From Seattle to Vancouver
Welcome to B.C.
Tour start was Seattle in the state of Washington. Most of us met at
the welcome reception in the hotel the evening before the tour started.
We were a small group of only 6 passengers, which turned out to be
very good for a trip to Alaska. Ok, don't want to loose to many words
about the welcome reception. The tour itself has much more to offer.
Find a bit more information about Seattle on the page about the end
of the tour or on my Rocky Mountain High and
We left early on Monday August 21. We were still missing Michele.
She was supposed to join us in Vancouver. So we had a lot of room
in the van. But this would change on the way. Gordana's and Sandra's
bags were lost by the airline (KLM again, who else?) and so we did
a major shopping stop near Burlington. With a well filled van we
headed north towards Canada.
Vancouver: first stop - lunch stop. Granville island is the
place to eat. Tons of food, from all 'round the world. Could be your
last chance for a long time...
After lunch, we headed straight to North Vancouver, to Capilano RV park.
This nice camp ground a little outside the city center is located under
the Lions Gate Bridge connecting Stanley Park with North Vancouver.
We first set up camp. No big deal for us. Three of the five of us
travelled with Trek before. So back to town as soon as possible.
The plan for the afternoon was biking Stanley Park. Allthough there
are many other things to do and see in Vancouver (see my
Parks West site), almost all of us went to rent the bikes.
This is a very fun way to see one of the major attractions of
Vancouver. You pass the Totem Poles, the aquarium, monuments and
a lot of great view points. Two hours should be enough.
Spaghetti Factory in Gastown was our choice for dinner. And
Michele was there too. So the team was complete now. After a very
good dinner, we went looking for a place tpo party. Seems to be a
bit hard on Mondays. But we finaly found a place up near Robson.
Unfortunatelly we could not leave the van parked alone. Is too
dangerous. Thanx Eric and Trevor for staying and giving us the chance
to enjoy a great evening, the last party night for quite some time.
- Granville Island public market
- Mountainbiking Stanley Park
- Dinner in the Old Spaghetti Factory
- Party Vancouver, the last cicilized place for long
- From the hotel to interstate 5 north.
- IS 5 north through Seattle.
- Shopping stop near Burlington (big mall).
- Canadian border on IS 5 between Blaine and White Rock.
- Vancouver: via Granville Island to North Vancouver
- Seattle - Vancouver: 260km / 160 miles
Hints and Tips
- Shop in Seattle if you arrive a few days before the tour.
Get some good maps and warm equipment. Do not buy too much food.
There will be good places on the way.
- If you need bigger items, use the shopping stop near
Burlington to get camping equipment or replacements if
your bagage got lost. These malls also sell cheap food,
drinks, batteries, film, ...
- Have your passport handy. You'll need it at the border.
- Have some Canadian and U.S. cash handy.
- Get your lunch on Granville Island market. But be prepared to
find a huge choice.
- You may decide to setup camp before going back to town. This
would allow to get changed for your city trip and pack some
cloths for the night out.
- Vancouver is not a too save place. We could not leave our van
alone at night. Thanx Eric for safeguarding.
- You may also join the group in Vancouver. Call Trek in
advance and they'll get you in contact with your tour
Holiday Inn Boeing Field, 11244 Pacific Highway Sth,
Seattle, Washington, 98168, Tel: 1-206-7620300 Fax: 1-206-7628306
- Nice big rooms with bath, shower, toilet
- Usually twin shares (depends on booking)
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Approx. 30 minutes from the city center (via flight museum),
bus stop next to the hotel
- Airport Shuttel (call), approx. 15 minutes
295 Tomahawk Avenue,
North Vancouver BC V7P 1C5,
Phone: (604) 987-4722
Fax: (604) 987-2015
- Pool, Showers, Laundry, good facilities
- "Under the Bridge" (a bit noisy)
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