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Why You Should Go To Vancouver Any Time Of The Year + Giveaway

Vancouver will always be my home. 3 years ago I left in hopes to achieve personal and professional growth but every now and then I find myself looking for the cheapest deals to fly back to where I grew up. There’s so many reasons why I’ll always love Vancouver. Whether it be for the food, the experience of all 4 seasons, being close to a large body of water and of course, my friends. Doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, there will always be something to do and something to see – so let me tell you why.

Spring

Queen Elizabeth Park – one of the most beautiful gardens that is best seen during the spring. Cheery blossoms fill the the grass and flowers are often the most beautiful in bloom. This 52-hectare park is always the best location for photos to be taken during weddings as it provides the best back drops. I remember always coming here as a child and always be in amazement at the Bloedel Conservatory. However, if you have bad allergies you might want to consider grabbing some allergy medication when visiting.

Granville Island – I always make a trip to Granville Island no matter how chaotic the parking spots can get. There you will find a public farmers market which is open 7 days a week with random shows and events. I love indulging in baked goods and sweets. It can be crowded as it is quite a popular marketplace but you can always find a great selection of seafood and produce for cheap!

#StayCanada #Radisson

#StayCanada #Radisson

Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – If you’re like me, you’ll love visiting places that will provide you a great cultural experience. I remember going here for the first time when I was still in high school and falling inlove with the scenery. They also hold events and school programs which talks about stories of mythical creatures, ancient people and life in the Ming Dynasty China. The Classical Chinese Garden has been called the World Top City Garden by National Geographic.

Summer

Stanley Park – This 405-hectare park is located in downtown Vancouver and is surrounded by water. I once bladed around the seawall and halfway through it, my legs eventually gave up. Next time, I’ll consider biking. During the summer they hold free outdoor movies for everyone to enjoy. It does get quite busy so I suggest going early with a blanket and claim your spot. This is a huge tourist attraction in Vancouver and once you go, you’ll know why!

Richmond Night Market – I always wait for the time this opens. The Richmond Night Market is open primarily during summer and only runs during the weekend. It is filled with shop vendors selling items from all over Asia, a play area for kids, a stage to hold events and best of all, FOOD vendors. I would suggest to go later in the evening as it does get quite busy and usually half an hour before the market closes most food are half off!

#StayCanada #Radisson

#StayCanada #Radisson

Honda Celebration of Light – This is an annual musical fireworks competition held in Vancouver. It used to be called the ‘Symphony of Fire‘ but now been renamed to Honda Celebration of Light. Everyone gathers by the beaches and the streets of Downtown gets super busy with hundreds of people walking from the Skytrain Station to English Bay. Every year the fireworks only get better but it does get super crowded if you’re not there early enough.

Fall

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver – This is another popular park in West Vancouver as it is located along the shores. For all the hikers out there, this should be on your to-go list but don’t feel discourage if you don’t hike as it’s a fairly easy if you would rather take a stroll through bodies of Douglas Fir trees and Western Red Cedar. The view is simply breathtaking and Fall is the best time to go as mosquitos usually like to party here during warmer weather.

Gastown – Located in adjacent to Downtown Eastside, Gastown is a national historic site filled with beauty, great restaurants and small shops. Parking can be tough, but you can easily make your way here via Skytrain, walking or biking. The second you walk into Gastown you’ll immediately feel like you’re walking into history. Located in the heart of Gastown is a musical steam clock to which tourists always end up waiting to see in action. There is also a police station located in Gastown that used to be a morgue… sometimes I wonder if it’s haunted.

Lynn Canyon Park & Suspension Bridge – 617 Arces of forest, this is another amazing location for trails. If you go to the Baden Powell Train, there is also a gorgeous waterfall awaiting for you and also swimming holes that you can jump in (although I wouldn’t recommend swimming during the fall as it can be cold). There is also a suspension bridge that is super popular but maybe not for the ones who are afraid of heights.

Winter

Bright Nights Christmas Train – Another event held in Stanley Park to where you are surrounded by millions of twinkling lights! I’d suggest purchasing your tickets in advance as it can easily be sold out, but it’s definitely an experience you don’t want to miss out on. You get to see amazing displays of lights along with live performers while on route.

Vancouver Christmas Market – If you want to get into the holiday spirit this is the best place to go. You walk in and immediately feel jolly with surrounding Christmas decorations, sounds and smell. There are vendors that sell unique Christmas gifts along with live music. This market is somewhat new as it opened up in 2010 and it is based on the German tradition of Christkindlmarkt.

The Peak of Christmas Grouse Mountain is literally transformed into Vancouver’s North Pole. You can visit Santa’s workshop and create your own gingerbread village, visit the Elfs and create your own Rudolph, meet Santa himself or ice skate on the mountain’s pond. There is also a Light Walk that you can go on where you are surrounded by beautiful lights around you with trees topped with snow.

It doesn’t matter what season you plan on taking a trip to Vancouver, there is a million things to do and see. From beautiful beaches such as English Bay or if you want to spice things up, Wreck beach to staying local and rent some ice skates to skate on Robson Square ice rink.

#StayCanada #Radisson

#StayCanada #Radisson

 

If I have convinced you to pack your bags and take a trip to Vancouver (or anywhere in US or Canda), this might be your lucky day. I’ve teamed up with Radisson to offer one of my lucky readers a chance to win a 1 night stay at any of their amazing hotels! The giveaway will end Oct 3rd so don’t miss out! (For more details visit www.radisson.com/staycanada)

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Here’s what you have to do:

  • Go here -> Stay Canada to browse through the Radisson hotel locations YOU wish to go to
  • Comment below and TELL ME where you would like to go!

* For bonus entries *

  • Subscribe to my mailing list located on your right (don’t worry I wont spam you)
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(Please include your email and/or username(s) if you have done any of the bonus entries)

And that’s it! Simple isn’t it? Oh, Don’t forget to check out my post on the best apps to download if you’re planning to travel! Good luck!!!

PIN ME! #StayCanada and #Radisson

PIN ME! #StayCanada and #Radisson

 

 

 

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42 Comments

  • Reply Jessica Frederick

    What a beautiful trip! As a Seattleite, Vancouver is always a go-to long weekend trip. I’d love to go a little further afield and tour the Canadian Rockies with Edmonton, Alberta (and the Radisson Edmonton) as a jumping off point. I’m ready to explore!

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    September 22, 2016 at 10:10 PM
    • Reply Glenda

      I always go to Seattle when I was living in Vancouver!!! I’m currently in Edmonton and I wouldn’t recommend to come during winter haha

      September 22, 2016 at 10:47 PM
  • Reply michelle matta

    Id love to stay at the Radisson Niagara Falls Canada. So much to do around there and looks like a nice looking Radisson! my email is littlemm@live.ca, username for insta : vanxan username for twitter: @littlemmm

    September 23, 2016 at 7:47 AM
  • Reply Linda

    I would love to stay in Vancouver, fall time is stunning.

    September 23, 2016 at 9:33 AM
  • Reply Essere Moda

    Vancouver sounds awesome! Thanks for the advice.

    -XOXO-

    September 23, 2016 at 1:09 PM
  • Reply Style Domination

    Aboslutely love Stanley Park and Gastown!

    September 23, 2016 at 1:51 PM
  • Reply Eden

    I agree! Vancouver is beautiful all year round. I have family there so I visit often. I would love to move there though, but the housing prices are crazy! Maybe someday 🙂

    September 23, 2016 at 6:15 PM
  • Reply Jessica Brown

    I would love to have a staycation in Vancouver!!!
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    September 23, 2016 at 6:52 PM
  • Reply Krista Miller (@MillerKrazy)

    Radisson Ottawa Parliament Hill is my destination so I could visit a couple of pretty special grandparents & tour the parliament buildings!

    September 23, 2016 at 7:48 PM
  • Reply Krista Miller (@MillerKrazy)

    Followed on Twitter @MillerKrazy and Instagram @millerkrazy

    September 23, 2016 at 7:49 PM
  • Reply ivy pluchinsky

    Well I would love to stay in the Vancouver one, but since I live in Manitoba then I will pick the one that is a tad closer to me, Winnipeg location! Nothing wrong with a staycation right!

    September 23, 2016 at 8:40 PM
  • Reply sarah sar

    I would love to stay at the Radisson at Toronto Habourfront!

    September 23, 2016 at 8:50 PM
  • Reply sarah sar

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    September 23, 2016 at 8:54 PM
  • Reply ivy pluchinsky

    I follow on twitter as LuckyatWinning, and Instagram as IvyMandias. I also subscribe to your newsletter as pluchinskyi@gmail.com

    September 23, 2016 at 8:54 PM
  • Reply sarah sar

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    September 23, 2016 at 8:55 PM
  • Reply bswilkins80

    I would love to visit the Niagra Falls hotel!

    September 23, 2016 at 8:56 PM
  • Reply Paula

    This was great. We are planning to visit Vancouver in next couple years, so I loved getting tips for what to see. Thanks.

    September 23, 2016 at 9:41 PM
  • Reply diytravelhq

    I used to live in Vancouver 10 years ago – ahh this makes me miss it so much!

    September 24, 2016 at 1:30 AM
  • Reply michelle tremblett

    I would love to stay at the Radisson Toronto Harbourfront. Such a beautiful hotel with an amazing view 🙂

    I follow you on Instagram, mich00710071 as well as twitter @mich0071

    September 24, 2016 at 9:34 AM
  • Reply billiondollarprincesss

    I would cross the border at go to the one in Seattle.

    September 24, 2016 at 6:10 PM
  • Reply Elena

    I would love to visit Vancouver. I would stay at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport

    September 24, 2016 at 7:51 PM
  • Reply Elena

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    September 24, 2016 at 7:52 PM
  • Reply Elena

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    September 24, 2016 at 7:55 PM
  • Reply Amy Heffernan

    I would love to stay at the Radisson in Niagara Falls.
    Subscribed and following.
    Thanks
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    September 25, 2016 at 5:50 AM
  • Reply lifeofamyy

    I would ABSOLUTELY love to stay at Radisson Niagara Falls Canada!!!!

    Lovely giveaway. Fingers and everything are crossed. – heading over to follow you on Twitter/Instgram

    September 25, 2016 at 8:30 AM
  • Reply Ashley - The Traveling Gals

    Definitely Vancouver!

    September 25, 2016 at 12:10 PM
  • Reply Christine Murray

    I would love to go to Niagra and stay in the Radison there.

    September 25, 2016 at 5:39 PM
  • Reply Kari benesh

    I’d love to check out Radisson Admiral Harbourfront in Toronto! Beautiful! (followed on IG @hellokari55)

    September 25, 2016 at 7:00 PM
  • Reply southerntraveler

    I would love to stay in the Radisson Niagara Falls Canada! We hope to go to Canada in 2017! Following you from asoutherntraveler/Jessica. Crossing my fingers!!!

    September 25, 2016 at 11:29 PM
  • Reply Ree

    Vancouver has been on my go to list for ages! !! Sounds amazing 😄 Ree love30

    September 26, 2016 at 2:07 PM
  • Reply Noreen Schulz

    I would like to go Too Vancouver for night. I just had my 31st wedding anniversary, so that would be a great time for just then 2 of us. Also started following you on onstagram @Afusionofhealth. Twitter will try and post. Thank you for them opportunity to enter. Also lover how you highlighted all four seasons, and what are great things to explore at those times.

    September 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM
  • Reply Roxann Redekop

    Seattle for sure!! Hoping to take my husband on a surprise get away soon so that would be perfect 😊

    September 26, 2016 at 3:51 PM
  • Reply Style & Life by Susana

    This is one place I have always wanted to go, looks so beautiful. Hope to one day. Great informative post.

    http://www.susanalopessnarey.com (Style & Life by Susana)

    September 26, 2016 at 3:52 PM
  • Reply Dani

    Looks so lovely & so much to do! This is great info for when I visit one day! xo
    Dani // http://www.daniellealexandra.com

    September 26, 2016 at 8:21 PM
  • Reply verushka

    Such a great list of things to do each season! The Chinese garden is something I would defo do. Thanks for the tips.Pity I cant enter :/

    September 27, 2016 at 12:08 AM
  • Reply Candace

    Never been to Canada! Thanks for giving me ideas of what I can do in Vancouver if I ever go 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    September 27, 2016 at 9:21 AM
  • Reply thetravelpockets

    I would love to check out Vancouver! Especially after reading about all the fun things there are to see and do there 🙂 I would love to go ice skating. I haven’t been since I was a kid, but it sounds like so much fun.

    September 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM
  • Reply Candice Nikeia

    I haven’t been to V-town but I really want to! It is on my backlist! I really enjoyed toronto when I was there with family !

    xoxo, Candice
    http://www.candicenikeia.com

    September 27, 2016 at 8:15 PM
  • Reply Tracie Cooper

    I would love to stay at the Radisson Hotel and Suites Fallsview Ontario! The views of the falls look amazing!

    October 1, 2016 at 3:25 PM
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    October 1, 2016 at 3:25 PM
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    I follow you via instagram as @traciemichelle05

    October 1, 2016 at 3:26 PM
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    October 1, 2016 at 3:27 PM
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