We didn’t stay very long in Vancouver city and had two days and a night before leaving for our hike around Jasper. I would choose to stay longer if we had the chance. I didn’t get to visit Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain during this trip.
Vancouver is one of the most active cities I’ve experienced. You’ll see people cycling, walking or jogging almost at any time of the day and everywhere! Drivers have to look out for the cyclists and this is truly a city meant for ‘living’. I love how active the city is and the infrastructure is conducive. The Seawall is a good example. It links the waterfront areas around the city and encourages people to walk, jog or cycle to places. [To anyone reading this now, I’m available for branding or marketing work in this lovely city! :D] Lunch at Sandbar on Granville was good but I would have opted for a quieter place if I had the choice. Vancouver is also home to many coffee joints for the coffee addicts like M and I. This is a place where I can envision myself having a rounded lifestyle – Exercise, the outdoors, sun, sea, mountains, working outdoors, cafe culture and I will repeat myself again, really active.
This city is also the gateway to outer BC where the national parks are. Camping during summer is common so do book your campsites early ahead of summer. We went by a few campsites and noted that they were all booked out. We were lucky that we managed to book our campsites at Mount Robson in June, a month before our visit.
We stayed at The Opus Vancouver which was comfortable and really convenient to get around. It’s right smack in Yaletown Vancouver and walkable to the Seawall, to great restaurants, nearby coffee joints and shopping when you need it. The hotel room is not large but the bed is large and comfortable. Bathrooms are bright and you’ll be treated to MALIN + GOETZ body foam, shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom.
Next trip Vancouver:
- Grouse Mountain and yes, I will challenge my own time to the peak too.
- Stanley Park
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Quarry Rock Trail
- Watch hockey at Rogers Arena
- Cypress Mountain
- Mount Seymour
- Porteau Cove Provincial Park, approximately one hour northwest of Vancouver along the Sea to Sky Highway.
- Visit Gastown just because I’ve heard that this is one of the most-filmed locations in Vancouver, in addition to other parts of Vancouver which are common for filming or movies or TV series.
- Other parts of BC beyond Mount Robson National Park (in the next post).
Not enough of BC,