I know, I know. It’s been quite a bit of time since we got back from Vancouver and I have finally got around to writing + posting about it. So here you go: Four months ago Tylor and I went to the West Coast, stopping in Vancouver, Banff & Calgary. And you want some fun stuff to do in Vancouver, right? Well, my friends, dig right in:
Tylor wasn’t feeling well when we first arrived, so he slept while I caught up on some work. We didn’t end up doing too much on the first day, but it was a nice way to ease into the trip.
a canucks game
As you’ve probably gathered, this one was not my idea/nor on my list, but it was fun to see them play. Tylor loves hockey + we took my cousin who lives in Vancouver and he also loves hockey. We watched the Canucks play the Ducks, and tickets were only $50 – a steal right?!
capilano suspension bridge
I’m sure you’ve all seen photos of the infamous suspension bridges in Vancouver. Here’s what they don’t tell you – standing on those bridges literally feels like you’re going to fall off and die, at least for me. The more people that are on them, the more they shake as you walk. Crossing this bridge brought out a wonderful new fear of heights that I had never experienced before. HOWEVER, the views are spectacular and it’s quite breathtaking being surrounded by all the nature, so totally worth it. Tylor and I bought tickets the night before ($46.95), went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge right when it opened, and STILL had a hard time getting solo shots. Here’s a tip, be a little more pushy when asking people to wait while you take a photo. We didn’t do this, and everyone started to pass by us – making it extremely hard to get those oh-so-coveted solo shots.
If you know me AT ALL, you know that I live for brunch so of course this made the list. My top two picks were Medina Cafe & Jam Cafe, in downtown Vancouver. At Medina, I tried the Spicy Paella (which was amaze) and at Jam, I stuck with my go to – eggs benny! There’s a ton of good spots in the downtown core, and as a hardcore brunch enthusiast, I firmly believe you should take advantage and try a new one every day.
Ok so this was interesting. I thought it would be a lot more like the Top of The Rock in New York, where you could actually walk outside – it’s not. There’s a glass window that starts at the ceiling and goes till mid way on the wall, and the room is a circle, offering a 360° view. AKA if you’re short, you will have some difficulty seeing anything. Lucky for you (me), they had stools that were meant for children, but I took one anyways. Not what I was expecting, but pretty nonetheless. And the elevator ride up had a pretty sweet view, if you manage to stand beside the window. Take a look, here. Tickets were $17.50, so not too expensive for the view.
wander around downtown vancouver
This might have been the favourite part of my trip – wandering around a new city makes me so happy (even if it is raining a bit). Stuff an umbrella in your backpack & you’re good to go. This was the day I found famous pink and yellow walls, completely by accident, and they were so pretty. We stumbled upon a few pretty cafes, new brunch spots to try, and some pretty buildings. There’s nothing quite like finding gems in a new city, no?
sea to sky gondola + sky pilot suspension bridge
The Sea To Sky gondola & the Sky Pilot suspension bridge were easily one of my favourite parts of this trip, despite going on the foggiest day – making it impossible to see anything beyond the trees. But even though there were no mountains/ocean views this time, riding the gondola up the mountain & then crossing the suspension bridge was just STUNNING. I won’t lie – I was pretty terrified crossing this bridge, so much so that I actually held up the line while I slowly made my way across. Foggy days actually mean less people, so we were the second people to get on the bridge (after an engagement shoot). Tickets cost$41.95 each, and are totally worth it – if I had to choose one bridge, it would be this one. There are no words to describe how beautiful it was, so I’ll just let the photos do the talking.
take a day trip to whistler
We went to Whistler for half a day to meet up with one of Tylor’s college buddies who works in the town. It was a beautiful 50 minute drive (we drove from Squamish) – the mountains were insane. The village itself was really cute and picturesque, so pretty to walk through and snap a few photos. If anyone’s looking to take a ski trip, go to Whistler. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Since we were only here for 4 days, we squeezed Gastown into a small window, in the evening around 7pm. Ideally, I would have loved to spend an entire day here but that will have to wait till next time. We walked around the area, took some photos and grabbed a quick dinner at Meet. It’s a really nice part of the city so I’d highly recommend going back during the day (first spot I’m hitting up the next time I’m on the west coast).
stanley park & lions gate bridge
I put these two together because they are right beside each other. I didn’t get as much time here as I wanted, but just that means we’ll have to go back right?! The bridge is just gorgeous, it was fun to drive through, and take about a million photos of. Stanley park had been on my list for so long, what I really wanted to to was go for a bike ride around the park (which would have taken an hour). We only had 30 minutes, so we couldn’t make it work , but I was grateful to spend some time at each, taking photos, enjoying the weather and exploring.
We went to Granville Island right before our 10 hour drive to Banff. First, we grabbed a hearty brunch at Off The Tracks. Then we headed over the market, which has all kinds of yummy food (gyros, doughnuts, ice cream, etc) + pretty flowers, and all the succulents a girl could ask for. Tylor would’t let me buy any (just ask him how many times he pulls me away from the flower section in any store) BUT you should definitely visit Granville Market if you’re in Vancouver, and pick up some flowers for me.
That brings our time in Vancouver to a close, if you ask me it was just a little too short. We spent a good few hours in each place, and I think we did an excellent job of seeing/doing everything we wanted. I know I’ll be back soon, and try to stay a little longer next time. I fell in love with the city and it will always have a special place in my heart. Stay tuned for what we got up to in Banff.