Vancouver, B.C.

After the most anticipated exam in graduate school, my friends and I spontaneously decided to book a trip to Vancouver. I booked one week, took my 72 hour exam that weekend, and next thing I knew I was on a plane to Canada.

Spring in Vancouver, British Columbia was amazing.

It was definitely an eco-friendly & detoxifying much needed weekend.

My OCD self had an itinerary with all the must-do things in Vancouver, and the amazing weather allowed us to get through it all and still venture out spontaneously.

What I did:

Skipped Capilano Suspension Bridge for Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge - Lynn is less crowded and free. After reading the pros and cons on both bridges, I realized Capilano was overrated and filled with tourist. Lynn is just as similar, with amazing views but with more locals. The hike to Lynn is not hard at all.

Stanley Park - rented a bike from YesCycle and had a 2 hour bike ride (5.5 miles) around Stanley Park. The park is surrounded by the Seawall - and if you complete the full perimeter you will even be able to bike ride under the Lions Gate Bridge.

Abbotsford Tulip Festival - Tulip blooms tend to run from early April - mid- May, luckily bloom was in full effect and I was able to attend the Tulip Festival. Abbotsford via public transportation was 2.5 hours outside of Vancouver - totally worth the trip!

Grandville Island - Sunday on the island. This little island just outside of Vancouver was foodie heaven with the city view. I tried the lemon basil gelato, and it has been one of the best gelatos I have ever tried. The trip via ferry was only a 10 minute ride from Yaletown.

Gastown - The steam clock. The waterfront. The restaurants. The boutiques. Must visit during the day and night to get both experiences.

MUST TRY: Tim Hortons // it is like the Dunkin’ Donuts of the US, only better. Their French Vanilla Latte was just perfect.

My favorite thing about Vancouver was the perfect mix of mountains, ocean, and city.

Vancouver has it all!