Canada: Vancouver

Today I’m taking you to the second stop of our honeymoon trip: Vancouver!

The first hours in Vancouver we spend walking through Gastown, which is the oldest neighbourhood in the city. And of course we stopped by the famous steam clock and Gassy Jack.

Granville Island

One of my favorite places in the city was Granville Island. The public market there is just paradise for food lovers. There is probably nothing you do not get there, from fruit, to fish, meat, bakery products and much more.

Whale Watch

One thing you should also not miss when you are in Vancouver is to go on a whale watch tour. We took one by Vancouver Whale Watch, located in Steveston village.
When we were sailing out of the harbour we spotted a large group of sea lions on the rocks already and a baby bald eagle looking out of its horst.
Out on the sea it took quite a while to find whales and we almost thought it was a day of bad luck when all of a sudden a group of around 6 Orcas, including an only 3 months old baby, appeared.  We followed them for quite a while and it was just beautiful to watch them in their natural habitat. And though that could hardly be topped, we saw a humpback whale as well! At one point it even jumped out of the water only a few hundred a meters next to our boat, which you can imagine, was just breathtaking.

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Another day we spend in the area around Grouse Mountain and the Capilano suspension bridge park.
Starting at Grouse Mountain we took the skyride up there early in the morning, enjoying the spectacular view down on the city and visiting the grizzly bear habitat.

Back down on solid ground we walked down the street till we reached the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. In the park itself there is so much to see and do, from the suspension bridge itself stretching 137m across and 70m above the Capilano river, to the Cliffwalk or the Treetop adventure. It’s most definitely a place I would go visit with my kids if we should ever go there together.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park can probably called the green lung of Vancouver. It’s a great place to spend the day if you need a bit of retreat.
We mainly followed the seawall walk, taking you around the entire park, passing points like Siwash Rock or the Nine O’Clock Gun. We also planned to visit the aquarium, but there was a veeeeery long waiting line outside when we showed up there and somehow the ticket machine where you could buy tickets with your credit card, did accept neither mine nor the one from my husband. So this is now on our to do list for the next trip there.

 
City Spots

Walking around the city you find so many really nice spots. Sometimes also just by chance like we did when discovering the Marine Building. If you get around there and have the time: step in! It’s not only amazing from the outside but also from the inside.

The whole harbour area is worth to hang around as well. It not only provides a nice view on the city skyline but also the mountains.

After our time there we definitely understand why Vancouver is one of the cities with the highest quality of life.

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