Canada is the place to go if you love being outdoors. This first section of my Canadian road trip is all about Vancouver; the best things to do in the city and it’s surrounding areas, be it going on hikes, catching sunsets or chasing waterfalls. We had an easy first day in Vancouver, after being awake for 24 hours, a 10 hour flight and a 4 hour train we woke up the day after still feeling a little out of it. So we had a relatively relaxing day exploring the down town area and the main attractions and points of interest.
First thing we headed to Granville Island, to explore the shops and have lunch at the food market. The market at Granville Island was one of my favourite areas of Vancouver, the food was amazing and it had some really chill vibes. We then drove to Canada Place, where I got way more excited than I should have about sea planes (my friends refused to get one as they have issues with sea sickness… I think I need better friends). The weather wasn’t the best so we figured the typical cycling in Stanley Park would not be the best activity, so we drove around it instead, stopping at the main landmarks and viewpoints.
On the second day we were feeling a lot more refreshed so decided to adventure on our first hike, and explore the beautiful nature Vancouver has to offer. There are a lot of hiking trails around Vancouver, of varying levels of difficulty. On our second day we did the Quarry Rock hike in Deep Cove, which despite the rainy weather and muddy paths, was great fun nonetheless. The misty woods just added to the beauty, and the view was breath taking. The second hike of the day (much shorter fortunately) was at Lynn Canyon, where we crossed the suspension bridge to explore some of the waterfalls and the riverside forest.
Another hike we enjoyed very much was Lighthouse Park. There are various trails that you can explore, and therefore you can decide how long or short you want the hike to be. After getting a little bit lost (we listened to Laura, poor choice, check out to video to see what I mean!) we eventually made it to the sea and the lighthouse! I really enjoyed the hikes in Canada, as they were very different from anything else I had ever done before. I have hiked up an active volcano at night in Indonesia, or along the coastline of Cinque Terre in Italy, but I wasn’t ready for the stunning views and imposing nature in Canada.
Bridal Veil Falls is a bit of a drive from Vancouver (up to two hours) but it’s the most amazing waterfall I’ve seen, it’s so big and you can get really close to it. It has quite a way to make you feel small, and really appreciate the power of nature. The only other time I had felt so small in front of a waterfall was in the proximity of Dynjandi, in Iceland. Close to it there is another hike that is rated as one of the best hikes in Vancouver, since it goes through abandoned railway tunnels and is very scenic, however we were unable to do it as the tunnels were closed.
Have you been to Vancouver? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll be sharing the next parts of my Canadian adventure in the coming weeks, featuring a road trip on the Sea to Sky Highway and seeing killer whales hunting, so make sure to stay tuned!
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