I had to be in Vancouver for administrative reasons a couple times throughout our roadtrip aka I needed to redo my passport at the French Consulate. We only stayed a couple days there, not because we didn’t like it, on the contrary I wish we had spent more time there. But with the van, it was just a little uncomfortable to park and to find places to sleep for free. I have to admit, I actually really love spending time in cities but I’d rather book a small hotel in the middle of downtown and take the pulse of the city by using public transportation. So maybe we’ll explore Vancouver again like that in the future. In the meantime, the couple days we spent there consisted of visiting 2 pillars of the city : Stanley Park and Granville Island.
Day 1 : Exploring Stanley Park
I had my passport appointment in the morning that day, so I was pretty busy and we were looking for something to do that would be easy and ok to do in just one afternoon. And the infamous Stanley Park sounded like the best option for us.
We just walked as many trails as we could, exploring Beaver Lake, Lions Gate Bridge, Devonian harbour as well as the totems. The park is just exquisite, a real oasis in the middle of the city. It really felt like we were not in a megapolis while we were walking down the trails. However when you got out of the trees, you could enjoy some pretty tremendous views on the skyline.
Photo number 2 on this gallery is my favourite one : I’m a sucker for a good skyline and a day moon.
On that last picture, try to spot Mount Baker (Washington State, USA) ! What a great view on a sunny day.
Day 2 : Spending some time in Granville Island
Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancity. It’s only 14 ha so it’s quite small and there’s not tons to do except shop at Granville Market and walk along the marina. However, the quaint and colourful streets of Granville Island are a sight to see. We spent the morning exploring and walking around and then we stopped at the market to buy some real saucisson (dry sausage from France), olives and other delights. The market is full of fresh produces and the building itself is beautiful.
There are obviously a thousand more things to do in Vancouver! Can’t wait to go back without our Vanito or even without Nola so we can stroll all day downtown and go stuff ourselves on views and great food! The other things we did but I don’t have pictures include : driving through downtown several times, catching a coffee in Coal Harbour neighbourhood, exploring Fraser River Park & seeing pretty Iona beach.
Any suggestions for our next time?
Coco, Bobby, Nola & Vanito!
COPYRIGHT: All pictures belong to Fanny Cohen Sanchez, @fannychn on Instagram, Three Times Nine 2020.