People typically research a place they intend to visit before arrival. I do not. Perhaps I just enjoy the elements of surprise and anticipation. Or because I tend to set high expectations for destinations that I have heard great things about and become disappointed if anything is less than perfect.
This time, I wanted everything to feel fresh when I first landed in Vancouver. As such, I was entirely unprepared for the city and surrounding area to be as breathtaking as it ultimately turned out to be. Mountains, trees, clear waters, bold sunsets. Vancouver had it all.
When I first stepped off the plane, the weather was a perfect 71 degrees Fahrenheit (or 22 degrees Celsius). My friend and I drove to UBC to see the gardens and take it slow on the first day. I can’t recall ever seeing so many different types of flowers blooming at the same time. You could even see the mountains and ocean in the distance.
After a 10 minute walk among giant fir trees, the scenery completely changed into a peaceful shelter with Japanese-style landscaping.
Later that evening, we walked along the English Bay Beach to witness a gorgeous sunset. (For more sunset photos, please see my earlier post.) It was certainly an amazing start to my Vancouver visit, and I was eager for more adventures to follow.