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Solo Female Travel to Vancouver, BC | My Experience

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Solo Female Travel to Vancouver, BC | My Experience

Talking about solo female travel to Vancouver is my favourite thing. I’ve done it twice and think I’ll do many more solo trips to the beautiful city. So for women considering their own solo trip there? I’ve only three words:

GO FOR IT!

 


Cheakamus Lake Trail
Cheakamus Lake

Where I Stayed 

FIRST SOLO VANCOUVER TRIP: I stay in an Airbnb in Marpole; conveniently five minutes from YVR. Location feels immensely safe. I arrive a little past midnight from the airport, due to hassle with my car rental. I find street parking and walk to the three storey apartment Airbnb just fine.

SECOND SOLO VANCOUVER TRIP: I stay in an Airbnb in Lonsdale, North Vancouver. Going out during midnight to grab food or fill up gas feels very safe.

Early morning, before sunrise, I go to Prospect Point and hike to the Siwash Rock lookout with my expensive camera gear. I’m still safe although, my heart thuds a little when I hike to Siwash Rock. I drive through Stanley Park past midnight and stop at the seawall to take photos of Lions Gate Bridge lit up. I have the normal anxiety a solo female traveller feels when they’re out alone at night, But Vancouver is generally a safe city. Jut stay out of drug prone areas such as Hastings.

 


What I love about Vancouver is that people are active—they bike or run early morning or late night so it’s rare to be entirely alone. I’m not here to encourage you to go out during the off hours of the day—all I’m saying is that Vancouver is safe. There is no need for solo female travel to Vancouver to be worrisome.

Brandywine Falls
Brandywine Falls trail

Places I Visited Solo  

A lot of places within Vancouver. To name a few, Grouse Mountain, Gastown, Shannon Falls, Lynn Canyon, Capilano, Deep Cove and Lighthouse Park.

If you have a car rental, Vancouver isn’t the only place to travel solo. I go to Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and Maple Ridge. I do a ton of hikes in these cities all alone. There’s something about being alone in the neck of the woods that doesn’t scare me—that myth about a man hiding in the woods ready to kidnap and dismember your body? Yeah that’s just a myth. If anything, you’re more likely to get kidnapped outside of the woods and then be taken there to be buried or hidden. I also watch too many serial killer documentaries.

The 2.5 hour drive up to Joffre Provincial Park in Pemberton is amazing (don’t bother going there in October or after, since it’s too icy to hike). I hike in Golden Ears Provincial Park and do the questionable hike down to the base of Brandywine Falls. I went anywhere I wanted, when I wanted and never questioned if it was safe to do so because I felt safe. There was too much to see and do and I was having a blast. Yes, being solo in British Columbia and having the forest and all its nature sounds to yourself is quite amazing and therapeutic. 

There’s a concept you can use where you wake up early and sleep early, to avoid the tourist crowds and going out at night. But I’ve become lax. I now go out and return to my Airbnb whenever I want.

 


Where I Ate Solo

I ate alone in a restaurant once and that was in Taiwan. I’m still too self-conscious to do it. I can eat alone in a food court or a fast food chain or a cafe. However, I mostly buy groceries from Safeway or Whole Foods (a budget-friendly option) or order take out from restaurants I want to try and eat in my Airbnb or in my car.

Solo Female Travel Tips to Stay Safe

  1. Rent a car—I’m not big on public transportation and I need a car to get to cities outside of Vancouver. A car is safe. I’m not keen on going out at night while using the public bus.
  1. Have a data plan—I have an unlimited data plan, which is the best thing ever. I always know where I’m going, and I can always keep in touch with people through social media.
  1. Walk with confidence—I can’t stress this enough, but if you’re a solo woman in an unfamiliar place where you know no one, you need to walk like you run shit. Like you know where you’re going and you’re determined to get there. No head down, no timid-ness, make eye contact, a friendly smile, but maintain uninviting, stone-cold eyes. Take this into account while hiking.
  1. Carry something that can be used as weapon (optional)—I doubt you’ll use this and you don’t have to carry an actual weapon, like a pocket knife or pepper spray, but something innocent that can be used as one. For me, it was my compact, solid aluminum tripod, that I had to carry in my hand while hiking because putting it in my backpack made my back ache. But in all honesty, if you feel you need to carry a weapon, then solo travel may not be for you.

  1. Trust your gut! If if your intuition tells you something is off or doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t.

So what are you waiting for? Book your flight to Vancouver now and experience the wilderness, the laidback people, the mountains, the seashore in all your solo glory.

If you have any questions about solo female travel to Vancouver, feel free to reach out 🙂

Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park
3 Comments
  • Charlotte
    Posted at 16:03h, 30 November Reply

    This post is really useful for me as I mostly travel solo. It can be hard to know if an area is safe as a lone female but you have put my mind at rest to whether it is safe. I have been keen to visit Vancouver for a long time as I love the outdoors and hiking. I am glad you had a lovely time.

    • Samah Khan
      Posted at 00:09h, 01 December Reply

      I’m glad this post helped! I hope you get to visit soon, it’s a beautiful place.

  • Jackie
    Posted at 23:31h, 01 December Reply

    I had never really thought about visiting Vancouver until I read this post but seeing as I am looking for places to go on my first solo trip, I feel that this would be a great place for me. I have never been to Canada so Vancouver could be the starting point of my adventure across Canada. I really hope that it is a beautiful in spring as you have described it is in Fall.

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