A Love Letter to Vancouver

In Photo Journeys, Tales, Travel by Jenna1 Comment

I think it took all of two minutes for me to fall head over heels in love.

I’d been to Vancouver as a teenager a few times, but lets be honest, when we are teenagers we are so caught up in other things to notice cities. I didn’t become such a travel junkie as a teenager, because I truly think it takes being an adult to appreciate buildings, scenery, and great food. So honestly, how was I to know what amazing things were right in front of me when I walked around Stanley Park at 15 years old. How was I to know that within these city limits were some of the coolest places I would ever eat and drink? I wasn’t ready.

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And then in 2011 it happened. We moved my brother to Vancouver in the summer of that year, and I instantly knew that one day I wanted to make it my home too.

Vancouver is just my type. That’s all there is to it. Its metropolitan but has a way of letting nature stay involved. The beaches and parks are outstanding. The Mercer quality of life ranking listed Vancouver as the top city to live in Canada. It’s a winner. (You can read that here at the National Post! Or even here at Mercer’s website.)

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The weather can be dismal, but I’ll take rain over snow any day. And trust me, I know, I lived in London. Constant rain is practically my ally. And in the summer, when the sun is out, there is no better place to be than the seawall.

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I visit several times a year of course, I get a chance to see my brother and the amazing new places he’s found. There is always something new that makes me want to revisit. So I’ve compiled a huge list of places I have to see again and again each time I go. For instance, from now on I will always have a coffee bun at Pappa Roti. I will do my darndest to have a local beer at Black Frog. I will hike around Stanley Park in the rain if I have to. I will shop on Robson Street and wander the market on Granville Island. I will go back and get a flight of beer at Steamworks. I promise.

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I love Vancouver. It’s one of my favourite places. Maybe I’m partial to it because my baby brother lives there. Maybe it’s because I’m always so happy there. I don’t know exactly why.

But I’m going back. Indefinitely.

  • Lasina Jacobsen

    One of my favorite places too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!