Hey hey! I’m back with another post about my recent trip to Canada with Destination Canada, and this one’s all about the day that I spent in Vancouver. I’m going to be putting a Vancouver travel guide together for you in the coming week, and today I plan on sharing all that I did with you on the 1 day I had in Vancouver before I left for Victoria.
So like I mentioned, I was travelling with my mother. She absolutely loves Canada and spent a lot of time there for work a few years ago. Hence going back there made her really happy and she also knew a few spots around the city to take me around to create content and for shopping.
We took the Pacific Coach line bus from Whistler to Vancouver for another 2 hour long scenic journey to Vancouver downtown, which is probably the best area to stay in the city. Now all through this trip, I was fast asleep and missed the entire view cause jet lag is very annoying! 🙈
On arriving in Vancouver, we witnessed one of the most beautiful sunsets from my hotel room balcony. We had a great view of Vancouver’s downtown and high rise buildings, and I felt like I had already fallen in love with the city. We were staying at Century Plaza hotel for 3 nights and I just spent that evening catching up with a few friends from back home who took me around downtown and for some super delicious Indo-Chinese food.
Now because we were bang on in the middle of spring, it was the perfect season for tulips to bloom, and even though we had quite a hectic itinerary the next day, I didn’t wanna miss experiencing the Abbotsford Tulip Festival. They said that the tulip bulbs would be cut within a few days so I knew this was the only chance I would get. We woke up at 6 am and took a 60 minutes drive to the festival, and oh my god, none of the pictures you see below do any kind of justice to how beautiful the view was! Endless rows of tulips, of all colours, as far as the eye can see. I’ve never witnessed anything like this! It was totally worth the sacrificing of sleep and the long drive. If you’re planning a trip to Canada in spring, you CANNOT miss this! I’m now going to let the photos speak for themselves.
Post the tulip fields, we took the Hop On Hop Off bus for a tour of some interesting spots around the city. Probably one of the best ways to get around, especially if you’re staying at one of the hotels that’s on their stops. They picked us up right outside our hotel, and you can track the buses live on their website, to know how far it is from a particular stop. That just makes it so easy to plan your day and get around. Westcoast Sightseeing offers two routes, one is the Park Route that takes you through the famous Stanley Park, and the other is the City Route. We opted for the latter, since I really wanted to visit most of the stops on the route.
Our first stop was David Village, which is one of the most fun, colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods I’ve ever seen! It’s an LGBTQ friendly area, and there are so many cute cafes, restaurants and their most Instagrammed rainbow street crossing. A square with rainbow crossings on all 4 sides, and some of the cutest seating areas to chill at around, has made Davie Village one of my favourite spots in Vancouver!
We also visited Yale Town and the Library Square, but they were so crowded that I couldn’t get any pictures that were good enough to post. Nevertheless, I’d highly recommend dropping by just to take in the beauty of the library and the vibe outside is extremely cheerful!
Next stop was Canada place, for a fun 4D experience. I’ve seen a lot of 4D shows in the past, and honestly, when I walked into this one, I thought it would be pretty much similar to the rest. But I definitely underestimated the experience. It was hands down the best 4D experience I’ve ever seen. Fly Canada literally gives you the illusion of flying over Canada and all of it’s grandeur and scenic beauty. Right from the Niagara Falls, to the Rocky Mountains, to running with animals in the wild, being splashed with water, it literally feels like you’re right there, experiencing it all in person! If you’ve ever got to watch a 4D show in your life, this has to be the one, trust me.
Our last stop after an extremely exhausting day was Gastown. I saved this for last, because Gastown is a lot prettier during the night. With it’s iconic steam-blowing clock, cobbled streets, and vintage lamps, this neighbourhood has a beautiful old-world charm and seems so different from the rest of Vancouver. Pictures don’t do any justice to this place. You have to see it to believe how beautiful it is. My mom and I literally didn’t wanna leave, and spent a few hours just walking around and exploring the neighbourhood before we went to Chipotle, ate our hearts out and went back to our hotel room to crash.
I wanted to tell you about my entire Vancouver trip in one blog post, but I think it would be really extensive and a lot for you to read, so I decided to just talk about this one day for now. My next post, coming tomorrow, will be about Victoria. Who’s excited?!