After the conference I opted to stay in Vancouver and look around for the weekend.  I had to switch hotels so moved to the Empire Landmark at the north-west end of Robson street.  I quite enjoyed this neighborhood, it was close enough to downtown and next to a large Korean community.  The Empire Landmark feels like an old hotel; from the details in the rooms to the structure of the building, including the revolving rooftop restaurant.  It was a lovely stay regardless and the views both from the room and the rooftop were awesome.

On Saturday I popped over to Mountain Equipment Co-op on West Broadway to get some West Coast gear.  I then walked back downtown through Granville Island.  Granville Island is a small island between downtown Vancouver and mainland Vancouver which houses a number of farmers markets, restaurants, marina, Emily Carr University, a brewery and tons of parkland.

At the end of the day, I enjoyed a cold beer at the top of the Empire Landmark as the sun set on a gorgeous day in Vancouver 🙂

CC BY 4.0 Exploring Vancouver Day One: Granville Island and Downtown by Michael Paskevicius is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.