Updated: Sep 30, 2022
by Nina Sabin - Travel Blog
Woke up refreshed and renewed. Being that Vancouver is three hours behind Eastern Time we went to bed at 7:30 pm and woke up just before 6 am, getting about 10 hours of sleep to start our second day of our two month vacation.
No vacation is complete without having several obstacles to overcome. Just when we thought we were all set for the cruise tomorrow, we woke up to an email that was posted at 2 am from the cruise line that we need a booster in order to be fully vaccinated.
John was so thorough with everything planned for this vacation and up to this point just having the two vaccination shots was all we needed. The rules changed last Friday however, we didn’t get notified till today.
So we spent the morning of our second day making arrangements with the Canadian Health Department to get booster vaccinations. We had to get government health IDs, they found a location to get a booster and even book the appointments for us. The process went a lot smoother than we planned. Praise the Lord!
Once we were done getting our boosters at a local pharmacy we met up with friends we knew from Saudi and went to explore areas North of Vancouver.
The first location was the Sky to Sea Gondola. We observed beautiful views of the town Squamish. The town is about an hour north of Vancouver. It's at the northern tip of the island-dotted Howe Sound, and surrounded by mountains like the Stawamus Chief, a huge granite monolith.
After admiring the incredible scenery in Squamish we headed another hour North, two hours North of Vancouver, to a quaint town called Whistler.
We had a delicious meal at Becon Pub and enjoyed walking around the eclectic town.
This town is know for its skiing opportunities in the winter and skateboarding and mountain biking in the summer. Whistler was also the venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
On our way back to Vancouver we appreciated the chance admire the majestic sunset in Stanley Park. You could see it over the English Bay and Vancouver Harbor area. What a fabulous way to end a wonderful day.
Stay tuned for our next blog. It depends on the internet if we will be able to post daily once we are on the cruise.