Swinging Bridge and Stanley Park

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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
NOTE:  Today is a Canadian Holiday, in this province, it is BC Day.  It has no signifigance, only a "workers' holiday".  Unless, of course, your job is in tourism.
We started out today driving to Vancouver travel guide">North Vancouver to the Lynn Canyon Park.  Once again, it seemed the entire city of North Vancouver were there with us, as we travelled in traffic and then looked for a place to park the car!  However, once out of the car, we were in a forest of Western Red Cedar and Western Canadian Hemlock towering many, many meters over our heads.  Huge ferns grew wild at the feet of the large, old trees and moss grew everywhere.
Jumping into the 30 Foot Pool
  Hiking down a short path, we came face-to-face with the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge, a narrow footbridge crossing a very deep canyon.  We set out to cross the bridge, in line with many people and passing alongside many more heading the opposite direction.  After crossing, we took one of the paths toward the 30 Foot Pool.  We were now hiking through a fantastic forest of old trees, both those standing and the trunks of those fallen covered in moss, as well as tons of large ferns and huge boulders.  We travelled along Lynn Creek and heard the sound water rushing over and around large rocks as it raced westward toward the ocean.  We soon came to an opening in the trees and found many people (and dogs, see the Whistler entry) lounging on rocks out in the open sun nearby an open pool.
Beluga whale up out of the water!
  At the head of the pool, water rushed over a waterfall through a narrow strait into a deep, equally narrow gourge.  Brave young souls were climbing up the large boulders to jump into the narrow, but deep pool of super-cold water.  Signs were everywhere discouraging swimming and jumping, but no one seemed to care that others had died doing this very thing as they swam and plunged into the icy water!  Even dogs were swimming, encouraged by their owners to fetch balls tossed into the frigid water!  A hike back to the swinging bridge and over to the car ended the morning with such happy thoughts!
Lunch was at a nice little neighborhood pub, The Black Bear, followed by another traffic-congested drive to Vancouver's Stanley Park.
Stanley Park is on the northern tip of the peninsula going into Vancouver and is one of the largest urban parks in North America.
Vancouver Harbor from Stanley Park
  The park is bisected by Highway 99 heading into Vancouver, on either side of the road is a deep forest, similar to the one we just left in Lynn Canyon.  Around the perimeter of the park, and running along the shore line is another drive that takes the visitor to historical points, beaches, a lighthouse, or the Royal BC Yacht Club (!).  Our first stop was the Vancouver Aquarium (once again, it seemed the entire population of British Columbia was there first).  We saw many aquariums filled with fish from the Amazon as well as an entire segment dedicated to those found in the area offshore from Vancouver.  Outside we large tanks housing dolphin, harbor seal, and beluga whale.
Lighthouse on Stanley Park
  The aquarium is probably a good place to visit any time other than a holiday; it seemed we stood behind and next to more people than there were fish to see.
Leaving the aquarium, we continued along the perimeter road until we came up the Sequoia Grill in a former teahouse overlooking the Strait of Georgia.  A delightful dinner followed on the patio as the sun slowly dipped down.  What a nice place!  We finished by driving the remainder of the park, then followed Marine Drive around the city of Vancouver itself, stopping at a beach to watch the sun set as Susan dipped her toes into the chilly water and the black-grey sand.  Back at the hotel, we settled in for a good night's sleep!
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Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Jumping into the 30 Foot Pool
Jumping into the 30 Foot Pool
Beluga whale up out of the water!
Beluga whale up out of the water!
Vancouver Harbor from Stanley Park
Vancouver Harbor from Stanley Park
Lighthouse on Stanley Park
Lighthouse on Stanley Park
Sunset from Vancouver looking towa…
Sunset from Vancouver looking tow…
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