Win a Souvenir from our Upcoming Trip to Vancouver

Vancouver -Spring

The contest is now over and we have a WINNER!!! Thank you to all who entered.

Two weeks from tomorrow we are heading to the amazing city of Vancouver in Canada. I am looking forward to exploring and see what this city has to offer. However, Vancouver is an expensive city so I decided to do a little searching for  some of the free activities in the area.  I also wanted to share the fun with you, my readers. Details on the raffle and how to win a free Vancouver souvenir are below. As soon as we return home I am going to do several posts about our trip, but until then, here are some free activities that I found to keep us busy while exploring.  🙂

Olympic Cauldron

Vancouver - CauldronOne of the more exciting things I want to see and experience is the Olympic Cauldron.  Thousands came to see the majestic Cauldron lit during the 2010 Winter Games and today it remains as a permanent landmark on the Jack Poole Plaza adjacent to the Convention Center.  Can’t wait to see this!

Stanley Park

Vancouver-Stanley ParkSurrounded on three sides by the ocean and loomed over by the snow-capped North Shore mountains, the park’s perimeter seawall stroll is one of the best ways to spend some time on a nice sunny day. You can go hiking, cycling, and jogging along the seawall or check out a couple of their  excellent beaches.   The park is huge (1,000 acres/400 hectares) so there is a free shuttle bus that travels around the park or you can hop on a plodding horse-drawn carriage. FYI, Stanley Park is actually even larger than Central Park in New York. Pretty amazing.

 Grouse Mountain

Vancouver - grouse-mautainIf you are the real adventurous type you may enjoy a hike up Grouse Grind. The Grouse Grind is a 2.9-kilometer trail up the face of Grouse Mountain. It is very challenging and is commonly referred to as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster.”  However, there is also a wide range of mountaintop trails that might better suit the average hiker. They state that on average it takes up to an hour and a half to complete the hike. For novice hikers, two hours is recommended. Sounds like fun even if you don’t go all the way up.

Gordon MacMillan Southam Observatory

Vancouver - GMSOLocated next to the Space Centre, the Gordon MacMillan Southeran Observatory features a ½-metre Cassegrain telescope to explore the skies around Vancouver. The observatory dome was built in 1979 and has a span of 10 metres in diameter and hemispherical. Public viewing sessions are Friday and Saturday evenings  and opens at 8:30 pm.  I hope to be able to make this on Saturday night while we are there.

Lynn Canyon Park and Suspension Bridge

LCPSBLynn Canyon Park and its suspension bridge is the free alternative to the Capilano Suspension Bridge.  It is about 50 meters (167 feet) above the beautiful clear pools and rivers of Lynn Creek and is situated among a 616 acre temperate rain forest.  Although the main attraction is the suspension bridge, people also enjoy hiking the surrounding boardwalks and trails. Rangers are on site in July and August to to offer walking tours and information about the area’s flora and fauna.

Vancouver Art Gallery  (Tuesday nights)

 Art enthusiast will be happy to explore The Vancouver Art Gallery> it is the fifth-largest art gallery in Canada and the largest in Western Canada. Its permanent collection of about 11,000 artworks includes more than 200 major works by Emily Carr, the Group of Seven, Jeff Wall, Harry Callahan and Marc Chagall.  Good news is that it is by donation on Tuesday evenings from 5-9. Bad news, that everyone knows it’s free and it might get busy.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Vancouver - QEPAt 152 metres above sea level, Queen Elizabeth Park is the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore.  A simple walk around the garden is only 0.41 km (0.26 miles) or 824 steps, and will take you to the “top of the city”! Sounds delightful.

Farmers Markets

Vancouver-Farmers MarketVancouver is filled with farmers markets year-round, promising a breadth of locally sourced foods and crafts.Most neighborhoods have a market, held on different days to maintain a steady supply of delicious, local produce throughout the week. You should be able to find one near you.Vancouver at night

The contest is now over and we have a WINNER!!! Thank you to all who entered.


Congratulations to Helena K!!!! Please contact me via email and I will send you y our Vancouver refrigerator magnet (picture coming). I picked it up at the gift shop at the Top of the Tower at Harbour Centre  (which is actually going to be on of my next posts). Please contact me at and I will get your souvenir to you asap. Thank you again to all  who signed up and made comments. Hope you continue to enjoy my posts. FYI, we are heading to Chicago next month and I wlil be doing another raffle. Keep you eyes open 🙂   Congratulations again Helena!

Samantha  ♥


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12 comments on “Win a Souvenir from our Upcoming Trip to Vancouver
  1. Hello Helen, thank you so much for following us on our adventures! We just got here today and did a little sightseeing. I will be sending a couple emails to my readers this week instead of my weekly posts, but will get back to my regular posts once we return. You are in the raffle and I will send you the two free travel itinerary cheat sheets via email soon. Thanks again for following us and for your message. Happy travels! Samantha

  2. This looks like a great trip. I don’t know a lot about Vancouver but I have always been intrigued by it. I look forward to reading your posts. I have also subscribed to keep updated!

  3. Thanks for the comment Anna. Looking forward to exploring Vancouver and sharing when we get back. You are now in the raffle! Have a great weekend.

  4. Have an amazing trip Sam! It looks so beautiful there I know you’ll have a great time!

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