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10 Cool, Quirky & Interesting Things About Vancouver, Canada

There are so many interesting things about Vancouver, Canada! We visited in the fall and it was absolutely beautiful. Take a look at some of the weird, yet cool things in Vancouver that we enjoyed.

10 Cool, Quirky & Interesting Things About Vancouver, Canada

Cool things in Vancouver

I just got back from a fun trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, and had a wonderful time! It was my first time visiting Canada, the city of Vancouver is absolutely beautiful and full of things to do! I don’t think I have ever been anywhere with such tall, modern buildings near the waterfront that also has a gorgeous mountain scenery backdrop to boot!

10 Cool, Quirky and Interesting Things I saw in Vancouver BC, Canada

10 Cool, Quirky, and Interesting Things About Vancouver Canada

My sister and I did a quick girls’ trip, we explored the city and found lots of good food, fun attractions, lovely parks, biking and hiking trails, and some of the most beautiful scenery. Like any city, there were some interesting things that we don’t see much here in Southern California. From the beautiful falling leaves to some weird signs and cool currency, here are a few cool, yet weird things to do in Vancouver that we found. If you’re a fellow Californian, you might think these are pretty unique!

Interesting things I saw in Vancouver BC, Canada, Red autumn maple leaves

Search for fall leaves in Vancouver

They were everywhere, y’all. Bright reds, oranges, yellows, and brown shades took over to tops of the trees and the sidewalks. It’s so fascinating to me to see how the seasons affect nature, in SoCal, we don’t see this at all.

Unique things I saw in Vancouver BC, Canada, Totem pole in Kitsilano

Vancouver totem pole park

They seemed to have a bunch of random totem poles in different places. This one was in Kitsilano, and I also saw a few at Stanley Park. What fun character!

Cool things I saw in Vancouver BC, Canada, Squirrel crossing sign Comox Street

Watch out for squirrels crossing!

What? There’s a designated squirrel crossing path? Do they know this? I thought it was pretty funny until I was startled by a bunch of jet-black squirrels darting left and right across the street!

Interesting things I saw in Vancouver BC, Canada, Lays Flavored Chips

Interesting foods and chip flavors

Now, I realize that we all thought that Lay’s Wasabi, Chicken and Waffles, and Cappuccino chips were interesting here in the United States, but it’s so much more interesting when you’re in another country! I saw these at 7 Eleven. Behold, P.E.I scalloped potatoes, BBQ baked beans, and smoked meat flavors!

Cool things in Vancouver BC, Canada, Colorful money currency

Beautiful colored currency

I think every single country I’ve ever been to has beautiful colored money. Our U.S. dollar is a drab green, and that’s it (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the U.S. Dollar). Canada’s money is prettier!

Vancouver BC, Canada, kiwi berry at Granville Island market

Kiwi berries at Granville Market

I have never seen, nor heard of this fruit, ever. I know the traditional kiwi, brown and fuzzy on the outside, green and sweet on the inside. But a kiwi berry? I definitely had to try one, and it was really good! You pop the whole thing in your mouth, the outside texture is like a grape and the inside is straight-up kiwi.

Vancouver outdoor museum sculpture

A Canadian outdoor museum

Along the popular seawall are a bunch of cool sculptures and pieces of art. We thought they were random, at first, but then saw that it is part of an outdoor museum! I love this idea, it was wonderful to stroll along the water and learn about each exhibit!

Wild Douglas Fir Christmas trees in Vancouver

Wild Douglas fir trees in Canada

Need a Christmas tree? Well, they’re everywhere in Vancouver! It looks like Douglas Firs, the ones we go to the store or the Christmas tree farm to get, grow wild here. They are majestic, stunning, and so tall that they wouldn’t fit in your average living room. I could definitely do the scent of pine year-round!

Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver BC Canada

Vancouver’s Capilano Suspension Bridge

I’m pretty sure that there are suspension bridges all over the world, but the Capilano Suspension Bridge is something special. It spans 400 feet long and is 230 feet high up from the Capilano River, the rushing rapids below are beautiful to look at. I’m not even gonna lie, I was a little jittery in the knees when I walked across and looked down!

Colorful Canada Post mailboxes in Vancouver

Super cool mailboxes

Look how beautiful these Canada Post mailboxes are! Walk down the street and they’ll catch your eye, can’t miss it if you tried. The bright colors make me smile, it must be fun to read through all of the zip codes and look for yours! Don’t you just want to mail something?

Vancouver BC, Canada, Inukshuk rock statue outdoor museum

Do you have any of these interesting things in your city?

Vancouver was marvelous, I highly recommend visiting during the Fall when the season is changing and the weather is close to perfect. Get your passports ready and plan a trip, it’s a great destination for the whole family!

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