We traveled to British Columbia over last year's 4th of July holiday (for the Womens World Cup) and quickly decided that we wanted to make a trip to Canada over this holiday weekend a new tradition. Neither of us are big fans of the 4th of July--excited about neither fireworks nor hamburgers, we'd rather enjoy the long weekend elsewhere.
So, we traveled up to B.C. again this year--staying in the same neighborhood we always stay in, enjoying our favorite coffeeshop numerous times, as well as checking out a few new-to-us things, like the Museum of Anthropology, more of Pacific Spirit Park (we drove part of the course that our marathon had run through a few years ago). On our second day in the city, we left to drive through British Columbia's spectacular scenic beauty, making a few stops along the way to marvel at lakes and waterfalls, but ultimately ending up at our destination: Joffre Lakes, a hike that features 3 blue-green glacier lakes.
The following morning, we took a ferry over to Victoria. In Portland-lingo, Vancouver is more of our jam, but Victoria had a few highlights, namely the excellent bookstore, Munro's Books and the delicious Italian restaurant Olo. We hope to get back up to Vancouver before another year goes by, but if we don't, there's always next July!