Just in case you haven’t been following along, let me take a moment to catch you up! Fellow TouringPlans Blogger Erin Foster and I went on an amazing Disney Alaska Cruise this summer with our families. We had an incredible time aboard the Disney Wonder and in Alaska experiencing some fantastic Port Adventures like dog sledding, the White Pass and Yukon Railroad, and viewing the Misty Fjords National Monument by float plane.
Before we set off on our exciting voyage, we each spent the night in Vancouver; Erin and her family at the Fairmont Vancouver Airport and my family at the Fairmont Waterfront. My family arrived early on the day before our Disney Alaska Cruise so we had some time to check out Vancouver. Please read on to find out all about our adventures exploring Canada Place, walking the Sea Wall and touring Gastown!
Directly across the street from the Fairmont Waterfront is Canada Place; the Vancouver cruise terminal. We thought that it would be the perfect place to start exploring. We spent lots of time wandering around the outside areas of the terminal. There were so many fun things to check out like interesting photo opportunities, historical information and entertaining things to try. One of the best things we found at the terminal was FlyOver Canada. It is basically Epcot’s Soarin’ set in Canada. Of course, as soon as we spotted it, we knew we had to ride it. The attraction was terrific! It is expensive, $19.95 for adults and $14.95 for kids, but it includes a spectacular preshow and then a ride that is equally as good as Soarin’ and twice as long.
After we were finished investigating Canada Place, we headed off for a walk along the Sea Wall. The Sea Wall is a 22 kilometer (about 13 1/2 mile) paved path along Vancouver’s waterfront. It is divided into two sides; one for walkers and joggers and the other for bicycles. We spent about two hours walking from Canada Place to Stanley Park and back. We thoroughly enjoyed the peaceful stroll and stunning scenery. For a little change of pace, here are some of the black and white photos I took along the way.
By this time we were all starting to get hungry and tired, so we decided to make our way to Gastown. This historic area is said to be to the birthplace of Vancouver. With its quaint shops, beautiful flowers and cobblestone streets, it was an excellent place to end our night. We had a delicious dinner at the Old Spaghetti Factory, did some souvenir shopping at Hudson House Trading Company and checked out the famous Gastown Steam Clock.
So if you ever find yourself in Vancouver the night before a Disney Alaska Cruise, be sure to check out Canada Place, the Sea Wall and Gastown for a fabulous fun-filled evening!
Do you have any favorite places to visit in Vancouver that are walking distance from the cruise terminal? If so, please leave a comment, we would love to hear about them!