Monday, May 22, 2017

A Pre-Cruise Stay in Vancouver

Vancouver is such a beautiful city and it would be a shame not to spend a day or two before or after your Alaska cruise.  Here’ some of my favorite spots.

Just minutes from downtown Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is a must-do! The sceneryis beautiful, with 3 different vantage points from the bridge, treetops and cliff walk.  The 450 foot-long Capilano Suspension Bridge soars 230 feet above the Capilano River. You can also get a bird’s eye view of the rainforest via Treetops Adventures or traverse the dramatic Cliffwalk, a 700-foot long, 300-foot high walkway anchored to the east face of Capilano Canyon and suspended out and above the river. Exhilarating!

Gastown is Vancouver's oldest neighborhood named after "Gassy" Jack Deighton, a steamboat captain who opened the first saloon in Gastown in 1867. The charming cobblestone streets are lined with historic buildings, coffee shops, funky restaurants, pubs, craft breweries and boutiques. Don’t miss the steam clock that plays a little tune on each hour and blows steam out of the top! A fun thing to do is take the food walking tour where a guide will entertain you with stories of the area’s history while making stops at several spots for small bites and drinks.

One of my favorite places to explore, no matter what city I’m in, is the public market. The Granville Island Public Market  of Vancouver is a fascinating assortment of colorful stalls showcasing unique homemade products and the very finest in gastronomic delights! Take in the atmosphere by wandering in and out of the shops, listening to live music and tasting the food! A delightful way to spend the morning!

Designated a national historic site of Canada, Stanley Park is a magnificent green oasis amid the hustle and bustle of the city. Featuring splendid beaches, miles of paved and dirt trails, Canada's
largest aquarium, a pool, water park, miniature railway and more, the whole family will enjoy the day at Stanley Park.

The Seawall is a high- rise stone wall constructed around the perimeter of Stanley Park and extends into surrounding areas where land meets the Pacific Ocean. The flat, and paved paths built along the bottom of the Seawall are perfect for walking, cycling, jogging, or rollerblading. 

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