2nd Day, 3rd Day and 4th Day
12.09.2015 - 14.09.2015 18 °C
Today we headed off to Grouse Mountain. We had organised to meet up with Katannya, a lady who was the sister of the B&B owner, Linda. Katannya lived in Vancouver and had offered to show us around. We had a lovely day thanks to the weather being on its best behaviour, giving us excellent views of the city of Vancouver and beyond. A bus ride from Canada Place and a gondola up to the mountain and we were set.
A lot of our time was spent watching 2 grizzly bears called Grinders and Coola. These two bears were orphaned early in life and now have their own enclosure set up as if it was their natural environment. They are well looked after and have become quite the tourist attraction, not minding the attention at all. In fact at times they looked like were very keen to put on a bit of a performance for the crowd, quite like our Hervey Bay humpback whales.
We also watched a lumberjack performance which was a little lame except for the skills and a portion the jokes.
After, we took the ski lift up to the peak of the mountain and sat there for a while admiring the astoundingly gorgeous views or the city of Vancouver. We missed the last free shuttle back to Canada Place, so we caught 2 public buses to the Lonsdale Quay and a sea bus to Canada Place, from where we walked for 10 minutes and Katannya drove us home.
Today we walked from our unit to the beach and then continued on all the way around Stanley Park. That walk wasn’t as beautiful as last time as the trees were mostly green and yellow instead of startling oranges and vibrant reds. However, the views were still gorgeous nonetheless.
After making our way through the stunning landscape, we decided to continue on to Canada Place, of course though, not until we ate some popcorn to tide us over until dinner. Once we reached Canada Place, mum of course headed to the washroom before we purchased our Fly Over Canada tickets (more about that tomorrow).
We then headed towards this pasta restaurant that smelled really decadent when we walked by on the first night, and was super cheap if you created your own pasta dish. However, we realised why it was so cheap. Bland. Tasteless. Like some of Giaan’s cooking. Then, a stroll up to the supermarket and then home and that was our night over. At least a 13km walk for one day was good enough for us.
Today was our last full day. On the agenda was going to Flying Over Canada, walking through Chinatown, meeting up with Katannya again for thrift shopping and lunch. Fly Over Canada was a stunning virtual flight simulator that took us soaring over famous Canadian sights. The organisation of that took about half an hour but the actual ‘ride’ was approximately 10 minutes long. But honestly, we could have watched that gorgeous scenery ALL DAY LONG.
We walked through Gastown to reach Chinatown and went into a few touristy stores before heading to the crossroad where we met Katannya. Katannya took us to a thrift (op) shop before we headed for lunch. The restaurant that we ate at was called The Dime and EVERYTHING on the food menu was $4.95. After a shared lunch and an eggplant veggie burger for G,
Katannya took us for a walk on Commercial Drive, which apparently is pretty famous.
Katannya managed a quick drive to show us her apartment that had an amazing view of the sunset in the afternoon. We chatted for a while and met her roommate before she dropped us back at our own apartment.
-G and Les