A short stopover in Vancouver

Since I haven’t been to Canada yet and Vicki moved there this April, I combined my trip to Los Angeles with a short stopover on the Canadian West Coast. Saturday evening, I flew out at LAX and arrived quite late at the airport in Vancouver, where Vicki and Mac picked 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 started with brunch at Nemesis near Gastown while Vicki and Mac showed me around Vancouver and its surroundings afterwards. First, we drove across Stanley Park and went to Prospect Point, where you have a great view of Lions Gate Bridge, following a quick stop at the beach near Spanish Banks. Crossing Lions Gate Bridge on the way to Horseshoe Bay, we pulled over at the Highview Lookout on Cypress Bowl Road, another viewpoint overlooking the city. At Horseshoe Bay, we grabbed some coffee-to-go, strolled around the marina and the public dock, went to Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver later on, and walked along the pier at Dundarave Beach. We stopped once more at Deep Cove, a small bay area at the foot of Mount Seymour and home to indigenous people, and then went to Lonsdale Quay, where Vicki and I walked around while Mac grabbed some sushi for dinner. Back home after this long sightseeing day, we were already looking forward to dinner and a relaxing stay-in Sunday evening.

Vicki and Mac had to work again on Monday, and I spent the day alone. But as Mac’s dad was heading to town around noon, he gave me a ride and dropped me off in West End. In the city, I met Vicki for lunch close to her workplace and visited some of Vancouver’s main sights, such as Waterfront, Canada Place, and the Marine Building at Burrard Street afterwards. As it started pouring in the afternoon, until Vicki and I met again, we were completely soaked, which, however, didn’t stop us from shopping and strolling along Robson Street. Later, we picked up Mac at work and drove back to North Vancouver for dinner at PIER 7 and watched the sunset at Lonsdale Quay nearby.

On Tuesday, my last full day in Vancouver, I got up earlier to see some places I hadn’t been to yet. This time, I took the Sea Bus at Lonsdale Quay to Waterfront and walked to Gastown, known for its whistling Steam Clock, Victorian architecture buildings, and great restaurants and bars. Around noon, I met Vicki to go to Granville Island, where we got some food at the Public Market and sat down with it outside the market to listen to live music. Later, we took one of the small ferries at the Granville Island Ferry Dock, got off at the next stop, and walked to English Bay Beach, which we reached right in time for happy hour at Cactus Club. After chatting for a while and a second round of cocktails, Mac picked us up for one last dinner at Yaletown.

Wednesday morning, on their way to work, Vicki and Mac dropped me off at the city center, where I took the metro to the airport and flew back to Los Angeles, where I spent some more days. And while my trip to Vancouver was way too short, I’m grateful Mac and Vicki showed me so many beautiful places. So, thanks for being the best tour guides I could have wished for.

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