Echoes in Vancouver

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park - First Lake

Hello my lovely readers, hope you have been well. I know it has been a while since I wrote. But I have a good reason: Beautiful British Columbia kept me away and I just couldn’t help but be lost in its beauty.

Last weekend, my husband and I visited the lovely city of Vancouver. We were there for 5 days and I am so excited to share this photo story with you featuring amazing eats, see’s and do’s.

Packing for a rainy destination. Zara Trafaluc Parka, Birdcage Umbrella from RaindropsTO and Vince Camuto Rain Boots.

Vancouver is known to be a rainy destination, much like the weather in London, England so I made it a point to pack some of my favourite rainy weather things.

Rainy weather hair product recommendations from the Beauty Supply Outlet. AG Hair Care. Recoil, Foolproof and The Oiil

The wonderful ladies at Beauty Supply Outlet in Brampton helped me pick out the best hair products for rainy weather. So coincidental, because AG Hair was founded in Vancouver 🙂 It worked really well with my hair texture and saved me from looking like a total mess in the rain.

Day 1: Rainy Weather Exploring and Granville Island

Dressed for rainy weather. Sweater from M for Mendocino and boots from Vince Camuto

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

We stayed at The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for a few days. It sure does live up to its name, “Castle in the city”.

Starry ceiling to portray Christian Dior's belief in superstitions at the Dior boutique inside The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver lobby.

I loved visiting the Dior boutique in the lobby of The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Check out the incorporation of a starry ceiling seen in this photo, portraying Christian Dior’s belief in superstitions. Also, isn’t this floral arrangement by Granville Island Florist breathtakingly gorgeous? White roses and baby’s breath, so perfect.

Rainy Day in Vancouver

Streets of Vancouver. So charming, even in the rainy weather.

Cafe Crepe

Okay, we’ve all had strawberry and banana with nutella crêpes before. BUT, you have got to try the Margherita crêpe at Café Crêpe.  Their Nutella Latte is delicious too. There are 3 locations just within Downtown Vancouver so you won’t have a hard time finding one at all. I was beyond pleased to find out they have a location in Toronto too.

Disclaimer: I promise the Margherita crêpe was on that plate which is now empty in the photo. I ordered it twice. I was just that busy eating it, so no photos!

Birdcage Umbrella from RaindropsTO Birdcage Umbrella from RaindropsTO

Chatting away with this songbird! Don’t you just adore this birdcage umbrella?! I got it from a local boutique, RaindropsTO. I love their carefully curated and unique products. Also, it’s run by a mother-daughter duo. How cute! Reminded me of how I stepped in to the business world first, with my mom 🙂

P.S. Use the discount code echoes10 to receive 10% off any regular priced merchandise at http://www.raindropsto.com.

Tasting Map at the Granville Island Brewery

We spent the first evening at Granville Island. I have a soft corner in my heart for markets so I naturally enjoyed our time here. There are wood makers, local musicians, and fresh fruits and veggies. All sorts of cool things as you walk around the market. We ended the evening at Granville Island Brewery. If you go here, you have got to do the Tasting Map.

 Day 2: Whistler and Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

We knew we wanted to dedicate an entire day for Whistler and Joffe Lakes Provincial Park. Whistler is about 120 kms out of Downtown Vancouver.

Sea to Sky Highway. Drive to Whistler in our Fiat 500.

I was especially excited for the Sea-to-Sky drive with our Fiat 500 🙂

Lost Lake, Whistler. Beautiful British Columbia.

Lost Lake, Whistler

Scenic drive from Whistler to Squamish. Headed to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park is about 60 kms from Whistler. This is where you’re really gonna start seeing the snow-covered mountains. So beautiful.

Winter Wonderland at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park

When we finally arrived at Joffre Lakes, it felt like we were in the middle of a Winter Wonderland.

There was less than an hour of sunlight left for the day, so this meant giving up the hike down to the second and third lakes. We decided to see only the first lake and enjoy it thoroughly, rather than rushing it all.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park - First Lake

This is the first lake at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park.

Day 3: Brunch and Stanley Park

Medina Cafe. Lovely interior.

Pendant light fixtures with industrial bulbs. Lovely decor at Medina Cafe.

The atmosphere and interior at Medina Cafe was my favourite. Major decor inspo.

We tried our luck with Medina Cafe over the weekend, but the wait time was too long and didn’t work with our plan. I figured I should come by on a weekday to assure I can experience this beautiful cafe I had heard so much about.

Paella at Medina Cafe

I was here for brunch, so the Paella was a perfect option. This dish had so many textures, making each bite so interesting. Also, I loved the bowl they served it in.

Lavender Latte and Waffle with White Chocolate Pistachio topping at Medina Cafe.

Medina Cafe is really well known for their waffles. I tried it with the White Chocolate Pistachio topping. Absolutely delicious. I also tried a Lavender Latte for the first time. Yum.

Stanley Park

I rented a bike for the afternoon from Spokes. Ladies, I recommend Spokes because they have comfortable bikes for women and I love the basket. Get some fresh blooms to accompany your bike ride through Stanley Park and it’ll make for a lovely memory.

Day 4: A Beautiful Stranger and Stanley Park (yes, again)

I couldn’t cover as much of Stanley Park as I would have liked to so I wanted to go back and spend more time.

But, pause. Crazy story time.

On my way to Stanley Park, a lady tapped on my shoulder. I quickly thought to myself, “Oh gosh, I’m not gonna know the directions to the place she wants to go to!” I was wrong. Never assume. What she actually said was, “Hi! I am looking for a model for my hairdressing exam today. I will wash and blow dry your hair. Come to Suki’s at 5:00 pm!” I couldn’t believe this. A wash and blow dry during my vacation, on the house? Count me in! But, I was hesitant so I told her I would think about it and confirm with her shortly. I only believed this when she handed me the business card. She had a beautiful name, “River” and seemed very genuine. Plus, a girl really can’t say no to a complimentary blow dry. Anyways, more on this further below. Let’s go back to Stanley Park.

I finally got to Stanley Park and spent a beautiful day there.

Lighthouse at Stanley Park Seawall at Stanley Park Lions Gate Bridge from Stanley Park

I really took in the views and enjoyed the locations photographed above. I had major city envy, wishing we had something like Stanley Park in Toronto.

Before I knew it, it was almost time to make it to my hair appointment with River at Suki’s!

When I stepped inside, I found River giggling with someone. She was like “Oh my gosh, HI! You made it! My friend here was just laughing when I told her the story from this morning. She was trying to convince me you won’t show up, thinking that I am a crazy lady or something!” We all shared a laugh and I was glad I didn’t make her look bad after all and decided to show up. The entire experience felt so special. River was very focused in delivering the best blow dry as this was her exam to be a certified stylist at Suki’s, Vancouver’s renowned hair salon.

A special moment at Suki's when hair styling student River asked me to be her model. She passed her exam!

Can you tell by the look on her face that she passed her exam? 🙂 She was so happy and gave me the biggest hug. She asked me if I am an artist. I said, “I don’t consider myself one, but I love to photograph and I have recently started a lifestyle blog.” She was like, “I knew it, you just have the soul of an artist! I am going to remember you forever and you can be assured you have a hair stylist ready for you whenever you are in Vancouver.”

River was such a sweet person. I am sure she will have a very successful career at Suki’s and I thank her for this wonderful memory.

Day 5: Relaxing and Capilano Suspension Bridge

Wearing Daniel Wellington, Dapper Collection at Capilano Suspension Bridge

Time for Adventure at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

This wraps up our Vancouver trip. Almost. There’s a special blog post coming your way soon. Stay tuned to read about this special collaboration!

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20 Comments

  1. payal
    November 21, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    Nice post- loved the pictures!:)

    • December 30, 2015 / 3:43 pm

      It truly was! Yes, you two should definitely visit Vancouver 🙂

  2. November 22, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Lovely post and amazing pictures. Didn’t want it to end and wanted to keep reading! Looking forward to the next post 🙂

  3. November 23, 2015 / 10:56 am

    What an amazing trip! I definitely have to add this to my list of travel destinations 🙂 Also, that umbrella is too cute. Can’t wait to see your collab!!

    • December 30, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Aww thanks Ciera! Yes, it’s a must see place 🙂

  4. November 23, 2015 / 11:49 am

    This looks absolutely incredible. I can’t believe how gorgeous it is! I had no idea.

    I really love how you mixed up the trip and seemed to do it all 🙂

    xo
    Krista

    http://www.hundredblog.com

  5. November 25, 2015 / 10:31 am

    What beautiful photos – it looks like you had an amazing time! I would love to visit Vancouver some time, it looks like a wonderful place to visit 🙂

    Jenn | http://www.thisjenngirl.com

  6. sinclair
    November 25, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Must have been a super trip. You got so much done in so little time. Loved the pictures as always. Keep it going.

  7. River
    November 27, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Hi Gunjan, How are you? your comments made me cry, I couldn’t stop myself, and I said by myself: Life is full of surprising and if you believe magic. It is actually happening. Thank you for your help . I will never forgot you. Have a wonderful journey. I loved your blog.

    • December 30, 2015 / 3:48 pm

      Hi River!! Aww you’re absolutely right about that. I will always remember this lovely memory too. Will see you when I’m in Vancouver again 🙂

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