ARRIVED BY: Train DEPARTED BY: Boat ACCOMMODATION: HI 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. On my first day in Vancouver 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.
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/
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.
Finally, this is a place I would like to come back to one day.