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Tuesday, 01 May 2018

Portland, Seattle and Vancouver: The Pacific Northwest’s Premier Road Trip - Page 3

Written by Maureen C. Bruschi
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Escape to Vancouver’s Parks, Markets and Unique Neighborhoods

Our first full day in Vancouver was a wet one. We picked up The Vancouver Trolley Company’s Hop-On-Hop-Off tour at Canada Place and listened as our guide described the hot spots in Vancouver including Stanley Park’s 1,000 acres of wildlife and trails downtown. We hopped off at False Creek Ferries by the Burrard Street Bridge and took a ferry to Granville Island.

Granville Island has lots to offer including a maritime museum, numerous art galleries and specialty food retailers. But our focus was on the indoor Public Market. We could easily have spent the entire day there. Aisle after aisle offered fresh meat, seafood, coffees, teas, specialty foods and baked goods. One aisle was lined with fresh fruit and vegetables, while another vendor specialized in Asian bean salad, Vegetarian chili, and a Mediterranean salad. Mouthwatering marinated lamb souvlaki was my favorite. My husband ate an early lunch of succulent pickled herring.

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We headed to Stanley Park the next day as the rains subsided. The hop-on-hop-off trolley helped us maneuver through the park as we passed lush gardens, rambling trails, and cultural attractions. We trekked along the seawall which runs along the shore of Coal Harbor with a view of downtown Vancouver. 

Stanley Park’s detailed totem poles represent British Columbia’s First Nations’ (native peoples of Canada) tribes, clans, families or individuals. The tallest and grandest totem pole is called the “Rose Cole Yelton Memorial Pole of the Squamish Nation,” honoring Rose Yelton and her family who lived in Stanley Park until 1935.

We spent our last evening in Vancouver strolling around Gastown, the oldest section of the city. White-globed lamp posts along cobblestone Water Street reflect off Gastown’s 19th century buildings giving the area an old time feel to it. Don’t miss the Gastown’s Steam Clock, the world’s first steam powered clock. Listen for the clock’s Westminster Chimes each quarter hour, while a whistle sounds hourly.

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When our journey was over, we had traveled over 1,700 miles in eleven days savoring the sights, smells and experiences along the way. Most of all, we understood our neighbors along the Pacific Northwest Coast definitely know how to live.

©Maureen C. Bruschi


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If You Go:

Portland, Oregon:
Hotel: Hampton Inn, 9040 Se Adams, Clackamas, OR 97015; phone (503) 655-7900
Red Star Tavern, 503 S.W. Alder St., Portland, OR 97204 (503) 222-0005
23 Hoyt Restaurant, 529 NW Twenty Third Ave. Portland, OR 97210 (5030 445-7400
Hop-On-Hop-Off Portland Trolley Tour:; (503) 241-7373

Seattle, Washington:
Hotel: Hampton Inn Seattle/Southcenter, 7200 South 156th St., Tukwila, WA 98188 (425) 228-5800
The Crab Pot, Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way, WA; (206) 624-1890
Café Nola, 101 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110; (206) 842-3822

Vancouver, British Columbia:
Hotel: Metropolitan Hotel, 645 Howe St., Vancouver, BC;; (604) 687-1122
The Old Spaghetti Factory, 53 Water St., Vancouver, BC; (604) 684-1288
The Flying Pig, 102 Water St., Vancouver, BC; (604) 559-7968
The Lennox Pub, 800 Granville St., Vancouver, BC; (604) 408-0881
Vancouver Trolley Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour; (604) 801-5515

Portland International Airport Area:
Candlewood Suites Portland-Airport, 11250NE Holman, Portland, OR 97220; (503) 255-4003

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