Last year, we planned our summer vacation out on the Canadian west coast. It’s such a beautiful part of the country! Our first stop – Vancouver City – what a unique, eclectic and picturesque city. We chose to stay right near Canada Place (right downtown near the seawall). We had a great view from our hotel where you could see the large Alaskan cruise ships come into Canada Place (Alaskan cruise is on my list!) I found the hotel kept us centrally located – not far from Granville Island, close to Stanley Park – as well as still being close to the airport, and so much more!
You always need to bring something from home …this was his view
This was my view !
True to British Columbia fashion, we did have at least one rainy day (we went in the middle of July). It didn’t dampen our travel spirts! With the mountains as your backdrop and the ocean at your feet – we were collecting Seashells
My husband is amazed that how when I wake up, before breakfast, I can already be thinking about dinner. It’s either where we are going, or what am I making. I love to cook and experience new places and cuisine. That is why part of every road trip has ‘secret stops’ that I have planned – because if it’s crazy to think about dinner when it’s just hours away – it must be certifiably insane to think about it months out! Yes – food makes me happy! I believe I had seen it on food network – but Tacofino is a place you absolutely need to hit up if you find yourself in Tofino (which btw – is another amazing place to visit!!!). Tacofino is a food truck (originally) that focuses on fresh flavors – with an a-mazing menu. It’s a tricky lil place to find off the main road – but absolutely worth the double-back if you miss it. We indulged in the fish tacos – which is what they were originally known for.
It is definitely a popular place with locals and surfers alike. We probably waited about 30 minutes in line – but that is part of the food truck experience if you ask me. They were so good – and yes, while eating them in Tofino, BC – I was already thinking of how I would make them back home!
I remember when my husband and I were driving from Calgary to Moraine Lake, we kept wondering (are those the mountains? Are those mountains!). Boy did we feel silly not thinking we would know for certain when there were mountains! No – we weren’t beamed down to earth that day – but it was overcast through portions of our drive – and let’s face it, we are from the Toronto area and our largest mountain is Blue Mountain – which doesn’t even come close to the Rockies !! The Trans Canada highway, once out of Calgary, is a flat drive – when the road begins to wind, and you can notice the elevation change, it is still just a bit before you enter the section that makes your jaw drop. You’ll feel the same! I remember it was one curve to the right and then it was down in a little valley – then – we were surrounded. Awestruck. The size of them was overwhelming and mesmerizing! We took the Bow Valley Parkway from Banff to Moraine Lake, a more scenic drive than the Trans Canada (heavily wooded and curvy). If making this trip yourself – be sure to plan extra time for the bump outs – they are these touristy little jut outs in the road that allow for you to pull over and looky-loo without making a mess of traffic or endangering yourself or others. The other really neat thing on the Trans-Canada is these animal bridges that exist.
While I never did see anything crossing them – it felt good to see that we had finally found a better way to co-exist, in a respectful way.