Post # 1
Reading the thread on Canadian honeymoon, FI and I started talking about having our honeymoon in BC, in the area of Vancouver/Victoria. We live in Québec, and we’ve never been to the West coast. We plan on getting married on January 2015 and we hesitate for the honeymoon to take place : either a week in January, or 10 days in May.
I’ve heard it’s quite rainy in Vancouver, what about those two months in particular ? Is there any snow left in May ? Do you have any destination, National Park that we should abolutely visit ? Or know any restaurants/pubs that we would enjoy with an affordable menu (FI and I are both very open-minded about food, it can be any culinary style).
Thank you so much Bees ! 🙂
Post # 3
Hi @NauticalDisaster: I will also advise you to check out TripAdvisor… the Web’s largest most trusted Travel Planning Website…
They have Discussion Forums (on top of everything else that Website offers) where you can post Questions and get replies from both locals who live in the area, and Destination Experts who know the region best.
I’ve used the BC Forums before, and the folks on them have been terrific… very informative, helpful and kind in answering my Questions.
TripAdvisor (BC Travel Forum) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowForum-g154922-i80-British_Columbia.html
Hope this helps,
Post # 4
@NauticalDisaster: I live just outside of vancouver. honestly it rains 95 percent of the time out here in the winter. Theres generally show on the mountians unil march someimes april. Other than that it snows maybe 2 weeks of the year and mos of the time i turns o slush before its any fun. if you really wanna see snow id suggest doing a ski get away in january or an alaskan cruise would be beautiful around either of those times
Post # 4
Winter out here tends to be cold and rainy. Personally, I would either stay away from Vancouver/Victoria and go to another part of BC, or come in May like you suggested. Personally, I love Kelowna, but you don’t want to have to drive through the mountains in the winter, especially if you aren’t used to it. But in terms of food, there are so many great restaurants out here! Some suggestions:
- Les Faux Bourgeois (French)
- Vij’s (a world famous Indian restaurant)
- Guu Izakaya (Japanese)
- Burgoo (comfort food)
- Fable (Canadian)
- Tamarind Hill (Malaysian – I have been to this restaurant 5-7 times and love it every time!)
- The Noodle Box
- Campagnolo (Italian)
- De Dutch (breakfast and brunch – delicious!)
- Tropika (Malaysian/Thai)
- La Casa Gelato (100+ flavours of gelato)
Post # 5
I would stay away in January. I live in Vancouver and it mostly just rains, drizzly rains, and is gray. It’s not that great. It doesn’t really snow in Vancouver per se. We get maybe two days of snow a year where it’s gone by mid-afternoon.
There will be no snow in May either and will still rain a bit but it will be maybe 15 degrees Celsius out If you want snow and winery conditions, it’s best to head up to the mountains maybe to Banff in Alberta.
Post # 6
If you and your fiance are outdoorsy, I would go in May. Definitely see Vancouver, but the island is absolutely breathtaking. Victoria and Tofino especially. My sister lives out there and she and her boyfriend did a 3-day hike to the very tip of the island! There’s so much to see that I think you would be cheating yourself out of a once-in-a-lifetime trip if you went in January. PPs are right; it’s just gray and rainy most of the winter. And as far as restaurants go…this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s a really bomb vegetarian restaurant in downtown Vic called Rebar. I’m a carnivore through-and-through but I really enjoyed it. Happy planning!
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre
I live in Vancouver, and I would stay away in January. It’s wet and cold, and really not much fun. My suggestion if you’re going to come to BC in January would be to go to Tofino for winter storm season – and Victoria gets lighter precipitation than the mainland. May can be quite beautiful, and it tends to only rain off and on during that time (pack an umbrella and a raincoat and you’ll be fine). The best time to come to Vancouver is the summer – July and August – that’s when the city really shines!
Otherwise, my favourite restaurants these days are Maenam (Thai), or The Oakwood (Canadian).
Post # 8
- Wedding: July 2015 - Golf Course
I would definitely suggest coming in May over January! January tends to be cold and rainy/snowy and miserable weather wise, which doesn’t allow you to do fun outdoorsy things! If you’re coming to Vancouver, I would recommend walking/biking/rollerblading the Seawall, or if you are particularly athelically inclined you could try the Grouse Grind! It’s a hike up a mountain, but it is very challenging – be warned! I would definitely try some sushi while you’re out here, we have great sushi! And Edible Canada (restaurant) on Granville Island is really nice. Seasons in the Park is also a nice restaurant near Queen Elizabeth Park… Hmm what else… Kirin is a really nice Chinese food restaurant just outside Vancouver that is delicious (but pricey), and American Philley Cheesesteak Co. has good cheesesteak!
Like other PPs said, if you’re going to the island, Tofino is really fun. My family rented a house in Uclulet when I was younger and stayed for a couple weeks, very nice vacation.