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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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!



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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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