S: Verald and Robyn's Honeymoon to BC, Canada July 2-10, 2011
BC: Our Honeymoon Vancouver/Victoria British Columbia, Canada July 2-10, 2011
FC: HONEYMOON: British Columbia, Canada
1: Verald and Robyn Stevens 548 Huizenga Avenue Zeeland, MI 49464 | Vancouver, British Columbia | Grand Rapids, Michigan to | We spent the first night of our honeymoon at Uncle Ken and Aunt Judy's Saugatuck condo on the river. After lunch with family and opening gifts, we quickly packed and headed for the airport to catch our 4:00 flight out to Vancouver.
2: We arrived in Vancouver at 8:00pm local time. We took the hotel shuttle to the Hampton Inn. We crashed as soon as we checked in. The next morning, after our continental breakfast we took the bus to the Tsawwassen to catch the ferry to Swartz Bay, Vancouver Island. | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
3: We met two delightful ladies, Margaret and Donna, who helped us find which launch bay we needed to get to Vancouver Island. We learned from them that our ferry would not be docking in Victoria like we had thought, rather at Swartz Bay which was a 45min drive north of Victoria. These dear ladies offered to give us a ride down to Victoria to our Bed & Breakfast saying it was near where they lived. We made plans to meet up when we docked.
4: The BC Ferries Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay ferry ride was about 1 1/2 hours long. We ate our lunch on the ferry and even caught a glimpse of some harbor seals swimming.
5: Fairholme Manor Bed & Breakfast Rockland, Vancouver Island | Verald and I met up with Margaret and Donna after the ferry docked. The ladies shared with us all the musts to do and see while we were in Victoria. The drive passed quickly and soon we were at our destination-Fairholme Manor. Donna and Margaret left us after we had checked in, promising to come and pick us up to go sight seeing the next day at 2:00.
6: The Fairholme breakfast room
7: Our Room: The Queen Room
8: The Government House
9: Verald and I wandered through the gardens at the Government House on our walk from Rockland to Victoria for dinner. We even saw a couple deer as we followed the garden paths.
10: Dinner at Il Terrazzo
11: After dinner of calamari, pasta, and meatballs, we took a walk along Wharf Street down to the Parliament Building. We crossed the street and wandered through the Empress Hotel before walking back to our bed and breakfast. | Wharf Street
12: Monday morning, after breakfast we wandered over a few blocks to tour the historically restored Craigdaroch Castle. | Craigdaroch Castle
14: The Castle was beautifully restored with many of the rooms decorated with pieces from that time period and many of the original furnishings that had previously been sold off, have now been returned to the house.
15: Fisherman's Wharf
16: Margaret and Donna picked us up at 2:00 and took us on a tour of Victoria. We walked along Fisherman's Wharf and got some ice cream. Then the took us to this view of the straits. Donna and Margaret grew up a few blocks from here. We continued our tour around the coast of Vancouver Island, finally ending at Margaret's house.
17: We stopped at Margaret and Tom's house for a brief visit. | Then we joined Donna for dinner at the Penny Farthing. | Tom and Verald
19: Before falling asleep last night, we had been drooling over Sylvia's cook book. This morning at breakfast she gave us our own copy because we were newlyweds! She also upgraded us to a suite because there were other guests staying for the week that wanted our room. We didn't mind the move to a suite at no additional charge. | Following a delicious breakfast of lemon ricotta pancakes, we caught a ride into town with fellow guests Craig and Ava who had a rental car.
20: We enjoyed our little ferry ride; seeing the view from the water on the Gorge Harbor Tour.
21: Victoria's Chinatown
22: The Tuscan Garden Suite
23: Our new room was a suite; complete with a full kitchen and separate living room. We felt quite spoiled to have all this room, at our previous room's rate.
25: On Thursday morning, Margaret, Tom, and Donna picked us up to take us to Butchart Gardens. From the Gardens they would take us to the ferry for our return to Vancouver. The Butchart Gardens were absolutely gorgeous! | it is considered good fortune to rub the boar's snout | above the hidden gardens
26: We were rather sad to leave Victoria as we had thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Donna, Margaret, and Tom dropped us off at the port and we took the 1:00 ferry back to Vancouver. For the return trip we stood at the bow to watch the ferry come into dock. | lighthouse
27: our bathroom | Back in Vancouver, we checked into the Best Western PLUS Downtown on Thursday afternoon. We took a nap after arriving and then went out for some sight seeing. | our hotel room | our downtown hotel
29: We took the bus to Stanley Park later that afternoon. We walked the path along the water, enjoying views of the city, the lighthouse, marina, totem poles, and sculptures.
30: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Cliffwalk
31: Friday morning, we made our way by bus and ferry, north of Vancouver to Capilano. The Cliffwalk had just opened that spring and consisted of a narrow walkway suspended out from the granite cliff face, 230 feet above the bottom of the canyon. | The Cliffwalk
33: Suspension Bridge, and Treetops Adventure
35: There was a lot to explore at Capilano. We roamed the elevated boardwalks, tree forts, and smaller suspension bridges throughout the rainforest. | on the suspension bridge | up in the treetops
36: We ate dinner Friday evening at Two Parrots, a couple blocks from our hotel. The food was very good.
37: Hudson House | After dinner, we took the bus up to the Gaslight District. All the street lights and this clock were all gas powered. | Gassy Jack
38: The Olympic Torch
39: We walked around the Olympic Torch Friday night, with it all lit up. We returned during the day on Saturday to see it in the light.
40: Saturday morning we took the bus past the Olympic stadium to Science World. We had fun playing with the various exhibits.
41: Science World
42: Upon leaving Science World, we wandered around the Olympic village, then took the bus to Grandville Island. We saw lots of unique art and found this fun graffiti on the side of a warehouse.
44: Canada Place
45: After wandering around Canada Place and the Olympic Basin, we headed to Pancho's for dinner. We enjoyed our mango margaritas with a burrito, and pollo con chipolte creama. We ended our evening by relaxing back at our hotel. | Pancho's Mexican Restaurant
46: Off to explore Stanley Park on bikes | giant engagement rings | Sunday morning we enjoyed a leisurely morning before our late check-out from our hotel room. The hotel allowed us to store our luggage there and we signed out bikes to ride around Stanley Park. We stopped on our ride to enjoy the Big Band concert in the park and even did a little swing dancing.
47: Stanley Park
48: After returning our bikes, we took the bus to Kitsilano and had lunch at Joe's Cafe, ordering fish'n chips and milkshakes. Following lunch we walked along the beach and seawalk. We returned to the hotel around 6:30 and got ready to head to the airport. We took the subway to the airport and made it in plenty of time for our 10pm flight home. We arrived back in Grand Rapids on Monday morning.
49: Ready to head for home.