V is for Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the grooviest cities I’ve ever visited. It has a bohemian, creative, chic-vibe similar to San Francisco with a dash more international flavor. Granted, I’m basing this on only visiting twice plus a visit to nearby Victoria, but it’s a destination I hope to visit again.
My visit to Victoria was somewhat spontaneous because the Icelandic volcano in 2010 changed my 40th birthday plans. Rather than jet-setting off to Europe with BFF ZeldaMae, we ended up in the Pacific Northwest including a stop in Victoria. If you ever find yourself there, be sure to have breakfast at the Blue Fox Cafe. Yum! Yum!
Where to Eat in Vancouver
As for Vancouver, in addition to amazing sushi restaurants find a Japadog cart and eat one with a sprinkling of seaweed. The city also has a flourishing food cart scene and I had the opportunity to taste Feastro last summer. I tapped my inner-vegetarian with a fabulously delicious lunch at Brixton Cafe. (212 E Georgia Street)
Where to Play in Vancouver
What to do? A must is a visit to Granville Island, a public market and foodie’s paradise with fresh seafood, baked goods and everything else delicious to the eyes and stomach. Gastown is touristy but a must, it’s the city’s first downtown area named after “Gassy” Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain and barkeeper. If you’re feeling adventurous, walk over to Chinatown. Since you’re there, see the Olympic Caldron. (And that’s the short list of things to do.)
I explored a little historical gem, the Vancouver Police Museum. Having no personal connection to the city, I found the collection fascinating including the old morgue! I also paddled in a very large canoe with Takaya Tours to learn about the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation.
Watch Your Cellphone Data Usage!
Of course, if you’re not on a Canadian cellphone plan, talk to your carrier before visiting. During my weekend trip last year, I racked up a $700+ phone bill. Thankfully AT&T worked with me and changed my plan so I didn’t have to pay that.
Have you been to Vancouver and/or Victoria? Did you love it?
This post is part of the 2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Check back daily for a different letter!