Before I moved back to the East Coast, Michael and I drove two hours North to Vancouver. It was my first time in Canada, and I was obsessed with trying poutine. Right when we arrived, we found a cute little diner that offered several different varieties of poutine made-to-order.
We ordered the classic poutine with gravy and cheese curds, and it was absolutely delicious. Fortunately, a bunch of restaurants in Seattle ended up serving poutine, so it wasn't my last time indulging in gravy-drenched french fries.
We finished off lunch at a modern cafe next door, where we ordered a peanut butter bar and an iced Belgian hot chocolate for dessert.
After eating, we ventured to Granville Island, a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver. We walked around the public market, where various vendors, artists, and retailers offer local goods. It was pretty cold outside, so we didn't spend much time in the elements - but we had to stop and see the street performer blowing giant bubbles in the middle of a crowd. After enjoying the show, we walked around various stores (I spent the majority of the time in a heavenly paper store; I'm a sucker for notebooks and stationary), tried some decadent truffles from a chocolate shop, and admired the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies.
The view of the Vancouver skyline from the marina at Granville Island was spectacular. It was worth braving the cold to admire the sight. A group of performers were playing acoustic music on the dock, which was a nice addition to the scenery.
My favorite part of our trip was our visit to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The giant bridge was waving gently in the wind, and when I stepped onto it, I thought I was going to fall over. My knuckles were white from holding on so tightly! Once I got the hang of the bridge's movement, it was easier to walk back and forth. It kind of felt like being on a boat.
Before heading back to Seattle, we drove through Stanley Park. The public park covers over a thousand acres of land and is almost entirely surrounded by Vancouver Harbour and the English Bay. The views were astounding. That's what I remember most about Vancouver - the beautiful scenery and incredible views.
Even though we were only in Vancouver for a few hours, it was an awesome trip. The city reminded me so much of Seattle. It was often hard to remember we were in a different country. Luckily, many of the shops in Vancouver accepted US dollars. If you're in the Pacific Northwest, I would absolutely recommend swinging by Vancouver for a fun little getaway.