Western USA and Canada Adventures – Part Nine: Vancouver

I flew to Vancouver, Canada after a week and a half of visiting friends across the USA. Although I usually love time to myself it was quite a shock to be travelling alone in a city where I knew no one.

Many of my friends had told me great things about Vancouver, however, on arrival I was shocked at the number of beggars and those less well off. After walking along the waterfront, through Chinatown and Gaston I ended up traversing through a very rough few streets between Chinatown and Gaston. This was not the first impression I was expecting and suggested to me that although Canada is considered very progressive there is still work to be done to look after those in need.

The following day I walked through Yaletown, caught a ferry to Gainsville Island, where I had lunch and explored the markets, before hiring a bike to ride to Stanley park.

In 4 hours I rode 18km and exhausted with the outdoors I ended the day by checking out the Vancouver Art Gallery.

On my final day in Vancouver, I visited the Vancouver Museum, which was a little small but contained a comprehensive history of the city. I then got a little lost and stumbled upon the Granville Markets again before I wrapped up my visit by visiting the Capilano Suspension Bridge.