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Coal Harbour side view

Coal Harbour

Hi there,

The words amazing, awesome, stunning and incredible don’t even scratch the surface when it comes to describing how I feel about Vancouver. I don’t think I’ve ever been blown away by somewhere as beautiful or as friendly as Vancouver and I’m so glad we decided to include it on our recent trip. British Columbia regularly tops the wish list of places people want to live and it’s easy to see why with both the city and the outdoor lifestyle on your doorstep.

Coal Habour restaurant.PCUnfortunately we were only staying for four nights and three days and so to make the most of our time we decided to spend our first day exploring the city on foot and first on the list was Gastown.



Gastown is classed as the oldest commercial district in Vancouver and best known for it’s Victorian-style architecture. The area is full of trendy shops, bars and restaurants as well as a few touristy places and has a lovely vibe about the place. I found it very atmospheric and somewhere I really enjoyed being, especially at night where we had some great meals out.

GastownAnd of course you can’t visit Gastown without checking out the steam clock.

Steaming Clock

Canada PlaceNext we decided to make our way to Coal Harbour and Canada Place, which was definitely the highlight of our stay as the views were just stunning. Beautiful blue skies, boats going about their business, the constant buzz of sea planes taking off and finally the lush moutains in the distance. I could have stayed here all day but after a few photos and plans to return we needed to move on and so we made our way to downtown Vancouver to check out what the city had to offer.

Coal Harbour

A great place to spend time

CH SeaplanesAnd I have to confess to getting rather giddy when I spotted Sephora and Bath and Body Works for the first time. And even more giddy when I Ieft with a little black and white bag from Sephora. But we didn’t want to spend too much time in the city on our first day so we decided to carry on walking to try and locate BC Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps stadium, where we had tickets to go and see a game a few nights later. Cue more photos before heading over to the next place on our list.

View from bridge

Photo courtesy of the husband as it was taken over the scary bridge

Granville Island entranceAfter a 15-20 minute walk across a very scary bridge we finally arrived at Granville Island. Granville Island is a former industrial site, but has now been transformed into a shopping destination full of art and craft shops, a fantastic indoor market as well as some really good bakeries, restaurants and food stalls.

Granville Island market

Granville Island fruit

GI cake stallAfter spending some time browsing the shops and the indoor market we took some time out to enjoy a refreshing ice cold white tea and lemonade whilst soaking up the atmosphere and listening to the local buskers. Then it was time for a late lunch where we enjoyed a very tasty sandwich from one of the local bakeries before catching a cute little water taxi back to the harbour front.

GI sandwich

GI water boat

Water taxiFrom the harbour front we then made our way back to our hotel for a well earned rest.  Dinner that night was in busy Gastown, where we enjoyed a starter of fat olives, cured meat and a selection of cheese followed by short rib beef, cheesy mash, mushroom gratin (the husband) and a small lobster and prawn risotto for me.

Gastown night

Cured meat and cheeseIf you’re interested in hearing more about our trip to Vancouver part two will be coming shortly.

Suz x