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Vancouver / Victoria BC Recap: Week In Review

Hello!

It’s been a hot while. But as I think you know, I’ve been away!

I returned last week from my little venture out to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. It was one of my high school best friends’ wedding, so a handful of my friends from home took the opportunity to celebrate our friend WHILST having a glorious west coast vacation. A not-bad deal if I do say so myself. 

It was such a wonderful week. Gah. I think it was everything I was hoping it to be: relaxing, fun, rejuvenating. A surprisingly perfect balance of me/quiet time mixed with friend/social time. So much outdoors. So much hiking. I think I got in enough of my beloved nature to saturate me for at least the next little while. 

So for this week’s Week in Review I’m trying not to bombard you with a gazillion pictures reviewing my accomplishments from a week away well spent.

Last week I…

Linking up with Meg for Week In Review!

 

Vancouver

 

Got myself to Vancouver and immediately stretched my travel legs with a walk down to Granville Island

Goodmorning Vancouver!

I walked every day, all day, everywhere I could

And spent as much time along the sea wall as possible

But still made sure to stop in plenty of parks to relax and get done some reading  

Just a little reading of  ‘The Tempest’ outside City Hall

I met one of my best friends from college and got acquainted with a multitude of local craft beers (BC = the best beer). I also tried my first beer “sour.” Basically kombucha!?

I took myself out of the city for a day of solo hiking in Lynn Canyon

Where I played around on a suspension bridge

And then got lost in a much more quiet area of the BC forest

Kat’s breakfast cookies provided some seriously good hiking fuel through my travels

I fell in love with JJ Bean coffee. And its muffins. 

Rasberry Oatmeal Muffin + Coffee

I discovered The Gluten Free Epicurean and desperately wished they’d open a location in Toronto. Gluten intolerant or not… home to the country’s most beautiful and delicious baked goods.

Gluten free lemon blueberry cinnamon bun

I also ate the most delicious sushi of my life. Not kidding. That stuff covering the rolls? I have no idea but they tasted like hickory sticks. 

 

Victoria, BC

 

After bidding adieu to beautiful Vancouver… I found myself on a little boat headed to Vancouver Island!

Where I treated myself to a Whole Foods picnic 

And finished my play amongst the waves

I discovered the quaint beauty of downtown Victoria

And took many long walks exploring the harbor

Fisherman’s Wharf

I had my first experience staying in an Air B&B and found some fresh, local fixings to enjoy a couple relaxing breakfasts ‘in’

Sourdough, island eggs and fresh BC peaches. The best…

As per the suggestions of both Sarah and Juli, I took Dan to Union Pacific for breakfast where we shared a glorious candied bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich on sourdough and a fresh made cheese and chive scone. My favorite part was the quiet little outdoor patio. Mmmm. 

Breakfast sandwiches and scones for the win

I explored the city by foot and walked out into the ocean thanks to Ogden Point

And continued on my hiking train. So much hiking!!

I climbed a freaking MOUNTAIN

…apparently rock climbing up 400 m in 2 km is quite the thing. 

Actually…I climbed two mountains 

I celebrated my friends’ wedding at a little cidery north of the city and “sampled” each of their homemade ciders. More than once….

I danced, drank, ate and celebrated with friends I rarely get to see

Attempting to be classy…

I ate at the infamous Red Fish Blue Fish and am pretty sure their tacones are one of the best things I have ever tasted 

So, of course, I took Dan back and ate there a second time. 

Only this time it was on our final night before heading home, and we just so happened to have a beautiful sunset to bid us adieu.  

The most perfect way to cap off our wonderful time in beautiful BC

Recapping my time in Vancouver and Victoria, BC! The food, the hikes and the friends #travel #BC… Click To Tweet

 

And it was wonderful. It’s been hard to come back to reality/working life after such a refreshing and relaxing time away. I was ready by the end of it, though. I was ready to get back to moving forward with my life and career. Maybe not back to the service industry, but we won’t talk about that one. Now if only I could find a way that my soul could stay amongst all the natural beauty and I could still be where I need to be for my career. But that’s what a little travel is for right? A slice of heaven thrown in to your life and remembered as a special time you long to return to. 

So tell me,

I’ve been away – what’s been a hi-lite in your life lately?

When you travel do you like to walk everywhere or take transit?

 

 

      

      

    

 

 

 

   

    

    

 

    

40 COMMENTS

  1. Jamie@TheMomGene | 10th Sep 17

    I need to say two things:
    1. I want that lemon blueberry cinnamon roll
    2. You and Dan are SO cute!!!!!!

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Ah shucks. Him and cinnamon buns make me a happy girl 🙂

  2. Casey the College Celiac | 10th Sep 17

    Girl, I am SO happy for you! This sounds like such a much needed vacation, mentally and physically. Walking around and exploring is one of my favorite parts of vacations – and that cinnamon roll? DROOLING! The highlight of last week for me was pushing myself out of my comfort zone and attending a bunch of social events. I never realized how much I just loved paying pool and talking!
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Man I SO wish I could have taken you to that GF bake shop. We would have sampled ALL the things and talked and talked and gotten the stickiest fingers and loved every minute.

      Casey that’s awesome!! Attending social events – when maybe you aren’t prone to, or are “that type” of person – is huge. Believe me, I know. I feel hella accomplished when I step out of my comfort zone in this way. Bonus if you had fun!! GO YOU.

  3. Colleen Kells | 10th Sep 17

    My big adventure this week was the Broadway Street Fair — a slightly funky (kinda Osbourne Village) area about 4 blocks from where I live. Saw the goldsmith who made your parents’ wedding rings and bought some lovely organic carrots in three different colours. I see you are reading “The Tempest.” Have I ever told you about my favourite production of that at Stratford? Remind me to tell you how magnificent Bill Hutt was as Prospero!!! Victoria is wonderful — what a great place to ramble and hike. I like to hike through new cities that I visit. So glad you and Danny had that time together. Hugs to you both, ck

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Oooo the Broadway Street Fair sounds like my kind of place. Is it all summer long?

      And no you have not told me about the production of The Tempest that you saw. I need to hear!

  4. Jen @ Chase the Red Grape | 11th Sep 17

    Oh I am so glad to hear all about your travels and that you had such a wonderful time! It all looks so beautiful and so peaceful. Those blue skies and the GF scroll…. lusting!
    Well all you have missed from me is that we have finally moved! First night in the Treehouse and it already feels like home 🙂

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Yaaaaaaaayyyy. Can’t wait to see more of your treehouse home!

  5. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 11th Sep 17

    What a fabulous trip–> you look so blissful! I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver. And I love that you saw both the city as well as the woods–you know that I tend to stay in the city.
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Having that balance of city and woods was pretty perfect. I think that’s what makes Vancouver so unique and wonderful. You’d LOVE it there. There are running trails evvverrryyyyywherrrreeee.

  6. Emily Swanson | 11th Sep 17

    WOW those trips are so so needed Cora. We went to Vancouver about 2 years ago, and it was absolutely amazing. IT was such a quiet city (for a big city), and there was so much unique beauty about it. We loved walking along the sea.

    It makes me happy to see that you had such a refreshing time. Vacation time is always so important to refresh our minds and bodies and souls so that we can return to work. I’m so thankful that we are going on a vacation too; I’m looking forward to spending a lot of time exploring more of God’s awesome world.
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      And now you are getting your much deserved time away!! How eye opening, refreshing and rejuvenating will that be! With its difficulties of course, but I hope you can revel in each day and enjoy your time learning about a new country and spending time with family. You’ll be doing plenty of walking and exploring!

  7. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 11th Sep 17

    One of my favorite places on the planet. Vancouver is such a special and beautiful place. Victoria is amazing too. I’m glad you got to spend so much awesome time in nature – hiking, ferry rides, and the seawall is beautiful isn’t it? It looks like you had such an unbelievable time, and it was very well deserved lady. Loving all the lovely drinks you found 🙂
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      It really is somewhere special, isn’t it? That unique blend of city and nature that not many other places can contend with. I love that you love it there. More proof how well we’d get along 🙂

      We’d be all over those beer flights.

  8. Marina @ Happy Healing | 11th Sep 17

    Welcome back!! I was away too, and it sure feels good to be back into routine 🙂 your trip looks so beautiful, though! And now you’ve got me wanting a cinnamon roll…YUM!

    I love walking when I travel. I feel like I can really get to know a new place by walking!

    Hope you have a great start to your week!

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      No matter how AMAZING a trip was (which yours definitely looked like) it is always nice to return to home and routine isn’t it? Funny how that works.

      I bet you did tonnes of walking in Spain. I feel like in Europe you walk evvvverywhere! <3

  9. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 11th Sep 17

    Both of these places are on my bucket list and you’re reaffirming why. It’s so pretty, such tasty eats, and those ciders!! I’d e in heaven, and I’m so glad you had a wonderful trip. Some much deserved R&R. Welcome back. I missed you.

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      I think you’d really like it there. Between the walking paths, the beer (seriously the best) and eats by the sea… you would be quite content.

  10. Heather | 11th Sep 17

    Oh wow! That looks like such an amazing week with so much yummy food and delicious beverages and those hikes! Seriously such a beautiful place!
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      You’ve hit it on the head! All three of those things made for a wonderful time away 🙂

  11. Kat | 11th Sep 17

    What a wonderful weekend! I’m so glad that you had such a great time.
    So The Gluten Free Epicurean huh? Guess we need to meet up there sometime so that I can shovel some gluten-free baked goodness into my face while you watch completely appalled by my lack of class.
    Or you could shovel something into your face too – just so that way I don’t feel weird about it 😉
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Girl – there would be zero appallment around. Only plain IMPRESSED.

      But don’t worry, I’d give you a run for your money with the face shoveling. We would go to TOWN at this shop.

  12. Ellie Pell | 11th Sep 17

    Aw you and Dan are so cute 🙂 This vacation sounds quite splendid Cora, I will just live vicariously through your pictures…<3
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Thanks Ellie 🙂

  13. Kaylee | 11th Sep 17

    Believe it or not my parents were just in Vancouver over the long weekend last week. (What if you guys unknowingly walked by one another?!!) They were telling me all about their trip and both think I would like it there. So now I’m eager to go even more after reading your post. A good mix of the outdoors and the city, by the water, delicious food. It’s calling me!!! Side note: What’s your verdict on Air BnB??
    Looks like a much need trip. Glad you got exactly what you wanted out of it. Nothing too exciting and particularly stimulating going on in my life right now unfortunately. I do have a trip of my own lined up for the end of the month so I’m grateful I have that to look forward to right now. Have a lovely week, Cora!
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Oooooo what if we did pass each other! Cool…

      My Air BnB experience was totally fine. Though I didn’t find it cheap (luckily we were sharing between 4 people). I can see how it would be a per-experience basis though.

      A trip! Yay! Where are you going!? Heading over to catch up on your blog 🙂

  14. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 11th Sep 17

    I’ve been to Vancouver once, a long time ago, and now I’m dying to go back. Walking everywhere on vacation is the best. Or biking, but only when it’s a small town and/or there are good bike lanes, because I’m a small town girl and city biking scares me. Everything looks so beautiful. And delicious. That raspberry oatmeal muffin actually made my mouth water. So glad you had a lovely trip!
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Biking a new city would be lovely as well – but I feel like I’d be too busy looking around I’d totally bike into someone!

  15. Hannah | 11th Sep 17

    Your vacation sounds amazing! I’ve gotten in a lot of hiking recently too.

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Yay!! I know you love your hiking 🙂

  16. Juli | 12th Sep 17

    AAAAAAHHHH I love it!!!! Your pictures are so pretty and you really made me want to go back sooner rather than later!
    I am glad you guys had such a good time and that you liked the coffee shop, too! The brewery scene is phenomenal there. We always get these beer flights to sample as much as possible!
    I loved the ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria! So pretty! When I am at home tonight I need to go through my pictures from BC again. You sparked major wanderlust 🙂
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      I could totally see you two romping the streets of Victoria. It’s a pretty special place isn’t it? Lovvvveeee all the breweries, aha. There’s basically one on every corner!

  17. Alyssa | 12th Sep 17

    take me hiking with you!! seriously my favorite thing EVER. Looks like so much fun. Glad you got to have a little adventure love. When I travel, I do a mixture of walking and transit! Depends on where I am!! City is def more walking for me though. Happy Tuesday!
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      I would love to go on a hike with you!! Can we get cinnamon buns after? 😉

  18. danielle | 12th Sep 17

    i totally want to visit BC!!!! i absolutely must walk everywhere when i travel, being on foot is the best. i love to explore and get lost in new places… and in nature. gosh the pics look so gorgeous and perfect. how lovely. i’m glad you had a good first AirBnB experience. i can’t say the same but that’s totally another story. i would do AirBnB again, just not in a place where they don’t speak english.
    anyhow, so glad you had a lovely time. the sunset is perfect. the skies look glorious. life is good, eh?
    i’m still recovering, the whole city is still recovering from harvey. i’m so darn tired of the weather i’m just not watching it right now. it is a bit too sad lately. i like happy. please may i just live in my fuzzy furry pink bubble?

    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Oh no… a bad Air BnB experience? I must hear…

      I’m thinking of you a lot right now and wondering how you/your family are doing. I so wish I could send you a fuzzy little pink bubble to wrap you up in and stay happy and safe and cozy. <3 <3 <3

  19. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 12th Sep 17

    Best. photo dump. ever. Oh my gosh that forehead-kiss picture is the sweetest thing. And you with the flight of beers. And basically all these photos.
    What is it about everyone you know getting married? Although I see there are perks. *cough cough travel*
    I love walking everywhere when I travel, if I have time and energy. You get to see so much.
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      Perks…. yes. Expensive?…YES. I think I’m in that “wedding phase” where all my friends are getting married. I mean its totally fun but also… ugh…

  20. Evangeline | 13th Sep 17

    Walking is my favorite way to get around, especially since it’s freee. Your little vacation was very well deserved. Having time to do things you love, with people you love, has to be one of the best parts of life. The food and the nature excursions and plays look restful but energizing too. So glad you got to enjoy it all. And I’m super glad you’re back <3
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    • Cora | 15th Sep 17

      You nailed it. Its amazing to have those experiences where you really are reminded of the good things.

      But I’m also glad to be back – and I’m glad YOU are back too!!

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