Landing into Vancouver, I jumped onto the Sea-Train for $9, pulling through into Downtown, walked around a couple blocks to the St. Clair Hostel, a 1911 hotel converted into a nautiful-themed hostel where I would be staying for three nights. I figured you could do the must-dos in Vancouver in (at the minimum) three days. The city here has a much larger tourism-vibe compared to the east coast, with all the sightseeing shuttles and photo-op viewpoints. Groups of families and like-minded wanderlusters roaming the sidewalks on an off-beat with cameras and maps. St. Clair Hostel was down the street from Gastown, east Vancouver, loaded with craft restaurants, cafes, and everything else that could be determined as ‘craft’.
Stanley Park was just a couple miles Northwest from Gastown, and while there are plenty of bustops, walking has always been my preferred way to soak in as much as I can in a new place, no matter how little the details may be. It just took an hour along the harbor until the infamous Totem Poles came into view, and the Aquarium etc.
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From there I found myself tight on time, so I caught a free shuttle-bus to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park up in Northwest Vancouver, at one of the four pick up spots on the way back towards Downtown (viewable online as well). Admission to the park is $39.95, but I got away with the student price of $32.95 since I’ve hung onto my university card the last 6 years! Not-surprisingly it was very crowded throughout the treehouses and the platforms built to weave in and around all the trees along the cliff. There is also the Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge Park, that is free, less crowded and available by public transport. It’s smaller, but it’s just as lovely with the swinging bridge experience and light trails leading above some pools and waterfalls.