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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Victoria, BC: Downtown, Royal BC and Foodie Tour

After an eventful trip to Vancouver Island, we were excited for our early check in at the James Bay Inn so we could clean up and set out for our first day in Victoria, BC. Our inn was only a quick walk from downtown and in a lovely residential neighborhood called the James Bay Area. The …

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Port Angeles and Ferry Rides to Canada

In celebration of our country's independence, my husband and I enjoyed our freedom to come and go freely from the U.S.A. and traveled to Victoria, British Columbia, for a long weekend leading up to my birthday. We looked into the Victoria Clipper, and later discovered you can take seaplanes between Seattle and Victoria, but we …

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Day Trip to Vancouver: Gastown Crawl

We had an awesome day exploring the great outdoors north of Vancouver, British Columbia, at both Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge, but no day-trip (for us!) is complete without a little foodie tour! We were so caught up in our adventures we didn't have time for lunch so we were more than ready for dinner …

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Day Trip to Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge

There is so much to see and do in Vancouver, British Columbia! For our first day trip, we stuck to places north of downtown that are reachable by public transportation or a personal vehicle since we had our car. Even with a whole Saturday at our disposal, we were only able to accomplish a couple of …

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Day Trip to Vancouver: Grouse Mountain

Maybe it's the incredible weather, or maybe it's that we've only been here a couple of weeks, but it still feels to me like we are on vacation. Every time we run in the morning, I can't wait to get to each cross road so I can try to glimpse the Sound and Olympic Mountains. …

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