“Once a year go someplace you’ve never been before” Dalai Lama
What an adventure to Vancouver, Canada! Let me just say that Vancouver is beautiful even in the winter. There are so many breath taking views to count. If it weren’t so cold for this southern gal, I might just move there.
We planned this mini trip around our trip to Seattle. Vancouver is definitely a place I would come back to in the summer to get all the things I wanted to do since the weather didn’t cooperate as much this time around. Although we only stayed for 36 hours, we did get to see some pretty amazing things.
Things to do In Vancouver Canada
We stayed at the La Quinta located in Richmond just south of Vancouver. Overall it was a great place to stay. I am all about making our trips cheaper. So, I love when a hotel offers a free warm breakfast. This hotel had free breakfast, and WIFI. It was clean and quiet. Perfect for an overnight stay.
After getting settled and checked in, we headed towards Vancouver to see the Gastown Steam Clock. This steam clock is one of the only functioning steam-powered clocks in the world. The Gastown Steam Clock was made by Canadian clockmaker Raymond Saunders. It sounds off every 15 mins. It is a fun little stop to enjoy while strolling through. There are a few other places to stop along the way while you’re in Gastown. There is Maple Tree Square along with the Vancouver Lookout. Plus there is tons of shopping and plenty of places to eat.
Stanley Park is just breathtaking to say the least. This large urban park is a 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest. You will enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park’s famous Seawall. There are also plenty of places to explore in the park. We took a lovely 4 mile walk exploring the Totem Poles, Lighthouse, and Playgrounds. Although it was cold for us plenty of locals were running, skating, biking, and taking in the sites. If you’re kids need a place to run, explore, and let their energy out, this is the perfect place.
When you’re from the South, you can’t go to Canada without seeing snow. Scratch that. You can do without seeing the snow, but if you have children who are dying to see snow for the second time in their life you better see snow. We traveled north to the Cypress Ski Area to find snow. It isn’t a far drive from Stanley Park. Cypress held some of the 2010 Olympic games. It was fun just to be there and play in the snow.
There are two great suspension bridges in the area. One is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. During Christmas they have it all decorated with lights. There are some amazing views and bridges. The other bridge is the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. This bridge isn’t as big, but it just as amazing. The plus side is it is free. Which works great when your husband is afraid of heights. It would have been awful to spend tons of money of a bridge your husband chickens out on. Honestly, we loved the Lynn Canyon Park. There are hiking trails all along the area. I can’t express how beautiful the area is.
The drive from Seattle to Vancouver wasn’t bad at all. It is about a 2ish hour drive. There is plenty to look at to occupy your time. It took us a bit to get reacquainted with the metric system once getting into Canada, but it wasn’t bad. Honestly I loved every minute of this mini adventure, and hope to go again soon.
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