Biking Stanley Park and crossing the border back into the U.S.
In this video, we bike the Stanley Park seawall trail, tour downtown a bit, enjoy tasty vegan food, and then cross the border back into the U.S. This ends our 2018 trip to Alaska. We’d love to hear what you thought of this series!
Stanley Park Seawall Bike Trail
If you have bikes, the Stanley Park Seawall Bike Trail is a must do! It’s a chill bike ride, pretty flat, and not frequented by racers because you do share it with pedestrians at times and even have to get off your bike and walk it in some places.
The views of the water are beautiful. Take time to stop along the way to take photos.
Don’t forget your helmet. It’s the law in Vancouver.
More Waterfront Sights
After you’ve finished in Stanley Park, you can continue along the waterfront on your bike. There are plenty of places to lock it up along the way if you want to explore.
The Digital Orca is an icon in Vancouver.
Fairmont Pacific Rim
Check out the words on the Fairmont Pacific Rim. It’s an art installation of sorts.
There is so much beautiful architecture in Vancouver. One of our favorites was the Marine Building.
Time to Refuel at Chickpea
After all that bike riding and walking around it was time to find some food. In Vancouver, you have so many vegan-friendly choices that it’s hard to get to them all. But we made a valiant effort. Chickpea was delicious and the portions were substantial. Bring an appetite or plan to share. For example, that french toast is a child’s portion!
We spent one day before we left Vancouver doing our own thing. Paul and Lorena went to do touristy things. We went worked, drank coffee, and ate amazing vegan Chinese food.
An Attempt to Visit Daiya
When driving around Vancouver, we noticed a Daiya facility. So on “date” day, we stopped in to see if they gave tours. Nope, and they seemed to think we were weird for asking. I’m not sure why though. Daiya’s vegan cheese, love it or hate it, was an innovative product. And their use of pizza distributors really spread its availability. So, we didn’t get a tour, but they did give us some coupons. And that’s pretty cool.
Platform 7 Coffee
Platform 7 Coffee looked kind of like an old train station. It was a quiet spot with decent internet and we got a bunch of work done. The coffee was great and they had vegan baked goods.
Sun Bo Kong
We knew Vancouver would have loads of great Asian options, so we had to see what they had for vegan Asian options. There were quite a few options to choose from but Sun Bo Kong was outstanding. We were concerned when we arrived right around 5pm because no one was inside dining. But then after we ordered the place filled up.
Forget what you think Chinese food is from eating in the U.S. This food was NOT the sickly sweet stuff you might be used to.
Crossing the Border Into the U.S.
Our border crossing was uneventful. Back the first time we crossed the border with our RV, we very carefully got rid of all of our produce before we left. Then we went through an agricultural inspection once and they didn’t take any of the things you’re not supposed to have. So now, we don’t stock up before crossing the border but we don’t worry about getting rid of produce. The worst thing that’ll happen is that they’ll take it. If you’re curious about crossing the border, this site has great information.
And with that border crossing back into the U.S. that ends our trip to Alaska and back! We hope you enjoyed coming along for the ride. If you have any questions about taking an RV to Alaska, please don’t hesitate to ask by leaving a comment below.
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vegan. digital nomad. cycling. scuba. intj. former vegan bakery owner.