Yeah so last time I was telling about the Rocky Mountains that really rock! From the Rockies we then drove to Vancouver. In big big Canada it took over 8 hours to get there. Motel hotel on a way and continued going! Too bad we didn’t have more time. There would have been great natural wonders on the way, if using the longer routes. Natural hot springs and some crazy wonderful stuff… Next time! But if you’re into a trip to Canada, plan it well! And time of course means more experiences.
It was interesting to arrive suddenly from nature to a city, to 580 000 people Vancouver surrounded by mountains. We only had two days in Vancouver before catching the flight back to Toronto. It’s of course difficult to get a proper picture of a city in such a short time but we managed to get an overview.
By having the hotel in the centre it was easy to walk around in downtown. Gastown was a really cool neighbourhood with nice but quite expensive restaurants, pubs and small design stores. And a lot of homeless people! I’m not sure if I have ever been in a city where are so many homeless – of course not counting the Big Apple. It didn’t feel that nice to go around the district in the evening. Homeless people might come to beg on you. That’s when it feels awkward. The relatively warm climate around the year makes it possible for homeless to make it in Vancouver. As a coastal city Vancouver has mild winters but cool summers. Our August days were pretty grey. So not many sunny pics.
Funny pictures though. There were quite a lot of interesting street art and nice spots in the city. It feels also a compact city to move around. Especially since we took the tourist’s saviour: the sightseeing double-decker to see all the tourist spots in an easy way within one day. I rarely use these kind of buses, but prefer them if there is only a little time. Then it’s handy to do some (hip)hopping on and off.
We had a wine bottle in the bus and we were being undercover and secretly sipping our red from the Starbucks cups. I guess we identified well with the people from last night’s Gastown’s funky walk… Anyway a great memorable bus trip through the most common parts of the city. West end, huge and green Stanley Park, big market place Granville Island and China town.
What I felt a pity was that we were so close to Vancouver Island but so far time vice, no chance to go there! They say that it is such a lovely island having a diversified nature – mountains, fiords, glaciers, lakes, bays and of course sea around – Canada in a smaller package, being an island size of 460 km x 80 km… From Vancouver it’s also only a 2,5 hours grunge car trip to get to sleepless Seattle. I would also consider flying a short cheap flight to the Hawaii dream haha! Vancouver is so far, so why not to go a bit further… The world will adjust!