My first home in Vancouver was found in North Vancouver through AirBnb. It is part of the Vancouver Metro Area, but still a different city to Vancouver itself. The cities are just separated by the Vancouver Harbor and you can get to Vancouver either by ferry or two bridges. I really adore the nature in North Vancouver as well as the quietness and relaxed feeling. The three mountains near Vancouver, either for hiking or winter sport are located in North Vancouver. I visited two of them and will sure visit Cypress Mountain, the one still missing before I leave Vancouver, lets see when I will get the opportunity to do so. Additionally, there are still some places, some hikes and further that I haven´t gotten to yet and I am looking forward to explore in the future, hopefully this summer. I lived in North Van for two month and enjoyed it a lot, but renting directly and not through AirBnb of course is cheaper in the long term, so I moved to another place in January but still visited North Van for skiing on Seymour Mountain after that.
In general, I choose the Vancouver area to stay whilst my Working Holiday Visa and to see if I want to stay even longer than that because of different reasons. The biggest one is for sure the location. You have diverse beaches, beautiful parks and the mountains to explore nature even further all combined with the advantages of living in a big city. The vibe of the city is very relaxed and not as busy and stressed as Ottawa or Toronto and not as well dressed as Montreal for example. Considering myself a minimalist (now travelling even more) and not as interested in fashion is simplistic style Vancouver feels more home to me. I just visited Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal only for a short time each, but that is my first impression. People in Vancouver smile at you in the street, say hi, say thank you to the bus driver and cashier and I feel they do this even more in North Van as it is more the feeling of a smaller city. So as usual, even though this time very much delayed, my impressions from North Vancouver from last autumn and winter.
You can also hike up here, but I had a slight cold so choose the more convenient way by taking the cable car to spend a day hiking and enjoying the mountain for a full day.
A small park in West Vancouver, not a crazy hike, but surrounded by the sea, covered in rain forest and with rocks and by far my favorite park in the Vancouver area and that is why I visited it a few times already. This place calms me down oh so much. Just sitting on the rocks by the water, enjoying the view, the fresh air just makes me happy. Two times I was really happy by seeing a small group of dolphins as well. They where not very close and both times we counted three or four only, but it was magical each time. Btw. it is a great spot for a sunshine date as well 😉
Yes, technically West Van is a different city than North Van, but since it is north of the Vancouver downtown and I haven´t visited many places in that area I included it in here.
Just a little hike brings you from the small town Deep Cove through the rainforst to the Quarry Rock enjoying a great view. Really enjoyed that day!
Went to Seymour for skiing lessons on four Saturday, each time with a different weather, each beautiful in itself. I really enjoyed it, even though I might not be the most natural in it, at the end I was quite decend 😉
Btw. this cutsy was my roommate while living in North Van 🙂 Click on the pictures to enlarge:
Side note: Yes, I am fine, things have changed in Vancouver a lot to due to COVID-19. I will talk about what changed in a later blog as I am trying to go chronological. But due to it, I have some more time, as I shouldn’t go hiking and explore the surroundings, to finally sort and edit my pictures and therefore upgrade my blog. Still going on a daily walk if the weather allows it but have way more time to get to these topics now. So further blogs, about what I have seen since I got to Vancouver will follow soon, so stay tuned.
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