West Coast Weekend
At the end of June, Mike & I travelled to the west coast of Canada to spend a weekend in Whistler, Squamish & Vancouver with one of my best friends who was an unbelievable tour guide. The true purpose of the trip was for an annual Sales Meeting at Gentle Fawn HQ in Vancouver but we were able to tack on a weekend trip & we squeezed in so many activities into just two short days!
I wanted to share a couple highlights, sort of a "mini guide" of our time in BC - from places to see, stay, drink + eat. We rented an SUV to get us from place to place and we seriously power-travelled around! We truly packed the weekend full of experiences and sightseeing and found some great spots that I wanted to share.
Sea To Sky Gondola, Squamish
We took the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish up to a beautiful lookout spot of the Howe Sound. It was a cloudy day so it wasn't super clear up top but it was such a cool view! We walked the bridge and we could see winding parts of the Sea to Sky Highway from way up high. Once you're off the Gondola, there is a main lodge with food & drinks, and we happened to catch some live music that day!
We went the Airbnb route for this trip and I wanted to quickly highlight this little gem in Squamish! A beautiful clean new build, we had the entire lower half to ourselves. We were greeted with a bottle of rose from our hosts and as you can see from the photo below - our view from our room was absolutely spectacular. We had an unbelievable view of The Chief & Howe Sound. Highly recommend if you're looking for a cozy spot in the area.
Link to property here!
A Frame Brewery Co, Squamish
We came across A Frame Brewery by a friends recommendation, and it did not disappoint! The tasting room atmosphere was so laid back and inviting. We were treated like old friends from the moment we walked in. We enjoyed flights & a glass of riesling outdoors on the patio with blankets and a warm fireplace close by.
Meet, Gastown: Vancouver
We stumbled upon this restaurant Meet by accident as we were walking through Gastown looking for a dinner spot. We completely misread the menu and thought they had poutines, butter chicken, ribs, etc. (They do have all those items, they are just made without any meat products). After sitting down, we realized it was completely vegetarian & vegan. We decided to stay & try it (even though the boys were less than thrilled) and it was absolutely delicious!! As shown in my photo below, we tried the sweet-chili cauliflower and steamed kale with cashew gravy as share plates and asked for a second order of each after a few bites in. I didn't get any photos of our mains as it got too dark inside, but I did end up checking out the Yaletown location the next evening because I was so impressed with the Gastown one!
Chambar, Gastown: Vancouver
On Sunday morning we went to Chambar, a modern spot in Gastown for a late brunch. I wish I got a few interior photos of the restaurant because it was so gorgeous! We snagged a patio seat and I tried out the Bon Matin, the deconstructed plate of prosciutto, tomato, avocado, olive tapenade, brie, soft boiled egg & sourdough. It was so yummy! They also serve beautiful vanilla lavender lattes here.
The Cross, Yaletown: Vancouver
I could've stayed at The Cross for hours and hours if we had the time. I went back for a second visit to grab the adorable tea towel that I snapped a picture of below. This shop was so inspiring and I definitely couldn't afford most of it (let alone fit anything more than a tea towel in my suitcase) but it was so much fun to wander around in!
Joffre Lake Provincial Park
Joffre Lake was high on my bucket list ever since seeing the amazing teal waters and scenery from my best friend's photos of her time there. She was so happy to take us hiking (which she is so passionate about) and show us one of her favourite spots in Pemberton. The incline up to the second of three lakes (where these photos were taken) was not an easy one for me. I took approximately one million breaks while the other two cheered me on, but we finally made it after mastering the steps & hills of the hike. As we approached the second lake, I started to see glimpses of the teal waters and honestly I don't think i've ever seen such a beautiful landscape in my life. I won't go on and on because the photos of our day at Joffre Lake speak for themselves!