(Ok, so this is from Vermont, but I thought it was a cool juxtaposition with the Pacific northwest forest)
My husband Dave and I were in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia about a month ago, and had a few extra days to explore the area. We started with an amazing bird's-eye view of Coal Harbour from our hotel room at the Westin Bayshore. We marveled at the steady float plane traffic and general hubbub on the waterfront. We toured the forests and waterfalls of North Vancouver with friends, along magnificent Horseshoe Bay and up to Shannon Falls. We were in the cool interior of Vancouver: a city of shiny high-rises and funky neighborhoods. We ferried to the provincial capital of Victoria, sight-seeing along her waterfront, including the historic Empress Hotel. We enjoyed our cozy B&B Abigail's, with it's talented chef Matt McGinn, and a Halloween night Ghostwalk where we learned a bit too much about the past inhabitants! Our last day on Vancouver Island was sunny and gorgeous at the Butchart Gardens with the lush sunken garden, Japanese maples and ivy walls. An afternoon's ferry ride back to the city of Vancouver, then home!