British Columbia is a beautiful province, defined by its Pacific coastline and mountain ranges. As I’d never visited the west coast of Canada, a last-minute weekend visit to Vancouver B.C. was in store!
I found some amazing travel deals booking flight and hotel together on Expedia.ca, the lowest prices than anywhere else. I’d booked on Expedia.ca before, and knew that I’d find the best travel prices. I took my mom on this trip for a lovely mother-daughter getaway.
The flight on Air Canada was comfortable, and because it was a domestic flight, we made it from the moment we arrived in the airport to our gate within a half hour. Security was a breeze.
Once we arrived at YVR, a car service picked us up from baggage claim, and brought us into the city to our hotel. The driver told us a little about the housing market and prices of homes as we drove through one of the most expensive neighbourhoods of the city.
We stayed at the beautiful Four Seasons Vancouver right downtown. Our charming hotel room offered a lovely view of the city. Set above the Pacific Centre mall, the upscale hotel is right in the hart of downtown, a 2-minute walk from Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain station, and a 10-minute walk to historic Gastown.
The cozy rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, DVD players and marble bathrooms. The beds and pillows are super comfy. Upgraded rooms add floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows with skyline views. Some suites have dining areas, private bars and/or extra bathrooms. Upgraded 2-storey suites are also available, and kids 18 and under stay free.
In order to get around town easily, we took the Van City Trolley, which had a stop right across the street from our hotel. It was a convenient way to get around town, and we toured around the entire city, going through to Stanley Park, Granville Island, Chinatown, Yaletown, and Gastown.
You could get off at the various stops, and then hop back on again. What would’ve been great is if the trolley offered a couple of route options. The route was only one way; clockwise around the city. We enjoyed the commentary from the driver who gave a good overview of the main sites in Vancouver with a little bit of humour.
One stop we took advantage of was Stanley Park, which covers 1,000 acres in a bustling downtown. The public park borders the downtown of Vancouver in and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of Vancouver Harbour and English Bay. Stanley Park is home to the Vancouver Aquarium and First Nations Totem Poles, and offers a wonderland of forest activities including a Miniature Railway.
After we hopped back on, we visited Gastown, the heart of Vancouver. Gastown was designated a National Historic Site in 2009, and offers a saw tooth skyline that dates back to the 1800s, showcasing some of the city’s best Victorian Italianate, Edwardian Commercial and Romanesque architecture. We stopped to take some photos with the steam clock and looked at some of the lovely shops on the strip. I also enjoyed a Starbucks during our window-browsing; there are apparently 200 Starbucks locations around the city!
The next morning, we took advantage of the free shuttle to Capilano Suspension Bridge, 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The current bridge is 140 metres long and 70 metres above the river. Robson Street Your visit includes the Treetops Adventure and Cliffwalk in North Vancouver, BC. Canyon Lights November 24, 2016 to January 8, 2017. Re-capture the feeling of wonder and excitement of the holiday season and be amazed by the hundreds of thousands of lights throughout the park. The suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, the rainforest and canyon are transformed into a world of festive lights and visual enchantment. See the world’s tallest living Christmas tree (153 feet tall!), go on a Snowy Owl Prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies and make your own Christmas card (by donation) in the Winter Pavilion, and sing-along with the holiday band.
Later, we took a stroll along Robson Street, one of the first streets in Vancouver, and was named in honour of John Robson, Premier of British Columbia from 1889-1892. Today, it is Vancouver’s most famous shopping street and a well-established fashion district. I especially loved seeing various parts of the city at night; with Christmas season, the lit trees and decorative lights are so festive!
Vancouver Art Gallery was right at outside the doorstep of the Four Seasons, so we decided to have a visit. Unfortunately only two floors of the art gallery were open, but we enjoyed the Walker Evans “Depth of Field” exhibition. The modern Juxtapoz exhibition was interesting to say the least!
While Vancouver, B.C. is an expensive city, its mountains, ocean and mild temperatures as well as the amazing food and neighbourhoods make this place a must-see destination!
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