A few weeks ago, Berty and I took a trip to Vancouver, Canada. Vancouver is a 2.5 hour drive from Seattle, so we planned to spend all day Saturday exploring, then return home that night. From the beginning, this day was…interesting. Our original plans failed us right and left! We were ready to explore places like Buntzen Lake, Capilano Park, Stanley Park, and go all around the city. Unfortunately, there was a large snowstorm that day and it put a damper on a lot of our plans. We should have known better coming in December, but we had fun nonetheless! It was a good lesson on taking plans as they come and learning to go with the flow (which does not come naturally to me!*Emily*) So, I present to you…
24 Hours in Vancouver, Canada
When it’s snowy, cold, and wet outside!
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Lynn Canyon Park is a FREE park with lots of trails and a suspension bridge! This is a great alternative if you are strapped on cash but still want an experience similar to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We actually had plans to go to both because Capilano has beautiful twinkly Christmas lights in December and we wanted to see them lit up at night. However, the weather was super crummy outside (think half snow/rain and completely cold and wet…) so we nixed that plan and decided to save Capilano for another trip. Lynn Canyon Bridge was perfect for capturing Vancouver’s surprise winter snowfall if you only have a short amount of time. Pro tip: With one suspension bridge in the park, we had to share it occasionally with other viewers, but if you go early in the morning you will mostly have it all to yourself!
After freezing our butts off outside at Lynn Canyon, we decided to walk around and warm up at the Granville Island Market. This market reminds me of Seattle’s very own Pike Place Market. People everywhere are selling fresh produce as well as coffee, crafts, and ready-to-eat food. We stayed here for a long time eating our lunch and slowly warming up. Besides the public market, Granville Island has a lot more attractions to explore, but the weather outside prevented us from being curious. We’ve quickly learned that a future second trip is necessary!
After walking around outside Vancouver’s Gastown in the combination snow/rain it was a relief to sightsee from behind glass! This Space Needle lookalike sits 553 feet above the ground and it takes you 40 seconds to ride the glass elevator from the bottom to the top. We loved learning about the various buildings and seeing the city from above. We also discovered that the Lookout ticket is valid all day which means you can see the city in the morning and return at night for a completely different view! Totally worth the $16.25 price tag.
Before we started our journey back to Seattle, we stopped at Revolver Coffee in Gastown for a quick caffeine fix. Revolver is a unique coffee shop because of their attention to detail and hand-crafted cups of coffee. The shop hand-selects their coffee beans from all over the world and makes single orders to exactly your preference. For instance, I ordered just a simple drip coffee and they measured out an order for exactly one. No huge brews or batches made here! The cool, downtown atmosphere made for a fun last stop in Vancouver.
Berty and I left Canada with an unexpected lesson in traveling. Things don’t always go the way you plan. We learned that we can have just as much fun thinking of alternative ways to explore a new city. Visiting Vancouver, Berty and I discovered that there is so much more to see in this city, and we should return when the weather is a little nicer…maybe spring time! In the meantime, we’ve added some Canadian adventures to our PNW Bucket list and we’re excited to check them off this year!
Have you ever been to Vancouver, Canada? Tell me about your experience! What did you do?
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Photos by: Berty Mandagie