I was just in Vancouver a couple weekends ago for a performance with the dance company I’m in. It was pretty amazing that we got to travel across the country to perform for a new audience, and in partnership with another well-respected Vancouver-based company.
As a poor 20-something fresh out of university, I was happy to find some of the less expensive things to do in the city besides attend rehearsals. Here’s what I got up to in the two days I was there!
Stuff your face with as much food as possible at your hotel’s (extensive) continental breakfast
I guess the precursor to this activity is sort of expensive, but it gives you the opportunity to just relax and enjoy the cheese plate, and the tiny waffles, and the hot sausages, and the we-all-think-they-look-kind-of-weird-but-we-all-still-eat-them-eggs. Drink it in. Here’s to a good morning.
Wander through the West End
It’s colourful and vibrant. I was so jazzed about the rainbow cross-walk. (If you follow me on Instagram – @seeheathersmile – you would have seen the video that goes with the above picture!) There is no shortage of interesting stores and buildings to look at. I found the Davie Street mansion particularly beautiful. And if you’re walking north-west towards Stanley Park, once you reach the top of the hill, the bay comes into view and the water is shining in the sunlight and it’s just calm and perfect.
Go on a nature walk
Get away from the city and get lost in nature. Stanley Park is so close that you just can’t not visit it. You’ll find yourself surrounded by massive trees and greenery all around, and you’ll feel as if you’ve really left the bustling city far away and stepped into a distant forest. As you walk, you can look longingly at the Vancouver Aquarium and pose next to it, and then continue your free nature walk.
A bonus cheap (but not free) thing I did on my trip was to stop by the Harbour Dance Centre and take two classes for $30. It was a dance trip, after all. I had so much fun dropping into the beautiful studio that’s nestled in the middle of the city, getting ideas from new teachers, and just dancing for fun!!
I’m hoping to head back to Vancouver to do some of the non-free things like visit the aforesaid aquarium and explore Capilano Bridge and area. It’s a beautiful and exciting city!
Keep spreading good vibes! I’ll talk to you on Thursday!