A Trip to Vancouver, B.C.

16 April 2013

As I've mentioned, 2013 is all about new experiences and adventures for me.  It's only April, but so far this year, I've been able to scratch several big things off my bucket list when I went to New Orleans and Iceland for the first time.  Another big place on my 30 Before 30 goals was to finally make the drive up to Vancouver, B.C.  Armed with a friend and my tax return, that is exactly what I did this weekend!

We drove up without a very clear plan &  just really wanted to take in everything that the city had to offer - I think that worked out perfectly.  We ended up stumbling upon some beautiful places and celebrations.

Since it was about 6 hour drive from Portland, we also decided to break up the driving a bit with a stop at the Outback Kangaroo Farm. There, we got to get up close and personal with some cute kangaroos (and llamas, lemurs, peacocks, and a few others) and I even got to HOLD A BABY KANGAROO!  Amazing!

I got to hold a baby kangaroo! 

The Vancouver Flea Market is a cute indoor weekend flea market that I was so excited to visit.  Unfortunately, when we went most of the stalls and vendors were closed up, so it was a little less exciting than I had hoped.
As part of the Cherry Blossom Festival, we stumbled upon an umbrella dance troop downtown!

I will admit, I was pretty geeked out to find out the Orpheum Theater is where the epic opera house phophecy scenes were filmed for Battlestar Galatica
We had our very first Canadian poutine!  And at a real poutinerie!

While exploring, we happened upon the Vaisakhi celebration in the Punjabi Market district of the city - it was full of amazing colorful floats & we had an opportunity to try some amazing food!

Even though it was a short trip and we only spent the weekend, I definitely think Vancouver found a spot in my heart.  It was my first time visiting Canada and I can't wait to go back and explore even more!


  1. How exciting! Vancouver has lots of fun things to see and do and each time I go there I find another one to add to the list!

    Since it will be my first time visiting Portland this summer (ad my honeymoon in fact) any tips on must see sights? I'd love any helpful tips!

    1. Aw! That is awesome! Portland is a radplace and summer is particularly full of fun things. What kinds of things do you guys want to do? Are you outdoorsy? Artsy? Any certain food that you love?

      Here are some things that I love here:
      http://www.mcmenamins.com/ - a local brewery that uses historical sites to set up brewpubs, $3 movies, soaking pools, ect. They have amazing beer and the sites are really amazing because they are reclaimed historical sites (Kennedy School & Edgefeild are my favorites)
      http://www.oregon.com/attractions/multnomah_falls - Multhnomah Falls is lovely
      http://www.foodcartsportland.com/ - a great blog about Portland's amazing foodcart scene - you just have to eat at a food cart when you are here!
      http://www.hoytarboretum.org/ - Rose Garden/Hoyt Arboretum in Forest Park
      Alberta, Mississippi, & Hawthrone Streets are great shopping districts to walk around

      There are a ton of other things, those just come to mind. I am working on a post for CRAFT blog in early June about traveling to Portland and I am having a lot of fun with it, so I might add some little travel tips to this blog since it seems Portland is becoming a more popular destination and I get asked what to do here a lot more. I love helping people find awesome things in the place I love! ;)


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