Why vancouver should be your next trip. - MissLJBeauty

Why vancouver should be your next trip.

It is the time of year, I like to plan our next big trip. As you know we are into mountain biking and I have spent a lot of time asking my mountain biking friends, where we should go and they have all said the same thing go to Vancouver for your holiday. It is hard to ignore the masses. So it is time to research why we should head to Vancouver Canada. Don't get me wrong they had me at maple syrup. I have a huge sweet tooth and I love pancakes and real Canadian maple.

vancouver sky line at night with bright lights

Canada for me has always been top of my bucket list. I grow up here in the Scottish highland and I love the mountains and the countryside. I have a fascination with the landscape in Canada. It is just so extreme. From the Rockies to the lakes and need we forget the extremes of the Yukon. Yes, I watch too much Goldrush and Mountain men. Canadians have the reputation of being friendly and polite just like the British and I love that too.  Also, a little-known fact about me I really love going to ice hockey games so you know you haven't been to ice hockey until you have been in Canada. If there was one country in the world I had to move to it would be Canada.

I was always under the impression that Canada is an expensive trip but there are some fantastic flight deals. For example, looking at flights for two weeks in June 2019 booked with a Canada affair, Are only £475 each and that includes one hold luggage of 23kg and one hand luggage item at 10kg each. This also includes free seat selection and meals on board. I honestly thought it would be nearer £1000 each.

The idea would be we would hire a campervan and travel around for the first 10 days hitting all the trail centres in the area and having our final few nights enjoying Vancouver itself.

First things, first Whistler if like me you are a keen mountain biker you will know this is meant to be our mecca. It is a 3-hour drive from the airport. Our best friends actually did this trip for their honeymoon. Whisler is bike park heaven with a lot of gondola up life meaning little uphill riding and all the downhill you can handle. 

I think we will stay in the area for a week and I know I will need some rest days as my body can't handle lots of hardcore biking back to back. There are, of course, lots of road biking options, and you will need the best kit. I would check out Carbon Handmade in Colorado bikes, we all know I love a carbon bike!

Next, we are thinking of heading back down to the Vancouver area to possibly go to North shore as there are lots of cross-country biking routes in this area and we will get a taste of the less commercial side of mountain biking in Canada. Don't get me wrong I love a bike park but there is something special about getting to explore the mountains less than ridden on cross-country routes. Plus Canada is so beautiful it would be rude to not soak in the surroundings. Although, unlike European biking, you have to prepared to meet a bear or two on the trails.

Lastly, Vancouver here we come. If you have been following me for a while you will know I love a city break.  I love a good sightseeing trip and Vancouver really delivers. I really hope four days will be enough. I want to do a sightseeing boat tour, go to Queen Elizabeth Park, The Vancouver museum, downtown Vancouver is a must, The Olympic Cauldron. go to an ice hockey game and squeeze in a theatre show.  Plus so much more. It's going to be a very busy few days before we fly home.

Have you been to Vancouver? What would you recommend?