Who knew vacationing in your backyard could actually mentally register as a vacation? Vancouver is playing mind games. Mountains, beaches, sushi, Lulu Lemon warehouse sales. So this is the real reason people come to Canada.
On a serious note, Vancouver is not in my backyard. And is actually on the other side of the country. Canada being the second biggest country in the world, means my flight was basically halfway to China. But worth every second of my economy class seat!
I don't think people have a problem with boredom here. I just can't see it, there's just too much to keep you preoccupied. And that includes the food. In just 4 days I was able to take extremely long walks along the beach (in Stanley Park), climb mountains (at Cypress), island hop (over to Granville Island), eat the day's catch (at Go Fish), knock back a few local beers (the best out there) and chill with some of my most favourite people. Could I ask for a better weekend getaway? Mmm nope.
Livin' La Vida Local:
Check This Out: If you're heading to Vancouver you're obviously going to check out Granville Island. While you're there be sure to admire the unconventional floating homes, stop in to the Granville Island Broom Co. store to see some gnarly brooms (you won't be able to tear your eyes away) and grab a local beer while watching the seals sun bathe.
You Need to Try This: Do you like sushi? Then go to Raisu. A Japanese fusion tapas restaurant located in the heart of Kitsilano on West 4th Ave and it will not disappoint. You want to order the Sho Ka Do Bento and The Oceans Offerings, but beware they are limited to serving 10-15 of these dishes per dinner service and usually sell out after 10 minutes of opening. You won't regret waiting in line for this place to open. Trust me.
Instagram This: So, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is super cool, but also super expensive and super busy. Making it less than ideal for photos. The trick? Head over to Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, which has similar vibes, is a lot less busy, which means a lot less people to get in the way of photos and it's free!
Granville Island may just be the cutest island out there. A duo of Brazilian street artists transformed six grey concrete silos into a piece of public art for the Vancouver Biennale. It's called ‘Giants’ and I love it.
Man we got our workout in at Cyprus that afternoon. These hills are so much easier flying down on a snowboard than hiking up in converses.