Why We Love Vancouver + Canada 150 Giveaway

Why we think Vancouver is the best city

There are many things to love about Vancouver. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, there are so many things to see and do, it's hard to get bored here. We feel so grateful to live here! We both grew up in a suburb about 45 minutes outside of the city, and it surprises me how rarely we visited the city as kids! I get that with 5 kids, it was probably no easy task to take on! I love living here and raising a family in Mount Pleasant. Yes, it's incredibly expensive, but we find having a small space is a small sacrifice that is well worth it to be close to so many things and people we love, and to have access to so much! 

Lindsay and I loved staying near Stanley Park for our staycation last month! You can read the post here about our stay at the Westin Bayshore. I've only stayed downtown a handful of times, and I love it. It's amazing being so close to the water, and to Stanley Park! We spent an afternoon at the Art Gallery, Lindsay took a morning ride around the Seawall and of course (as always) we ate our way through the day. 

One of my favourite things is all the parks and beaches. Since having Hazel and especially since she's become so active in these toddler days, I find we spend most of our days at the park. I love that there are about 6 different parks within a 5-minute walk from our house, it definitely makes not having a yard a lot easier! It's been so fun this Summer to explore different parts of our city, pack the stroller full of snacks, shovels and bubbles and hit up the water park, beach, a coffee shop, or new neighbourhood. 

Nothing beats a Summer night on Third Beach, Spanish Banks or any beach, really. My favourite is grabbing fish and chips and just sittin' on a beach blanket, Hazel can play for hours with a bucket of sand and water. The long warm Summer nights are incredible. Where else do you get to sit with your toes in the sand, look at the city from afar, and the mountains all at once! I love it. 

Of course, food is a big reason we love Vancouver. The options for healthy eating are growing, and so are the patios! We were wandering around downtown, and thought, thissss is where all the patios are! In Mount Pleasant there aren't a ton of options for eating outside, on a sunny day, all I want is a patio, but once you get close to the water, there's a whole lot more options we discovered! We enjoyed the sunshine after exploring the Art Gallery and grabbed veggie dogs and juice! I love all the food truck options right down on Granville and Robson! 

Here's a quick recap on the contest going on with Marriott to celebrate Canada's 150!


  • Marriott’s Epic Canada Adventure Sweepstakes launches here and here!
  • Contest runs for 4 weeks (There will be FIVE contest Winners from Canada and the USA. They will be determined on July 24)
  • Five winners receive EPIC trips to Canadian Marriot locations.
  • Each winner will receive a trip for two, including hotel, flights and $1,000 spending money and more!
  • Winners have up to one year to redeem their trip!