Vancouver Here We Come!

The Second Helpings are getting ready to head north to beautiful Vancouver, B.C. It will be our first family vacation via train!  I am so excited to see how The Little Helping reacts to this new way of traveling. I am preparing myself for him to be unimpressed but based on the growing number of Thomas toys underfoot, he should be totally jazzed.

Train along the coast

Okay so this is not actually a passenger train. Call it creative liberties.

This trip will be a double family vacation with our friends and their toddler. Everyone is crossing their fingers for mostly dry weather but I am realistic and re-water proofing our parkas tonight.

It has been far too long since my last trip across the border. I have a secret little shopping list for treats that are hard to find in the U.S.  The rest of the time will be filled with walking, playing with the kids and finding great places to eat! Tops on my list is a great spot to have Dim Sum, with tempting vegetarian options.

B.C. readers or frequent visitors, please give us some suggestions! What are your favorite spots in Vancouver to grab a healthy meal, dine with the kids, or have a picnic?  Where do you like to take young children on a rainy day? Any great spots for music, art, people watching, or second-hand shopping? We are hoping to do a little bit of everything!


4 thoughts on “Vancouver Here We Come!

  1. You’re going to my home town! Be sure to spend lots of time at Stanley park! Granville Island is fun and Denman St. and the surrounding areas are great food spots. You can walk all the way down to English Bay while you’re checking out the restaurants on Denman. Robson Street is fun to peruse for shopping and if you want sushi and korean bbq check out Shabusen. Go check out La Casa Gelato for 218 different flavors of gelato. Hmm….what else? Grouse Mountain is really fun too! Have a great time!

  2. Tommy loved the train at an even younger age, we did NYC to Philly and back again when he was 14 mos. But more importantly, Vancouver! I loved the city when we were there for a week two years ago (right before having Angelique). Stanley Island is great for all kinds of outdoor stuff. Plus there’s a miniature train for the kids (and parents) to ride, and a petting zoo next to it (we did not do the petty zoo because Tommy was in a pull-the-tails phase). For rainy days there is the science museum and aquarium, both remarkably toddler-friendly. And for sunny days there are about a million parks. My best food recommendation is the market on Granville Island, little bit of everything! (skip the children’s mall there) Have a fantastic time!

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