I don’t know if we’re crazy or what, but we decided to take a cross-country Canadian road trip with a toddler. We had been really wanting to visit Alberta for a while. My dad was born there and Ian wanted to see Banff and the Canadian rockies. We also wanted to visit my grandparents and introduce them to Cove for the first time. They live in Victoria, British Columbia. So instead of taking multiple trips, we decided to make a big road trip out of it!
I wasn’t sure how it would all work, but we sat down one day and made a plan, giving ourselves plenty of extra time for stops and such with a little one. We flew into Vancouver and took the ferry to Victoria to visit with family. Ian and I visited Victoria when we we’re first pregnant with Cove and that’s when Ian got to meet my grandparents for the first time. You can see more from that trip here. We had a great day with my family and I could have cried with happiness to have my dad their with his grandson and parents for the first time. Cove did so well, even though he had a really long day of traveling the night before. We’ll have those memories to cherish for a lifetime.
After visiting with family we wandered around downtown and walked by the water. Victoria is such a beautiful city. It’s right by the water and overlooks the beautiful harbor with a very beautiful city to wander through. It’s actually partly what my parents named me after. I’ve always loved the little water taxis and gorgeous hanging flower baskets they have everywhere. We also stayed in the cutest Airbnb above one of the shops right downtown. It made for a fun local feel (although lofts with babies are a little difficult).
The next day we woke up and took the scenic route up to Nanaimo where we took another ferry to Vancouver. Once in Vancouver we took the Sea to Sky highway and drove to Whistler. It was one of the most gorgeous drives I have ever been on. You have the ocean and mountains on one side of you and then huge snowcap mountains on the other side. We kept looking at each other saying “Wow…” over and over.
I hadn’t been to Whistler since before they hosted the winter olympics, so I was so intrigued to see what had changed. It was Ian’s first time and he loved it. It’s definitely different visiting a ski town in the spring, but they still had a good bit of snow for skiing and they had the rest of the mountain ready for mountain biking. Our hotel was right downtown so we walked everywhere. Cove loved running through the town and we had some amazing meals and at some quaint bistros and cafes.
I can’t wait to share more of our road trip into Alberta soon. Until then, I hope you have a wonderful day!