So much to say, so long a post!
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So, theres a lot to tell!
Our first full day in Vancouver we decided to visit Granville island (which isnt actually an island at all, just an outcrop from the mainland). We decide to walk as it didnt look that far on the map, we didnt realise until too late that it would involve walking over the overpass which went right over the market and a good way onto the other side with no way of getting off.
The next day we went to Vancouver aquarium which had been recommended to us by one of Rachel's friends. It is housed within Stanley Park, a huge sprawling park which is set over 404 hectares of land! We arrived shortly before 11am and had to queue to get in, we really need to learn not to visit places like this on a weekend! The first thing we did was visit the outdoor areas which houses the marine mammals.
We then headed to the dolphin tank as there was going to be a display. We managed to bag ourselves a decent viewing spot on the walkway and after a short wait out came four staff members, three of whom turned out to be trainers and one was our commentator. The commentator introduced us to the trainers and all of the dolphins, which there was four of. They were all white sided pacific dolphins, most of which were in captivity after being rescued. Two had been horrifically injured in fishing nets, with one having significately smaller flippers than normal because they had been so damaged.
We were so enthralled by the dolphins we went back and caught a later show too, this time going down to the under water viewing area to watch these graceful and beautiful animals from another perspective. There was also a beluga whale show, which was fantastic to watch too.
We spent a whole day at the aquarium, and it didnt feel long enough. There is so much to see, so much to learn that if I lived in Vancouver I would surely go every week! You can even pay to help out the staff, for $35 you could spend the day feeding the otters, how cool would that be! I bough a patch from the gift store to remember my visit.
On Monday we got up early and made our way down to the bus station for 8.
We had a wander round the village and seeing as doing any boarding was out of our price range decided to go tubing. Tubing is basically sitting on an inflated ring which then shoots down the hillside at very fast speeds while you cling to it and get drenched with the snow it kicks up into your face.
Our last day in Vancouver was spent at Lynn Canyon, a huge state park in North Vancouver. We had to spend about 40 mins on two buses, with a 20 minute wait between (just like london buses!) to get there but it was well worth it. We walked down into the park and the first sign we spotted was one warning us that black bears had been sighted recently and advised us on the best ways not to get eaten! It was very exciting. We then walked down to the suspension bridge, its smaller than the main on the other side of the Canyon but hey it was free and was described as scarier in the guide book!
We spent several hours wandering through the park but sadly no bear (or bigfoot) sightings.