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Sea Otter!!

On Sunday we went to the aquarum. We have passed quite a few aquariums on our way but Cat had recommended this one so we forked out the extra money, wow, it was worth it! We wanted to spend as much time as possible, reducing the minute/dollar ratio, so looked up what time they were demonstrating, feeding the animals etc. We arrived just in time for the dolphin show which was fantastic, we were so close you could see the expressions on their faces! We watched it again later in the day from the underwater viewing area which was just as good.

Beluga Whale
As well as the usual aquarium animals, they had 4 beluga whales, small(ish)white whales which look a bit like marshmallows. They had a demonstration which was good, but the best part was the underwater viewing again, where one of the whales came right up to the glass and pressed against it! It was incredible, such a huge animal being so close! However, my favourites had to be the sea otters, they had 3 and they were so funny I could have watched them all day (I almost did!). They are larger than river otters and look abit like harbour seals, and they like floating around on their backs. They came right up to the glass, and started showing off to us which was hilarious, then we saw feeding time. They floated on their backs and held the food with their 'arms', saving any bigger bits on their stomach til they'd finished. In the wild they store a rock under their armpit and when they catch clams they smash the shell with the rock against their stomach! I really wanted one, I also really wanted the toy one wearing a hoodie in the gift shop, but it was not to be.
Transport to the top of the slide!
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The weather on Monday was terrible, so we thought we would go up to Whistler to avoid the rain. We DID avoid the rain, but as a result of the clouds, the visibility was almost nothing and we couldn't see much of the scenery at all. The road up to Whistler was a bit of a mess. There was an almost contant stream of roadworks and workmen literally destroying the side of the mountains to add extra lanes to the road. All the work is to get the area ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics, and Vancouver itself was a bit of a building site in places. Once in Whistler we encountered our last lot of snow (hopefully!). The vilage area was just a few streets of restaurants and shops, tailoring to those rich ski types, although there were some slightly more reasonable places.

The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
I've never been to a ski resort before, so I don't know how typical it was, but it felt a bit strange, a bit like being in center parcs but snowy! We decided to go to the base of Blackcomb, the larger of the two mountains, and try out their tube park. You basically sit in a giant inner tube and get shoved down an icy slope! There were a couple of speeds, and before long we were shooting down the fastest. It was really fun, we got soaked and covered in snow, you couldn't see where you were going because a) it was so fast the snow went in your face b) everything was white around us, so you couldn't get much perspective! We left to get the coach home at about 6.30, and slept the entire way (3 hours!), we were exhausted!


Lynn Canyon Park was our destination for our last day in Vancouver, a beautiful forest with a river through the middle.

Sneaky photo that makes me look all thoughtful...
A suspension bridge crossed the river over the canyon, and further up you could get to the water's edge. We were excited/purtubed by the sign which warned of black bear sightings in the area, and amused by the giant signs detailing (with pictures and specific examples) the various ways in which you could die if you didn't behave in a responsible manner. The walk was gorgeous, the sun was shining and streaming through the trees, we must have taken hundreds of photos! When we got to a small beach type area we stopped and took more, soaking up the sun before heading back.


We're off to Vancouver Island now, on the ferry across to Victoria. It's strange, we did some really cool things in Vancouver, but as a whole, the city wasn't that exciting. Whereas in Seattle for example, we didn't necessarily DO as much, but really liked the atmosphere of the city much more. We did however meet the nicest bus driver (even nicer than the one who gave Lisa the origami swan), who let us off the fare and talked to us the whole way back from the Canyon Park about where we were going etc, and recommending places we should see while we are here!

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Sea Otter!!
Sea Otter!!
Beluga Whale
Beluga Whale
Transport to the top of the slide!
Transport to the top of the slide!
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge
Sneaky photo that makes me look al…
Sneaky photo that makes me look a…
Chilling on the beach
Chilling on the 'beach'
How the other half entertain thems…
How the other half entertain them…
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