Returning to Vancouver BC

Travel Diary

It felt strange to be back in Vancouver after 2 years in the UK. It was all familiar but it seemed odd to hear people's accents and to see Vancouver from more of an outsider perspective. We were staying at Grandma's house outside of Vancouver so we had to get the bus and the Canada Line train into Vancouver.

Vancouver had some pay as you go travel cards like London's Oyster cards. It was a piece of cake to make it to downtown Vancouver. We decided to hit up one of our favourite food carts, the Loving Hut food cart in Yaletown. We got some tasty burgers from there. Luckily we had $20 cash as the burgers were $10 each and they only take cash at this food cart. The burgers are pricey but we were still thinking in UK prices which made them not seem so bad at all.


The weather was not the nicest it could have been. It was raining very lightly. This is the kind of weather we expect from Vancouver so it was sort of a welcome home reminder of the rainy weather in Vancouver. We went to Robson Street and walked around before meeting our friends and getting some coffee.
We had one errand to run which was changing some of our foreign currency to get CAD. The currency exchange place wouldn't take our smaller Swedish notes.
We decided to walk around Vancouver like tourists looking at all the sights. We went to the Canadian Trail and Canada Place to look out at the waterfront. We haven't really done a lot of touristy stuff in Vancouver even though we are from Vancouver Island. Whenever we go over to Vancouver it is usually for a concert or event rather than being a tourist.
We looked around the souvenir shops which had a lot of moose and grizzly bear themed stuff.
We walked around Gastown which is a cool looking part of Vancouver that people like to see when visiting since it is the oldest part of Vancouver. There is some great architecture in Gastown.
There is a steam clock that goes off every quarter hour so check that out when you go.

We made sure to get some shots of the street art in Vancouver while walking around.

One of our favourite vegan restaurants Gorilla Food moved to another location but another vegan place moved into their old location. We decided to give it a shot and see how good their desserts are. It was called Indigo Age Vegan Cafe.
We got the key lime pie which was tasty. It is all raw vegan too.
We accompanied our friend to the grocery store since she had to pick up some stuff to make us dinner. Lucky us! We noticed the massive selection of tofu in such a small grocery store. This is hilarious compared to the UK where there is maybe one type of tofu in most supermarkets.
The tofu is a lot cheaper in Canada as well.
Our friend made us the most delicious dinner. It included some creamy baked pasta, roasted veggies and a kale slaw. We were stuffed and it all tasted fantastic.

The next day we had a grand old time going for a walk. It did start to rain a little bit but not too bad.
We stopped in to Meet on Main just as they opened. It was empty since we were door crashers. Meet on Main is a vegan restaurant. Meet not Meat.
We got the Main Burger and the Mac and Cheese which were both great choices.

The root beer float was alright but we really wished it had more ice cream in it. It felt like it was mostly root beer. It cost quite a bit more to make it a float so we were wishing we just got the root beer. The root beer was the excellent root beer brewed by the Philips Brewery in Victoria so no complaints there.
Vancouver is great but the weather was not cooperating with us. It's not as fun to wander around when it is pouring rain all day. We decided that we'd head back to Vancouver Island to see our family, most of whom we hadn't seen in 2 years. We are planning on returning to Vancouver of course but hopefully the weather is a lot better next time.

It was a pretty quick trip to Vancouver and we were already on the ferry over to Vancouver Island.

Have you ever been to Vancouver? Do you want to go?

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Comments

  1. I used to live in Niagara, and it was one of those same things where you live there, but you never really do the tourist thing unless maybe someone comes to visit. Now I make an effort to visit the falls every time I am in town. Our photos span all the seasons XD

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    1. It is crazy how nobody sees their own city or town as a place of tourism. People are always visiting Vancouver and Victoria. Where I spent most of my life. I would love to see the falls one day.

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  2. I really feel like taking a trip here. Such a cool article. Thanks for sharing

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  3. Looks like the food in Vancouver is great! I'm considering visiting the city (and the rest of the country).

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    1. Vancouver is great for vegan deliciousness. I hope you get to visit one day!

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  4. It's kind of cool to be a tourist again in a city that's so familiar. It provides new adventures and makes the experience so memorable!

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    1. We had a wonderful time playing tourist.

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  5. Vancouver is on my bucket list- thank you for sharing your tips and suggestions. The food all looks amazing!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. The food looked amazing. Seems like you guys had a great time. I've always wanted to visit Vancouver.

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    1. We had a wonderful time. I hope you get to go one day.

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  7. Vancouver is such a beautiful place to live in. Coming back home is one of the best feelings in the world. The food looks yum. Cannot wait to plan a trip to Vancouver.

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    1. Vancouver is a great place. Hope you make it there one day.

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  8. Never been to Vancouver but its food looks amazing! Looks like you guys had an amazing trip!

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    1. Vancouver is great. We had a lovely time.

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  9. The food in Vancouver looks awesome and coming back home is a another great feeling. Actually a huge variety of Tofu in your picture.

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    1. So much tofu! Vancouver and the Island have such a wide range of tofu, it is amazing.

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  10. That must be so weird and fun at the same time to wander around like tourists in the town you used to know so well! Vancouver does look like an awesome place though!

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    1. We had a lot of fun. Vancouver is a great tourist city.

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