Continuing my vacation recap to Canada earlier this month, after we spent a few days in Whistler, we drove back down to Vancouver to finish out our vacation. Vancouver was definitely the relaxing half of our trip – we spent plenty of time in the mornings and evenings relaxing in our hotel room, and even got a massage in the hotel’s spa facilities. I love baths, so I couldn’t resist soaking in this glorious tub just about everyday:But here are a few of the fun things we did in the city:
1. Biked around Stanley Park – Mike had the great idea that we should borrow bikes from the hotel and bike around Stanley Park! Given the fact that I haven’t ridden a bike in over a decade (almost two), I was a little nervous about my ability to stay upright, but after a few wobbly minutes, I picked it up right away. This was one of the highlights of our time in Vancouver for me, and I enjoyed our 1-hour bike ride around the park so much.
2. Visited Vancouver Aquarium – You’d think after visiting probably a dozen aquariums world-wide, I’d be tired of them. But no. We spent hours at the Vancouver Aquarium – looking at the jellyfish, watching the whale show, and…the otters. I almost took one home.
3. Ran near the waterfront – I didn’t really feel like running in Whistler with all the physical activity we were doing, but I ran almost every day in Vancouver! The weather was perfect, and there’s a running path right near the water.
4. Visited a Chinese garden – This was a little random, but one of our last days there we were looking for things to do, and we came across Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen’s classical chinese garden in the middle of the city. To be honest, I didn’t think the garden was worth the $12 entry fee (it’s pretty small), but the space was beautiful and tranquil.
5. Ate…a lot – now for the REAL highlight of our Vancouver stay – the food! Some favorites below:
- Japadog – Asian-style hot dogs and flavored fries. SO good.
- Crackle Creme – Flavored creme brulee! The macarons were also adorable – we brought some home for the kids in our small group
- Chambar – really interesting drinks and great mussels
- Dinesty Dumpling House – Shanghai soup dumplings and other Chinese food. Basically the same as Din Tai Fung
- Fanny Bay Oyster Bar – great seafood, but expensive and very slow service
And that’s a wrap from our Canada trip! We had such a good time – Canada is beautiful, has tasty food, and is easy to get to/ navigate due to proximity to the U.S. I think we’ll be taking more trips to Canada in the coming years.