February 6, 2020



The Harbor Front

Quite a few years ago, I accompanied my husband to Vancouver while he was set to give a talk at the ICIAM math conference. It was a lovely (and kidless) time for me to explore the city on my own with camera in tow. The first area that had me completely captivated was the stretch along Vancouver Harbor by Canada Place. The architecture, the art, the colors, oh my! During my years as a travel agent, I had sold cruises out of this port and it was amazing to finally see in person.

Stanley Park

I ventured into Stanley Park a couple of times, and by the end of the trip, my husband and I had walked the entire loop. If you choose to follow the entire seawall, it's a 5.5 mile hike, but be sure to stop at the visitor center or check out a map prior, just be sure you're taking in all you want to see. There are worthwhile sites all throughout the park, but you'll see plenty following the perimeter trail.

City Sights

We saw plenty of the area thanks to multiple walks and a bus or two. Within such a small space, the neighborhoods are very diverse and there's an abundance of unique things to see everywhere you look. Be sure to seek out all the different neighborhoods to what the city as to offer. I'd recommend doing some research before you go strolling about as there is a street or two you may want to steer clear of. Vancouver's skid row area is sandwiched between many popular areas, so it's easy to suddenly find yourself in the midst of it. If seeing drug use in the streets makes you feel uncomfortable, find out ahead of time what streets to avoid.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Vancouver. The park is only 15 minutes north of the city and offers a free shuttle bus from downtown. No excuse not to go!

Side Note

It's been almost a decade since I've been to Vancouver and took these pictures. Please keep in mind that things may have changed between then and now, and not all pictures may portray things that are still available to see today. But as 2/6/2020, I did visit the Mink Chocolate Cafe website (image in the city section) and if their made-to-order drip coffee is still as good as it was when I was there, do yourself a favor and get a cup. Yum.