Vancouver as a vacation destination?
When my husband first proposed it, my first thought was — really? Vancouver wasn’t in my top 10 bucket list, but then, neither was Australia when we went. As I thought about it, I wasn’t sure. But I’m always game to explore a new destination. And, I knew I wanted to escape the heat of New Jersey from this summer, so anyplace north of the US seemed like a good idea. As I began getting used to the idea, I began to wonder what kind of unexpected experiences would I find. And, most importantly, what kind of sewing shops and fashion would I find in Vancouver and Victoria?
Canada — I have begun to find — has so much to offer. It doesn’t require crossing an ocean to get there and we generally speak the same language! I’ve enjoyed Montreal and Quebec, but, little did I know of the delightful experiences that awaited us in British Columbia! I do love an adventure. If you’ve been following my blog, you know that when I travel not only do I like looking up fabric/sewing spaces, but anything that soothes my soul and inspires the mind.
We started our journey in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Fresh sea breezes, beautiful tall buildings, water, mountains in the background and seagulls were what greeted us each day. Seagulls! Am I in a city or at the beach? I love the sound of seagulls and woke up every morning listening to them from our apartment window.
Our first day in Vancouver beckoned with cloudless blue skies and moderate temperatures. We decided to take advantage of the great outdoors for our first excursion in Vancouver. Two blocks from our apartment was Stanley Park — rated the #1 park in the world. For my New Yorker friends, Stanley Park is larger than Central Park by about 20%.
It includes miles of hiking/biking trails, an aquarium, beaches, fine restaurants, dense forest with some old growth trees, a lighthouse, cultural interests and plenty of fresh clean air. After spending our first day getting our bearings and walking until we couldn’t take another step, we found some lovely shops and boutiques. I’ll highlight two below…
Button Button…. Who has the button? One of our first foray’s was to this specialty button shop of the same name (pictured here on the left). It is a well organized and colorized button boutique. Let me say that if you can not find the color you want or something you like, you are not looking close enough. Great care has been taken here with a touch of good humor. Warm and friendly help is available as well. I had fun exploring the containers and dreaming of the garments they could be attached to!
Aritzia…. This Vancouver-based fashion boutique caught my eye while we explored the West End neighborhood that was our short term home. The fashions displayed in the windows were spot-on in terms of fall trends. Naturally, I had to enter and explore further! I adored the oversized sweaters and boyfriend jackets. They were in yummy fall colors like merlot, plum and forest green. The colors popped amid neutrals such as stone, grey and black. I noticed fun trends like a tabard vest, bat-winged sweaters and knit ruana’s. After making a few purchases myself I was informed that NYC has a couple locations! Guess it takes a vacation to notice things afresh.
Before leaving Vancouver to go to Vancouver Island we explored The Museum of Anthropology (MOA) and the Nitobe Garden both located on the property of University of British Columbia (UBC). This large campus of UBC is beautifully situated along the water, south of downtown with mountain views and the MOA has a expansive native american offering from various pacific tribes.
Upon entering the Nitobe meditation garden one could immediately feel at peace strolling along the winding paths
amongst falling water , trees and other greenery situated around a large pond. The path is intentionally laid out to signify life’s journey with its ups and downs. A guide given with admission explains many of the sights along the paths so that one can understand the significance of the placement many of the objects have.
I could have spent hours in contemplation here, but alas we had a ferry to catch to Victoria. My next blog will focus on our trip where we explore Victoria and Vancouver Island…