Vancouver: Stanley Park and the West End

We love Vancouver, British Columbia! We've traveled there several times via car and train, exploring different neighborhoods downtown as well as Grouse Mountain, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the North Shore and more. It doesn't matter how many times we go--we always discover something new. For the most part Brian and I have gone together or …

Continue reading Vancouver: Stanley Park and the West End

Exploring Vancouver’s Granville Island

The last time we visited Vancouver, we ended our visit at Granville Island. We drove over and parked, took the False Creek Ferry tour, popped in the market just as it closed, and grabbed a late seafood dinner before driving back to Seattle. It was just enough time to realize we needed a lot more time! During …

Continue reading Exploring Vancouver’s Granville Island

Train Rides and Vancouver’s West End

We've been to Vancouver, BC, several times but always by car. It takes about three hours to get there, but since we haven't gotten around to getting our Nexus passes yet we always end up waiting at the border crossing and adding time to our journey. Each time we go we want to return, so …

Continue reading Train Rides and Vancouver’s West End

An Afternoon on Vancouver’s North Shore

Although we've been to Vancouver several times, each visit has only served to remind us how much there is to see and do in the city and surrounding area. Our first time there we drove to the North Shore so we could explore Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. We had a blast but didn’t …

Continue reading An Afternoon on Vancouver’s North Shore

Day Trip to Vancouver: Granville Island

We drove to Vancouver for a day with my in-laws and lucked out with the weather--the day kept getting more beautiful and sunny as it went along. We ended our time at Granville Island, and there was so much to see and do, only some of which we were actually able to explore, that I thought it …

Continue reading Day Trip to Vancouver: Granville Island

Day Trip to Vancouver: Downtown

For our first Labor Day weekend in the Pacific Northwest we headed to Canada with my in-laws. There was no way I was fighting the Seattle traffic during Bumbershoot so it seemed best to head the opposite direction and across the border for a day in Vancouver. We got up early, grabbed breakfast along the …

Continue reading Day Trip to Vancouver: Downtown

Victoria, BC: Forest Fires and PRIDE

I was sad our long weekend in Victoria, BC, had to come to an end, but I was thrilled at the random, unanticipated occurrences our last day that made it incredibly memorable! We decided to go for one last walk along the ocean before checking out of our inn so we walked through the James …

Continue reading Victoria, BC: Forest Fires and PRIDE

Victoria, BC: Boat Rides and Chinatown

Victoria's harbor is certainly its focal point, and it was also the theme for our third day in the city. From seafood breakfasts to harbor ballets to water taxis, almost our entire day was on or along the water. We resorted to purchasing muffins from the cafeteria on the ferry the morning we arrived in Victoria …

Continue reading Victoria, BC: Boat Rides and Chinatown

Victoria, BC: Fisherman’s Wharf and the Harbor at Twilight

We had an incredible start to our second day in Victoria, BC, visiting the Craigdarroch Castle and having Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel. After an early afternoon siesta we were ready to venture out again, so we started with a few happy hour spots before taking a leisurely walk around the harbor and Laurel …

Continue reading Victoria, BC: Fisherman’s Wharf and the Harbor at Twilight

Victoria, BC: Morning Castles and Afternoon Tea

We had a great time exploring Victoria's harbor and downtown area our first day in the city but decided to get some walking in our second morning by venturing out to Craigdarroch Castle. I will be the first to admit I had no idea Victoria had a castle. Apparently the name is a little tongue-in-cheek …

Continue reading Victoria, BC: Morning Castles and Afternoon Tea