Justinâ€™s Quick Hits
Yes, Vancouver is really as cool as everyone says it is: a big but friendly city thatâ€™s progressive but not snooty. Thereâ€™s a blend of old-school and new architecture. Youâ€™ll find awesome parks like Stanley Park, and you might catch some trials riders hopping around the beach areas. My favorite thing to do was just to walk. Weâ€™d pick a direction and go. Youâ€™ll find plenty of things to do, like the Granville Island Public Market and Chinatown.
We stayed at the Lonsdale Quay Hotel, which became my favorite hotel in Vancouver. The staff was friendly, it has great views and it’s perched atop a very awesome marke. It’s also close to a ferry stop, which offers a nice ride to the downtown area (a novelty for a desert guy and his ex-sailor wife). Vancouver has a very international population, so youâ€™ll find any sort of cuisine. Iâ€™d be thrilled to have such a glut of awesome Asian food in my hometown. And watch for the fresh fruit. I got a hold of some life-changing blueberries.
I know Teresa will yell at me about this, but Iâ€™m not a big fan of Tim Hortonâ€™s – neither the donuts nor the coffee.
If youâ€™re a futbol fan, see if you can squeeze a Vancouver Whitecaps match into your schedule. It begins its first season in Major League Soccer this summer. Yes, I know itâ€™s not exactly the Champions League â€¦
Teresa Tells It All
What?! You donâ€™t like Tim Hortonâ€™s?? Oh no!! Well, the good news is Vancouver has really good coffee with Artigianoâ€™s and Delaneyâ€™s topping my list. Both are local coffee chains that take pride in their coffee. The owners of Artigianoâ€™s actually spent time in Italy to learn how to do it right before opening their first location on the corner of Pender and Thurlow in downtown Vancouver.
But enough about coffee … letâ€™s talk about riding! Mt Fromme is found in North Vancouver and one of the more popular places to ride, along with Mt Seymour where youâ€™ll find the trail Severed Dick. Severed Dick is one of the original North Shore trails and is a good intermediate trail with minimal stunts. A word of caution, even the easy trails here may be much steeper and technical than what youâ€™re used to. Trail maps are found at all of the local bike shops, I really like Obsession Bikes. They have a really helpful staff and will point you in the right direction if you need trail recommendations.
There is a great bed and breakfast at the base of Mt Fromme that caters to mountain bikers that I highly recommend. Lynn Valley Bed and Breakfast has a secure area to store your bikes and an area to wash them as well. A great place to stay thatâ€™s close to the trails.
Well, this concludes the “Best of British Columbia” series. Come back soon!
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