Things I Learned in Canada

To celebrate Lucy’s birthday (and Boxing Day of course) we headed to Vancouver for a few days. It was the girls’ first international trip and we avoided any major incident. Here’s a recap of things I learned in our time away.

1. If the border wait time is listed as 5 min, it will take at least 30. If the border wait time is listed as 45 minutes, get comfy.

2. Canadians are friendly. Like super friendly. We went to dinner at a relatively hip location and worried the owner was trying to convince us not to stay. I think we were just caught off guard by his concern. He sent appetizers and drinks out to us on the (cold) patio as we waited for seats. The front desk staff of the hotel sang happy birthday to Lucy as we headed out for the day and a random passerby on the street helped us find the cupcake shop so we could properly celebrate.

3. Baby belugas, despite what the song says, do not in fact swim wild and free. At least not at the Vancouver Aquarium.

4. The Vancouver Aquarium is a lovely place. Unless you want to use the bathroom with a toddler or change an infant’s diaper. Which is odd because of the make up of their guests. ¬†IMG_00745

5. Vancouver has really great food. And Vancouver-ites like to eat this food very early. We arrived at our restaurant choices at 5pm each evening and encountered at least a 30 minute wait. Worth it at both places. (For the record, Vij’s – get the lamb popsicles- and Anton’s -get the olive bruschetta. Go, enjoy.)

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6. We may be old and married with two kids, but we can still manage to negotiate a new city by bus, even without being able to depend on our phones to look everything up. We hiked through Stanley Park and still found the bus stop, made it back to the hotel and then navigated our way to the restaurant. (All with a baby on my back)

7. No matter how awesome an itinerary of a trip may be, nothing will compare to the hotel in a child’s eyes. Lila returned to day care on Monday and shared with everyone that she went to Canada, stayed at a hotel and slept in a big bed.

 

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8. Olympic stuff is cool.

9. Tim Horton’s is overrated. And if you try to order donut holes, they will look at you strangely. Because apparently they call them Tim Bits. Which is weird.

10. A one year old will watch jellyfish for hours. And maybe try to eat them.

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Comments

  1. Canada is on our list of places of to visit. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the food there. And as a foodie, that is one of the main reasons I want to go. Glad you all had a lovely trip. Stopping by the SITS Girls tribe to hello and that I’m looking forward to getting to know you!

  2. I’m so glad you had a great trip! Traveling with little ones can be tricky. On our last trip all my kids could talk about was the air port and airplane. My brother’s wedding??? Not a word was said about that. It’s funny the things kids get excited about.

  3. I really enjoyed reading about your Canadian adventures. Don’t you just love restaurants that go out of their way for your comfort? I’m like your little one- hotels are such luxuries! I love them :) The photo of your girly eating jellyfish is great. So fun! Happy to meet you today from Sits Girls.

  4. I traveled with my family to Canada (the eastern side) several years ago, and we loved it. I really enjoyed reading about your Canadian trip! It is a little odd that the aquarium didn’t have changing tables. Seriously!? Poor design flaw!

    I’m one of your SITS tribe members. Glad to meet you!

  5. Many people include a trip to Victoria from Seattle . It is only 86 miles by air from downtown Seattle to downtown Victoria. So it is a 20 minute flight by Horizon Air, a one-hour flight by Kenmore Air Floatplane, and at least a 3-5 hour undertaking by any other form of transportation. Generally it takes 4-6 hours to drive and take a ferry, depending on border wait times and driving distances. The fastest way after flying is the Victoria Clipper high-speed catamaran. It is passenger only, but bicyles are allowed if you pay a small extra fee in advance. If you are driving, your choices include: BC Ferries from Tsawwassen (SW of Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (~30 min, North of Victoria), the MV Coho (Black Ball Ferry Line) from Port Angeles, WA (2.5-3 hr NW of Seattle) to downtown Victoria; and Washington State Ferries from Anacortes (1 hr North of Seattle) to Sidney (~30 min North of Victoria). Victoria is full of bike trails and bike ways. The Visitor’s Center on the Inner Harbour has bicycle maps for sale. Victoria is a delightful city full of old English charm, plus the splendid Butchart Gardens . If you wish to spend the night that would be the best as there is lots to do. Visit the Royal BC Museum or take a free tour of the Parliament Buildings .

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