VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver is most famous for it’s beauty.  From snow-capped mountains and deep blue sea, Vancouver is gorgeous.  And watch out-when the sun is shining, it's truly a sight to behold. My most recent travels to Vancouver left me yearning for more and already planning another get away back.  If you’re visiting Vancouver for an active vacation and looking for some active excursions or in the city on business and looking for some “me time,” Vancouver has plenty of options that are good for the mind and the body.  

Did you know:  Vancouver is ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world. Wow, no wonder I love this city so much as it represents that wellness aspect I always seek in travel and total wellness. Did you also know that after besides English, German, Italian, French, Spanish and Chinese are widely spoken in Canada. In fact more than half of Vancouver's school-age children have been raised speaking a language other than English!

 

Activities:  Bring your walking shoes, and get ready to walk.  My recommends for this city include…

  • Bike around Stanley Park-located in the downtown Vancouver Peninsula with over 1000 acres.  It's blissful.

  • Bowing Island-Plan a day trip to this glorious island  There’s no shortage of things to do around this island that is at the entrance of Howe Sound.  The location is nestled in the mountains surrounded by fjords.  Walk, hike, kayak, picnic and explore this beautiful hidden treasure.  Talk about healthy living as it’s finest!

  • Hike Mt Seymour-If you are up for a snow filled hike, check out Mt. Seymour.  Get your hiking boots out and be ready to huff and puff to an epic view of the city.  I have some great recommends of my favorite tour guides to have you see the sites and sounds of the city that most people don’t get a chance to see.  Reach out.

Currency: Don’t forget Canada uses the Canadian Dollar. If you’re coming from another country, definitely exchange your money before hand. I recommend not doing so at the airport unless it’s your last resort. Most of the time, I was able to use my credit card. As always, be sure your bank/credit card can be utilized internationally and let them know ahead of time you will be using your card when you travel. 

 

Transportation: Around Vancouver, I would recommend renting a car. If you are there for a short stay, a car or bus would be the most affordable way to see the city.  Note: They DO NOT have uber/lyft in Canada (it is banned).

 

Health Tip:  Pack water and stay hydrated as you do a lot of walking and touring in this city.   Always carry an umbrella as well.  You never know when the rain may fall, so bring that light jacket (or heavier in winter) and waterproof shoes, since it typically rains quite a bit in the winter!

Empowering you to always live well + travel!