Hello all! Victoria and Vancouver B.C are just in the back of the woods from Seattle. It’s about a two hour drive to Vancouver and a one and a half hour ferry ride to Vancouver. Suffice it to say, it’s pretty close. During the Memorial Day weekend I wanted to take advantage of the short break and take a road trip north. This blog post is going to be about what my boyfriend and I did, along with outfits of course. 😉 Enjoy! If you’re dying for more summer style clothing, check out my Greece blog posts where I sailed in Santorini, explored Mykonos, and learned a bunch of history in Athens.
Day One – Victoria B.C
We first made the long trek to Victoria, B.C on a Friday afternoon. We left around noon and got there around 6:35PM. It was definitely a long ride with the two hour drive, 30 minute wait for border security and finally the one and half hour boat ride to Victoria.
On this day, we just checked into our hotel and went out to explore the Fisherman’s Wharf. We didn’t have a lot of time so we fast walked over and got some fish and chips for dinner. Sad, but kind of funny… my fish was stolen by the birds in the area. I was taking a insta-story and two of them just went for my fish! Lesson learned, don’t trust the birds, they’ll rob you too!
Day Two – Victoria B.C and Vancouver
The next day we went out to the Fisherman’s Wharf again to get some pictures of the boat houses and some fashion photos. Unfortunately it was very cloudy and rainy this day. On the way we stopped at the parliament building as well.
The dress I’m wearing is from Free People and is one of the most comfortable dresses I have. It’s long enough that I don’t have to worry about flashing anyone (long torso problems LOL) and I got so many compliments! They also have it in black and I’m definitely going back to that!
The shoes I’m wearing are the Mattise Caty booties. THEY ARE SO DARN CUTE! I’m obsessed and this was also the first day I wore them. They didn’t need to be broken in at all. I went with a 7 and am usually a size 7 or 7.5. Definitely size down since the fabric will stretch out to conform to your foot.
We also drove out to Chinatown to see the Dragon and Fan Tan Alley’s! They were definitely picturesque and great for fashion bloggers.
We booked an eleven o’clock tea time at the Empress. They are famous for their tea event and is exclusive to reservations only. It was definitely a beautiful experience, but pricey ($82). It was well worth the money though. You first get to choose your tea in a book, fancy fancy. Then they bring it out with a timer on how strong you want it to be.
After tea, we were planning on going to the Butchart Gardens but with the rain, that was vetoed. Instead we went to the Butterfly Gardens. It was indoor so we could escape the rain! I’m kind of afraid of butterflies LOL. Everyone there wanted the butterflies to land on them… me and boyfriend DID NOT want that at all.
Since we were caught in the downpour, we decided to just go straight back to Vancouver and check into our hotel there. We made the one and half hour boat ride and got there smoothly.
It had stopped raining at this point and we had planned on going to the Richmond Night Market. If you’re ever in the Vancouver area during Summer, I highly recommend this! There are so many different foods and desserts.
The market also includes little shops with carnival games as well. If you want a tip, definitely get one of the express passes and talk to some of your neighbors in the admission lines. For both days that we went, we got two couples to go in on the express pass and got in instantly! There is a VERY long line otherwise.
Day Three – Vancouver
For our only full day in Vancouver, we had a packed itinerary. We went and explored the Capliano Suspension Bridge. It was definitely packed and expensive ($52 CAD) but well worth. There isn’t too much to do but to take pictures and explore.
After, we were so hungry that we decided to get some Dim Sum. It was very good and we definitely got too much.
Since we ate too much we decided to rest a little at our hotel. After we went and adventured to some more around the city and did some shopping. We found this super cool alley way in Vancouver called Alley Oop and it’s definitely not a secret location. There were a lot of girls out there taking photos! It’s super pretty and I highly recommend if you want some cute photos.
We still had a bit of time to head before we needed to head to the Richmond Night Market so we visited Granville Island to get our kitties some treats. One year ago, we visited Vancouver and got these sardines from the Granville Island Pet Treatry. My cats are obsessed with the dried sardines they have!!! They won’t eat any other brand but these. I got two HUGE bags and some tuna flakes for them. They enjoyed both treats so so much. Highly recommend for your kitties! 🙂
After that, we went to the Richmond Night Market again because it was so delicious. This time around it was definitely more crowded for some reason (it was a Sunday). Again, we went and got three other people to get the express pass. It’s well worth to go out of your comfort zone and round up some people. The line is literally, I mean LITERALLY, 100 or more people long in the single rider admission line.
I HIGHLY recommend the Richmond Night Market if you’re planning on visiting Vancouver. You can also take their metro there from Downtown Vancouver! There are so many yummy foods and every item I got, I was not disappointed.
Day 4 – Travel Day Back to Seattle Area
This was the last day in Vancouver. We were pretty anxious to get back to see our cats so we didn’t meander too much. We visited Prospect Point Lookout in Stanley Park and took some photos of the beautiful scenery.
This is essentially the end of our trip! I had so much fun and am definitely going to visit Victoria again for the Butchart Gardens in the summer. If you have any questions about my trip and what to see, don’t hesitate to email me!
I’ll have all of the outfit items in the usual carousel below! 🙂