While most Americans stick closer to home for the fourth of July to celebrate with parades, barbecues, and fireworks, this year we fled the country and traveled to Vancouver, BC with our kids. I’ve never been out of the United States for the holiday, but my mom’s Alaska cruise return point was in our neighboring Cascadian city so we decided to meet up with her and make a long weekend trip out of it.
Vancouver, BC is just about 3.5 hours driving distance (depending on border crossing waits) from our home in Seattle, but while we’ve traveled to other destinations in BC, we hadn’t visited with the kids yet! And when I stopped to think about it, I realized that I hadn’t visited since the 2010 winter Olympics.
From the moment we drove back into the area, we knew we had to utilize this great city for our travels and adventures more. Our rental condo was located right next to Rogers Arena where the Vancouver Canucks Hockey Team plays. When Bergen (our 4.5 year old) realized this on our first evening in town, he requested to come back for a game. That was all the motivation we needed, so we now have an October trip on the calendar!
On this particular summer visit, we feel like we did a pretty darn good job covering the downtown core in our few short days. Here’s a look at what we were up to in the form of an itinerary and photo journey.
- Drive from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. With a napping baby, we chose to continue about an hour north of the city to the town of Squamish where we rode the Sea to Sky Gondola!
- Check into rental condo in the Crosstown neighborhood. Georgia decided to take-off with walking as soon as we arrived!
- Dinner at Pourhouse in Gastown.
- Coffee and Breakfast Treats at Trees Organic Coffee
- Bus to Stanley Park:
- Vancouver Aquarium +lunch at Waterfall Cafe
- Brockton Point Totem Poles
- Seawall Walk
- More exploring in the Gastown neighborhood & waterfront
- Dinner at Steamworks Brew Pub
- Dessert at UYU Soft Serve Ice Cream
- Breakfast at Acme Cafe
- Walk through Chinatown to Creekside Park (near Science World)
- Aquabus to Granville Island
- Lunch at the Public Market
- Exploring in the Yaletown neighborhood
- Dinner at The Flying Pig
- Shopping along Robson Street with Bubble Tea at Bubble World for Dessert!
- Breakfast at Phat in Yaletown
- Coffee at Small Victory
- More shopping and exploring along Robson Street, Nelson Park & Mole Hill community
- Drive home to Seattle
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