The City of Vancouver is a major tourist destination, and it is very beautiful. Vancouver tends to have a mild climate year-round, with warm summer days, and a rainy winter season. The city is very walkable, and there are bike lanes everywhere. Driving and public transportation are other options to get around Vancouver. In addition, there are many parks all over the city.
|Marinated, sour cabbage|
|Granville Island Public Market|
|International Summer Night Market|
|Kingyo's assorted deluxe bento box|
|Akbar mashti (rosewater, saffron, pistachio, and cream) and black sesame gelato|
I also did some explorations of my own. This included renting a bike and biking around Stanley Park, and visiting the Vancouver Aquarium.
|Anemones and rockfishes at the Vancouver Aquarium|
I stopped by VanDusen Botanical Garden, which originally was a golf course before the site was transformed into a botanical garden and opened to the public in 1975.
|VanDusen Botanical Garden|
There are many gorgeous flowers and plants at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
I visited the University of British Columbia (UBC) as well, which has a nice campus.
|University of British Columbia|
At the University of British Columbia, I went to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, a natural history museum. At the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, I saw numerous preserved animals and skeletons, and I was lucky to catch the beginning of their Herbarium Project exhibition.
I also went to the Nitobe Memorial Garden at UBC, which is beautiful!
|Nitobe Memorial Garden|
|One course of "La Feast," a vegetarian mezze sampler at Nuba|
I enjoyed seeing my friend and traveling to Vancouver. It was a relaxing visit, and Vancouver is a great city to explore and to eat delicious food!