A Visit to Vancouver, British Columbia

Posted by on August 21, 2018 in Thoughts and Opinions | 0 comments

Juli Russ

One of the most beautiful cities I have had the privilege of visiting is Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada. The city sits along the Pacific Ocean and is nestled in the Canadian Rockies. Truly gorgeous scenery along with a bustling city and numerous outdoor activities make Vancouver an amazing vacation destination.

Our hotel, the Vancouver Marriot Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, was walking distance to great restaurants and nightlife. One of our favorite restaurants was located in Coal Harbor. We stopped at Cardero’s for lunch on a sunny afternoon and chose to sit outside in order to enjoy the view of the boats, ocean and mountains. Cardero’s is known for the most amazing fish I have ever eaten, Sablefish. It is a melt in your mouth delicacy like you have never imagined.


We were also able to walk to one of Vancouver’s oldest districts, Gastown and take in the Victorian architecture. It was fun to stroll through the shops and pop in to the many pubs. If you are lucky, you might catch a movie or television show being filmed on the streets of Gastown.

After exploring the city, you may be up for some adventure and to do a little hiking I would highly recommend a visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The 450-foot-long suspension bridge crosses the Capilano River 230 feet below. Once across the bridge you can hike along the trails or go up in the trees and experience the Treetops Adventure. The Treetops Adventure reminded me of the Ewok village in Star Wars!

Cliffwalk is another experience to enjoy at Capilano. The Cliff walk will take you over the edge to view the rainforest in an incredibly unique way.


A short, picturesque drive north of Vancouver is the ski town of Whistler. It wasn’t ski season when we were in Vancouver but there was still plenty to do. The village was bustling with tourists in town for a Tough Mudder competition and many people were mountain biking on the ski trails. There were many shops, restaurants and bars along with live entertainment.


Vancouver is an incredible city to visit whether you are departing from the port on an Alaskan cruise or just looking for a unique vacation destination. I would love to help you plan a visit to Vancouver. For more information email julir@wishesfamilytravel.com or visit my Wishes Family Travel – Juli Russ Facebook page.

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