It has taken way too long for me to write this post but I wanted to share what is now a very outdated trip we took back last March.
Looking back – we had a lot of rain, few hours of hail and a just sprinkle of sunshine for our time in Canada. But the weather couldn’t get us down. We loved our mini vacation to Vancouver even with unfavorable weather. It’s a place for someone that appreciates the wonders of nature and outdoors. Someone that gets the satisfaction for a really good meal. Vancouver is a destination for the foodies, the outdoor enthusiast and the part-time hipster.
Our 7-day itinerary includes some sightseeing, a few days in Whistler and LOTS of eating.
Day 1: Arrival & Getting Settled
We arrived in the late afternoon with a 2-hour delay due to weather. We checked into our cute Airbnb around the Riley Park neighborhood. Walked around the area and decided on an Indian/Afghan restaurant East is East. Opt for the Chai Feast where you get to experience any two dishes accompanied by salad/soup/sides. Come hungry because you’ll want to try everything.
Day 2 – 3: Sightseeing – Grouse Grind, Lynn Canyon Bridge, Granville Market
We rented a car for the day for our mini trip to North Vancouver for our visit to the Lynn Canyon Bridge (FREE). It’s the sister to the famous attraction Capitano Bridge ($35 Entrance Fee).
The plan was to go to Grouse Grind prior to Lynn Canyon Bridge. Given the poor weather condition, we skipped hiking (or climbing) up Grouse Grind. We heard it can be intense but worth the trip. Here is a post on 5 tips for first-timers.
Granville Market is a public market with Vancouver’s freshest meats, seafood and produce. To be quite honest, we were slightly disappointment by the selection. Having been to the Ferry Building in SF and Chelsea Market in NY, we thought this was okay. If you have time, Granville Island Brewery offers daily brewery tours and beer samplers.
Day 4: Stanley Park, Vancouver Urban Winery & Blue Water Cafe
This park is the Golden Gate park to San Francisco and Central Park to New York City. It’s a massive 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Explore the urban park by bike or on foot. We walked around the Seawall and had lunch at the Tea House.
After a rainy stroll in the park, we ended up in downtown Vancouver where we stumbled upon Vancouver Urban Winery. It came recommended by a local and it was a perfect place for us to unwind before dinner.
If you love seafood and want to have the best meal in Vancouver – Blue Water Cafe is the place to go. We treated ourself to a very nice dinner for our wedding anniversary. From oysters, sashimi to our delicious fish entrées – this place is a must if you love seafood.
Hawkers Delight Deli $
East is East $$
Guu with Garlic $$
The Fish Counter $$
The Tea House $$$
Blue Water Cafe $$$$
Day 5 – 7: The Village & Snowboarding
Did you know that Whistler Blackcomb is the largest resort in North America? It’s home to the Winter 2010 Olympics with 8,171 acres of terrain to explore! It’s pretty much the best place to ski/snowboard and rated #1. Not only that, they have a Peak2Peak Gondola ride from one mountain to the next that offers breathtaking views of the mountain. There is a lot to explore in the village with an abundance of restaurants to choose from.
Make sure to check out Pizzeria Antico – they have a Wednesday special of pizza and beer for just $15 CAD. It’s not only bargain but they offer great selection of draft beers and delicious pizza. Another highlight is our dinner at Sushi Village. You have to get there right when it opens as there is typically a very long wait.
Peaked Pies $
Pizzaria Antico $$
Sushi Village $$$