Victoria/Vancouver, BC Honeymoon! Things to do?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

Both Grouse Mountain and Whistler have ziplines, and Whistler has bungee jumping.  You could run/hike the grouse grind if you’re wanting something that’s a local hardcore right of passage.

Here’s a website that list some of the trails around here.

http://www.vancouvertrails.com

There’s always Stanley park, and Granville island for more leisurely activities.

In Victoria you could visit the Royal BC museum. 

If your wedding date is correct, it might be a little too cold, but you could do kayaking or white water rafting.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

No problem.  You’re definitely going to want some back up plans.  It rains a LOT here in the winter.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can take the fery from Tsawassen(south of Vancouver off the highway to Seattle) to Victoria, then drive up island to Nanaimo and take the ferry back to Vancouver from there. It makes a nice circle tour.

The ferry to Victoria takes about 1.2 hours and is a beautiful ride.

Stay right downtown in Victoria,

The drive from Victoria to Nanaimo takes about 2 hours. Along the way you could explore the Cowichan Valley- some wineries and good crafts and markets.

http://www.eatmagazine.ca/ is a good source for foodie information.

 

Also use http://www.tripadvisor.com  to get ideas of what to do in each area.

Use http://chowhound.chow.com/boards/85?tag=board_banner;board_alert to get ideas where to eat in Vancouver and Victoria.

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Bring an umbrella and rain gear! It rains SO much here that time of year. A good pair of rain boots will be your best friend!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I agree with the above, Vancouver is very rainy in March! Waterproof jackets and rainboots are a must if you’re going to spend any prolonged amount of time outdoors.

If you like hiking, the Grouse Grind in North Vancouver and the Stawamus Chief in Squamish are great, but again, the weather… the trails might be closed due to heavy rain or snow. Lynn Canyon might be a better option. Darling Husband and I were there just a couple weeks ago doing some light hiking. I really do not recommend seeing the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It’s too crowded and way too expensive for what is really a boring experience.

Even in a drizzle, it’s still fun to rent bikes and ride along the Stanley Park Seawall. You can also rent kayaks, I think there are a few places in Deep Cove, and I hear the Indian Arm is a beautiful stretch to paddle down. Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, is also really beautiful. Go at low tide so you can walk across the rock bridge to the little island!

You might also enjoy spending a couple of days at the Harrison Hot Springs for a little romantic getaway 😉

If you want a indoor day, the Stanley Park Aquarium is really neat.

As for food, tell us what kind of food you like and I’m sure you’ll get tons of suggestions!

 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Just because I’m so homesick for Vancouver (Richmond to be exact) I’m going to suggest Steveston in Richmond.  It’s a quaint area with some cute shops, and the fishermen/women bring in their catches there.  I pretty much spent my childhood in Steveston!  Stanley Park is a must see, that’s where the Aquarium is located also.  

I love just walking along the beaches in Victoria and area.  There’s a beautiful lake called Thetis lake which has some nice walking trails around it – it’s in Sooke, but it’s not far from Victoria, if you’re renting a car. 

http://www.explorevancouverisland.com/Thetis_Lake_Victoria_BC.htm

My Fiance said to visit the bug museum in Victoria too – I think he was being sarcastic, but I liked it!!!!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Lots of great ideas already posted. If you want a little more inspiration watch Anthony Bourdin’s “No Reservations: Vancouver” I do believe it streams on Netflix. But they go to some AMAZING restaurants, go up to the mountains, etc. I wanted to go so badly after watching it. Hope you have a great time!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Vancouver is such a great city!! We spent a day and a half there for part of our honeymoon. (Spent the rest of the time snowboarding in Whistler.)

We didn’t have much time to do anything. So we decided to just walk around and see the whole city.

We stayed at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. It was the best hotel experience of my entire life. They upgraded us to "Gold Level" and treated us like royalty. It was really great, old-school service.

There was a lounge on our floor where they would put out free breakfast every morning and free appetizers every evening. And I don’t just mean danishes and coffee. There was eggs benedict, smoked salmon, etc, etc.

The concierge took care of making our dinner reservations for us. And they also had big umbrellas for us to use as it was raining a bit when we were there. They also have 2 hotel dogs…big Golden Retrievers that hang out in the lobby. You can even walk one if you want. Or have one come to your room to visit.

http://www.fairmont.com/hotelvancouver

And we ate dinner at a fabulous steakhouse called Gotham. Again, fabulous old-school service. And the food was incredible. I have never had a better steak.

http://www.gothamsteakhouse.com/

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Definitely hit the Vancouver Aquarium, that place is AMAZING. I was skeptical because I’m not a big museum/gallery/zoo person, but I was absolutely convinced.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

High Tea at the Empress Hotel in Victoria is super expensive but AMAZING. http://www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.houtm

If you are renting a car you can check out Cathedral Grove. http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/macmillan/

Also China Towns in Vancouver/Victoria. The China town in Victoria is very touristy where as the China town in Vancouver is probably in the worst part of town. But such cool things and amazing deals!

Check out the tea stores in Victoria. I think Murchies is one of the most famous. http://www.murchies.com/

Go to Granville Island. Have Rogers Chocolates there. Freaken tasty. http://www.rogerschocolates.com/

After that have a pint of beer at the Granville Island Brewery. http://www.gib.ca/

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You will LOVE Vancouver Island! I’m born and raised here and would NEVER move! 🙂 Make sure you check out the beaches and go for a day trip out to Tofino (west side of Vancouver Island)!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

You will LOVE Vancouver Island! I’m born and raised here and would NEVER move! 🙂 Make sure you check out the beaches and go for a day trip out to Tofino (west side of Vancouver Island)!

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