We had booked an amazing deal on American Airlines. A few quick flights after leaving West Palm Beach, we arrived in Vancouver around noon on Wednesday, June 14th. After clearing customs, we retrieved our bags and got in a taxi. Our destination was Pinnacle at the Pier in North Vancouver. On the ride over it seemed as if it was a pretty basic Vancouver day, with fog surrounding the mountains, cloudy skies, and mild temperatures. When we pulled up to the hotel, we were excited to explore both the hotel and the city.
Pinnacle on the Pier is located in North Vancouver near the famous Lonsdale Quay Market. We chose this hotel because of the outstanding reviews and pictures we saw online. We wanted a relaxing atmosphere that had well priced rooms, dining, and activities close. Since we only really had a day to explore, we didn’t need to be downtown. All the hustle and bustle of downtown never appealed to us. Pinnacle at the Pier exceeded all of our expectations!
Capilano and City Tour
We checked into our room and immediately went to our first destination, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. It has been a top attraction in Vancouver since it opened in 1889. The suspension bridge, the main attraction, is 450 feet long. It also swings, kidding a little bit, 230 feet above the Capilano River. You must cross this bridge in order to get to the treetops adventure. This area offers 7 smaller suspension bridges atop the forest filled with Douglas-fir trees at heights around 100 feet above the ground. Walking around the forest and treetops was beautiful and relaxing. We crossed back over to do a little shopping before we headed back to the hotel. Once back at the hotel we enjoyed a nice dinner and drinks at the hotel bar.
Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour
We woke up Thursday, which was our only full day in Vancouver. Exploring the city, nearby Stanley Park, and see some sights near the waterfront was the goal. We took a quick water taxi across the bay to downtown. This drops you off next to Canada Place, the cruise terminal. We walked around there to grab some coffee, a quick bite to eat, and check out some sights. It slipped our mind but we saw the 2010 Olympic torch! It was very cool to see and take pictures with.
Once it warmed up and got ready for the day we got tickets for the Hop On Hop Off City Bus Tour. This tour is a continuous bus tour throughout the day with about 25 different stops around the city and surrounding area. We stopped in Stanley Park to walk around and see the Totem Poles, we stopped in China town to go to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Gardens, walked through Gastown district, and back to Vancouver waterfront near Canada Place. It was raining most of the day, so we are glad we had our Columbia rainjackets handy that we ordered specifically for this trip. The entire day was informative and entertaining and we wish we had another day or so to check out more of the city.
At the end of the day, we again enjoyed dinner and drinks at the hotel bar and went up to our room to repack our bags to get ready for our 7 day Alaskan cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas which started in the morning.
Click here on to read about the beginning of our cruise!