After a few casual American Airlines flights from West Palm Beach, Florida to Dallas, Texas and Dallas to Vancouver, we arrived midday on Wednesday, June 14th. Once through customs, we got our bags and hopped in a taxi for the ride to our hotel, 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 Lonsdale Avenue and steps from the famous Lonsdale Quay Market. We chose this hotel because of the outstanding reviews and pictures we saw online as well as the fact it wasn’t in downtown Vancouver. We wanted a relaxing atmosphere that had well priced rooms, dining, and activities close by without all the hustle and bustle of downtown and Pinnacle at the Pier exceeded all of our expectations.
Capilano and City Tour
After we arrived at the hotel, we checked into our room and immediately went to our first destination, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which has been a top attraction in Vancouver since it opened in 1889. The suspension bridge, which is the main attraction, is 450 feet long and 230 feet above the Capilano River. You must cross this bridge in order to get to the treetops adventure which is offers 7 smaller suspension bridges atop the forest filled with Douglas-fir trees at heights around 100 feet above the ground. Once we crossed the bridge, walked around the forest and treetops, we crossed back over to do a little shopping before we headed back to the hotel to relax with a nice dinner and drinks at the hotel bar.
When we woke up on Thursday, which was our only full day in Vancouver, we wanted to explore the city itself, nearby Stanley Park, and see some sights near the waterfront. After taking a quick water taxi across the bay to downtown, we went to Canada Place on the waterfront. We walked around there to grab some coffee, a quick bite to eat, and check out some sights, including the 2010 Olympic torch! Once we 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.