V is for Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia

Floral Bicycle, Vancouver, B.C., Canadaopens IMAGE file

Floral Bicycle, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

opens in a new windowVancouver, 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.

Stop and Smell the Fresh Flowers at Granville Market, Vancouver, B.C., Canadaopens IMAGE file

Stop and Smell the Fresh Flowers at Granville Market, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

My visit to Victoria was somewhat spontaneous because the opens in a new windowIcelandic 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 opens in a new windowbreakfast at the Blue Fox Cafe. Yum! Yum!

Terimayo Japadog and Fries from Japa Dog on Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C.opens IMAGE file

Terimayo Japadog and Fries from Japa Dog on Robson Street, Vancouver, B.C.

Where to Eat in Vancouver

As for Vancouver, in addition to amazing sushi restaurants find a opens in a new windowJapadog cart and eat one with a sprinkling of seaweed. The city also has a flourishing food cart scene and I had the opportunity to opens in a new windowtaste Feastro last summer. I tapped my inner-vegetarian with a fabulously delicious lunch at opens in a new windowBrixton Cafe. (212 E Georgia Street)

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Cafe Brixton for Lunch in Vancouver, B.C.

Where to Play in Vancouver

What to do? A must is a visit to opens in a new windowGranville Island, a public market and foodie’s paradise with fresh seafood, baked goods and everything else delicious to the eyes and stomach. opens in a new windowGastown 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.)

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Canoeing with Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, Vancouver, B.C.

I explored a little historical gem, the opens in a new windowVancouver 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 opens in a new windowTakaya Tours to learn about the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation.

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2010 Vancouver Olympic Cauldron, Jack Poole Plaza

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 opens in a new window$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 opens in a new window2012 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Check back daily for a different letter!

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Author: Jenn

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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  1. Lived in Victoria for nearly a year in the late 1990’s – a very pretty place for newly wed and nearly dead, what the Victorians called it. Vancouver is my number 2 city in the world. Stunningly beautiful and so much to do. Going back in July to both. Thanks for giving me something to check out.

  2. Ooh, I always wanted to see Vancouver. Nice post!

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