O Canada!

I’m apparently very into titling my posts with the names of patriotic and folk songs… It’s the traveling that does it to me 🙂

We left Yellowstone around dinner time and drove through the night, arriving in Beautiful British Columbia by breakfast time. After finding a hotel, getting checked in, and taking showers (blessed, beautiful showers!), we headed to the visitors’ center to figure out what the “must sees” of Vancouver were. The very helpful people there gave us a gameplan and even took our picture.

Look at us! We’re in Canada!

First stop was Stanley Park, the Central Park of Vancouver. It’s chock full of gardens, exhibits, and trails. We walked the trails along the water and then back through the woods on our way into the city.

We may have gotten a small bit misplaced on the trail. We came to this funky bridge thing and hadn’t a clue what to do. We, being the smart and resourceful map readers that we are, figured it out, and headed toward the downtown area.

We found a restaurant for some wine and appetizers. Yum! We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening wandering the city. We played with the color feature on my camera. I love this camera, have I mentioned that recently?

Vancouver is built on the coast, so everywhere you go there are rivers and canals, which makes for great parks and walkways throughout the city.

I think there’s a reason that the most beautiful cities in the world are bit on bodies of water. I mean, there was the whole convenient harbor and port thing for transportation. Besides that, it’s just so much prettier! How do we feel about Vancouver, friends?

When we first got to the city, we weren’t sure what all the hype was about. The most beautiful city in the world? Most liveable city in the world? We weren’t convinced.

After spending a day wandering around and trying different foods and watching all the people, we understood a bit better. I still wouldn’t say that it blew me away, but it’s a pretty cool city. It’s like Europe meets Asia meets Chicago. It’s a city that has a reasonably sized downtown; it’s all very walkable. Yet, it seemed quiet and didn’t have the crazy busyness that Chicago does. It was a very urban and diverse environment with lots of different nationalities, languages, and cultures all coexisting in one small square acreage.

All in all, we give Vancouver our stamp of approval!

On to Whistler!

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