I liked to just walk around Vancouver, which was easy as there were just cross streets and no steep hills. The city streets were wide with trees and sunlight streaming down.  It felt very open.  I was surprised that shops were open until 9 pm most nights including many open on Sunday night.

I had planned on doing a hop-on hop-off bus one day and the Capilano Suspension Bridge another but found I was too tired from my Honolulu to Vancouver journey and my 2 days on Vancouver Island, although I did enjoy just walking around town and seeing the sights.

The view from the Vancouver Lookout was great and provided you with a good view of most of the city and surrounding areas. Unfortunately, the view to Stanley Park was obscured by taller newer buildings, which, I gather, had been built since the Lookout was built.


Tank beside the footpath

I stayed in the east part of the city, the first 2 nights at the Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast and then 2 nights at the Georgian Court Hotel, both are easy walking distance to the shopping area around Granville St, Gastown and Canada Place.  They are both off the east end of Robson Street, and this end of town known for casual eateries.  The variety of food on offer made it hard to choose what to have for dinner.  Some of the options were Japanese, Sushi, Vietnamese, Mexican, India, pizza, cafes or pubs. 

 Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast

This was a decently priced hotel with friendly staff.  My room was clean and comfortable with a private bathroom, although shared bathrooms were also available.  I would stay there again.

Georgian Court Hotel

After my 2 day Vancouver Island tour, I stayed here as this hotel was the starting hotel for my Rocky Mountaineer trip and I added a pre-night.  The hotel staff were friendly and the room was clean, comfortable and modern, having been renovated recently.  Price wise I would stay in the Kingston Hotel Bed & Breakfast again.


Having travelled extensively since a young child, I am now looking to share my experiences while indulging in my travel passions of castles, dinosaurs, trains, and UNESCO sites. I also want to show that you can travel safely and easily on your own. When I am not travelling, I am an IT Project Manager.

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