Trying to find cheap flights and accommodation over Thanksgiving weekend in the US is akin to performing dentistry on a crocodile. Impossible without sedatives. Also the sedatives don’t increase your chances at all in this instance. Who brought up sedatives? This is ridiculous.
So I set the parameters a little wider and came up with Vancouver, Canada. It ticked all the boxes:
- Outside of the US
- Not a holiday weekend over there
- Cheap flights (when booked a few months in advance)
We flew Alaska Airlines for part of the trip and I wish we’d booked the whole trip with them. Usually I don’t care much about the journey there (I can say that having spent a lot of time on Ryanair and Easyjet in Europe), and you get what you pay for usually. Having said that I found that Alaska went above and beyond for the price that I paid. The staff were lovely and helpful. FYI I’m not getting paid or any kickbacks for this, it’s just my opinion.
Skip to the eeeeend! The last thing I did in Vancouver was visit Stanley Park. When I hear “park” I picture a little reserve with some swings and a seesaw for the kids, so I felt a little overwhelmed when I visited Stanley Park on the outskirts of the city.
|Look out for the Trash Pandas|
It’s 400 hectares with 27 kilometres of trails to wander, taking you through rainforests, giving you views of the water, beaches and mountains. I was there to run the Vancouver Historic Half 10km event. But I show up chronically early for everything so I got to have a nice warm up wander around and enjoy the place. Well worth the bus ride!
|This photo was taken by Mr M. Check out his Flickr.|
Vancouver Public Library
You could spend hours in there, or you can do a walk-around on your way somewhere else. Either way, it’s a gorgeous monument to literature.
Go for the name, stay for the food. And the Steam Clock. Gastown has a bunch of fantastic restaurants that Mr M and I were lucky enough to sample. The Flying Pig appealed to my love of gastropubs and while L’Abattoir was on the pricey side, it was the perfect atmosphere for a special dinner. It has great cocktails as well.
The Flying Pig had some tasty choices on the menu
The clock was built in 1977 and was paid for (just a measly $58,000 Canadian) by local shop owners and donors. I’ve said that it’s popular, but it does have four faces, so you have lots of chances to take a shot in front of it or just as it puffs steam every hour.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Those were my favourite spots, and I know there are many more, so tell me what you love to do in Vancovuer!
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