This is Vancouver 

I just love this city. It’s clean, easy to get around, and the weather has been glorious. Because this is a coastal town surrounded by mountains it actually rains a lot here, but I’ve only had one rainy day, so I guess I’ve just been lucky.

There is so much to see and do. The first day I was here I went for a ride on the Hop On Hop Off bus to see a few sights and help learn my way around the city.  On that day I stopped at Canada Place and watched the float planes for a while, stopped at Granville Island for a walk through the markets and had some lunch, then went for a stroll around Stanley Park.

Float Planes at Canada Place Pier

 

While in Vancouver I took a 3 night/4 day tour to the Rocky Mountains which were just beautiful. See previous post about this. http://wp.me/p8tkNS-3H and Instagram video https://instagram.com/p/BTu2tqVFLio41JwG10BXxHX7WsVGfjX9ykjkx40/

During the Rockies trip I did see some bears, but only from a distance (you don’t really want to get to close to a bear in the wild!). So when I got back to Vancouver I took a Gondola ride up to a Grouse Mountain. Besides seeing the views of Vancouver, their are also two orphaned Grizzly bears (Grinder & Cooler) that live on Grouse Mountain. So I was able to see a Grizzly Bear close up. I always new Grizzly bears were big, but I was still quite surprised at their size.


I also made a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge, which was a bit wobbly to walk across, but also had a lovely rain forrest nature walk. https://instagram.com/p/BTwwuIol3ickgcgXOhF_dDi3Ym0gH-VcZE1R5M0/

Capilano Suspension Bridge

When visiting Vancouver it is also worthwhile taking a day trip on the ferry to Victoria and Butchart Gardens on  Vancouver Island. While in Victoria I caught this cute little water taxi to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch and watched the seals play.

Water taxi, Victoria, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens

Finally, this is a place I would like to come back to one day.

Four days in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

Friday 28 April to Monday 1 May 2017
While visiting Vancouver I couldn’t miss the opportunity to visit the Canadian Rocky Mountains. I was originally going to include the Rockies tour in my post about Vancouver, but the scenery was amazing and because I took so many photo’s I have decided to do a separate post. 

One of the most well known ways to visit the Canadian Rocky Mountains is via the Rocky Mountaineer Train which can be quite expensive. I chose to do a 3 night/4 day bus tour with Discover Canada tours which was about 1/5th the cost of the train tour. The tour was good value for money and I believe I may have visited more places and seen more than I would have if I’d taken the train tour.

The scenery of the surrounding mountains from the bus window was just beautiful and we made lots of stops at various places to take photo’s and admire the views in more detail. I’ve included quite a few photo’s in this post but I don’t think the photo’s do the Rocky Mountain’s justice, it’s just one of those places you have to visit to fully apprieciate..

Snow !!!



At Lake Louise

You would think the roof would collapse with all that snow on top.

Lake Louise was still frozen. Going for a walk on a frozen lake was a new experience.

View from the top of Sulfur Mountain, Banff

 

               


  

Athebasca Glacier

Standing on Athebasca Glacier

    

The Snow Coach

We also saw quite a bit of wildlife from the bus including mountain goats, deer, elk, a mountain lion, one grizzly bear and a number of brown bears. Although it was difficult to get good photo’s of the wildlife through the bus window. Can you spot the bear?

   

Can you spot the bear?