Vancouver is, so far, one of my favorite cities. It was nice to visit again in August, and this time for a few days rather than just a weekend (as I did in 2011 during my first WWOOF experience in Washington).
To get to Vancouver from Downtown Victoria, I took a bus to get to Swartz Bay, which is located in the northern region of the Saanich Peninsula on Vancouver Island. Then I took a ferry to Tsawwassen, and from there took a bus and a train to a new hostel.
Upon getting out of the subway station, I looked around to orient myself and figure out in which direction to head. A homeless man must have noticed I was a tourist (my bags were probably a give away), because he approached me and asked where I was going. I provided him with a cross street in the direction of the hostel, but not the exact address, and he pointed out where I needed to go. He also made some small talk, asking where I was from. Then he proceeded to share that he attended UC Berkeley. (I was really skeptical about that claim, though.) Afterward, he asked for $4 because he was on his way to the airport (without having showered or shaved, and in sweat pants, ragged tennis shoes, and a baggy sweatshirt). While I didn’t believe him, I handed him $2 for pointing me in the right direction.
Here are my favorite captures of the city:
University of British Columbia (UBC)
I visited Stanley Park in 2011 when I had the opportunity to come up for a weekend during my first WWOOFing experience in Washington state. This time, I had a few more hours spare and was able to shoot around for a little bit.
English Bay (my favorite spot in Vancouver)
I spent an afternoon here watching the sunset and listening to a laid back busker perform songs on her guitar. It was a relaxing environment, and the sunset was beautiful.
On my last day in Vancouver, I did one of least touristy activities of my trip: I signed up for a tour of the Coquitlam Lake, one of Vancouver’s main sources of water. I accidentally found it while doing some research on transportation in Vancouver, but it was free and I figured it could be a good way to learn about Canada’s water sources.
I was the youngest person in the group and the only non-Canadian.
Vancouver’s reservoirs are closed off to prevent human activity from contaminating these water sources, but Metro has started hosting tours to promote awareness about where the city’s water originates. According to the tour guide that day, only 3,000 people have been able to enter the reservoirs in the past year, including students on school field trips. So it was pretty neat to be one of those 3,000 people 🙂
I’m a huge fan of how cyclist-friendly Vancouver is.