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