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A Weekend in Vancouver

Thursday, June 7, 2018

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I recently got back from a Disney cruise to Alaska! There will be tons of content about my experience in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to talk about the weekend we spent in Vancouver, Canada before boarding the ship. I just want to note that all of the photos in this post were taken with my iPhone because I left my DSLR at the hotel when we went exploring — definitely didn't leave it behind again for the rest of the trip!

Our flight to Vancouver was actually my first plane ride ever so, when we got to our hotel, I ended up sleeping for about 17 hours after finding out what jetlag feels like. We stayed at the Fairmont Waterfront — it's right across the street from the Port of Vancouver, has great views, and is very up to date.

Not only were all of these photos taken on my iPhone, they were all taken at the same place — Grouse Mountain! I was a little skeptical about going at first, especially when I thought walking up in what's called the Grouse Grind was the only option for getting to the top. It turned out to be a really cool experience with incredible views and a lot to offer.

We took the Sky Ride to the top of the mountain where we were surprised to see snow in May! There are a lot of trails for walking around on the mountaintop and exploring the area. There's a bear habitat along with bird demonstrations throughout the day. We also watched an entertaining, comedic lumberjack show that is offered at three different times each day.

My favorite activity on Grouse Mountain was the chairlift to the mountain's peak. The chairlift provides the best views of the city, the ocean, and the nature all around. Once at the top, we were able to walk around and take lots of pictures.

I would definitely recommend making the trip up Grouse Mountain if you're in Vancouver! The views are worth it for sure and there are several fun activities included in admission costs. They also have a variety of exciting activities for additional costs including zip lines, paragliding, and an option to ride on the top of the Sky Ride car that brings guests to the top of the mountain.

We took a free shuttle from our hotel to Grouse Mountain, but other than that, we primarily explored Vancouver by walking the streets around our hotel. There are many high end shops, a big Nordstrom, and some of my favorite restaurant chains like Chipotle and Five Guys, plus many options for sweet treats. We got macarons from Ladurée one night and gelato at Bella Gelateria the next. Throughout the day, we could see boats traveling and water planes taking off and landing along the water front.

I found the little differences between America and Canada very interesting, especially while watching their commercials. I was surprised to see that their KFC offers waffle fries and delivery and they have bagels at McDonald's. Speaking of McDonald's, I discovered that there was one on basically every corner around our hotel, along with Starbucks — I guess that much is the same.

I'm so glad I was able to see the beautiful city of Vancouver before setting sail on the Disney Wonder! Be on the look out for upcoming posts about my Alaska cruise and feel free to send me a message if you have any questions or would like to know more about my experience.