WELCOME TO CANADA! EH
VANCOUVER and BEAUTIFUL WHISTLER
May 3rd, we leave Blaine, Wa. for the crossing into Canada, for our 5 night stay outside Vancouver at Burnaby Cariboo RV Park, in Burnaby. Nice park, has everything you would need, train goes by very now and then. FHU, Wifi, Cable (have to pay for), propane, dump, indoor pool, car/ RV wash area, laundry, free showers. Sites are level, close together and shrubs between neighbors. We paid $253.00 US for our 5 nights(that’s with Good Sam discount). We will use this as our home base for exploring . Welcome to Vancouver
Our first full day we take Jeep half hour to Stanley Park . It is 3rd largest park in North America with great views.
Very nice park, walking, rent a bicycle 🚲 , horse 🐴 drawn carriage ride ($), or drive and park. Must pay for parking, we bought ticket $10.50 good for 3 hrs in any of the parking lots throughout the park. Some stops we either walked or drove to. Some stops we did was the Rhododendron garden
Hollow Tree,Prospect Point has views of Lions Gate Bridge (1938) suspension bridge,
Nine O’Clock Gun (goes off nightly at nine)
Brockton Point, Totem Poles.
There are also gift shops, restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the park all with great views. There is a info both just inside the Georgia Street entrance, you can stop and get a map. It is also dog friendly(except the flower gardens). We had a picnic here, and it is a must stop.
Great day with the family 🐶. Ten minutes from Stanley Park is Granville Island.
You can drive here or take the Aquabus (dogs allowed) from Hornby Street. We decided to just drive and was lucky and found the free 3 hr parking. They have a large public market and lots of shops and restaurants. I would also recommend a stop here.
Today is a beautiful sunny ☀️ 70 degrees. We pack up the Jeep and Mikita and Dakota 🐶 for the 1 hour 45 minute drive to Whistler. The Sea to Sky Highway (Highway 99), is a beautiful drive with amazing views and twisty roads(not scary).
Whistler was the host of the 2010 Olympics.
Visit the Olympic Plaza,
and the Whistler Village is so cute
with lots of restaurants and shops. There is free parking in day lots 4 and 5. People still 🎿 skiing and snowboarding either Whistler Mountain
or Blackcomb Mountain, even the dogs enjoyed the snow.
Love the town, so cute with beautiful mountain views. We drove few minutes up the mountain to Whistler Sliding Center (it was closed), but certain times of year you can Bobsled or Skelton.
❤️ Whistler,is a must do, and one of our favorites.
On our way home stopped in the town of Squamish, not much there, no need to do.
Finally stopped at Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver. It was packed and it’s a long walk from parking lot. There are different view points or places to stop. We went to the Lighthouse View, it was just ok, to me not worth the long walk. There is also East Beach, which I’m sure was prettier, but we were tired and left.
Another gorgeous day, we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park (since 1889 in North Vancouver, about 1/2 hour from RV park.
Admission is $46.95 <CAD adults, but currently after 5:00 pm, it’s 30% off so that’s what we did. They say allow 2 hours and they close at 7:00. Parking is $6.00 for 4 hours. They give you a map and you just wander on your own. The main attractions are the 450 ft long suspension bridge, 7 suspension bridges
of the Treetop Adventure
and Cliff walk.
There are also places to eat and get ☕️ coffee and a gift shop. It was fun, although a little pricey.
Final day we drive near Canada Place (built for 86 expo) in downtown area and great views
Short walk to a delicious lunch at Cactus Club Cafe at Coal Harbor. Make reservations and ask for window seat where you can watch the seaplanes take off.
We shared yummy fish tacos and awesome butternut squash ravioli with shrimp🍤 . Definitely recommend this restaurant. To walk off lunch we walked 15minutes to Gastown, Vancouvers oldest neighborhood, with cobbled streets, shops, restaurants.
Also here make sure to stop and see the Steam Clock.
Tomorrow we begin our long trek towards Alaska, as we drive 730 miles to Dawson Creek, BC. This is mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. Then another 1259 miles to Tok, Alaska, the first town you come to upon entering Alaska.