  • Day 3
    • Granville Island
      • Granville Island Public Market
    • Vanier Park
      • Museum of Vancouver
      • Space Center
  • Day 4
    • Day trip to Victoria or Whistler 
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