WARNING: Long post ahead! Building on the last post, the second stop on our unintentional babymoon was Vancouver, British Columbia: my new favorite place. I had heard Canada was beautiful, but I had no idea just how true that is! We already can’t wait to go back.
After taking the early morning train from Seattle, we arrived in Vancouver around lunchtime. By the time we made it through customs, found a taxi (we didn’t realize they wouldn’t have Uber or Lyft in Canada yet!), picked up our rental car, and found our bed and breakfast though, we were exhausted and only had a few hours of daylight left. We decided to explore the area close to where we were staying, which was basically downtown Vancouver. We were surprised at how walkable (and beautiful) that whole area is!
We stayed at Barclay House Bed and Breakfast, which was cozy and really convenient.
My favorite part of the room was that, for a reason we don’t understand, the bathroom had the option to either have regular lighting or red lighting. Josh had fun with that.
Anyway, the second day, we ventured out to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It was AWESOME!! The entrance fee was pricier than we expected, but it was worth it.
That night, we did more exploring of other parts of Vancouver. (Let’s be honest, we were just driving to find the best pizza in town, and happened upon an amazing view!) Everywhere we turned was a different type of gorgeous.
The next day, we went to Granville Island. There are lots of little shops and restaurants around. My favorite part was the public market though. It had such a cool atmosphere, and the best macarons I’ve ever had!
The last day was my favorite. It was rainy in downtown Vancouver, so we drove up to Grouse Mountain. Although it was only about 15 minutes away, the elevation was so high that it was just snowy and perfect. We took 3 coffee/hot chocolate breaks in the lodge, and enjoyed a sleigh ride around the mountain. They even had a Light Walk, which was just a trail with Christmas lights leading the way. I wish we could have done that at night, but it was still pretty even in the daytime.
We took a detour driving down the mountain. We were grateful for all-wheel drive!
Believe it or not, this is only about 20 percent of my Vancouver pictures. It was so hard to narrow it down! Our favorite things about this leg of the trip were definitely Grouse Mountain, our breakfasts together each morning, and the fact that the dollar is worth more there right now, so it was like we got a 25 percent discount on everything! 🙂 (Perfect excuse when perusing all the adorable shops downtown.) We also didn’t realize how large the Asian population is there, but the Chinatown is amazing!! So much good quality Chinese and Vietnamese food. Our last day was a travel day, which was supposed to mean, take the Amtrak back to Seattle, Uber to the airport, then fly home. It didn’t quite go as planned, since there was a mudslide on the train tracks early that morning. We were scrambling to try to find any possible way back to Seattle. (I even burst into tears a couple times, which did help our case a little bit.) I was so worried we would miss our flight! Thankfully, we were able to get on a bus that took us to Seattle, and we made it to the airport with a few minutes to spare. Good thing, too, otherwise we probably wouldn’t have been home yet when we got the call about Nora. 🙂
Thanks for sticking with me through this monster of a post. Hope you have a great rest of your week!!