This summer, I had a chance to visit Vancouver, Canada for a family vacation, and it was a mind blowing experience for me being out about 2,800 miles away from home on the other side of the country!
I also got to visit the very windy Seattle, Washington for a few days as well. During this trip, I visited many tourist attractions in these Northwest areas and in this blog post, I hope to recap some of my experiences with you all on my trip starting with Vancouver’s most prominent attraction, the Capilano Suspension Bridge!
The Capilano Suspension Bridge was first built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, an engineer who came from Scotland. Since then it has been many times revamped over the decades in order to make sure the bridge is safe enough to hold literally hundreds of people on it at once.
According to the Capilano Bridge Park’s website, it can hold up to 96 full-grown elephants! While I was on the bridge, I had to hold onto the railing as it was constantly shaking due to the amount of people on it at once. I will admit it was hard not wondering if I would plummet to my death in the Capilano River if the bridge somehow collapsed. Luckily my fears eased as I enjoyed the view from 230 feet up in the air and thought to myself “Wow how did someone even construct this at all in the late 19th Century?”
Overall I am delighted that I got to visit this famous Vancouverite attraction because it allowed me to admire so much about what mankind can do with nature without destroying it. We can create a masterpiece out of what’s around us.
The next Vancouverite attraction I want to talk to you guys about is the Seawall in Stanley Park. This seawall is the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world. It is also very organized; two sections are divided for either those who want to bike or for those who just want to take a stroll on the pathway. As I was walking through with my family enjoying the view, I was left in awe at the scenery Stanley Park offers. I wouldn’t mind moving to Vancouver in the future, just so I could take morning jogs on the pathway while enjoying the sunrise.
Moving on to my Washington travels, I was greeted by very windy weather in Seattle and the temperature was around the upper 40 degrees even though it was the middle of June. I was totally not expecting to wear my Patagonia and fuzzy socks with my Birkenstocks (I know-what strange fashion sense-but hey, it was cold and I only packed sandals). I strolled into the city with the rest of my family members bundled up. The first place we went to was Seattle’s famous Pike Place Fish Market. I was amazed at the fresh salmons and trouts offered on display and even an ostrich egg that was for sale in the market. Washington is near the Pacific Ocean so of course they make a living out of seafood. I was so excited to get fish and chips from one of the booths. It was a fish market, so of course I had to eat some fish to get the tourist experience.
Finally, the last attraction I want to share with you all is Washington’s famous Great Wheel, which is the tallest ferris wheel on the West Coast of the United States. You get such a great view of the ocean and the city of Seattle itself for only $13 per ticket. I must say by then I was 100 percent ready to move to the Northwest just so I could always have beautiful scenery wherever I go.
Vancouver and Seattle were both truly amazing and breathtaking. I want to go back again, and who knows, maybe I will apply to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver because I can see myself living in a city that is filled with beautiful scenery everywhere I go with the city of Seattle just two hours away.