Anecdotes

Pacific Northwest Adventure, Part 8: Kitsilano Beach Park and Squamish

Didn’t catch the first post in this series? Check it out here: https://arttraveleatrepeat.com/2016/08/10/pacific-northwest-adventure-day-1-the-arrival/


We were pretty tired when we woke up on our last full day in Canada, but we wanted to get the most out of the day so we started out by driving over to Kitsilano Beach Park to have a leisurely drink at a restaurant bar with beautiful views of the beach. Norwood had a beer and I slowly sipped on a really deliciously refreshing cider while we both enjoyed views of the beachgoers, the ships out on the water, and the surrounding scenery.

It was a beautiful, warm day as we had been experiencing our entire time in the Pacific Northwest so the locals were out in droves, enjoying their time in the sun.
Vancouver After lunch, we strolled around the area a little while until we found an affordable little Thai restaurant to get some lunch at. We had cashew chicken and some Pad Thai and it was delicious. Trying to decide what we should do next, we decided on a whim to get in the car and drive North out of the city. We had seen something online about Squamish being kind of a cool place to visit, so we made that our goal. The road took us out of Vancouver and into some beautiful forest. Vancouver

VancouverAs we progressed towards Squamish, the landscape changed to the most epically beautiful views of fjords, amazing forest, and crystal blue waters. It was incredible. We stopped along the way at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, where we were able to go on a short hike to view the most beautiful waterfall.
We didn’t stay long, however, because we were short on time and still wanted to make it to Squamish, so we got back in the car. Vancouver
I’ll say the town of Squamish itself isn’t much to look at, but there is incredible landscape surrounding it. Towering over the town is the Stawamus Chief, which is a massive granite monolith popular with rock climbers. It is second only to El Capitan in Yosemite, California in all of North America. The town itself is a small town, but there are a few restaurants and coffee shops, so we stopped and rested and refreshed ourselves for a bit before heading back down to Vancouver, with the goal of stopping along the way and getting a better look at those fjords!

Vancouver

cool crosswalk in Squamish

Vancouver

We stopped at a couple lookout points, but the real gem that we found was Porteau Cove Provincial Park, where we were able to get out and catch some gorgeous views of the area.
Vancouver

After hanging out there for a little while, we headed back to Vancouver and rested for the night.


Didn’t catch the first post in this series? Check it out here: https://arttraveleatrepeat.com/2016/08/10/pacific-northwest-adventure-day-1-the-arrival/

Next post in this series: https://arttraveleatrepeat.com/2016/08/29/pacific-northwest-adventure-part-9-the-long-journey-home/

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