The Westin Bayshore Vancouver + Canada's 150 Birthday Giveaway

Why Vancouver is one of the top travel destinations in Canada 

Vancouver is being featured as one of the top travel destinations for Canada's 150! A few weekends ago, Lindsay and I had one of the nicest staycations I've had in a while at the Westin Bayshore! We've heard many amazing things about this hotel from friends and loved experiencing it for ourselves, we were treated so well, and it was just so nice to feel like we went away for the weekend even though we were just 20 minutes from home! 

We lucked out with a warm and sunny weekend which allowed us to enjoy the pool and the nearby sights. The seawall is just a few steps outside of the hotel, so we got to wake up and enjoy a walk along the water which was such a nice treat. 

So - there's an amazing contest going on starting TODAY! Marriott is giving away 5 trips for 2 to a Canadian city to celebrate Canada's 150th. We have all the contest details at the bottom of the blog post, but you can also find out more here!

The perfect Staycation - Westin Bayshore Vancouver

Lindsay and I started the weekend off with relaxing facials at Vida Spa in the hotel! It was the perfect start to the weekend being able to unwind and get a little pampering done! After the spa we were hunnnnngry, luckily there are so many gorgeous restaurants nearby. All we were after was a patio. Cold drinks in the sunshine on a Friday afternoon, hello Summer! We stuffed ourselves with fish and chips and went back to the hotel to meet Dan & Hazel for an afternoon swim. Dan usually works late, but it didn't take much convincing to get him to sneak away from the studio to join the girls for drinks by the pool. 

Hazel hasn't been swimming since last Summer, so it was nice to get her in the water, she clung to me so tight at first but eventually relaxed and loved splashing around. I think she loved just running around the pool more, so we ordered beers, mojitos and kombucha and soaked up the last bit of sunshine before heading back to the room for dinner. 

This was probably one of the first days feeling the warm sunshine in Vancouver, this staycation definitely felt like a kickoff to summer! and now it's finally here :)

How incredible is this view?! We lucked out on a corner north-west facing room, and the VIEW was unbelievable! You could see so much of Stanley Park to the west and all the way to the second narrows bridge in the east. Hazel loved watching the boats, and the people watching was prime. 

This face above is Hazels excitement when she saw the phone in the room. Doesn't take much to impress this one ;)

Our favourite thing to do while staycationing (is that a word?) is order room service. Steak frites all around, because tgif! There's just nothing like a hot plate of food being delivered to your room, especially with a hungry toddler around! Such a treat. 

We made the long trek downstairs for breakfast ;) It was a toss up between the amazing breakfast buffet or something off the menu! They had everything you could think of for breakfast, it was quite the spread! Worked out perfect because I could fill up a plate of fruit for Hazel to hold her off while we ordered our breakfast, their eggs benedict did not disappoint! The H2 restaurant was a great experience, we sat outside in warm morning sun, they have a nice big patio next to a big patch of grass, so once Hazel had her fix she ran around and was making friends while we ate, it was awesome. Always a win when I get to eat my breakfast while it's still hot!


  • Marriott’s Epic Canada Adventure Sweepstakes launches here and here!
  • Contest runs for 4 weeks (There will be FIVE contest Winners from Canada and the USA. They will be determined on July 24)
  • Five winners receive EPIC trips to Canadian Marriot locations.
  • Each winner will receive a trip for two, including hotel, flights and $1,000 spending money and more!
  • Winners have up to one year to redeem their trip!