Exploring Vancouver

I know it seems like this has been an endlessly long series of vacation posts.. this is the last post.. our last stop on an unforgettable trip, Vancouver. This blog is like a journal.. as much as the posts are for you.. they are even more for us.. A way to look back and reminisce on the moments of our life.. especially the travelling parts.. when the details start to get blurry, where I hope the boys can one day scroll through and be reminded of all our adventures.

We drove to Vancouver from Seattle.. an approximately 3 hour drive immigration included. We checked into our hotel.. which was like a modern take on a motel.. had a cool vibe and included free parking.. 

After a quick freshening up we got back into our car and headed to Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a 1000 acre public park created in 1888. We arrived close to lunch time and quickly made our way to Stanley's Park and Grill.. the entrance to the park is free.. you need to pay for parking.. and once you pay at one station all parking for the rest of the day is free.. and yes the park is soooo big that you need the car. No food pictures :( but the food at the grill was very good.. that was our last amazing meal of the trip.. the rest of our Vancouver meals were seriously lacking.. it could have been because it was the tail end of the trip and we didn't make a great enough effort to find the best places.. oh well.

After we ate we sat on a miniature train.. it was 15 minute ride through the forest that was informative and cute.

The park was crazy busy and the parking was insane.. we had to loop around twice before we could find a spot near the splash pad.. the boys loved it!

From there we walked to the Totem Poles. 

We were intrigued by the stories each told.. the boys made us read every plaque and every story behind all the 9 totem poles. We visited the Brockton Point Lighthouse and walked along the sea wall and watched sea planes take off and land. Stumbled upon a playground or two and the kids played..

The Lions Gate Bridge behind me. We called it a night.. had an average meal and went back to the hotel. The next morning we had a quick breakfast at Elysian Coffee.. 

It was not bad just a not really us. : / and the kids ate nothing! Afterwards we headed to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We didn't get there as early as I had hoped.. we had lost our edge.. lol. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver. The current bridge is 460 ft long and 230 ft above the river. 

It was such a cool place.. if only there were less tourists!!! We started with the cliff walk.. then took the suspension bridge to the other side were there was a Treetop Adventure. Treetops Adventures was opened in 2004, consisting of seven footbridges suspended between old-growth Douglas Fir trees on the west side of the canyon, forming a walkway up to 98 ft above the forest floor.

The boys received a little booklet to fill out so they could be Junior Explorers. We ran all over the place figuring out the answers to the questions.. 

Spread your arms at the wingspan display, which bird would you be? 

Stand against the growth chart and record how long it would take each species to grow as tall as you!

Badges received :D

Next we headed Granville Island. 

 We strolled.. window shopped.. ate.. nothing great

This particular contraption captured the boys attention.. especially D.. we couldn't pry them away from it.. it is called the Ocean Commotion made in 2006. It was designed to amuse and delight the audience while also providing an educational entry point for those interested in the functioning of the Ocean Construction Supplies concrete plant in which it is located.

and so it ends.. our amazing trip to the Pacific Northwest.. 
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Veronica Lee said...

Love the happy smiles on everyone's faces!
Your lovely photos make me wanna visit Canada. I have a sister and cousins living in Canada whom I haven't seen for ages.


So fun! Cute pics!



That looks like an amazing trip, so fun!
Mónica Sors

Kelly said...

Love the totem poles! I would gladly have taken that avocado toast off your hands and eaten every bite. ;)

I, for one, am sorry to see this travelogue end and hope you're already planning somewhere fun for Spring Break!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I've always wanted to visit Vancouver. It seems like a city where there is something for everyone!

Jackie Harrison said...

Nice place to visit

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

This is exactly why I write the monthly recap posts....more for my husband and i to remember the month day by day!! It's a nice way to do it!!
That bridge?? How fabulous!!

Kathrine Eldridge said...

This look like the perfect trip with kids! Love all these photos.


Emmylou said...

So awesome to hear about your Vancouver trip:) Brings back so many memories for me too! My sis lives in downtown Vancouver and when we were there in 2014 (I think), we loved going to Capilano Bridge but my fave were Granville Island and Gastown.
The pics are great!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I haven't been to Vancouver for about a dozen years now and I really need to go again! I love shopping on Granville Island. Looks like your boys had a good time, all things considered!

Carrie said...

I have always wanted to see Vancouver. That suspension bridge is so cool, what a view!


Sparkles and Lattes said...

You guys always have the best time traveling. Looks like a lot of fun. I LOVED Vancouver last time I went.

Anonymous said...

Awesome photos. Love the first one :-)

Christina said...

I love your travelling posts. Vancouver looks like a great place to be. We have good friends there but I have not managed to visit yet. Shame the food didn't live up to your expectations. I particularly love how nice food is so important on your travels.

Emma Engström said...

Häftigt det vore att åka dit! :D

Your Invisible Crown said...

That bridge looks so scary!

awhite said...

Vancouver is seriously on my bucket list- it's so gorgeous!

Le Stylo Rouge

Anas Khan said...

Lovely pictures!

Carolina G. Ticala said...

Estupendas fotos! que tengas una feliz tarde!🍄🍄🍄

Straight A Style said...

Looks like you all had a great time! Love all the outdoor time.

Amy Ann
Straight A Style

Paola Lauretano said...

Sounds so funny! Lovely pics!
Kisses, Paola.


karen said...

of course your blog is your log and you will look back and remember how little the boys were and how much fun you had. Love the bridge that seems never ending and maybe too many people on it, ha ha ha.

Stefanie said...

You had so much more fun here, right up your sons' alleys!

Ann said...

That looks like so much fun
and a great bonding for your family. Nice pics too.


The Bandwagon Chic said...

Looks like you had a great time there.
I love the view.

Much Love,
Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

Decor To Adore said...

Your fun trip to Vancouver reminded me of my own trip last year. It truly is a lovely city and you made the most of it!

NotJessFashion said...

This looks so much fun! Kids looks like they're having a really great time.

Jessica | notjessfashion.com

Pumpkin Delight (Kimberly) said...

Fun pictures! Looks like you had a great time. I like Vancouver. It’s a nice clean city and small enough to see in a few days.

Missymayification said...

Looks like a great trip.


Laura Jones said...

ah, it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful trip! xx

Stella Cadente said...

This seems like so much fun!

Lauren Elizabeth
Petite in Pearls

iamperlita said...

Keep the vacation posts coming! I really enjoy them :) That bridge is pretty cool! I would have freaked out lol

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Sally said...

Such a sweet and lovely vacation. I really enjoyed the photos. You have a beautiful family!

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