Spontaneous Day in Vancouver en Route to Prince George, BC

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Greetings,

I’m writing this from my hotel room in Prince George, British Columbia. As many of you know, I was here last summer on a tour with Tourism BC. When the opportunity to revisit this year arose, I replied instantly with “absolutely”. I had a great time last year and excited to return once again. I ended up taking a most random way to get here which involved several hours to hang out with friends in Vancouver, indeed.

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Have you ever gotten to the airport hours before your flight? For some reason I had in my mind that I had a 6:40am flight. In reality, I had a 9am flight. That’s not the coolest feeling when you’re printing your boarding pass at 5:35am, is it? I had succumbed to my fate and was sitting patiently when I realized that the lady working at the desk was an old high school friend? Huh?

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Not long after we were chatting and I found out that there was a direct flight leaving for Vancouver in the next 30 minutes, this is when you’re glad you have carry on. One thing lead to another and I was on the flight high in the sky and on my way to Vancouver. I sorta slept like a baby for most of the ride, got some work done and before I knew it was landing in Vancouver at 9:15am local time.

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I sent a message to a friend and before long I was on the skytrain which is a deal at $7.50 and less than 30 minutes to the core of the city. From there we did what friends do and that is walk along the seawall snapping photos before taking a technicolor aqua bus to Granville Island. Once there, we hit up the Granville Market and I must say it’s got a lot of great produce to choose from but also really pricey. When there, I do recommend you hit Lee’s donuts as they’re great and this is coming from a guy who doesn’t care for donuts.

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Not long after it was back downtown and wandering around for some sushi. The sushi in all of British Columbia in general is good, Vancouver is often great. That said, not many sushi spots open at say noon on a Sunday. Finally strolled in to Yamato and got served some of the largest chunks of tuna sashimi I’ve ever seen. I’ve eaten there before and it’s good so we’ll just leave it at that.

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Afterward it was time to reconnect with a friend I met at TBEX this year and grab a pint. Following such said pint it was the long way back to the airport. We drove past Kits & Jericho beach before pulling over and walking around at the Spanish Banks. It’s a great place and if you’re just visiting the city, you may not get to see it. I recommend you suss it out; it’s a cool spot that offers great views of the city. Would have been nice to lay there for a while.

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More time would have been great but the time I had wasn’t even really mine and I got lucky to have what I did. Vancouver really is a “paradise city” in the summer if you ask me. There is so much beauty and life that it’s almost unfair one place gets it all. It was one of those days where everything was ace so I’m not under the illusion that life is like that there… It was a Sunday morning with the sun shining where people were out and about and you’re left smiling. I love it when that happens, especially on a whim.

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Traveling makes you feel alive and I’m glad to be back in beautiful British Columbia…

In closing, I’d like to thank Tourism Prince George for making this trip possible.

Tips hat,

8 Comments

  1. James Shannon

    July 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    All the west end beaches are paradises … Spanish Banks especially! Such a gargantuan strip of sand, and the hiking on the coast near Point Grey is pheonomenal. Speaking of Point Grey Road, the houses are the most balla houses I’ve seen anywhere. Lotsa $$$$ around those parts…

    I was there last during cherry blossom time … when it isn’t raining in Van City at that time of year, it truly is a paradise city (think 15-20c in mid to late April, when it was -6 and snowing back in Calgary!)

    Best. City. Ever.

    • Rob

      July 14, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      When I first visited in 2003, I spent a lot of time around Kits and even had flashbacks at Spanish Banks as I knew I had been there but it had been a decade. I did notice some absolutely massive houses on the way back to to the airport. Not sure if it was Point Grey or Shaughnessy but either way, impressive places; especially those on the water.

      All that said, I really like Vancouver when it’s summer and the sun is shining. I’ve been there in the winter with serious overcast making the sky this depressing grey with near freezing rain, not so nice. That said, kinda like anywhere – just glad I got a slice of paradise for the sliver of time I spent there!

  2. Alissa

    July 15, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Hope you’re having fun in PG! You should try going to the brewery there, they usually do tours…or the parks! I love Connaught Hill Park. Keep adventuring – love reading these!

    • Rob

      July 15, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Thanks Alissa and I believe someone else recommended that park to me as well. Will try and find it tomorrow morning on my run. The brewery sound great as well but I believe that will take more time than I have. 😉

      Good to hear from you again here, hope you’re doing well!

  3. Fran

    July 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Wow. It looks so inviting, especially sitting here trying to adjust the air conditioning so it doesn’t freeze me out or leave me sweating on another 80°+ night in steamy San Pedro. Can’t complain though, I am very fortunate to have A/C and some options.

    Looking forward to more photos and stories of your travels.

    Hasta!

    • Rob

      July 15, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      Air conditioning is such an odd thing down there. You’re either in an icebox or sweating to death. Personally I’m a big “fan” of the old fan. That said, nothing beats a cool ocean breeze, yes?

      Good to hear from you and hope you have your temperature under control. 😉

  4. Lisa

    July 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Hola Rob, we met on the plane from Vancouver to PG I was one of your neighbours… lol Hope your having a great time in PG and I am enjoying your website and blog. Happy and Safe travels to you, Lisa

    • Rob

      July 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      haha yes!! Always good to hear from my neighbors and I’m having a fantastic time in Prince George. Looks like I got super lucky with the weather as the past two days have been some of the best summer weather I’ve had all year, regardless of which province I’m in.

      Safe travels, enjoy PV & hopefully see you on the road again somewhere, or even in the sky!

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