There’s such a massive hype around Vancouver. So many people had told me great things about the city’s beaches, views and atmosphere, therefore, I had such high expectations. I was feeling a little disappointed when we arrived on a dull and rainy day. What’s the fuss?
My first impression was that it was a dirty city with a lot of poverty probably due to the expense of housing and cost of living. The locals I met told me that a lot of the apartments are in fact empty due to foreign investment, therefore prices have risen dramatically over the past 10 years forcing people out of their homes. Therefore, it is a relief to hear the Canadian government are trying to tackle this with a 15% tax on foreign house buyers.
However, the city grew on me the longer we stayed.
The most challenging hike I have ever done goes to Grouse Mountain hands down otherwise known as the “Grouse Grind.” My friends said they could hear me from 10 metres back huffing and puffing behind them (and I am the marathon runner!!) Everyone was so friendly on the way up cheering people on with words of encouragement. My friend was struggling and ended up meeting a group of locals who we spent a lot of time with later on in the week. 2830 steps later, we reached the peak of Vancouver! You could take the easy route on the sky rider but nothing could beat the sense of achievement I felt when I reached the top and was able to see the beautiful views that people had talked about.
I would say cycling around Stanley Park is the best way to see the beaches. Make sure you devote a whole day to do it and stop off along the way. There are so many places you can rent out bikes so you won’t miss out.
Cycling through Vancouver during sunset on a warm summer’s night is a memory I will never forget.
Nothing beats eating Chinese and watching the sun set with great friends on English beach.
What I love most about Vancouver is that it is surrounded by mountains and beaches. Vancouver really is a city for everyone of all tastes and interests whether you like hiking, relaxing, exploring or city life… Vancouver has it all!