This fall, for Chinese National holiday break, we were looking for an escape from Asia, somewhere to reconnect with nature and colors after a year of busy projects and life. Vancouver it’s been in our bucket list for long, but somehow it never happened before. We were so positively surprised by this extremely livable city, where everything is walking distance, bikes are the main way of transport and foliage colors are just amazing. The best place to admire the fall colors is Stanley Park, a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the urban landscape of Vancouver.
If you are visiting Vancouver for just few days these are our must do/see with kids
– Rent a bike: there are several bike rental across the city, we chose Bikes on Robson, as it was walking distance from our hotel. Prices were nearly half compared to other bike rentals, but make sure to ask the child seat included
– Capilano suspension bridge park: located just 20 minutes drive north of Downtown, it’s a 140 meters long wooden bridge at 70 meter height above a river. Once you crossed the bridge, you will find yourself in an enchanted forest made of wooden treetop houses.
– Stanley Park: so many things to do inside the park, from biking & rollerblading to walking trails. Many attractions like Vancouver Aquarium, the Rose Gardens, the Miniature Train are all inside this beautiful park. In summer you can even enjoy theatre under the stars. For more info and things to do in the park click here.
– Science world: on a rainy day (it’s highly probably that is going to rain during your visit), this is the best place to spend half day or even the whole day with kids. It features many permanent interactive exhibits and displays, as well as areas with varying topics throughout the years. We spent few hours in the Pixar section, where we learned about all the secrets behind our favorite movies.
– Granville Island: this peninsula, once industrial manufacture area, now home of a beautiful public market and several artist shops and galleries. It’s easily reachable by bike, or with a 5 minute ferry ride from downtown.
If you want to see the best foliage below are the best spots:
– Stanley Park Seawall
– The Sylvia Hotel
– Van Dusen Botanical park
– Queen Elizabeth park
– University of British Columbia
Fun fact about Vancouver: the city is populated by skunks, coming out from their coves from early evenings. As much as they are cute, they can be quite nasty if they feel in danger. So do not bother them unless you want to leave with a terrible smell 😉
This post has been made in cooperation with Naturino, a leading Italian kidswear shoe brand. For this day at Stanley park I choose for Olivia a pair of storm blue leather boots, soft and warm.
Pictures by @lorenzatessari