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I traveled to Seattle and Vancouver back in March of 2011. My God it feels so long ago! I won’t lie to you, I’m not a fan of Seattle. There wasn’t a whole lot for two under age 20 year olds (my friend and I) to do there. Besides the fact that we couldn’t rent a car, so we had to rely on public transport or walking. However, Vancouver I really enjoyed! There were so many places to visit in Vancouver, Canada!
Vancouver Tourist Spots
1. Hockey, Hockey, Hockey
Get tickets for a game, or find a local bar to sit and enjoy the game with the locals. Upon first arriving in Vancouver we stopped at a local restaurant called Malone’s Bar & Grill. I highly recommend this place! The staff was extremely helpful and kind! So much so that when we asked for recommendations on places to see, the waitress got us a map, marked some locations and told us how to get there! Talk about customer service! They also played the games on the TVs, just like the bars at home.
2. Capilano Suspension Bridge
It’s a little big city! Large enough that you have stuff to do, but small enough to get around. This was a huge plus for us. The public transport here is wonderful and reliable. It also didn’t cost that much from what I remember. What’s really cool about Vancouver is that it’s a city surrounded by greenery. I know many of you are probably thinking Central Park in NYC, that’s not the case here. Vancouver is surrounded by actual forest. They do have set parks with greenery, but it’s not nearly as impressive as the forest around Vancouver. If you’ve ever watched the Twilight series, you’ll know what type of forest I’m talking about (Twilight was very big when we went).
If you want to experience all that greenery and forest, visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I took so many photos here that I had to write a post about it! It was one of my favorite and most memorable places to visit in Vancouver, Canada.
Hint: Check your credit cards before you go, you don’t want to come home to international fees like I did!
3. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden
A unique place for greenery was the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Garden. Modeled after the Ming Dynasty scholars’ gardens in the city of Suzhou, it became the first authentic full-scale Chinese garden built outside of China upon its completion in April 1986. The garden’s name is symbolic of the meeting of cultures. It pays homage to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, who is considered the father of modern China. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen strove to promote cultural understanding between China and the rest of the world, visiting Vancouver on a number of occasions.
4. Granville Island
Granville Island has a quaint public market to do some shopping in. An indoor market featuring a fascinating assortment of colourful food and produce stores, handcrafted products and unique gifts. All fresh from the ocean, the oven or the field. Even though it is one of the Vancouver tourist spots, locals also frequent the market.
5. Just Walk Around Vancouver
There is an assortment of lovely things about Vancouver. From the fresh air, to the markets, and quirkiness, it is a must see city in Canada. One historical tourist spot is the steam clock seen below. It is powered by a steam engine! Only a few functioning steam clocks exist, most designed and built by Canadian horologist Raymond Saunders for display in urban public spaces.