Pre and Post Cruise Stay in Vancouver
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In June of 2009 an aunt and I went on an Alaska and Yukon Cruise and Tour that started in Vancouver, so we decided to spend a couple of days there before and after the cruise. It had been 17 years since we had been in Vancouver so we wanted to revisit some spots and search out some new ones. We booked our Vancouver hotels on www.booking.com.
April and May were pretty dismal weather-wise in Saskatchewan so it was nice when I got to Vancouver to finally have some warm summer weather. Our flights arrived within half an hour of each other (my aunt lives in Ontario) so we were able to meet at the airport before heading to our hotel. The Vancouver Airporter shuttlebus ($14 one way/$22 return) did not go to our hotel but did go to one nearby so we took it and walked to the Comfort Inn Downtown. The lobby and room were both clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It was mid afternoon when we arrived so we basically dumped our luggage, freshened up a bit and headed outside to check out the neighbourhood. We had a nice walk, dinner at a “Next” noodle shop (lovely beef and broccoli, chicken and cashews, spring rolls) then coffee and dessert (chocolate for me) at a Starbucks on the way back to the hotel.
The next morning promised another beautiful summer day and we spent most of it in Stanley Park. We had our included breakfast at O’Doul’s Pub attached to the hotel from which, by the way, we heard no noise emanating at night. Then walked down Seymour Street to Pender Street and caught the #19 bus to Stanley Park to take a Horse-Drawn Tour (I believe our horses were called Clint and Howie) around the park. It was a nice leisurely way to get reacquainted with the park. It was sad to see so many trees gone from the recent storms though the rhododendrons were in beautiful flower.
Our next stop was the Aquarium. The big treat was seeing the new baby beluga whale that had just been born. The area was closed to enable the mother and new baby to bond but you could see them swimming around as well as the baby that was born last year which is of course, bigger and a lighter gray than the new one. We also saw the raptor and dolphin shows before heading back out into the park for a walk. It was lovely to see the mountains in the distance and see and hear the float planes overhead. We went along the sea walk to Brockton Point, past the Girl in Wetsuit statue, the 9 o’clock gun, around the harbour and up to Canada Place to see if our cruise ship was in yet. We were starting to get excited about our trip which you can read about separately on this site.
After the cruise and tour we ended up in Anchorage, Alaska. We were flying out of Anchorage to Vancouver via Seattle and had to be up to leave for the airport at 4:00 am so did not see much of the city.
We had decided to spend a couple of nights in Vancouver before heading home and we are glad we did. It was nice to catch up on some sleep after our brief stay in Anchorage. On our return to Vancouver we opted to stay in Richmond rather than downtown. When we booked the hotel on the internet the site said that it did not have a restaurant. However when we arrived on the Airport Shuttle there was a restaurant in the lobby – the Atrium – and it was very nice. We had a lovely steak dinner just for a bit of a change after so much salmon on the cruise and tour! The waitress was very accomodating – she did not know how to make a shandy but we gave her the instructions and she produced two that were very refreshing after a long day of travel.
The next morning we slept in then headed out on the 98B bus to Richmond Centre then the Railroad bus to Steveston Village in search of our last fresh fish and chips. As soon as we got off the bus I spied Mary’s British Home Store (3986 Moncton St). It was full of wonderful things but we didn’t want to be laden down for our afternoon of shopping so we asked what time she closed, said we’d be back and struck out to find her recommended fish and chips shop – Pajo’s down on the wharf. We waited in line for about an hour, along with it seemed half of Richmond, but it was worth the wait. We spent the afternoon shopping and walking around Fishermen’s Wharf. There are many shops, restuarants and cafes, along with the Heritage Trail, Britannia Heritage Shipyard, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and Garry Point Park where you will find the Fishermen’s Memorial. We stocked up on all good things British at the end of the afternoon and headed back to the hotel with our bounty. There was a fair bit of construction still happening in preparation for the Olympics and the bus back to the hotel made a detour around the construction. Not knowing where it was going to go we got off and walked the rest of the way back to the hotel – the boxes of oatmeal and the jars of Rose’s lemon marmalade got quite heavy by the time we arrived. (By the way, marmalade is considered a liquid when flying so do not put it or jam in your carry on). We had another delicious meal at the hotel restaurant that night, Shepherd’s Pie, and returned to our room in time to watch something we hadn’t seen throughout the trip north – a sunset….
Comfort Inn Downtown 654 Nelson Street
$159 per night including continental breakfast at O’Doul’s Pub attached to the hotel.
Comfort Inn Vancouver Airport
$149 per night
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