We snuck away for a quick two day, one night adventure to Vancouver. We brought both kids, and it’s never been “just us” before on a family vacation, we’ve always gone to see extended family or friends, so this was a first. It was a lot of chaos and a lot of fun.
Tacos: La Taqueria. Cheap and great. Happy Hour 3-6pm.
MeeT in Gastown. Almost everything is vegan/GF.
Nelson the Seagull. Cute coffee shop. We also liked JJ Bean.
Our rookiest move was trying to eat in restaurants with small children. It was too much for our kids’ ages. Luckily we had Trey’s tablet with us which saved us multiple times, but we learned next time to just always take everything to go and picnic our way through the day. (Another options is to stay in an AirBnB outside the city so you’d have a kitchen.)
Pool of my dream! Kitsilano Pool. Heated, outdoor, saltwater pool. We spent hours here. Our whole family got in for $6 CAD (under $5 USD!) for the whole day with in/out privileges. Outside the city, so if you’re staying downtown it’s a short drive (or a bike ride).
Umaluma Gelato. Plant based, dairy free, right above the pool.
Our downtown hotel pool view was insane. It really is a gorgeous city nestled right next to water and mountains.
Other noteworthy things:
The exchange rate changes daily, buy when we went the rate was 1 CAD to .76 USD, which means everything is about 30% off if you pay with an American credit card. (Especially fun at the Lululemon flagship where the prices are the same as marked in the US, but you get the discount.)
At this time, babies need only a birth certificate to travel between countries, instead of a passport.
Pack all the snacks you think you’ll need, then double it.
A tablet (or something similar) and kids headphones are a lifesaver.
The drive time from Seattle is only about three hours, which we’ve found is the perfect amount of time for a road trip with kids at this age. Not too long, but far enough that you feel like you’re really out of your daily routine.
Seawall is a fun walk. We put the kids in the stroller, walked along the waterfront, and actually got to have a conversation.
Next time I want to try:
Coffee: Matchstick, Jam Cade, Le Marche St George, Federal Store, Liberty, Dalina
Eats: Nuba Town, Tacofino, Juice Truck, Las Margaritas, 33 Acres, Hey Komoko, Ask for Luigi, Tuc Craft Kitchen
Ice Cream: Rain or Shine, Earnest
To Do: Mt. Pleasant Park, Old Faithful Shop
We’re excited to go back! Traveling with kids takes some strategic planning, but the adventure is worth it. Just go, embrace the chaos, the laundry will still be there when you get back home.