Breathtaking B.C. – Vancouver & Victoria
So often we forget how beautiful and fulfilling Canadian travel can be. I have recently returned from a delightful week out west. Not only were we able to visit Vancouver but Victoria as well.
Vancouver is a bustling city full of life. Busy yet very organized, a car wont be necessary as there are so many options to get around(planes/helicopters/ferries/trains/taxis etc.). There are many diverse things to do leaving it almost impossible not to have a great time.
Vancouver Lookout - I would relate this to something like the CN Tower in Toronto. Basically you take an elevator (very fast, don’t look down!) to the top of the “lookout” where you are given a 360-degree view of the city. From here you can see the harbour, mountains, city centers etc. along with great little pieces of knowledge. Not for the faint of heart but would definitely recommend it! We (my boyfriend and I) spent a lot of time staring at the harbour and the mountains while we stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront (stay here, honestly, best view ever!).
Another great thing to do in Vancouver – with just a short bus ride (free) – was the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Once again this is not for the faint of heart. As the name states, this is a MASSIVE suspension bridge. There are also lots of walking paths, a high tree top adventure and the cliff walk – all of which we did!
Getting from Vancouver to Victoria is a snap. We opted to take Helijet (I really wanted to go on a helicopter) however, there is a ferry if you want to take the more inexpensive scenic route.
Getting to our hotel in Victoria was just a short walk from the Victoria Harbour. We stayed at the Fairmont Empress – a magical castle-like experience and right in the middle of all the action.
Victoria had a very small town feel. Horse and carriages lined the streets, dropping their passengers off at afternoon tea venues throughout the city. People were extremely friendly and service was fantastic.
We spent our last afternoon at the Royal BC Museum. A Mammoth display has taken the shine at the museum along with an Imax show –which (I’m told) continues to sell out daily. There are also BC heritage pieces, native displays etc. We lost track of time, in a good way.
The week came to a bittersweet end – we really didn’t want to go home. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Get out there and see Canada!
Jessica Galbraith, Corporate Consultant