Vancouver During Fall
Cooler temperatures and fewer crowds are just a few reasons why I think more visitors should come to Vancouver during the fall season. There are so many Vancouver fall season favourites listed in this post:
Few things get me more excited about the long, hot days of summer more than the arrival of summer fruits at my local grocery stores and farmer’s markets. While I love buying fresh fruits from farmer’s markets a lot more than from big grocery stores, because I feel like I’m tasting all the love that went into growing the produce, there’s nothing quite like picking my own fruits from a farm.
I first experienced the joy of a U-Pick berry farm in London, Ontario while visiting a friend’s family. Everyone, including all the young children went out to pick strawberries. It was so much fun choosing each berry and placing it into my bucket. It was even more fun eating the freshly picked strawberries soon afterward — cut up and eaten with vegan vanilla ice cream.
Is it difficult to travel when you’re vegan? It doesn’t have to be! I’ve been vegan for over 17 years and have travelled throughout the world while maintaining a vegan diet. On a recent trip to Québec, I found numerous options for vegan food in Québec City. Actually, there were more places that I wanted to check out then the amount of time I had. Take a look at my recommendations and feel free to leave a comment to let me know if there are others I should check out the next time I’m in the city.
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If you’re out sightseeing in Old Québec, there are several options within walking distance of all the main sights.
My first time having a poké bowl was at Bols et Poké. Clearly marked on the menu, the Mahalo bowl is a solid vegan option. There are other vegetarian options, too.
The Cafe du Presbytere in the borough of Chicoutimi, Québec was an unexpected delight!
Who knew you could get such delicious vegan/vegetarian friendly food in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region in Québec? I didn’t! Actually, I purchased quite a lot of snacks for this leg of my Québec trip before I left home, because I thought I’d be out of luck in terms of food options!
Not only did the Tourisme Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean team make sure there were vegan options for me (and vegetarian options for another blogger), they took the whole press tour group to some amazing places to eat. I feel like we really experienced this region’s cuisine.
One of the clear highlights of my trip through the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region was a lunchtime stop at the Cafe du Presbytere in the borough of Chicoutimi, Québec.
This café takes pride in serving its own version of well-known dishes made from local products and ingredients found by its chef in the woods of the Saguenay region. In a warm and friendly ambiance, you’ll enjoy delicious cuisine while encouraging your hosts’ mission of socio-professional integration. – Québec Original website
I’d never heard of it and it took me a long time to figure out how to pronounce it, but once I stepped foot in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region, I knew I’d found a special destination.
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Depending on the activities you most enjoy, there really is no bad time of year to visit the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region! I visited this part of Québec in early May and there was still snow in certain areas and Lac-Saint-Jean was still covered with ice and snow. I didn’t find the weather very cold, though.
A few of the things I packed: jeans, comfortable walking shoes, a rain jacket (which I layered over a sweater or shirt/cardigan combo), and swimsuit. There were hot tubs at each of the hotels in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region where I stayed!
With the Saguenay river, Lac Saint-Jean, and the Saguenay Fjord, staying the night at one of the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean hotels on the waterfront seems like the right choice.
I had the pleasure of spending 3 nights in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region in waterfront hotels.
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If you aren’t up for a long camping trip, car camping can be a great alternative. This type of camping is great for those with larger groups, children or elderly people—as well as for those that are either not physically fit enough or not interested in a grueling week of hiking 10 to 25km per day.
So, what do you need in order to have an enjoyable car-camping trip?
I’m attending the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) in Québec City! It’s taken me more time than I care to admit to pack my suitcase and carry-on back for the conference. I really wanted to pack light for a conference and travel carry-on only, but my personal item (a camera backpack) is too long, unfortunately.
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I’ve only been to one conference (Alt Summit during June in Salt Lake City, Utah) prior to going to WITS (Women in Travel Summit), so learning how to pack light for a conference will be a work in progress for a while.
For Alt Summit I didn’t have money to purchase items of clothing specifically for the conference and I also really don’t like wearing hot weather clothing (shorts, short skirts, tank tops). I feel like I have plenty of clothing options for WITS, but still feel unprepared.
There are a few pieces of luggage/accessories that I wish I owned. I keep hearing about packing cubes. Packing cubes are soft mesh cubes that hold and organize clothing. I have some mesh laundry-style cubes I’ll be using until I can get my hands on these:
I have a camera/laptop backpack but wish I had something else for my carry-on luggage, since the backpack doesn’t fit clothing or much else. There are SO MANY laptop backpacks out there and I have found so many on the eBags website. This Browning Jackson Carry-On Backpack below looks promising, though:
You can call it FOMO (fear of missing out), with a dash of “don’t tell me what to do” rebellion, but I like to have some say in how my time in spent when I travel. Spontaneous travel can work on its own or mixed in with activities you’ve planned.
I generally want to have some ideas for what to do and where to spend my time, but I don’t want to follow a rigid schedule. What if I’m checking out a cool museum, or heading to a restaurant and see an interesting looking street with lots of great-looking shops down it? I’d want to have the flexibility in my day to be able to wander around for a bit.
Even booked tours leave a little room for taking in other sites, or doing whatever you want. Yet, when I come across people who plan out every single thing they’re doing, they seem overwhelmed, exhausted, and generally seem like they’re not having any fun on their vacations.
Feeling adventurous? Don’t let the weather keep you and your date from exploring winter on the West Coast.
Snowshoe for Two: Lace up at Sea to Sky Gondola and choose any one of five trails to explore on snowshoes. Take advantage of après in the Summit Lodge afterwards with a festive beverage.
(Photo Credit: Paul Bride, Sea to Sky Gondola)
Mountaintop Ice Skating: Take in the views of downtown Vancouver from the top of Grouse Mountain, while gliding across an outdoor rink. Warm up in the Peak Chalet or catch a Christmas classic in the Theatre in the Sky.
Bright Nights (Photo credit: Bright Nights in Stanley Park Facebook)
Christmas Light Maze: Explore Enchant, the world’s largest Christmas Light Maze with over 55,000 square feet of illuminated sculptures. After completing the maze, check out the Christmas market that’s complete with food trucks and a licensed area with holiday drinks.
VanDusen Festival of Lights: VanDusen Garden will once again transform into a winter wonderland. Cozy up on the newly built carousel or take a selfie under the dazzling lights of the “Eiffel Tower” while snacking on roasted chestnuts.
Stanley Park Train Ride: A long-time classic is back for yet another year. Hop on the Bright Nights Train and prepare to be dazzled by three million lights and live performers along the way.
Tazim is the editor/creator behind BeingTazim.com (an 8 years+ lifestyle blog) and is head adventurer at Celebrating Life's Adventures!
Celebrate Life's Adventures is for environmentally and socially conscious travellers who enjoy diverse cultural experiences, being one with nature, and a slower pace of life.
Tazim has created a life full of adventures big and small. Having travelled to 14 countries and lived in four, she knows a thing or two about different cultures, food, and ways to experience and appreciate the world.