Visiting Vancouver

Christina, a HomeAway staffer, gives us the lowdown on British Columbia's crown jewel

Vancouver is a bustling, diverse city on the west coast of Canada. A trip to Vancouver was just the thing my husband and I needed for a last getaway before having our first child last year.

Vancouver has a great public transportation system and lots of fun things to explore and do. First of all, Tim Horton’s is the Canadian equivalent to Dunkin’ Donuts and you can find one (seemingly) on every block. We indulged in Tim Horton’s coffee and donuts often to keep us warm as it can start out a little cool in the morning even on a beautiful day.

A great outdoor and scenic activity we really enjoyed was renting bikes and riding around the Stanley Park seawall, which is a roughly 10km loop. We took a couple of photo-op breaks, which also allowed us to take in the breathtaking views. It was easy for us to get from our downtown vacation rental to the park via public bus and once we were there we found a handful of bike shops renting bikes out to people just like us!

We spent another day heading out to Victoria. We booked a tour where a shuttle took us via ferry (roughly 1.5 hours) to the island however if you have a car you can drive yourself onto the ferry and tour the Island yourself! The ferry we took was extremely large and you could take in the beautiful views either from inside or out on one of the many balconies. Once in Victoria we spent time at Butchart Gardens and then exploring downtown Victoria, stopping for some snacks and a beer for the husband.

Another can’t miss for those who really enjoy Chinese cuisine is Chinatown in Vancouver. We were able to enjoy the delectable fresh Chinese pastries (yum) that we love and some great authentic dim sum that just isn’t the same here in Austin.

Overall Vancouver was the perfect fall getaway with plenty of options for adventure, exploration and great eats. We left with some great memories and full bellies!

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