After the Alaskan cruise, most of the travel crew headed back home but my aunt and I stayed in Vancouver for a few days. I was excited to check it out!
Our cruise ship docked on Sunday morning and we walked to our rental car place and then drove over to our hotel to use the Wi-Fi and plan our day!
We decided to go to Capilano Suspension Bridge because it was high on my list of things to do. Little did we know that Sundays are VERY busy days in Vancouver (presumably because of the cruise ships) and the place was packed!
First, we walked across the Cliffwalk, which was terrifying (I’m scared of heights – why do I do these things?)
Then it was time to get in line (over 30 minute wait time) for the Suspension Bridge. Originally built in 1889, the Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above the Capilano River. Supposedly the bridge can hold up to 96 full grown elephants (how do they know this? Have they tried? How did they know to stop at 96? LOL).
You can see it was quite crowded. Here’s me trying to be brave for a photo (completely terrified):
And a Snapchat I took quickly once I had almost safely returned to steady ground:
After we toured the other side of the grounds, and safely crossed the bridge a second time, I had to get some ice cream to calm my nerves. Then we headed out. We went back to the hotel to check in and then went out to eat at Pier 7 restaurant on the water where I had a delicious salmon bowl:
Then we drove up to Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver and hiked out to see the lighthouse.
Day 2 in Vancouver we got tickets to do the Hop On, Hop Off bus tour. We stopped at Stanley Park first and walked all around there taking pictures and enjoying the beautiful day.
Stanley Park was also high on my list of places to visit. It is 10% larger than Central Park in NYC. It is on prime real estate right in the heart of downtown Vancouver. I love that this treasure still exists today!
There’s even a lighthouse!
We ate lunch in the park at the Teahouse restaurant and then headed to English Bay Beach. There was a statue park across the street with fun statues making silly faces so we went and took pictures with them.
We walked around the beach for a bit but it was cold! We got back on the bus and headed to Granville Island. The Island was really neat – went through the Farmer’s Market and had some delicious desserts and some food samples. Walked around the other shops. Got back on the bus and went to Chinatown, which we walked through to get back to Gastown area and went to the Vancouver Lookout. Went up in the lookout tower and saw good views of the city.
Afterwards, we walked past the steam clock again and went to dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory.
Day 3 – we drove to Tsawwassen to catch the ferry over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Once in Victoria, we grabbed at a bite to eat at a restaurant on the waterfront. Then we went to the Butchart Gardens, which were beautiful and amazing! So many gorgeous flowers.
I love taking flower photos!
After the gardens, we went the butterfly gardens up the street, which was not impressive. Then we went to the lighthouse, which we got there at 4pm and found out they close at 5pm so glad we made it!
Then we headed over to tour the Castle, which was pretty cool and we saw a couple doing a photo shoot with the girl dressed up like Rapunzel. Then we headed back to the port to catch the ferry back to Vancouver. There were lots of food options on board the ferry so we had dinner there. Once back in Vancouver, we headed back to the hotel and called it a night.
The next day we slept in, got packed up and headed to the airport to fly back home! It was a great few days. Vancouver is as beautiful as I pictured!
Have you been to Vancouver? Anything I missed?