At the crossroads between East and West Europe, Riga has wonderful architecture and long twisting avenues. It has inherited Jugendstil Architecture (German form of Art Nouveau); rich in detail with many buildings constructed in the early 1900s. The city has an up market feel (despite having a Stag party image)...
Vancouver is an attractive city providing the visitor is prepared to explore not just the downtown area, the shopping areas around Robson Street, and Gastown (the original name of the old town) with its famous steam clock. A pleasant walk along the water front brings you to Stanley Park, a huge area of natural beauty and excellent wildlife – bikers and a walker love it as well and include many children’s facilities including a miniature train. If you still have time you can look at the beautiful Chinese Gardens, have a ride on the SKY train, take a pleasure boat excursion tour of the waterfront, and take a day trip on the wonderful Rocky Mountaineer to Whisper if you have not included the longer trip in your itinerary. Contact me for more information.
A great day out to North Vancouver.
Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain taking the Seabus from Canada Place at the Cruise terminal to Vancouver North and a cab onwards. We really enjoyed the Capilano Bridge, not exactly for the faint hearted, as there is a sheer drop off this long narrow pedestrian suspension bridge in a beautiful wooded gorge – for more adventure tries their Treetops Adventure and the new Cliff Walk; that is if you make it across the bridge. Café was tremendous here as well as the traditional craft shop.
Grouse Mountain is a winter sports area but great in summer also. You take the gondola (cable car) to the top enjoying wonderful views; you can admire the wolves and bears at very close quarters. Take amazing photos of the grizzlies and wolves by missing out the ‘fence’ in the photo. If you are lucky you can enjoy a flight display of an Owl and Eagle by the keepers and also showing them off at close quarters.
Seaplane for Whale Watching & Butchart Gardens at Vancouver Island
Taking the Seaplane from Coal Harbour (close to The Cruise Terminal) to Victoria (capital of Vancouver Island) was a wonderful experience. The views afforded both of Vancouver and Victoria is amazing. Outside Victoria (30 minutes) you can visit the famous Butchart Gardens which were created by a Mrs Butchart using the exhausted limestone quarry of her husband’s business, started in the early 1900’s and is now a world famous spectacular Sunken Garden. You can try Whale Watching sailing from Victoria (normally a 3 hour trip) or for a more sedate experience you can admire the beauty of the town of Victoria and try afternoon tea at the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. Please contact me for advice of how to beat the crowds at Butchart Gardens and for which high speed whale watching trio I feel is ideal, one which will not do your back in!
Longer stays in Vancouver Island
If you decide to stay in Vancouver Island you can escape to the other more remote destination_blogs on Vancouver Island including Tofino on the other side and Campbell River further North – you can then take time to relax – swimming, fishing, whale watching and Grizzly Bear Expeditions are at hand. Various types of accommodation are available.
Contact me for information on the various itineraries available combining this area with The Rocky Mountaineer Train and the various resorts in the Rockies and/or an Alaskan Cruise.
Contact Simon at Designer Travel Tailor-made Holidays & Cruises
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Photo: Seaplane– Coal Harbour – Vancouver (RG) 130915
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