Canada (British Columbia)
Canada is definitely most famous for its beautiful lakes, stunning scenery and of course its maple syrup…
When we arrive, we instantly feel relaxed. It’s a place filled with so much natural beauty, from snowy mountains to secluded lakes and forests.
When we visit Canada we always fly into Vancouver and spend a few days in the city before hitting the road. Our absolute favourite spot to stay in Vancouver is Deep Cove. We have been lucky enough to make great friends in the area, who we stay with! It is a very sweet suburban area right on the water. It’s the perfect place to unwind, with walks in the forests, hikes on the mountains, paddle boarding on the water and all whilst still being very close to the city!
Our favourite place to eat and have coffee in deep cove is café Orso. It has the most delicious fresh baked pastries, avo on toast and waffles. We also love to stop by and get a doughnut from Honey’s.
Make sure you head downtown and into the city when staying in Vancouver. It is such a cool city, with so many things to do and epic places to eat. Visit Stanley park and the Granville Island markets while you are there too.
We have been on two different incredible road trips in Canada (BC). One from Vancouver --> Vernon. The other from Vancouver --> Squamish --> Whistler --> Green Lake --> Joffre Lake --> Lake Nicola (along Duffey Lake road). I recommend both these road trips! Each destination is beautiful and filled with plenty of things to do in the great outdoors.
Activities to do in these towns:
Go sliding or tubing
Ski or Snowboard
Bungee jumping (Whistler)
Spend time in the village enjoying the ambience of the fairy lights whilst sipping hot chocolate (Whistler)
Head into a cosy bar and sit by the fireplace having a few drinks
Soak in the town and enjoy everything it has to offer
Indulge at altitude (in the charming crystal hut) (Whistler)
Enjoy the incredible snow
Take in the views and scenery
Toast marshmallows by your fireplace (Lake Nicola)
Have a spa or sauna where you are staying
Check out the beautiful green lake (Whistler)
Peak 2 peak gondola (Whistler)
Have a picnic or BBQ at your favourite lake or one of the many great parks there are
Go for a swim, SUP or kayak on the lake
Take out a boat on one of the lakes
Grab a map and hike the trails
Play golf (Whistler)
Spend time in the town centre
Go mountain bike riding or cruise around the lakes
Check out the beautiful waterfalls (Shannon falls) (Squamish)
Sea to Sky Gondola (Squamish)
Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge (Squamish)
Enjoy nature and the great outdoors.. keep your eyes out for some bears!!
Take in the views and scenery
Be in awe at the beauty of Kalamalka Lake (Vernon)
Read in the hot tub whilst taking in the views (Lake Nicola)
Check out Lake Joffre, its amazing!
We feel like we have just scratched the surface of exploring Canada and we can’t wait to have more experiences here! Some other places on our list to visit in Canada once we can get back are: Banff, Lake Moraine, Lake Louise, Vancouver island & Jasper lake. Add them to your list too.
We hope you enjoy Canada as much us we did!
Kristi & Michael