My First Week In Vancouver: Why I Love This City Already

I have been in Vancouver for more than a week now and am already feeling the benefits of living in this dreamy city on the west coast of Canada.

Here is why…

Gorgeous views

The coastline along English Bay is breathtaking.

And it does not look too bad at night either…

This steel sculpture in Vanier Park, called the Gate to the Northwest Passage, frames a great view of Downtown Vancouver and the mountains in the background.

Delicious food

Granville Island Public Market is a culinary dream, with piles of fresh fruit and vegetables everywhere.

There is also plenty of naughty food such as cakes and these tempting caramel apples.

Vancouver has an abundance of Japanese restaurants and you do not have to go far to find delicious fresh sushi.

Wonderful weather

Most days since I arrived, there has been glorious sunshine and a clear blue sky. It is true that with this kind of weather, comes lots of smiles and a general positive feeling.

For a place that gets to much rain, it makes sense that sun and dry weather would have people beaming.

Daily hiking

I have been walking for miles everyday, taking in the different neighbourhoods of Vancouver.

Along the Seawall…

In the Capilano River Regional Park, North Vancouver…

Following the trails in Stanley Park…

Plenty of spaces for reflection and relaxation

In this city, there is no need to go to an expensive spa to find a peaceful spot. There are idyllic spaces scattered all over the place.

When the sun is shining, which it has done pretty much every day since I arrived, my favourite spot to relax and have an iced coffee are the sunbeds next to the conference centre on the waterfront – not far from the cruise ship terminal, Canada Place.

I could sit here for hours enjoying the mountain views. Some people use them to have a nap, catch up on some reading, or just have a quick rest.

Mini urban paradises, complete with greenery and water features, can be found everywhere.

This one is located along Burrard Street, outside the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. If there is any such thing as Feng Shui, this has to be it.

Spotting colourful flowers always cheers me up and, at this time of the year, there are plenty of tulips.

In fact, Vancouver is blooming lovely generally.

A few more days in Vancouver and then I am off to visit British Columbia’s capital Victoria over on Vancouver Island.

Have you ever visited Vancouver, or would you like to visit?




  1. May 19, 2012 / 09:03

    Ohh I love Vancouver – I’ve got the urge to hop on a plane now! I’m usually quite adventurous but remember quaking a little at the Capilano suspension bridge. Was moving just a tad too much for my liking! I also loved scaling up Grouse Mountain (cable car of course!) for fabulous views. The only thing I seem to have missed out on bigtime is those caramel apples…
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    • May 19, 2012 / 17:36

      Hi Karen, ha ha it was shaking quite a lot when I was walking across, but didn’t feel any fear, which is surprising because I’m usually scared of heights! I can’t wait to hike up Grouse Mountain (although, with my current fitness levels, I might have to opt for the cable car!) Planning on doing this is July, when my boyfriend visits – so that he can drag me up if I flail ;-) Do you know what, I also missed out on the caramel apples – I just looked but didn’t touch as I’m trying to eat healthily – how boring am I?!

    • May 19, 2012 / 17:36

      Hey Emme, cheers for the kind offer. I’ll drop you an email and see if I can make it :-)

  2. May 20, 2012 / 16:59

    If you like Vancouver you will LOVE Victoria. It is just beautiful. Might remind you a little of England. I do recommend the harbor tour on one of the little green boats. It’s fun and the commentary is very informative.
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  3. May 25, 2012 / 23:03

    That look amazing. I wish we had more time to discover Vancouver. Ali and I were there for TBEX last year and had a few days, most of which spent in the convention center. It definitely is worth more time and it looks like you are getting that chance.
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    • May 31, 2012 / 17:41

      Hey Andrew, it’s a shame you guys didn’t have more time as there’s so much to see. I think I was lucky with the weather while I was there so was literally out all day walking around. Speaking of the convention centre, I really liked the spinning globe they have on the ceiling in there! :-)

    • July 6, 2012 / 02:41

      It hasn’t disappointed me in the slightest, only exceeded my high expectations.