West Coast Canada Planning

Another trip booked: Vancouver and Victoria! For those of you unfamiliar with Canada, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia (the most westerly province) and Vancouver is the most populous city of BC and also where the 2010 Winter Olympics were held. I’ll be meeting a few friends in Vancouver and we plan on taking a day trip to Victoria.


This time, I signed up for Google email notifications for flights to Vancouver about 3 months in advance. If you’ve never used this feature, you’ll get an email every time the price drops. The price difference between when I first looked and when I booked was almost $200 CAD! I gave myself a price maximum value and if the price dropped below it, I would book right away. There’s always a chance it might go lower but I felt comfortable with my number and got a deal. #winning

Social Media

I reached out on Twitter to see if anyone had suggestions of places to visit or things to do and I got a few! Also, since I’m travelling with friends and my solo planning is a bit overboard, I made a list of things we can do to discuss. Travel tip: always check with your travel buddies to make sure they’re up for the same things you are. It’ll make the trip go smoothly.


About three weeks out we discussed accommodations. Since there are 3 of us, it was worth looking into booking a hotel room rather than individual beds at a hostel. Ultimately, a hostel was the cheaper option and we booked in downtown Vancouver for all four nights. The ratings were good and the price was right! I’ll let you know how the stay went.


Here’s my list of activities while in town. If you’ve visited, or if you’re local, let me know if you have any more suggestions!


  1. Explore Stanley Park/bike the Seawall
  2. Sea to Sky Gondola (including Capilano Suspension Bridge Park) – There’s a shuttle from Vancouver ($69 CAD roundtrip)
  3. VanDusen Botanical Garden in Chinatown
  4. Granville Island Market – arts, craft and food market
  5. Theatre under the stars in Stanley Park
  6. Drinks in Gastown
  7. Brewery hopping in East Van
  8. Seabus to Lonsdale Quay
  9. Visit Grouse Mountain for stunning views
  10. Cruise False Creek on the Aquabus
  11. 2010 Olympic Cauldon in Jack Poole Plaza
  12. Vancouver Lookout for 360 views of the city


  1. The Butchant Gardens
  2. Craigdarroch Castle
  3. Beacon Hill Park
  4. British Columbia Parliament Buildings
  5. Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site
  6. Christ Church Cathedral


A few places suggested were:

  1. Earnest Ice Cream
  2. Sushi (anywhere in Van)
  3. Bao Bai (Chinese food in Chinatown)
  4. Pure Bread Bakery
  5. JJ Bean or 49th Parallel for coffee drinkers
  6. This list for places to brunch, a cafe or to go all out.

4 thoughts on “West Coast Canada Planning

  1. Great list. I was there in 2010 and loved it. My favorite experience was Grouse Mountain. We did the hike up. It was much more challenging than I expected but felt good to do it.

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  2. Awesome list of activities! I’m excited to see pictures (and probably some awesome Boomerangs on your Instagram page!) and read all about it when you get back! I wish I had all your planning skills 🙂 I hope it’s a great trip!

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