If you were to ask me where I would visit again- I would have to say Vancouver/B.C as one of my choices. British Colombia is insanely beautiful and full of nature. When we started driving north of Vancouver- I felt as if the world stopped and took my breathe away. The fog laying on top of these beautiful tall standing trees and the winding roads along the waters- can you picture what I’m describing here? I seriously would take this view with the blue lakes over a beach in the south any day! So that leads me to how many days do I suggest? A MINIMUM of 3 days!!! There’s so much to do and see with a short drive outside of Vancouver. Go explore, ski, swim, hiking, and eat!

Where to stay:

I would suggest staying by Harbourfront or by BC Stadium. There’s some really nice hotels and you could find great deals sometimes. The only downside to Vancouver is if you have a car. Parking is over $40 at some hotels! They do have a great public transportation system but, we unfortunately did not experience it since we rented a car to drive out to explore Joffre Lakes and the Richmond area.

What to do:

  • Granville Island Public Market
  • Take a 2.5 hour trip to hike to Joffre Lakes. The hike is steep here and there but the view is totally worth it. I would do this again in a heartbeat. There’s a lower, middle, and upper lake- make sure you make it to the top!
  • Also on the way to Joffre Lakes is Brandywine Falls Provincial Park
  • And whistler- go skiing here in the winter!
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Stanley Park
  • Canada Place
  • Whytecliff Park
  • Point Atkinson/ Lighthouse Park
  • Sea to Sky Gondola – temp. closed
  • Hell’s Gate Airtram
  • Visit Chinatown
  • Visit Gastown- check out the clock!
  • Richmond Night Market: definitely save your stomach when this night market is around. Food is great but parking is not. I suggest ubering!

Where to eat:

  • OEB (Breakfast)
  • Jam Cafe (breakfast)
  • Medina Cafe (Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Catch 122 (Breakfast/Brunch)
  • Fanny Bay Oyster House
Geoduck- wow it was AMAZING and super fresh
Perfectly cooked mussels
  • Olive and Anchor
  • Shanghai River – get the dumplings!
  • Dinesty Dumpling House- more dumplings!
  • Rodney’s Oyster House
  • Phnom Penh (Vietnamese and Cambodian Fusion)
  • Steveston Pizza Company- if you want to be adventurous- get the $75 seafood pizza
  • Japadog
  • Fable (Canadian)
  • Robba da Matti (Italian)
  • Kissa Tanto (Japanese)
  • Landmark Hotpot House
  • The Dolar Shop (Hotpot)
  • Saku- Japanese Chicken
  • The Old Spaghetti Factory
  • Trafiq Cafe and Bakery (Dessert)
  • Nero Belgian Waffle Bar (Dessert)
  • Bake 49 (Dessert)
  • 3 Quarters Full Cake
  • Beaucoup Bakery and Cafe


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