For this Texas guy, Vancouver, Washington was extremely refreshing. I was there a few weeks ago and the temperatures were in the 60s, compared to the 90s in Texas. I actually wanted to get out of bed early, so I could walk in the crisp cool air outside. Very rejuvenating, but enough about the temperature.
Vancouver is a town that even though there are nearly 2.4 million people living there, it has a smaller feel in many areas of the town. It’s a very modern city, with people living there from all over the world. So the conversations can go from local talk to global interactions very quickly. It was fabulous to meet some people originally from Europe and even Australia while I was there.
What to do in Vancouver
Well, here are my top 3 MUST do things while you are visiting Vancouver. My wife and I were there for 5 days and it was great to be able to spend that time carefree and not feeling rushed. Vancouver is a laid back big city and we enjoyed the luxury of just taking our time to see the things we wanted to see and do.
You gotta check out this park. You will probably recognize this magnificent park from pictures you’ve seen of Vancouver. The 14-mile long seawall rumbles along Vancouver’s waterfront. It’s alive with activity where the local folks hang out, jog, cycle and walk. Lots to do around this park. Trust me on this one. It’s extremely family friendly as well, so take the kids if you have some. They will enjoy it too! There’s Vancouver Aquarium there as well, so when you’re finished seeing the natural beauty, you can go check out the aquatic life there.
Fraser Valley Wine Tour
My wife and I are wine connoisseurs, so we were really looking forward to a full day out in wine country. Rather than taking a bus tour, we decided to get a limo instead from Vancouver, WA limousines. I know, it sounds expensive. But for the joy of riding around in luxury and not having to sit on a bus with a load of other people, we splurged. A little… The tour was fantastic and we got to see a part of Vancouver that many people just don’t venture out to. The wine was fabulous and taking the limo was a surprise for my wife. I can tell that all of our future wine tours will involve a limousine as well now… lol
What a great view! They have a panoramic observation deck there where you can get a 360 degree view. We saw the Olympic Peninsula Mountains, North Shore and looked down on Stanley Park, which I mentioned before. The lookout is situated on the top (55th floor) of Harbour Centre building in downtown. It’s over 550 ft to the top… whoa. This is not for those who are petrified of heights, but my wife and I enjoyed the views and the heights! Tickets are around $15/USD, so take some extra cash or a credit card.
Overall, Vancouver was a great experience that I would highly recommend. Take your time while you are there to enjoy all that the city and country side have to offer. Cheers!