A short stopover in Vancouver

Since I’ve never been to Canada and Vicki moved there in April this year, it was the perfect opportunity to do a short stopover in Vancouver during my time in Los Angeles. Thus, Saturday evening, I went from Los Angeles to Vancouver, where Vicki and Mac were already waiting to pick me up. Although it was already quite late, we still went for a drink before heading home to their place in North Vancouver. 

The following day, we went for brunch at Nemesis near Gastown while Vicki and Mac showed me around Vancouver and its surroundings afterwards. First, we drove across Stanley Park and then stopped at Prospect Point, where you have a great view of the Lions Gate Bridge, followed by a quick stopover at the beach near Spanish Banks. Crossing over Lions Gate Bridge and on the way to Horseshoe Bay, we stopped by at the Highview Lookout on Cypress Bowl Road, another great viewpoint to overlook the whole city.

When we finally made it to Horseshoe Bay, a 20 minutes ride away from Stanley Park, we grabbed some coffee-to-go and strolled around the marina and the public dock before going to Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver. As it was already later in the afternoon, we headed back to the city but made another stop at Dundarave Beach to walk along the pier there.

Before dinner, we did one last stop at Deep Cove, a small bay area located at the foot of Mount Seymour and home to indigenous people. As it was already about to get dark, we drove back to the city to grab some sushi for dinner near Lonsdale Quay. And while Mac was picking up our food, Vicki and I walked around there. Back home after this long sightseeing day, we were already looking forward to dinner and a relaxing Sunday evening at home.

On Monday, Vicki and Mac had to work again. Yet, as Mac’s dad was also heading towards Downtown around noon, he gave me a ride and dropped me off in West End. From there, I walked towards the city center to Vicki’s workplace, where I picked her up for lunch. As Vicki had to work until the late afternoon, I still had some time to explore the city by myself. So, I visited some of Vancouver’s main sights like Waterfront, Canada Place, and the Marine Building at Burrard Street.

In the afternoon, it started to rain heavily. So, until I met Vicki again, both of us were completely soaked. However, that didn’t stop us from doing some shopping and strolling along Robson Street for a while. Later in the day, we picked up Mac at work and then drove back to North Vancouver together for dinner at PIER 7. As it was already about to get dark by the time we left the restaurant, we went to nearby Lonsdale Quay and watched the sunset from there.

Tuesday was already my last full day in Vancouver, so I got up earlier to see some places I hadn’t been to yet. This time, I took the Sea Bus at Lonsdale Quay and got off at Waterfront from where I walked to Gastown, known for its whistling Steam Clock, Victorian architecture buildings, and great restaurants and bars. Around noon, I met Vicki, and together, we went to Granville Island, a bustling peninsula in False Creek.

After grabbing some food at the Granville Island Public Market, we sat down outside the market listening to live music while walking towards the Granville Island Ferry Dock afterwards. There, we took one of the small ferries and got off at the next stop from where we walked along the beach until we made it to English Bay Beach right in time for cocktail happy hour at Cactus Club. After a lot of gossiping and a second round of cocktails, it was already time for dinner. So Mac picked us up there, and we then went for one last dinner together at Yaletown.

Wednesday morning, on their way to work, Vicki and Mac dropped me off at the city center from where I got on the metro to the airport and later headed back to Los Angeles again. Although my trip to Vancouver was way too short, I enjoyed every minute there and am grateful I got to visit so many places in such a short time. So thanks, Mac and Vicki, for being the best tour guides I could have wished for.

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