Vancouver: Home of the Canucks
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When you first arrive in Vancouver via Granville Street, you could be forgiven for thinking it is a massive construction site full of porn shops. Dig a little deeper though and you'll find out why this city has been voted among the top ten most 'liveable' cities in the world....whatever that means!!
Vancouver is the second largest city in Canada (behind Toronto I think) and sits at the bottom of a natural harbour on the far west coast of Canada. One would think it would be the capital of the province of British Columbia but then one would be wrong wouldn't they, that esteemed title goes to Victoria, a city on Vancouver Island.
For Anna and I, arriving via bus from Rossland, the adjustment from the small town laid back mentality to big city living took a little while (ahhh Rossland, have I mentioned how much I like the place). We decided to give the C&N hostel in Main Street a chance, mostly because it was a 5 minute walk from the bus station which meant we didnt have to get our board bags very far (horrible horrible things to travel with...get one with wheels if you can).
The couple of days we were in Vancouver was spent exploring the city by bike and on foot. Like every big city it has its dodgy areas (Granville St with its Pornshops; and the couple of blocks between Chinatown and Gastown which were full of junkies and drunks...and that was at 10am in the morning) and its nice areas (including Gastown). But without a shadow of a doubt, for me, the thing that makes Vancouver is its waterfront.
We managed to cover most of the track by bike on the first day and with a blue bird day we couldnt have asked for anything more. That night we sat on the waterfront watching the boats go by and eating a particularly disgusting mixture of steamed vegetables and sweet and sour pork which was concocted in the overly small kitchen at the hostel. On our second day we walked into the city centre itself and also over Granville bridge to a shopping area known for its outdoor equipment outlets selling big brands at cheap prices. Needless to say, Anna couldnt resist temptation!!
One more thing about Vancouver...it has awesome Sushi shops. We found a brilliant (and cheap!!) one on Granville St where we stuffed ourselves until bursting point. The walk home down Davey street took us past another dozen or so which all looked worth a visit.
Yes, with its close proximity to some of the best snow in the world, Vancouver is definitely a place I could live in for a while. No time for 'what-ifs' though, next its on to Toronto and a visit to my little brother.