My travel posts on Canada and America have been an epic fail in terms of getting them on my site quickly so instead of going into too much detail I will let my photos do the talking. Needless to say both my husband and I absolutely loved Vancouver and we really hope to return some day.
Sadly we only got to spend four days in the city, but we managed to cram loads in with the time we had. As well as visiting Gas Town, Granville Island and Sephora (multiple times!) we also managed to make the most of the stunning views and the great walks in and around the harbor front. As you can the see the weather was glorious for us back in September.
Stanley Park was on our wish list so we decided to check it out on our last full day in the city and as it is a 1000-acre public park we set out early. This is a great walk as it winds past the harbor front along the seawall and lets you take in the scenic views of the mountains and the Lion Gate Bridge.
However, as we were limited to time we only allocated half a day so we didn’t see as much as we’d have liked to. You definitely need a full day to see everything and if I was going back I would definitely hire a bike. But it’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning and I really envy those who get to enjoy this amazing park every weekend.
As well as Stanley Park we also managed to venture out of downtown Vancouver, but only by 15 minutes. We caught the shuttle bus to make the journey to Grouse Mountain where you can hike, paraglide, zipline, see the bear refuge or simply enjoy the views. There are three price options and we decided on the second option which meant we could take a ride on the chair lift. This is pretty scary as you go about 100 ft off the ground before you reach the next level of the mountain and the eye of the wind, which is a giant wind turbine where you can enjoy the views of the city.
We took the sky gondola to the top of the mountain, but you can climb the mountain, which is called the Grouse Grind. Again this is something we’d love to do in the future. We paid around $59 each, which included free transport and we felt it was good value.
My husband is a big football fan and having worked for a football club in the past we were both keen to catch a game. Thankfully, luck was on our side and Vancouver Whitecaps were hosting United DC on our last night in Vancouver so we headed over early to make the most of the atmosphere.
BC Place is a great stadium but it would have been nice to see a few away fans as I think it always adds to the atmosphere. And although the game ended 0-0 I was impressed with the freshly squeezed lemon juice and the hot dogs… it always come back to food with me doesn’t it?
To read a more in-depth review on our experience of the football you can read my husband’s article here.
So with our Vancouver adventure over it was time to catch the ferry to Victoria for a three night stay and a whale watching trip to look forward to. Photos coming soon…