Ali's Adventures

September 5, 2012

Weekend getaway in Vancouver

Filed under: Adventure,Hilights,Kids,Vacation — by Alison @ 5:31 pm

For the Labour Day weekend I wanted to go somewhere in Washington State, maybe even Oregon, and sit by the ocean. I was not the only person who had this idea, and everywhere decent was booked up. With the quick delivery of H’s new passport (yay, Passport Canada) we were able to leave the US and decided to visit Vancouver. Even with the long weekend border traffic, it only took us 3 hours. The drive is pretty straight forward and some of the scenery is very pretty. Even the border crossing has things to enjoy.

Watering can sculpture in the Peach Arch Park.


The Canadians are so helpful. Nothing like this on the other side.


In Vancouver we stayed at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Suites in English Bay. The hotel room had a fantastic view of the ocean, and the kids liked watching the boats out the window. There was a mall right under the hotel, with a No Frills and a Shoppers Drug Mart. Both very handy so we could stock up on our Canadian essentials, Party Mix and PC Organic cereal bars.

We spent a little time at the beach in English Bay, visited Granville Island and the Steam clock. Over all it was a great trip. Hopefully, we can make a trip back soon.

English Bay


We did get to splash in the ocean.


On the ferry to Granville Island, where we picked up Montreal style bagels.


Steam clock. Seemed to be off by 15 minutes, but we saw it sing.

E lost another tooth. She’s a reverse vampire.




  1. Sounds like the perfect way to end the summer.

    Comment by Sharon — September 5, 2012 @ 5:35 pm |Reply

  2. Looks like an awesome trip!!

    Comment by Lara — September 5, 2012 @ 5:37 pm |Reply

  3. Yay for stocking up on those Canadian goodies!

    Comment by Krista - The Tech Mom — September 6, 2012 @ 1:21 pm |Reply

  4. We spent a week in Vancouver for our honeymoon – loved Granville island and English bay beach

    Comment by Sara — September 9, 2012 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

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