Welcome to Vancouver

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Last month I got to spend a week in Vancouver (Canada) and had a great time. What a beautiful city–mountains, ocean, attractive architecture, flowers in bloom–and friendly people too. What’s not to love? (It probably didn’t help that I returned home to Toronto in the middle of an ice storm–but that’s another story…) I wanted to get more photos, but Vancouver is known for being rainy and the weather didn’t cooperate on the day I had planned for exploring with my camera–or on whale-watching day, either, which ended up being cancelled. Surprisingly, I didn’t mind the rain and I still got plenty of pictures to remember my trip–and to share 🙂

These were taken in the north end of downtown Vancouver and the Gastown neighbourhood. That’s not smoke coming out of the clock–Vancouver has one of the only steam clocks in the world.

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I got these shots (and the “Welcome to Vancouver” sign) on the way to Stanley Park… 

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And these were taken at the Vancouver Aquarium, located inside the park (an amazing not-for-profit facility that everyone should check out and support).

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The VanDusen Botanical Garden was the highlight of my trip. I would go back to Vancouver just to see this garden again (and also the whales I missed out on, which I will see someday).

Rhododendrons were blooming…

And sakura (cherry trees)…

The camellias–which don’t grow in Toronto–were gorgeous!

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Is this place even real?

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The whole garden was gorgeous.

Basically, I’ve fallen in love with Vancouver and can’t wait to go back.

Have you been anywhere new or interesting lately? Have you been to Vancouver? What did you think? Share in the comments.

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