Take Me Back to Vancouver

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Take Me Back to Vancouver

Take Me Back To Vancouver

Me in Vancouver Canada (Circa early 2000’s)

In the early 2000’s, we owned a homebrew shop and one of the perks was attending a yearly home beer & winemaking conference.  The trade association usually picked pretty cool cities to host the conference and one year it was held in Vancouver Canada.  This was one of our first international trips and our first exposure to the beauty of Canada.  When the Radisson hotels asked us to be a part of their Discover Your Canada campaign, I immediately started reminiscing about our fabulous trip and thinking about the reasons my husband needs to take me back to Vancouver Canada again!

Hint, Hint – Make sure to read to the bottom to enter to win a Radisson e-certificate giveaway good for one night stay from our sponsor Radisson Hotels!


The Scenery

Vancouver Canada Scenery

Image Courtesy Pixabay

From the downtown city skyline, miles of water views and the mountains surrounding Vancouver, there are picture perfect scenes everywhere you look!  Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy easy access to mountain biking, hiking, golfing, fishing, and tons of other outdoor activities.  In the winter, there are several snow skiing options within a 15-30 minute drive from Vancouver.  Whether you like fast paced nightlife or leisurely strolls by the water, we found Vancouver to be very walkable and enjoyed exploring neighborhoods such as Chinatown and Gastown (the original town site of Vancouver).  There is a neighborhood for everyone’s taste!   In fact, walk score has named Vancouver the most walkable large city in Canada.

Chinatown Vancouver

Chinatown Vancouver


The Food

Vancouver Canada Food

The one thing I remember most about our trip to Vancouver is picking up a love for Salmon.  Prior to our visit, I would have told you I didn’t like Salmon.  What I learned was, I didn’t like Midwest salmon.  There is nothing like enjoying fresh caught Salmon during Salmon Season in Vancouver.  We were dining at a wood fired restaurant on the waterfront one evening and our server talked me into trying their cedar plank grilled salmon special.  This meal was truly a turning point in my culinary life.  Before we left Vancouver, I enjoyed Salmon “100 different ways” and I highly recommend visiting Vancouver during Salmon season.

You don’t have to be a Salmon lover to enjoy the culinary scene in Vancouver.  There are hundreds of great restaurants, fresh seafood year around, breweries, brewery tours, food trucks, casual and upscale dining.  In Chinatown you can find some of the best dim sum around.  Vancouver is a foodie’s delight.


The HistoryGastown Vancouver

Vancouver is filled with historical sites and landmarks.  As mentioned above, Gastown is the original town site of Vancouver.  Here you’ll find cobblestone streets, historic brick buildings, and an antique steam clock.  This is one of the few functioning steam clocks in existence.  In the mid 1800’s the owner of a pub installed a steam clock to draw attention to his establishment.  The pub quickly became known as steam clock tavern.  Today a replica stands in the area with a steam driven whistle and electrical powered clock.

Vancouver also features many other historical sites and districts such as Stanley Park, Chinatown, and Library Square.  You’ll enjoy hundreds of old architectural buildings throughout the city with influences from various cultures and building styles.


Where to Stay

Radisson Vancouver Airport

The Radisson Hotel Vancouver  is conveniently located just 6 minutes from the airport.  The Radisson Vancouver offers free shuttle to and from the airport and features an indoor pool, Fresh Restaurant & lounge, and apartment suites for those looking for a longer stay.  Hop on the Canada line at the Aberdeen Station located across from the hotel and head into Vancouver.  With easy access to local transportation including bus, ferry, & train, you can explore on your own terms.  Or ask the hotel to set you up with a local tour.

We especially love Radisson’s flexible 6am check-in and 6pm check-out policiesThis makes a world of difference when arriving early at a destination with little kids.

Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

Radisson Vancouver Lobby



During Radisson’s Discover Your Canada Campaign you can receive up to 20% off your stay at the Radisson Vancouver (or your stay at other Radisson hotels in Canada!Book your stay today!




WINNER: Pam (Comment #52) Randomly selected by Random.org Number Picker.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

We are hosting a Giveaway for a one night e-certificate to ANY Radisson in US or CANADA.

To enter the Giveaway:  1. Sign Up for Our Newsletter if you haven’t already (upper right hand corner or popup box) and Like our Facebook Page   2. Visit http://Radisson.com/StayCanada rel=”nofollow”    3. Comment on this blog post below.  Good Luck!

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*Winner will be drawn at random from the comments after October 3rd.  All reservation and certificate information will be handled by the Radisson hotels.  Some restrictions may apply. Must be 18 or older.  Void where prohibited.


What are you waiting for?  Plan your Canada Vacation today!

Many thanks to Radisson for sponsoring Today’s Post and inspiring me to getaway to Canada!  I’m ready for my husband to take me back to Vancouver!
Feature Image courtesy of Pixabay.  photo credit: chinatown via photopin (license)
photo credit: wild salmon grilled on a cedar plank via photopin (license) Photo Credit: The Gastown Steam Clock via photopin (license)



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89 thoughts on “Take Me Back to Vancouver

    1. Allison Post author

      Thanks Kim. Maybe you will win the ecertificate so you can go back! FYI – You can also book a trip to most any Radisson in Canada right now and save up to 20% during their Discover your Canada special: https://ooh.li/f0da23e

  1. Elizabeth Eugea

    Wow! This sounds great. I’ve never been to Canada and have often thought of going, just didn’t know where to start. Vancouver seems to be a wonderful place. The food looks amazing. I have stayed at a Radisson Hotel before, so I know that is always a pleasure.
    Thanks for the fantastic information. Can’t wait to plan my Canada vacation!

  2. Daniela Plume

    I love Canada, every inch of it. Itès awesome that there are so many Radisson locations to choose from.

  3. melissa

    They have the best check in and out policies! My husband and I never get a kid free night so that would be amazing! Thanks for the chance.

  4. Christine

    This would be perfect for my husband and I. He has been working really long hours the last few weeks. Thank you for this giveaway.

  5. Kimberley H

    I love Canada and Vancouver was just beautiful. I would also love revisit some other hotspots throughout BC as well.

  6. Jody D

    We stayed at the Radisson Harbourfront in Toronto this summer. Fantastic location for all the sights and a great pool temperature at the end of a long day walking! Would love to go back!

  7. Angelica

    I absolutely love Vancouver, it’s been way too long since I’ve been there! The Radisson is my favorite place to stay, hands down! 100% because of the convenience factor with transportation, but it’s a super nice place too!

  8. Natalie

    I could really use some time away right now! I have always been impressed when I have stayed at a Radisson!

  9. Bailey Dexter

    Wow, great that Radisson’s Discover Your Canada Campaign you can receive up to 20% off your stay at the Radisson! Love the Vancouver & the perfect place to stay! Thanks for sharing!

  10. kristen visser

    How excited! hubby and I could totally use this. We love our girls but a getaway just the two of us would be awesome

  11. Amanda

    As a Mama of three with 2 under 2, I could DEFINITELY use a night out with hubby (and the baby since I am EBF)… Thank you for the chance.

  12. Leslie

    Our Crowne Plaza downtown used to be a Radisson . . . I have stayed there many times for weekend giveaways. If I win I will go somewhere nearby all alone and have a little time to myself!

  13. Elsie

    My neighbor just told me about her trip to Vancouver…I would love to visit, and I’m wishing on a star to go there!
    How exciting!
    Radisson definitely looks like a great place to stay.

  14. ivy pluchinsky

    I have never been to a Radisson before, would love the chance to stay at one! I live in Manitoba so would probably pick the one in Winnipeg! It’s been so long since I’ve had a staycation I am due for one! ( pluchinskyi@gmail.com)

    1. Allison Post author

      We will be using a random number generator to pick the number of one of the comments on this post. Good Luck!

  15. Lee-Ann

    Completed all the above. This would be great for our upcoming trip to FL when we stop on the way down. 🙂

  16. Pam

    I am a subscriber and facebook fan and I checked out the Radisson page.
    I could already use a vacation (kindergarten is very busy)

  17. Krista M

    I have never been to Vancouver & it’s one of the top Canadian destinations I want to visit! I would use the gift certificate though to stay at the Radisson Ottawa Parliament Hill location so I could visit my grandparents & take a tour the parliament buildings!

  18. Cami Valenzuela

    oh man i would love to have a staycation. i need one after all the stress i am right now. thanks for a chance

  19. Elizabeth p

    I’d love a chance to win! THe RADISSON HOTEL & SUITES FALLSVIEW, ON looks amazing. thanks for the chance.

  20. Betty

    The Radisson is a great place to stay. We had the chance to stay in one during our stay in Luxembourg. And I hear Vancouver is a wonderful place to visit!

  21. Doris Humber

    This would be awesome to win so I could plan a weekend away. Completed all steps required for entry eligibility….thanks for the chance!

  22. Jennifer Hayden

    So many great choices. We are from Michigan so definitely are close enough to visit our neighbor of the north. I would love to visit Toronto.

  23. Jody D

    Love the extra discounts from Radisson! We stayed this summer at their Toronto Harbourfront location! Great views and perfect location for touristing!

  24. Eileen

    Done all three steps! Would love to stay at Radisson in the states when i go visit my friends there.

  25. Casey Garvey

    I have needed a night out since the death of my son to SIDS 4 years ago. I would love a night at any of your amazing vacations! I am following on facebook as Casey Garvey and signed up for email.