When in Vancouver

Wow. I don’t even know where to begin on what a wonderful spring break I was lucky enough to have this year. Me and several of my amazing friends took a flight up to British Columbia for the week and immersed ourselves in all of Canada’s beauty. I was lavishly spoiled by all of Vancouver’s food and find myself craving all of its goodness now that I am back in The States (What! I even call it “The States” now). We found ourselves stuck on a college budget and restricted to some of the more touristy activities in the Vancouver area but fortunately we were able to get away to the more remote areas as well.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Although I really did enjoy Capilano Suspension Bridge, I felt it lacked the adventure rigor that I tend to seek. Besides that, I highly recommend it for those who would love to walk along a bridge 230 feet above a rushing river, because it was truly a gorgeous sight. (This is more on the touristy side, so if you’re looking for a complete immersion in nature this may not be your thing.)

Stawamus Chief
View at the top

These two photos above are of our nature excursion to Stawamus Chief in Squamish, BC. This hike, quite often, left me breathless in both a tiring and beauty-admiring way. This route is definitely on the more intense side and the rain that accompanied it made it all the more challenging. I highly recommend this place if you’re in the Vancouver area, but if you’re not a very proficient hiker avoid it when the forecast is predicting rainy skies. An added bonus was the view that you get on the drive to Squamish. Honestly, this hour drive was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful ones I’ve been on. So, even if you’re not a hiker you can take this drive solely for the scenery.

Beautiful flowers at Granville Island
Tons of fresh produce at Granville Island

Lastly, Granville Island Public Market. If only I could bring this place back to Texas with me. I would be eating there every single day. Actually, it’s best it’s thousands of miles away so my bank account isn’t completely empty… BUT. I highly suggest stopping by herewith at least 2 hours to peruse all of the various vendors and foods. This was a bittersweet stop for me because it was one of the last places we saw before leaving Canada.

Here are some of the other places I suggest visiting if you’re in the Vancouver area:

  1. Stanley Park
  2. Gastown
  3. Victoria (About 4 hours away)
  4. St. Marks Summit
  5. Whistler

Canada may be thousands of miles away from me, but one thing is for certain- I’ll be back.

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