Vancouver, Canada

Hi friends! Today I am taking you back, way back, before we had a baby and became parents. It is SO crazy to think about the times before we had Kade. We were exploring machines. Now we explore on a micro-scale, like the backyard or the bottom drawers in the kitchen!

Here is a breakdown of our 4-day trip to Vancouver, Canada! We took this trip as a smaller honeymoon because we hadn’t taken a trip since getting married and I got antsy. Originally we wanted to go on a grand tour of Scotland, Ireland & England but money was tight with paying rent and we wanted to do it right. Welp, here we are 2 years later and one kid earth-side and we haven’t gone on the trip haha But that is okay! One day we will adventure across the pond!

Day 1

Depart from LAX nice and early. I like taking the early morning flights at the beginning of the trip because you get to your destination and are able to use that day to explore! The flight was about 2 hours long and we descended in a white flurry of snow and rain, it was intense. We went through customs and made our way out of the airport. When I stepped outside I was shookith, it was something like 16 degrees Fahrenheit. And if you know me, I am not a cold person. It can be 85 degrees in Orange County and I will still be wearing pants and a sweatshirt.

We took the train from the airport into the city center where we had a reservation at Enterprise for a rental car. When we exited the train station it was snowing. We saw a woman walking her baby in a stroller with a clear plastic covering and Kyle just looked at me and said, “that is child abuse”. It is crazy to see what other people do in their daily lives, like that environment was totally normal for that woman. That would be like me walking Kade today, but it is 16 degrees out and snowing???

We got into a warm car and were on our way! We hadn’t eaten anything all day so we decided to stop at one of our food destinations, a ramen house called Marutama Ra-men. With over 2,000 reviews and 4.5 stars on google we knew we had to give it a try and it was that good! We had to wait outside until there was an open table but it was SO worth it! I had never had ramen and I am pretty sure I won’t be able to have it any other place because this was on another level of deliciousness.

Next we checked in to our Airbnb. We chose a cute historic studio on the outskirts of the city. The studio was a warm welcome to the chilly day and we got ourselves unpacked. Soon enough our host came down and gave us a full on map tour of the city, it was really cool! In the picture below you can see the makeshift map she painted on the wall and she legit used a laser pointer to show us the attractions of the city, good places to eat and areas to avoid. And later that night she made fresh bread and I ate all of it.

Day 2

This day was probably my favorite! We started the day with going to another food destination. A bakery called Purebread. I would live there if I could. They had SO many delicious treats from savory danishes to sweet breads, I was in heaven.

Next we made our way to one of the two suspension bridges (the free one) in the Vancouver area called Lynn Canyon. For us coming from southern California this was a really cool experience! Number one, it was snowing and there were trees and flowing water. Two, there was a hanging bridge! We spent about 4 hours exploring this park and even though we were frozen it was probably my favorite part of the trip. 10/10 would recommend!

After exploring the outdoors we decided to visit a place called Granville Island where there are a bunch of vendors and places to eat & drink. We decided to walk along the bay and it took quite a bit longer than expected… Like 4 miles longer. But I feel like walking is the best way to see a city so we were okay with it! Once we arrived we stopped into Granville Island Brewing to get a beer and a grilled cheese, yum.

We explored the island for a while and then ended by getting a special drink at The Liberty Distillery. This was a great activity and we spent about 4 hours hanging out, drinking and looking at all the vendors.

Day 3

This day was another packed day! We started the day by having breakfast at Yolks, a breakfast spot that specializes in poached eggs and more specifically, eggs benedict. Kyle loves eggs benny so he really enjoyed this stop!

Next we were off to Stanley Park where you can walk along the seawall, see totem poles and climb up into the trees for killer views of the bay. We spent about half of the day doing the walk and we were POOPED after.

But we still wanted to get out and have a fun dinner. We found a spot called, Craft Beer Market, that kind of reminded me of BJ’s here in Southern California. We tried a pickle back shot, which we had never heard of before? It is a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. It was actually really good!

Day 4

To start day 4 we decided to go on the “Sea to Sky” drive that takes you from the seaside of Vancouver to the mountains of Whistler. The drive is labeled as one of the worlds most scenic drives, so naturally we had to give it a go! The whole drive is about 2-3 hours one way so we only went part of the way because we were doing a round trip and not staying up in Whistler. We saw a lot of snow covered mountains, cute seaside stops and some waterfalls!

One of the big reasons we decided on Vancouver was to be able to see a hockey game while we were there. So we bought tickets to see the Vancouver Canucks vs. Anaheim Ducks. It was fun to see a new stadium (only the second one I have been to!) but I felt like an outsider in a sea of Canucks fans hahah but we had a good time at the game even though we lost 7-0… So there is that.

Day 5

We woke up and packed for our trip home. After checking out of the Airbnb we made our way back to Purebread because it was that good and I had to have another go.

All in all, we had an amazing trip! The food was divine. The outdoors was beautiful beyond expectation. The people were friendly. We will be back for you Canada but next time for some national parks like Banff and Jasper!

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