A Leisure Weekend in Vancouver, B.C.

A life of leisure and a life of laziness are two things. There will be sleeping enough in the grave. ~Benjamin Franklin

Since we are living in Seattle, a weekend or day trip to Canada is typically painless unless you encounter the endless lines of cars waiting to cross the border.  Recently my mother and sister had a stopover in Vancouver before joining a tour so we decided to head north and meet up with them for the weekend. We usually stay in the Richmond area because of the abundance of authentic Chinese food. For this trip we stayed at the Radisson Hotel and tried the sleep number bed. I must say that it was very comfortable and probably the first time I did not experience back ache from sleeping in hotel beds. Aberdeen Centre, primarily a mall with Asian vendors, located right across the hotel. The mall has shops and a food court with yummy Asian food. If you are a first time visitor, this is a great hotel to stay in.

We visited Capilano Suspension Bridge Park which was very busy on a summer weekend. There was a long line of people going across the suspension bridge to the forested area with nature walks and Treetops Adventure. Caution, if you are prone to motion sickness, go when there are less people on the bridge. There is also a Cliffwalk which is a steel walkway around the edges of the mountain. Overall it’s a nice place to visit for a few hours and younger kids will probably enjoy it more.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

Another great place to visit is the Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf. When we visited in March, it was cold and most of the shops were closed. This time it was sunny, warm and breezy. The perfect weather to take a leisure stroll and browse the shops. This is also the place to get some delicious fish and chips, sushi or fresh seafood right off the fishing boats.

Steveston Fisherman’s Wharf

We will be passing through here again on our way to Lake Louise/Banff National Park in a couple of weeks. To help plan for our trip, I bought a highly recommended book “Don’t Waste Your Time in the Canadian Rockies”. I searched high and low for the book locally and through Amazon but it was too expensive. The only way to get a reasonable price is to get it in Canada. I love this newest edition because of the separate little booklets that you can just take on the hikes with you. More incentives to visit Canada.

A great hiking guide

Most of the time, we are so consumed by our work during the weekdays that when the weekend roll around, we are just too tired to do anything. However relax and spend some leisure time with friends and family on the weekend will usually cure the workday weariness. I hope you can go outside and enjoy what nature gives us this wonderful summer.







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