Day 4: Vancouver

Our return flight was at 6pm so we had half a day to explore some other areas. As it was nice and sunny in the morning we decided to go back to Stanley Park and check Totem Poles and Brockton Point Lighthouse.

We walked to the harbor from where turned right into the park. Here is our photo report from the day:

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

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Day 2: Vancouver

Unfortunately, it was raining all day long, but we took this opportunity to visit many different coffee places 🙂 And we managed to walk a lot as well. Here is our route for the day:

Our first stop was near Vancouver Convention Centre:

Vancouver Convention Centre

Vancouver Convention Centre

From where we also saw Gastown district:

Vancouver Gastown

And some views of the downtown:

Vancouver

Vancouver

Views of the Granville Island:

Vancouver Granville Island

Granville Island is a peninsula in Vancouver located across False Creek from Downtown. We reached it by crossing the Granville Street Bridge. This area was previously industrial manufacturing, but now it hosts different tourist attractions and entertainments, such as public market, large marina, hotels, art galleries and clubs, theaters and shopping areas.

Vancouver Granville Island

Vancouver Granville Island

We liked a lot walking in the Charleson Park and observing the downtown from another side of False Creek. It felt like walking in Brooklyn Park in New York. It may seem that Vancouver is gloomy based on our pictures, but we didn’t feel that way! We were not lucky with the weather but next time we’ll visit in summer 🙂

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

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Day 3

Day 1: Vancouver

First of all, I want to say that we loved both Vancouver and Whistler regardless of some rainy days! Vancouver is a very friendly city for walking thus we explored it on our feet. This day we walked a lot in Stanley Park during the first part of the day, then visited Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. When it is warmer in Vancouver it is also a perfect place for cycling. Many people run and cycle there that motivates to have a healthier lifestyle 🙂

Another great benefit of Vancouver is really good and cheap Asian food and many-many coffee places. With that weather, we did a lot of coffee stops. While local people wore light jackets and ignored the rain we had our warm winter jackets and hats on.

Our morning route:

We started our walk next to English Bay Beach (look at that tree on the roof!):

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

It was lovely to see some fall colors, missed them!

Vancouver

Vancouver

Typical Stanley Park trails look like this:

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Next stop – Siwash Rock in Stanley Park:

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Lions Gate Bridge (we crossed it multiple times during the trip, on our way to Capilano Park and to Whistler):

Vancouver Stanley Park

Cozy building in the park 🙂

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Harbour:

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver Stanley Park

Vancouver

Vancouver

Vancouver

On the way back to Robson street to catch a shuttle to Capilano Park:

Vancouver

Second part of the day we spent in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We purchased our tickets in advance to avoid the lines, and we used free shuttle bus from the downtown. There are several attractions to explore: the famous suspension bridge, the nature trail, cliffwalk and treetops adventure. In late November this place becomes magical with lots of Christmas lights! Our bus driver said that real Santa visits this place for Christmas 🙂 All other places get his little helpers.

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Suspension bridge:

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

This is how the nature trail looks like:

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Views of Treetops from the nature trail:

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Start of the treetops:

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Cliffwalk:

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

And some winter magic 🙂

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Day 2

4 Days in Vancouver and Whistler

Vancouver Capilano Suspension Bridge ParkDuration: 4 days
Mileage: na
Starting point: Los Angeles, CA
Countries: Canada
Budget for 2 people: ~$1500 ($500 flight, $200 hotels, $90* snowboard rental, $180 airport transfers, $300 food, $200 other)

  • Day 0: flight from Los Angeles to Vancouver (2.5 h), dinner with friends
  • Day 1: Stanley Park, then Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Day 2 : explore downtown, Gastown, Granville island, Charleston Park and Olympic Village areas
  • Day 3: snowboarding in Whistler
  • Day 4: explore another part of Stanley Park, flight to Los Angeles

* We have Local Epic passes that include 5 days of snowboarding in Whistler