Vancouver was a place I expected to love, and thankfully it lived up to expectations, not often the case. With a beautiful natural setting and cool architecture, plus the buzz of sea planes and handy cycle lanes, it was a great place to spend a few days back in 2009. I really should go back sometime…
There were also far more heritage buildings than I was expecting, both in the Gas Town area (though Downtown Eastside area close by was a bit of shock, one of the dodgiest places I’ve been), and further around the city. Lots of great buildings but my favourite was the Art Deco Marine Building.
There were more good gardens in Dr Sun Yat-Sen Park, one of a number of Chinese gardens I’ve visited in somewhat unexpected parts of the world, including Sydney, Portland, Bendigo, Nelson and Dunedin.
The Museum of Anthropology was well worth a decent cycle out to from the city, though I did get absolutely soaked on the way back, even wearing a stylish waterproof poncho. The museum itself was home to a huge collection of totem poles, great place to spend a couple of hours.