Vancouver and Victoria

Jacob and I went on two little getaways these past two months. And we went all the way to...Canada! We're lucky to live so close to British Columbia because we both love it so much. Victoria and Vancouver are each about four hours from us, so we like to get up there when we can.

Jacob says Vancouver is his favorite city we've ever visited (and we've been to London, Paris, Rome, New York City, Honolulu, etc.) and if it weren't for his job working for the federal government, he'd like to move there. I'm all for it! We've driven up there, taken the train, and even made a stop while on a cruise. We like to hit up all the tourist attractions, find new places to eat, explore the parks, go to concerts and hockey games, and walk around downtown. We even went up there for the Winter Olympics in 2010.

Last month we went up to see one of my favorites, Hasan Minhaj. He's a senior correspondent on The Daily Show, was the host of 2016's White House Correspondent's Dinner, and has been touring with his one-man show Homecoming King, which premiered off-Broadway in 2015. I missed it when he came to Seattle last summer, so I immediately bought tickets to Vancouver when he added more dates. The show is amazing. It's so funny and honest and sad. It's coming to Netflix this year, so keep an eye out for that. While we were there, we wandered around the city, shopped, had some awesome food and cider at Craft, and tried to keep dry because it was snowy on the ground and also pouring down rain most of the time.

The capital of BC is located on Vancouver Island and it's such a chill, walk-able, friendly city. I was a band geek in high school and we performed in the Victoria Day parade every year, which is like Canada's Memorial Day weekend. We went up on a Saturday afternoon, performed in a music competition on Sunday, and marched in the parade Monday morning. We LOVED it. We were teenagers running wild in a big city without supervision, where one of our dollars got us $1.40 CA. We had a curfew of 10:00 pm, but for the most part we were on our own. We loved meeting kids from other schools, talking to the locals, eating foreign foods (poutine and ketchup flavored potato chips) and seeing who could pass for 19 to score some alcohol.

So, I visited all three years of high school and my boyfriend and I convinced our parents to let us go up there alone for spring break our senior year. Our parents knew how safe the city was and I'd navigated it on my own twice before so they agreed to it. After high school, I went up a few times with my family and once with Jacob. I've had high tea at the Empress Hotel, I've watched the Parliament in action, and I've seen Butchart Gardens all lit up for the holidays. I love it there.

Two weeks ago we got up at 4:30 am to drive to Port Angeles (you might remember it from Twilight, when Bella goes dress shopping in "the city" with Jessica and Angela, then gets assaulted by some drunk guys, and saved by Edward) to catch the ferry to Victoria. We love our junior hockey team, the Everett Silvertips, and Jacob really wants to go to some away games, so he planned the whole trip around one. We had a great hotel on the harbour, ate good food, got some St. Paddy's drinks, shopped, and just wandered around town. Plus, the Tips won the game, which put them into the playoffs, so that was a blast. We also took a bus tour to see more of the city, including some amazing parks and beaches, which is something I'd never done before. We realized there is a lot for kids to do, so we'll be taking ours with us the next time we go.


SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I've not been to either (so much more difficult from the East Coast!) but would love to visit Vancouver.

Rebecca Jo said...

It looks so beautiful.
& you had me once you referenced Twilight ;) haha

Misty said...

I love that you referenced the specific Port Angeles scene, as if I didn't already know. :)

Canada is definitely on my list of places to visit. Looks beautiful!