Travels of Matt van Vuuren

Vancouver

Exploring the west coast of Canada

Canada flag icon Vancouver, Canada - After a heavy hangover in Tokyo I returned back to Canada with a short stopover to explore the gorgeous city of Vancouver on route to Toronto.

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Since I only had 3 days to explore Vancouver I tried to make the most of it. Luckily, the weather was bright and sunny. I will summarize the places I visited below.

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One: After jumping in a cab at the airport I went downtown to check into the Le Soleil Hotel in downtown Vancouver. The hotel room was beautiful which came with one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in.

exploring Vancouver on the west coast of Canada by Matt van Vuuren in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadaexploring Vancouver on the west coast of Canada

Two: After a short nap at the hotel, I went to Robson Street for some shopping and brunch. I found an awesome shirt of Vancouver at a local souvenir shop.

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Three: I came across the Vancouver Trolley Company which had tours throughout the entire city. I bought my ticket and hopped along.

beautiful house on Stanley Park by Matt van Vuuren in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadabeautiful house on Stanley Park

Four: The first major stop was Stanley Park whic is a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean. The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city.

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Five: For brunch I took the ferry towards Grandville Island where I ate top-notch Salmon at the Sandbar restaurant. The Granville Island Public Market features a farmers' market, day vendors, and artists offering a various of local Vancouver culinary offerings.

grilled salmon on rice at the SandBar on Granville Island, Vancouver by Matt van Vuuren in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadagrilled salmon on rice at the SandBar on Granville Island, Vancouver

Six: After brunch I jumped back on the Trolley towards Yaletown and the Canucks Stadium passing through Chinatown and Gastown.

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Seven: For my last stop I decided to explore the cruise ship docks. A giant cruise ship called the Zuiderdam of the Holland America Line was docked. This gigantic ship takes people all the way to Alaska and the Artic.

view of Vancouver from Stanley Park by Matt van Vuuren in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canadaview of Vancouver from Stanley Park

Night is falling so it is time to meet up with my friend Natalie for dinner and drinks in Yaletown. 

Posted by on November 19, 2013

Event Date: August 23, 2013 in Adventure, Architecture

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