Exploring Vancouver

A couple of weeks ago, Matt and I dropped the dogs off with friends and hit the road for a weekend trip to Vancouver, Canada.  This was only my second visit to Canada and my first visit to British Columbia despite having lived in the Pacific Northwest for a few years now.  The drive took about 6 hours plus about 30-45 minutes to cross the border.  We stopped in Seattle both on the way there and back for a bite to eat and to stretch out legs.  The main purpose of our trip to Canada was so I could run in my first International Road Race.  The Scotia Bank Half Marathon and 5K was on Sunday (we both signed up for the 5K) so we had the whole weekend to explore…

Here I am at the Packet Pick Up the day before our race:


And here are my top 3 from our weekend in Canada:

1)  Granville Island.  We spent Saturday morning exploring Granville Island, which was filled with artist’s studios and galleries:


We had lunch at a restaurant called Bridges which boasted a view of the same as we sat outside on their patio:


We also explored the Market on the island, which offered an amazing selection of produce and fresh seafood:



2.  Gastown.  Gastown is a historical and charming neighborhood in Vancouver, complete with cobblestone streets and steam-powered clocks:


We stopped at a pub called the Lamplighter in Gastown for some afternoon refreshments – I enjoyed a fruity concoction with fresh strawberries while Matt had a beer:


3.  Stanley Park.  Saturday evening we had dinner reservations at the Stanley House Fish House, a seafood restaurant located in the large city park.  We left our hotel early so we could walk there along the Sea Wall and arrived with time to spare in order to do some exploring of Stanley Park and scout out where our race would be starting on Sunday morning:




Check out the three turtles sunning themselves!  We also enjoyed the beautiful weather in Vancouver that weekend – lots of sun and no rain.  I should also mention how much I enjoyed our meals in Vancouver – throughout our trip, we enjoyed some wonderful, fresh seafood and even picked up some Tim Horton’s doughnuts and coffee for the drive home.  It was a short trip and we might have spent more time in the car than walking around and exploring Vancouver, but it was a great start and I’m excited to go back!  Next time I think we’ll take the ferry so we can explore some of the local wilderness on some more remote islands..

Have you ever been to Vancouver?  What do you recommend for my next Canadian adventure?



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