Post # 1
Hey ladies! My FI and I are looking to honeymoon along the coast of Oregon, go up into Washington and then hit up Vancouver at the end of September this year. I was wondering—-what are some great places we should see? I’d love to see the ocean since I’ve never seen it before—Kansas girl born and raised and currently live in Colorado. I’d LOVE for some tips 🙂 Can you help this girl out?
Post # 3
My husband and I honeymooned in Whistler with one night in Vancouver. We didn’t have much time to see the city so aside from just exploring the whole thing on foot, I can’t recommend much.
BUT…if you can swing it, you simply must stay at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. OMG. It was so beautiful and old-school elegant. Plus, they upgraded us to Gold Level which was an experience unto itself. We almost didn’t want to leave our floor ever! They treated us like royalty and it was an absolutely amazing and romantic experience.
Also, we had an amazing steak dinner at a restaurant called Gotham.
Post # 4
haha I think I jsut posted on your Oregon post, but this works too because I’m from Vancouver!!
The Vancouver Aquarium is great, the used to have orca’s but not anymore 🙁 Stanley Park and the seawall in Stanley Park are must sees. From Stanley Park you can walk downtown and visit Robson street with lots of shopping and restaurants. If you can get to Granville Island, it’s pretty cool, it’s a big market with lots of colours, and it’s right on the water too. I grew up at the water park in Granville Island!!
Whistler is awesome, I went ziplining there last summer, and I was terrified, but as soon as I got the first one over with, I couldn’t get enough!! You could take the gondola up to get the best view, and mountain biking is huge there in the summer.
White Rock is also nice, it’s got a beautiful beach that’s nice to visit. And I grew up in Richmond which is where the airport is. It’s got some nice parks, and lots of culture too.
Let me know if you need any specifics!!!
Post # 5
I say get on the Ferry and come over to Vancouver Island. Victoria is beautiful! If you can swing it I’d also recommend Tofino (which is about a five hour drive from Victoria). If you’ve never seen the ocean the ferry ride will be unreal.
Post # 6
@Ryansgirl Im from Vancouver too!! sad about the little orca 🙁
I just spend my stagette in Whistler and it was amazing…its about a two hour drive from Vancouver but the scenery driving there makes it worth while in the first place. You can get a great “last minute” place right in “The Village” of whistler for like 90.00!! For my stagette we took the Peak to Peak which is amazing!!!! and iw ould highly recommend it. We are ontop of the mountain…the food isnt great and neither is the selection (or cost for that matter) so you have been warned!
As for things to DO in Vancouver, there is Grouse Mountain, Capilano Suspension Bridge, the boardwalk in White Rock, Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, tons of stuff up at UBC etc. OR you can just come and visit me and I will tour you around for a nominal fee 🙂
Post # 7
HAHA Girls you are great! Yeah, Ryansgirl, I just posted it on all three boards to see what I can get! Some great stuff so far!! Thanks!!
Post # 8
I should have been more specific! I was born and raised in Vancouver/Richmond, but have been living in Calgary for the last 10 years. Miss it dearly, but love coming home for visits!!!
Post # 9
I say go to Victoria!!! We were there last July and had an AMAZING time. We went to the wax museum, went whale watching, went to the old castle (can’t remember the name), went to the Butchart Gardens, watched around downtown, walked around the harbour at night, took the harbour ferry, etc… There is SO much to do.
EDIT: I’m in Calgary too! We drove to Kamloops the first night and then made it to Victoria the next day. It was a fun road trip.
Post # 10
@Sunshine23: There’s two castles! Craigdarroch & Hatley Castle. Fun fact: Hatley Castle is the ‘School for Gifted Youngsters’ in all three x-men movies.
Post # 11
@punky_brewster: It was Craigdarroch that we went to 🙂 Had no idea there were two.
It was one of the last things we did and it was on a rainy day so it was a perfect way to spend some time.
Post # 12
The aquarium is lame as a honeymoon activity. To be completely honest, there isn’t a lot to “do” in Vancouver. You visit British Columbia for its sheer beauty. The seawall is my favorite & its a perfect way to spend the afternoon in Vancouver. Granville Island is a popular place for out of towners. Tons of artsy shops & boutiques.
People are pretty surprised about how different the downtown core is. On one street, you have a thousand homeless people. Literally, the next street over you have Chinatown & historic, cobblestone road Gastown. Yaletown is uber chic and filled with galleries & yummy eats. Vancouver is one of the safest cities around. I wouldn’t suggest hanging out in a dark alley alone or anything, but there’s such a sense of security when walking around day or night. Vancouver is like a big warm hug. haha
Main & Hastings is where the homeless people hang out. Gastown is a really great place, but its two steps away from Main Street. I’ve worked with some of the people in that area & I can tell you that your safety won’t be compromised. There’s a street “code” and they basically stay in their “area” of the city. If you do find a homeless person in other parts of the city, they are really gracious and non-threatening (in my experience).
If you’re looking for a relaxing honeymoon, I’d definitely head to Whistler (you can rent condos throughout the village) or up into the Okanagan. My favorite place in this part of BC is in Harrison. Harrison Hot Springs is a magical place. Google it!! Definitely hit up the little german restaurant there 🙂 YUM!
Vancouver Island is great too. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia & has a ton of historical buildings and popular attractions. Tofino is beautiful, however, in late September/early October the weather is pretty damp.
There are tons of beautiful locations and places within a 2 hour drive (or ferry ride) from Vancouver in all directions! There’s a reason its one of the most desirable locations to live in the world 🙂
Okay… here’s a taste of my faaaavourite place:
Post # 13
Oh definitely head to Stanley Park & walk/ride/swoosh (part of) the seawall… especially if you’ve never seen the ocean! Or if you have the time, like the others suggested, head to Vancouver Island. Take a ferry & look for whales! Or take a gondola ride up Grouse Mountain! It doesn’t get much better than that, unless you’re flying into Vancouver. The views are stunning of the city & water 🙂