Rough Draft: Vancouver, British Columbia
Due to the COVID quarantine, I am creating rough draft, “off the shelf” travel itineraries for when travel resumes normal operations so we do not waste any time getting out and exploring!
Vancouver has been high on our list for awhile but we just haven’t been able to squeeze it in. I had this marked for 2020 in the summer time for Kevin’s birthday – fingers crossed we can make that happen!
Our Beer Christmas Boston turned San Diego Sunshine friends incorporated a stop in Vancouver on their west coast two week road trip and not only had great things to say about it, but Victoria on Vancouver Island as well. So when looking to build the trip, I wanted to hit all the outdoor activities (so much hiking!) and downtown scene in Vancouver but also make time for an overnight in Victoria.
What is there to do?
If you enjoy the outdoors there really is endless things to do!
- The land of suspension bridges
- There are so many suspension bridges in the Vancouver area! But one question I am hoping you can help me with. Is Capilano Suspension Bridge really worth the $60 a person? There seem to be a ton of free or little charge suspension bridges in the area (Lynn Canyon Park, Sea to Sky Gondola) that I am unsure if it’s worth the steep price. Let me know your thoughts if you have been!
- Make sure to include time to simply enjoy downtown Vancouver!
- Take the ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island for a day trip or overnight
- Have some cash to burn? Work in this glacier kayaking adventure during the summer months for the most epic photos.
Where to eat?
As always, I am blown away by the food scene in Vancouver. Way to many places to try for a five day trip. From simple eats to gourmet dining, you can structure your meal plan to your taste without missing a beat.
Flights are looking fantastic so once COVID quarantine is over, this will be one of the first trips we look to book. Most of our west coast trips have been very doable with five days allocated so that is the amount of time I dedicated to this itinerary.
|Day 1||Morning||Arrive in Vancouver
Ferry to Victoria
|Afternoon||The Butchart Gardens||Pendray’s Tea Room
Jackson’s ice cream
|Evening||Explore Downtown||Little Jumbo|
|Day 2||Morning||Fisherman’s Wharf Beacon Hill Park Holland Point Park||Breakfast at B&B|
|Afternoon||Church & State Winery
|Evening||Ferry to Vancouver
|Day 3||Morning||Capilano Suspension Bridge (but $60 a person???)
Lynn Canyon Park (free suspension bridge!)
|Evening||Explore Downtown||L’Attoir or Osteria Savio Volpe (fancy dinner night)|
|Day 4||Morning||Kitsilano Beach
Granville Island Public Market
|A Bread Affair
Peaked Pies (NZ throwback!)
|Afternoon||Sea to Sky Gondola
Estuary Chelem Trail / Squamish Windsports Society
|Evening||Explore Downtown||Tuc Craft Kitchen|
|Day 5||Morning||VanDusen Botanical Gardens||The Juice Truck|
|Afternoon||Beer Tour – there are a TON of breweries!
||Anh and Chi
Earnest Ice Cream
Other places of interest:
- 49th Parallel – coffee and donuts
- Cartems – coffee and donuts
- Revolver – coffee
- Timbertrain – coffee
- The Flying Pig – bar
- Clough Club- bar
- Lamplighter Public House – bar
- The Diamond- cocktails
- Purebread – bakery
- Terra Breads – bakery
If you have been to Vancouver, let me know what I missed and what your favorites are!
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