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Northwards view from tower

The guesthouse we found on the net in downtown Vancouver is an old building lovingly and expertly restored by a couple of travellers that decided to stop for a while.  When they found it the building was due for demolition and was the third oldest building surviving in Vancouver.  While Andrew goes out to a Seven Eleven to get some milk for breakfast a cat calls me softly from outside my door.  She is a pretty grey tabby and wafts in to inspect my room.  Soon a second one is peering through the doorway and I invite it in too.  We have cuddles as I am missing our cat and dog and then I send them back.  This guesthouse has a web address and the pictures will be able to show you better the amazing restoration that has been done on it.

Totem poles in Stanley Park
  It is www.urban-hideaway.com.

In the morning we breakfast then walk to explore this town.  Our usual thing is if there is a tall viewing experience we go there and get our bearings and usually learn lots about the history of the place.  It is the Vancouver lookout and on a clear sparkling day ( the locals keep telling us we are lucky as it has just been raining where ever we go!) do the 360 degrees thing.  The snow capped mountains are mostly to the north but there are more to the east further away.  In the north we see the twin lions ( two snow capped peaks).  I watch seaplanes land and take off.  A massive bridge and a sound that stretches on and on towards the mountains.  I think I like this city even more than Seattle and wonder if our dog would mind a fairly major move?

We walk on to Gas Town, see the steam clock and on this crisp morning the steam billows out.

Beluga Whales at the Aquarium in Stanley Park. Just awesome
  Notice a place called Storyeum and decide to try a 65 minute show that again takes place underground.  Find it to be an innovative way to employ actors and singers to present a history of Brittish Columbia in a fun and entertaining way.  A huge circular lift capable of comfortably holding 200 people begins our journey down and a story begins on film on the walls around us.  We are taken out of the lift to a tableau setting which has a campfire in a huge building of a First Nations tribal home and the story begins.  We are moved on to about 6 different settings as each page of history is turned for us.  Cost around $CA22 well worth it.

14th February and we have decided on a day trip to Whistler by Greyhound.

Our favourites, the sea otters. Remind us of Tia!
  Return ticket $CA37.  Catch the express bus and the 2 1/2 hour trip up a road that is undergoing serious upgrading gives us more breathtaking views of the sound, frozen lakes, waterside villages and the mountains.  We have a mission at Whistler to look up some people my son had known during the year he worked there.  We follow them up stopping for coffee at the gracious Fairmont Hotel where Jamie had worked from and in.  Take the gondola to Perisher's Round Station sharing it with a Newcastle, Australia couple.  Their young son has lived in Canada for 2 years playing ice hockey and he will shortly go off to play a few matches with the Australian team.  It is minus 13 degrees celcius at the station on Whistler and we enjoy the views, watch the skiers and boarder and have some lunch.
Whistler BC Canada
  Seems most of Australia are here already.

Home by Greyhound and we learn that a Canadian born Australian has won gold in the Freestyle event in the Turin winter Olympics.  Next day the newspaper headlines declare "Canadian wins gold for Australia" !

15th February.  Decide on a restful day and taking the advice of our guesthouse hosts Janine & Ken, we catch a trolley bus to the University of Vancouver to visit the Museum of Anthropology.  There is a large chunk of this place dedicated to the First Nations of the west coast of Canada.  Totem poles, carvings, canoes and we spend a gentle few hours with two bus loads of primary school aged students who scurry around and complete drawings of the exhibits in front of them.  Outside in the grounds of the University we see our first squirrels on our travels and my first ever that are black.  They are so pretty and we see at least two pairs.

 

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Northwards view from tower
Northwards view from tower
Totem poles in Stanley Park
Totem poles in Stanley Park
Beluga Whales at the Aquarium in S…
Beluga Whales at the Aquarium in …
Our favourites, the sea otters.  R…
Our favourites, the sea otters. …
Whistler BC Canada
Whistler BC Canada
At the top of the gondola ride
At the top of the gondola ride
Andrew and ski mobile
Andrew and ski mobile
The skiers are thronging or someth…
The skiers are thronging or somet…
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