Top Five Destinations of Vancouver, British Columbia
Of course Vancouver is in Canada. It wouldn’t be anywhere else (unless it is the one near Portland, but that’s not the Vancouver everyone thinks about when they think Vancouver. Well, everyone but…never mind.) It’s got a hockey team and that used to be synonymous with Canada. You have to have a passport to get there.
So, how come when I think of it, I don’t think of Canada? It’s probably the same reason that when people think of the United States, they think of New York and not Oklahoma City or Seattle. Canada is Montreal and Toronto, maple leafs and maple syrup. It’s not the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest is Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. (Both Vancouvers in this case, if you’re still keeping track.) Maybe it’s because I figure one day, I’ll road trip to Portland, keep going to Seattle and continue onto Vancouver in one big, perfect road trip. When I do that road trip, I hope to do these five things.
As long as I’m driving, I want to be sure to drive on cool roads. The Sea to Sky Highway sounds like the perfect thing. Route 99 takes you from Vancouver up to Whistler along the ocean and into the mountains. Then, while up in Whistler, grab some poutine and a hot dog at Zogs Dogsbefore taking the casual two-hour drive back to Vancouver.
I have a fear of heights, but I like to push myself as far as I can to challenge that fear. Walking over the Capilano Suspension Bridge and walking the Cliffwalk would definitely accomplish that challenge. Walking over beautiful areas makes it more palatable, but no less scary.
The idea of going to The Elbow Room Café caught my eye because if you don’t finish your meal, they collect a donation for charity. As a member of the clean plate club, I don’t mind the pressure and the chance to try things like the “Come-I-Wanna-Lay-Ya” – poached eggs topped with pineapple, ham, peaches, bananas and kiwi, excites my taste buds.
Sure there’s the Museum of Anthropology and the Vancouver Art Gallery, and I’m sure they’re great, but the Exotic World Museum sounds like something I’ve never seen or ever will see again. Just reading the blurb from that link gets my interest up, so I want to let the rest be a surprise when I get there.
Lastly, to get outside a bit more and to look out over the city, I’ll head over to Grouse Mountain and take the Skyride. Once at the top, I’ll head over to the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife and maybe catch a bite to eat at Rusty Rail BBQ & Grill.
Any suggestions for things that I missed? Any additional recommendations for the area? Just let me know in the comments.
About Jason McClain Jason is an aspiring novelist, which means there is a lot of time to put off writing and watch baseball or go fly-fishing, hiking and traveling. By "a lot of time", Jason means "procrastination."