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Vancouver in less than 48 hours

In hindsight, we should’ve given ourselves more than a day and a half to explore the largest city in British Columbia, but Jay and I made the best of our time and covered a lot of ground — all by foot! Join me for a walking tour of this gorgeous city…

We got into the city late afternoon after our ski trip at Whistler.

1302_Van_033After finding and settling into a our hotel, we immediately set out to find food. The twinkle lights and cobblestone streets of Gastown drew us in.

1302_Van_001Van7The Gastown steam clock even whistles! It’s powered by steam from the city’s downtown centralized heating system. At right is a statue of “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain who arrived in 1867 and opened the area’s first saloon.



1302_Van_003Funny how we go to Vancouver to end up eating at a Carolina barbecue place. No regrets though, this place was delicious. (Insider tip: order the jalapeno pork sausage smokie and a side of their hush puppies with honey bourbon dip!)


1302_Van_006Canada Place, home to Vancouver’s convention centre, that also acts as a cruise ship terminal.


1302_Van_005There were float planes everywhere. Stanley Park is in the distance above and you can even make out Lions Gate Bridge beyond the park.

1302_Van_008Boat houses, people. How fabulous are these?!



Van5We walked along Vancouver Harbour and over to Stanley Park and the Burrard Inlet. Above at left is the Brockton Point Lighthouse and at right is the park’s collection of totem poles.



The views from Stanley Park are amazing. The park is 1,001 acres and has walking and bike trails throughout.





1302_Van_016Deep in the park are rain forests containing red cedars, hemlocks and Douglas firs. It was so very peaceful here.



1302_Van_018English Bay Beach


1302_Van_020The view from Granville Street Bridge. Burrard Street Bridge in the distance.


1302_Van_021A bird’s-eye view of our lunch time spot: the Granville Island Public Market.


1302_Van_024 Feed me now! Thai noodle salad and risotto cake from Laurelle’s Fine Foods.




1302_Van_026Did you think we would leave without getting dessert?! Cheesecake, cream puff sundae and a side of French macarons. We may have gone a little overboard.


1302_Van_029After leaving Granville and making the long walk back to our hotel, we re-energized with one of the best mochas I’ve had, courtesy of Caffé Artigiano.


Van6After we booked Vancouver, I have to tell you that I was most excited about visiting its Chinatown, the largest in Canada. After having been there, I have to say that the streets were disturbingly quiet and a little scary, but it didn’t stop us from having one of our favorite meals.

Above at left, the Sam Kee building is the shallowest commercial building in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. At right was our dinner stop.

1302_Van_030 Phnom Penh specializes in Cambodian/Vietnamese food. Highly recommend anything fried on the menu, haha. We got the spicy spare ribs and fried rice; so good!

1302_Van_031One last photo of Canada Place lit up at night to round out our tour. Vancouver, I hope one day we’ll meet again!


  1. Great Post – loving your photos – thanks for sharing this beautiful city!!! On my travel bucket list along with staying on a house boat. Have a Great One:)


    • Renee, I’m adding staying on a boat house to my bucket list now that you brought it up. Thanks for the wonderful idea and for your lovely comments.


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