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Hello from Canada! I arrived in Vancouver on Friday for the Great Coast Road Trip with my friend Rease (more details on that trip here, plus two awesome giveaways!) and we’ve had an amazing start to the trip with a picture-perfect spring weather this weekend! There was not a single cloud in the sky when we took a cable car up to Grouse Mountain, the Peak of Vancouver, to take in the splendid views over the city and the Strait of Georgia. We didn’t quite expect snow up on the mountain, but it turns out that up here at 4,000ft /1,200m there’s still snow in June!
After our mountain visit we returned to sea level and started our exploration of Vancouver. We rented bikes and cycled for hours through the city, checking out neighborhoods like Gastown (the historic birthplace of Vancouver), Granville Island, Yaletown (a revitalized waterfront neighborhood) and Davie Village, Vancouver’s gayborhood, where we stumbled upon these colorful rainbow pedestrian crossings. They were introduced here last summer just in time for Vancouver’s big Gay Pride celebrations and have permanently replaced the black and white crossings.
Our next stop is Whistler, and I can’t wait to head up into the mountains! Luckily I’ll be back in Vancouver to explore more of the city mid-next week – I know I have only scratched the surface so far, but watching the sunset at the beach (with huge crowds!), running in Stanley Park, eating ridiculously good ethnic food and getting a feel for the different neighborhoods made for an excellent start.