Our Family Trip to Vancouver
A Travel to Western Canada: part 2
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Ok now I will tell you about the second part of our beautiful family trip in Canada. After 2 weeks in the Rockies, we took the plane and arrived in Vancouver.
I have to tell you… there will be a lot of pictures. So please come on in and have a seat! Admire this beautiful part of British Columbia, Canada.
My first impression of this city could be summed up with 3 words: Nature, Ocean, Bikes.
This is only for the first impression. Of course there is so much more to tell about this city.
The moutains are not far. We could learn about the Natives culture. The food was so good, especially the asian food. OMG, best ramen ever!!!
I won’t tell you a lot about accomodations because as you may know, we are those crazy people who exchange their home all the time!!!
Why is Vancouver such a kids friendly city?
- I told you… bikes… everywhere! Bikes have their own roads. On the city map you can visualize them perfectly and chose those streets. And there are miles and miles of bike path. You can see on the pictures the signals: pedestrians path, bike path. The best part of bike path is along the marina to Stanley Park. It’s so beautiful. But crowdy so take the charriot for small kids. It’s easier and safer. We cycled something like 12 or 16 km per day. I was so proud of my girl because she managed to cycle this long and to went up the hills.
- Beaches!!! Of course!!! Ocean is everywhere! Beaches are everywhere. Even heated swimming pools are just next to the beaches if sea is too cold. Yes, water there, is cold as you may guess! Isn’t this a paradise beach just in the city???
- Museums. Full of interesting-no-boring-kids-friendly-museums. We enjoyed very much the Museum of Anthropology. It’s located in the beautiful campus of UBC (University of British Columbia) in the middle of wild nature just in the city. I am repeating myself but that is stunning about Vancouver! A big huge city in the middle of the nature. Nature is everywhere. The kids appreciated the giant Totems.
Another great kids museum is the TELUS World of Science. It’s a wonderful museum full of scientific experiments adapted to kids.
We are really sorry to tell you that we were a bit disappointed by the Aquarium. We found it so small and a bit sad. The entrance fee is expensive and it was too crowdy.
- Parks. The huge and terrific Stanley Park. This park is so big and family friendly. Picnics areas, bike paths, swimming pools, playgrounds, forest, lakes… What else for a child paradise? Every kids would enjoy the Totems in Stanley Park.
Cycling through Stanley Park, you’ll get this view on Vancouver bridge. The original color is green. I tried to play with B&W filters. Sorry for that!
Our kids also enjoyed Granville Island. Ok it’s a bit touristic place. I really advice you to go there with public transport or bikes because the parking is awful. It’s full of people. There is a lot of fun attractions for kids. Playgrounds, water splash, toys shops, candies shops… Another children paradise! It’s also fun for adults, there is a food market full of good stuff but sooooooo expensive!
Tip: go there early in the morning and get out of there to have lunch on the beach.
- Canadian lifestyle. Gingerboy enjoyed so much the noisy firemen trucks, the pickups, the giant trucks, the giant streets, the giant burgers, even the giant dustbins! Everthing is so giant compared to european stuff!
Unfortunatly at the time of our travel, I didn’t have my Rebel Canon Camera. And I missed a lot of pictures.
- We ate in wonderful restaurants, always kids friendly. Even the tiniest japonese place!
You have to visit Vancouver. This is such a great city. As we stayed in the Rockies, we didn’t chose to go to the mountains near the city. But I’m sure they are also great.
Now folks, stay tunned for the last episode of our canadian adventure… I mean… Vancouver Island! The best part of our holidays!
Enjoy the joyful holidays!