The Gift of Travel
I have always felt very fortunate to be able to travel the amount that we do. In fact, I many times think I must of done something really great in a past life to be so fortunate. My fortune began with having wonderful parents. My Mother and Father loved to travel and would take us children sometimes with them.
One trip my Mother always wanted to take was a train ride through the Canadian Rockies. She wanted to see the snow, the mountains and she loves riding on trains. However, before they could fulfill this holiday dream my father became ill with Mesothelioma. He passed away December 26, 2012. A few years later our entire family gave a Christmas gift to our Mother, A Train Trip Through The Canadian Rockies! I would be the lucky one to accompany my Mother and we would begin this wonderful journey in Vancouver Canada. So Mother-Daughter trip here we come!
Vancouver Canada: The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel
Our Mother-Daughter trip begins with us flying from Tampa to Vancouver Canada. Definitely a long flight, but we know this is going to be a wonderful adventure and are very excited for it to begin. After landing, grabbing our luggage, we head to our hotel the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel (read more). The Fairmont Vancouver Hotel lived up to the reputation of all the Fairmont’s, professional, luxurious and wonderful service. We were shown to our room where we had a magnificent view. Only having 2 nights in Vancouver we need to get our rest to be ready to set out the next morning for a full day of sightseeing.
Vancouver City Tour
We were really only going to have one day to see some of the sights, for this reason, a tour would be the most beneficial way to accomplish seeing as much as we could, stress free. So I booked a tour of Vancouver City Tour which included the Capilano Suspension Bridge. As we hopped on the tour bus we were driven around Vancouver. Wow! What a beautiful city! Not too many places I have seen where a city has gorgeous snowcap mountains and magnificent blue water views, not to mention the skyscrapers!
The city streets are filled with bicycles! Fun Fact: More people bike to work in Vancouver Canada than any other major city in North America. Sailboats are out in numbers also on the Vancouver Harbor and English Bay. As we drive around on the tour bus we view a China Town, drive over the Lions Gate Bridge and are pointed out many buildings including Lululemon!
Yes this is where Lululemon is from, and their store here is gigantic!
Heading over to Stanley Park
Next we made our way over to Stanley Park. This public park is is 405 acres of… well just about everything! Beaches, trees, scenic views of both the English Bay and the Vancouver Harbor, amazing trees, wildlife, trails, food, cultural sites and more. It’s an urban park that has been designated as a natural historic site of Canada. My Mother and I were both very impressed with the totem poles, for their artistic work and meanings.
Off to the Capilano Suspension Bridge
Okay, let just stop right here. When you go on a Mother-Daughter trip for the first time, you find out things about your Mom you really never knew. For instance, my Mother has no, and I mean no fear of heights! This bridge is over 230 feet in the air and it is 450 feet across. She is going to be 80 this year and she treated this suspension bridge like it was nothing. Surprisingly, no hesitation at all. I think she crossed it in like 3 minutes. Me- my knees were shaking, my hands and fingers were absolutely going to get freezer burn because I refused to let go of the side railing in 30 degree temperatures.
I have to say, all in all, it was pretty cool and the area is breathtaking, I’m proud of myself for accomplishing walking across (even though it took me like 10 minutes). To my Mom it was a normal walk in the park day.
After, all this exploring and site seeing we headed back to our hotel for a nice dinner in the hotel room. Yes room service is the way to go after a long day, I highly recommend it 🙂
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Last Day Before Heading to the train Station
Unfortunately, we have just a few hours in the morning look around. No matter what holiday I am on, I am drawn to check out the local churches and in some cases Hindu Temples (read more). Particularly, I love seeing all the different architecture and details. In fact, Vancouver is no exception because right next to our hotel is the Christ Church Cathedral- have a peak…
Time to leave….
Our time in Vancouver was over way too fast, it was time to head to our next adventure by hopping on our train to take us through the Canadian Rockies. We were excited to board the train, but… One thing for sure, I will make it back to Vancouver one day. There is a lot more to see and experience. Of course when I do, I know I will always reminisce about what a great time my Mother and I had in this enchanting city of Vancouver on our Mother-Daughter trip!
Check back in soon to hear all about the Canadian Rockies Train Ride, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff as My Mother and I continue on our Mother-Daughter Canadian Rockies Trip!
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