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Travel

Travel Diary: Vancouver

Sheena Virmani

If you live in Calgary (or anywhere for that matter), Vancouver is such an awesome long weekend getaway choice. I think it’s safe to say it is one of my most favourite cities in the Canada.  I decided to put together a quick city guide to let you know what I was up to this past weekend and I’m also going to include some of my “go-to” Vancouver spots that I visit once every so often when I’m in town.

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How to Get There:

You can either fly (there’s often great deals on flights you just have to watch out for them), or you can drive up, the 10 hour drive may not be for everyone, but it is such a beautiful drive – you pass through the Rocky Mountains as well as the Okanogan and there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the beautiful scenery. One of my favorite pit-stops for ice-cream is a local farm, Dutchman Dairy in Sicamous, BC. 

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Where to Stay:

It can be pricey to stay in a hotel in Downtown Vancouver, but if you want to be in the center of all the action try renting out a condo on AIR BNB for your stay. There are some very nice condos on there and often these are a little more affordable then a hotel. 

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Where to Eat:

If you are looking for breakfast/lunch or a quick bite to eat Breka Bakery & Cafe is my go to place. There are three locations downtown so you are bound to be near one.

For dinner, my favourite spot to go to is Cactus Club, English Bay. It is probably one of the nicest patios in the city that opens up onto the beach with a spectacular view of the ocean. This is a MUST in Vancouver, even if it’s just for a drink to take in the view! 

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What to Do:

Shopping – Robson Street

Beach – Sunset Beach

Bike riding- There are plenty of bike rental shops along Denman Street and you can ride along the sea wall through Stanley Park (very beautiful).

Suspension Bridges and Hikes:  Lynn Canyon Park (free) or Capilano Suspension Bridge Park(entrance fee).

Other: Vancouver Aquarium, Granville Island Public Market

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