Scenes from a Staycation

by torontogirlwest on June 18, 2012

At the end of last week I took a couple of days off so I could spend some quality time with my little family of three. Rather than going away we chose to instead explore the area around Vancouver. It was definitely cheaper than going away but also more relaxing because of the lack of travel required.

And you know what? At the end of the day, it felt no less a vacation!

Avec the husband Scenes from a Staycation

Avec the Puppy Scenes from a Staycation

Shannon Falls Scenes from a Staycation

Puppy Smile Scenes from a Staycation

the Husband1 Scenes from a Staycation

Stairway Scenes from a Staycation

Forest Scenes from a Staycation

Whitewater Scenes from a Staycation

Brunch Scenes from a Staycation

French Toast Scenes from a Staycation

Question: Have you ever had a staycation? What did you do? And more importantly, what was your final verdict!?!?

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Christina @ the athletarian June 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Wow! I have got to get myself to BC! My cousin just moved out there and cannot stop raving about how beautiful it is. I can’t believe I still haven’t visited. Your staycation looks like it was amazing. And that breakfast….hoooooollllyyyy smokes!
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Toronto Girl West June 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

Ah yes . . . us Ontario people have a way of falling head over heels in love with BC! ;) You should definitely come out and visit!!!!

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Kelly June 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

Where is that hike? It looks beautiful! I’m definitely hoping to spend a day or two in Vancouver before Amber’s wedding and I need some ideas of must do things! That breakfast looks fantastic too, where is that?!
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torontogirlwest June 26, 2012 at 12:09 am

The hike is very short and it’s in Shannon Falls just outside of Squamish (on the road to Whistler). You could extend your whole outing by actually going up The Chief – a massive rock formation at the same site.

But honestly the best way to see Vancouver is by foot! The sea wall is where it’s at! One of my favourite things to do is to walk the whole 10km around Stanley Park. It’s magnificent!!! Granville Market and boat tours are also great!!

As for the brunch – it’s from a place called Central Bistro on Denman: http://www.centralbistro.com/ Although to be honest, my favourite French toast and brunch is actually at a place called Provence in Yaletown: http://www.centralbistro.com/ Another great place (I have a post coming up on it) is Edible Canada at Granville Market: http://www.ediblecanada.com/

As far as non-brunches go . . . I have many recommendations! But one place that isn’t exactly cheap but never fails to disappoint is Tableau: http://tableaubarbistro.com/ And for the most spectacular sushi you’ll ever try (although again, not bargain basement) try Miku: http://mikurestaurant.com/ Or for amazing quality simple sushi at good prices try Sushi Mart on Robson: http://www.sushimart.com/

If you have a car the Sea to Sky drive is something else!!!! Oh I could go on and on . . . feel free to drop me a line if you need more info! :)

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torontogirlwest June 26, 2012 at 12:25 am

Ooops – wrong link for Provence. Here it is: http://www.provencevancouver.com/marinaside/home

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