Vancouver: Day 2

Day 2 in Vancouver started off bright and early! I had gotten a fantastic night’s sleep and I was ready to explore. After having had an amazing first day in Vancouver , I was excited to see what else I could discover.

Tim Hortons

I knew that I wanted to go to Tim Horton’s at least once while I was on Vancouver. On my second day, on my way to the Capilano Suspension Bridge shuttle, I stopped by a nearby Tim Horton’s. I knew that it was a coffee shop, but beyond that I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I entered, there were a few people ahead of me, which gave me the opportunity to check out the menu. I ordered a Vanilla Latte and half a dozen Timbits in chocolate and original. The Timbits were very yummy, but very sweet! I enjoyed my very hot, Vanilla Latte on the way to Capilano; it was the perfect way to combat the slight chill that was in the morning air.

Vanilla Latte and Timbits

Capilano

I knew that I wanted to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge, but I wasn’t sure how I would get there. While checking out the part website, I discovered that they offer a free shuttle from downtown Vancouver. How awesome is that! The shuttle that I took leaves from Canada Place, running from 8:45 am until early evening.

The shuttle ride was only about 20 minutes long and the driver was fantastic. He provided lots of great information about Vancouver, Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, and Grouse Mountain. I never realized that Stanley Park is actually bigger than Central Park in New York City, and it’s a rain forest.

Totems

Shortly after entering the park, you’ll come across a few First Nations Totem Poles. I enjoyed getting to see these around Vancouver. It’s a great reminder of the history of the area!

The Bridge

Just a few minutes into the park, I found the infamous Capilano Suspension Bridge! The bridge is 450 feet long and sits 230 feet above the river; that makes for quite an impressive view. I had never actually been on a suspension bridge before, and wasn’t sure what to expect from the experience. When walking across the bridge, expect to experience a lot of movement. As everyone makes their way across, it causes the bridge to sway and bounce a lot!

The Living Forest

This was a very peaceful area of the park to walk around. I went in the morning, and there was hardly anyone around as I walked along the boardwalks! It was nice having the opportunity to walk around, reading the info boards, and taking great pictures. I’m a fan of being in forests, surrounded by tall trees, and this place definitely fits that bill. The trees in this area are so tall. One even had a sign stating it was 120 feet tall!

Treetop Adventure

The Treetop Adventure was probably one of my favorite parts of the park! As part of this feature, you get to walk on small suspension bridges in the treetops. You travel from platform to platform, taking in all of the beauty that nature has to offer. If you’re afraid of heights, I don’t suggest looking down while up here. While it may not be as tall as the main suspension bridge, it is still quite a ways up!

Cliff Walk

The last part of the park that I explored was the Cliff Walk. On the cliff walk, you’ll walk along a narrow path that is tethered to a cliff face! It’s a great opportunity to get the adrenaline pumping and take in some amazing views of the Capilano River down below.

Gastown

After spending a few hours at Capilano Suspension Bridge park, I hopped back on the shuttle to head back to downtown Vancouver. When I got off the shuttle, I made my way to Gastown. As I walked along Waterfront Street, I popped into a few souvenir shops; I have never seen so much maple syrup!

I finally made it to the infamous Steamclock! It definitely has quite the draw. I stood there for a while before I was able to get the perfect picture.

After that, I stopped into Soft Peaks for a chocolate milkshake. It was so good! I recommend swinging by there when you’re in Gastown. While I enjoyed my milkshake, I continued walking around, and ran across Gassy Jack. The man’s name was actually John Deighton, but he had gotten the nickname Gassy Jack because he was so talkative.

If you’re ever in Vancouver, you have definitely have to take the time to walk around Gastown. It’s a very cool area, with brick streets, lots of lively people, and even some utility boxes decorated a cute way!

Chinatown

After walking around Gastown for a bit, I headed on over to Chinatown. I didn’t spend much time in Vancouver, but I definitely made sure to check out the Millennium Gate! I was a little bummed out that I wasn’t hungry while I was there because there were so many restaurant options. Everywhere I looked there was another place to eat! And it all smelled so amazing.

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

I had read about the Chinese Garden, but I wasn’t sold on going there. From what I had seen on their website, it costs about $10 to go. As I walked by the entrance, it was wide so I walked right in. Apparently it costs money if you do the tour.

The garden is very beautiful and peaceful! The high walls, bamboo and water features make you forget that you’re right in the middle of downtown. It may not be a place to spend a lot of time at, but it was a great break from the city!

Explore

After I left the Chinese Garden, I decided to just walk around English Bay! It was a gorgeous walk. It took me past the Science Center. I wasn’t interested in going in, but I liked that they had some cool stuff outside to check out. One of my favorites was the T-Rex made out of trash. It’s something that really makes you think about the impact that we have on the environment!

As I continued along, I came across some cool tree carvings. It was quite a surprise to see a “man” inside of a tree! Then I came across a cute little park, with a dog area. I took the opportunity to sit down, enjoy a snack, and watch the dogs play.

Yaletown

I had one goal when I went to Yaletown, to visit Goorin Brothers. I had found out about this place on Pinterest, surprise surprise! It’s a store that sells all sorts of hats. They have so many different styles and you can try on any that you want. I purchased an adorable black hat!

Exchanging Currency

I’ve never been to a place where I need to exchange currency. I reached out to a group of friends on their recommendations on exchanging currency in Vancouver. One friend suggested I got to VBCE and asked for the preferred rate. VBCE was located really close to where I was staying in downtown, so I headed over there. The line was short and I only had to wait a few moments. I mentioned that a friend suggest that I ask for the preferred rate, and they gave it to me. It was super easy and quick!

Happy Hour at Lift

I had learned about Lift while perusing Google Maps. It’s a restaurant that sits right on Coal Harbour. I checked out their menu online and discovered that during their Thursday Happy Hour, they had Buck a Shuck, $1 oysters. I had never tried oysters before and I figured this would be the perfect opportunity!

The oyster was pretty good. I may not rush to order any time soon, but I did like it! Along with the oyster, I also ordered a Grapefruit Bourbon Sour, and the Creamed Spinach & Salmon Gravlax on flat bread. The drink was okay, if I was more of a bourbon person I probably would have enjoyed it more. The flatbread was amazing! I thought about ordering seconds when I was finished.

After I had finished my food, I ordered a glass of Cava and enjoyed my book for a little while longer. It was a quiet time for the restaurant, so I was able to appreciate the view while reading and finishing my glass Cava!

Creamed spinach and salmon gravlax on flatbread

Stanley Park

After my amazing meal at Lift, I walked on the path along Coal Harbour. The weather was perfect  for a nice stroll to walk off my meal, which was definitely needed! I walked into Stanley Park a bit on the Sea Wall. I didn’t go to far, but I did get a chance to check out the totem poles, the 9 o’clock gun, and some great views. The First Nations Totem Poles are a must see in the park, and when you get there, you’ll see why!

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