O Canada

The thing about Canada is that it is a massive place. A massive place that I am hoping I get to see more of one day, but for now I am content that I got to visit Vancouver at least. Don’t worry, Merry-Beth, I’ll be back πŸ™‚

Highlights include:

  • Richmond Night Market – for all the foodies out there, this one is for you!
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge – don’t go here if you’re afraid of heights, ha ?
  • The Peace Arch – look at me, I’m crossing borders!

DAY 6

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Canada bound!

So, plans from the previous night fell through because we decided to be lazy and eat Dick’s (ha!) and watch Sherlock instead. Also the fact that we had to wake up early anyway was a factor in the final decision to stay in.

We woke up early that day to get ready for a road trip to Canada. Muta was still in my eye as I entered the car, but it’s whatever. The journey wasn’t too long, and took us approx. 3 hours. We had to stop off midway to drop off something for my Tita’s friend and then we were on our way to Vancouver!

Our check-in at the airbnb wasn’t until around 2, so our first stop was Stanley Park, which borders the downtown of Vancouver. The park is absolutely massive, and shows off some beautiful skylines of Vancouver. You have the option to wander around the park on foot or take a guided tour by horse-drawn carriage, shuttle trolley or tour bus. 

They have nine totem poles at Brockton Point which is a definite must visit. 

The collection started at Lumberman’s Arch in the 1920s, when the Park Board bought four totems from Vancouver Island’s Alert Bay. More purchased totems came from Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) and the BC central coast Rivers Inlet, to celebrate the 1936 Golden Jubilee. In the mid 1960s, the totem poles were moved to the attractive and accessible Brockton Point.

The Skedans Mortuary Pole is a replica as the original was returned home to Haida Gwaii. In the late 1980s, the remaining totem poles were sent to various museums for preservation and the Park Board commissioned and loaned replacement totems.

The ninth and most recent totem pole, carved by Robert Yelton of the Squamish Nation, was added to Brockton Point in 2009. – Source

They also have a gift shop where I bought a Canada mug and a dream catcher πŸ™‚

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Views from Stanley Park

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First Nations totem pole

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First Nations totem poles ft. extremely happy man in helmet

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That skyline.

After exhausting ourselves, we headed over to the Chinatown district of Vancouver because of course my Tita needed to order 10000000 boxes of siopao to take back to Seattle ?  We also ate at a Vietnamese restaurant because we were super hungry. I’ve forgotten the name of the place, because it was an easily forgettable place – food was sub-par and the service was so-so. Still, food is food and it wasn’t tooooo bad. We then decided to head over to meet our hostess of our airbnb.

Our place for the night was located in Kitsilano, known colloquially as “Kits”, the neighbourhood is named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano. It’s a cute little neighbourhood, and after popping to the grocery store to get some stuff for breakfast the next morning, we relaxed for a bit by watching The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. That show made me cringe so much, but also laugh out loud at the antics of this American in London. 

I think the perfect way to end the first day in Vancouver is to head over to Richmond Night Market. If you love food, and I mean LOVE food, then you will be in heaven when you go here. It’s the biggest night market in North America and the queues to get in go for miles! Luckily, you don’t have to wait too long, but when you can smell the food wafting into your nostrils as you’re waiting it can feel like a lifetime. General admission is $3.25, unless you’re under 10 or over 60 then it’s free. You can also benefit from buying a Zoom pass for $20, which entitles you to 7 visits. Opening times are Friday – Saturday, 7PM – 12AM and Sunday/Holidays, 7PM – 11PM.

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Pre food babies!

 

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I ate so much meat on a stick whilst I was there, it’s ridiculous. Definite stalls you should go to:

  • The Wingman – the best chicken wings ever; the garlic butter flavour is out of this world
  • Sunway Restaurant – Taiwanese fried chicken because you know chicken is my weakness
  • Juicy Green Express – because bubble tea is life
  • Also, basically any stall that does meat on a stick combo – there are soooo many of them, trust me. I also had a hot dog but I can’t remember the name of the stall πŸ™ It was delicious, though!
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They also have merchandise stalls where I bought character socks (yes, socks) – Pikachu, Wonder Woman, Alice, and Ariel. Geeking. They also had a Korean skincare stall where I bought a face mask because you can never have enough Korean face masks, tbh. Doreen also bought once that foams up and makes popping noises once you’ve put it on, ha.

Had a blast at the RNM, and I would definitely recommend you visit if you have the chance!

DAY 7

We had to check out of the airbnb by 10AM, so our first stop before going to the Capilano Suspension Bridge was Chinatown so that my Tita could pick up her order of siopao. I’ll tell you now that the car stank of siopao by the time we got back Seattle, haha.

The amount of tourists in Capilano made me want to pull my hair out, I’m not even joking. They all came armed with selfie sticks, iPads and no sense of personal space whatsoever. You’re trying to cross this wobbly ass bridge and you can’t even do that without getting your eye nearly taken out by someone taking a selfie. /rantover

The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a simple suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The current bridge is 140 metres (460 ft) long and 70 metres (230 ft) above the river. – Wikipedia

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If you’re afraid of heights, I would recommend you DON’T go here. Even myself, who isn’t afraid, had my heart beating super fast as I was crossing the bridge. The bridge is really wobbly, but still sturdy, and you can feel everyone walking on it as you are, as well. The gushing waters underneath don’t really help, either. Still, it was definitely an experience I will never forget and I’m all about adventures πŸ™‚

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Next stop: Granville Island Public Market. We were super hungry at this point, so we immediately went on the hunt for food. You’ll have to forgive me because I can’t remember the name of the stall we got the food from, but it was so delicious AND I got to try poutine for the first time. Chips (sorry, fries), cheese and gravy – freaking GENIUS! ?

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All hail the mighty poutine! ?

The market itself is really nice, and they literally have everything from food to clothes to sweets and other bits and pieces. We only visited the public market, but the island has tons of things that you can do when you visit – check it out here!

Just before leaving Canada, we stopped by the Peace Arch which is a monument built on the exact United States-Canada boundary. The Peace Arch symbolises a long history of peace between the two nations.

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The inscription on the US side of the Peace Arch reads “Children of a common mother”, and the words on the Canadian side read “Brethren dwelling together in unity”. Within the arch, each side has an iron gate mounted on either side of the border with an inscription above each gate: the one on the west side read “May these gates never be closed”, while on the east side read “1814 Open One Hundred Years 1914”.

Vancouver was awesome and wonderful and beautiful looking. I want to visit more of you Canada, but not worry I will definitely be back. Laters ? 

 

9 Comments

  1. July 24, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    We have a Stanley Park in Liverpool, but it doesn’t look as nice as this one!

    I love a good night market. Poutine sounds like such a random combination but I would definitely try it if I was ever in Canada.

    Oh my god, that bridge looks terrifying! I don’t mind heights but if it wobbles…oh hell no, haha!

    • Chynna
      Author
      August 8, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Apparently, England has a dish similar to poutine since 1901! Random – but clearly a genius thought of the idea, haha. It wobbled so much! ;o

  2. July 25, 2016 / 6:19 am

    It sounded like you had an amazing time in Canada! I can’t believe how close of a drive Seattle is to Vancouver! The totem poles look awesome. All totems have a story behind it, and it’s interesting to hear about them!

    I remembered you talking about how your Tita bought so many boxes of siopao XD. Night markets are awesome! You get to try out and see things you don’t normally see in everyday eateries and goods. What doesn’t make sense is when people take pictures with their iPad… A decent camera with better quality + wifi enabled is cheaper!

    • Chynna
      Author
      August 8, 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Yaaah, I didn’t realise Vancouver was so close either! I fell asleep onthe way, as usual, because I fall asleep everywhere haha. God, that siopao smell will haunt me for the rest of my life XD

  3. July 27, 2016 / 3:54 am

    I had no idea Seattle was that close to Vancouver and you enjoyed the hell out of it!

    Gorgeous photos, by the way.

  4. July 28, 2016 / 1:33 pm

    I’ve always loved Canada and dreamed of going! Growing up, I always thought Canada was just a city with lots of snow and pretty tall buildings – boy was I wrong xD My Canadian friends have told me how big it is, really makes you think about how much there is to see πŸ˜‰

    A Canadian dream catcher! How awesome is that!! *loves you for getting Ariel socks*

    Hahaha, I can’t imagine how hilarious it was seeing all those people with selfie sticks. I guess after a while though it would’ve gotten too annoying and stressful especially with the wobbly bridge D: I wish I could be fearless like you but the thought of it makes me feel a little scared xD

    Glad you had a fun time though! <3

    • Chynna
      Author
      August 8, 2016 / 9:48 pm

      I thought the same thing, I can’t lie. I always thought it was really cold over there like 24/7. Definitely NOT the case, haha. I’ll have to snapchat you my Ariel socks – they’re super cute πŸ˜€

  5. August 3, 2016 / 8:05 am

    I used to want to visit Canada a while ago, but more recently it has dropped down my list. πŸ˜› It sounds like you had quite an adventure with a lot of food, too, though! I know quite a few people from Canada and they are lovely, I think it would be an interesting country overall. I find it a little unusual that the night market is open so regularly. There are night food markets in Australia but only open once every month or on special occasions.

    I love dreamcatchers! Can’t say I have ever owned one, but they are pretty.

    That bridge looks super intense. I would be keen to walk across it, though, frightening as it is. πŸ™‚

    • Chynna
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      August 8, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      You should put a little further up because it’s such a nice place! So much greenery for a city gal like me, haha. Yeah we have a few night food markets over here too, but only open certain times of the year.

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