A sea otter, dolphins and sea lions

We spent Halloween at the Vancouver Aquarium where we saw some amazing animals:
Elfin, the sea otter was having a nap; Helen and Hana, the Pacific white-sided dolphins were showing some of their behaviours, and the Steller sea lions were quite vocal.

Qila, Hana and Helen

Today we spent some time observing the belugas and dolphins before heading off towards the porpoises…

Fourth, Lost Lagoon

As the evening was so pleasant, and it was still quite warm, we also walked to Lost Lagoon to enjoy some quiet and to watch the sun set there.

A swan came swimming towards us but as we had nothing interesting for it (feeding the wild animals is not good for them), it swam away after a while.

But the most exciting experience was still to happen…
When we were on our way back to our parking spot near the Aquarium, we suddenly saw a river otter emerge from the lake, explore the lakeside, and go back into the water again. We waited for a while, and indeed, just some minutes later, two river otters were coming out of Lost Lagoon again.
That was so fascinating, especially, as we had not seen those animals in the wild before.

Anyway, we sat on one of the benches and watched the beautiful natural spectacle of the setting sun over Lost Lagoon before finally going home again.

What a fantastic and eventful day!

Third, Stanley Park

After having said goodbye to my in-laws, Marcus and I went down to Stanley Park’s seawall to enjoy fantastic views in the remaining sunlight on this beautiful day.

The Canada geese were busy picking in the grass whereas the seagulls were having a blast flying above the water and landing on it again while being very noisy.

We could also admire the amazingly coloured autumn leaves that have such luscious colours – even if there is no direct sunlight.

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Second, the Vancouver Aquarium

As we only had about half an hour left, we went straight to our favourite harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy who immediately came to the underwater viewing windows to say hi.
Later on, Jack even brought a leaf down to us.
These two are so adorable!

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First, Lynn Canyon Park

Today we took Marcus’s parents to Lynn Canyon Park, a popular destination among locals and tourists. The 101 year old park (it opened in 1912) offers great hiking opportunities along its several trails where you can see a lot of 80 to 100 year old trees.

First of, all we crossed the suspension bridge which is about 50 metres above Lynn Creek and offers fantastic views of the creek and its surrounding nature.
From there we turned left to have a leisurely walk to the 30 foot pool. In summer there will always be people swimming in the water but this time, only a dog had some fun in the cold water. To enjoy the natural beauty there, we sat on the bench overlooking the pool and had a light lunch before making our way back towards the suspension bridge.

Once there, we did not cross the bridge but went straight on towards the Twin Falls bridge to admire the view of the waterfall.
The way back up to the parking lot was quite steep – about 200 steps… Surprisingly enough, it was much easier than in summer.

As it was only early afternoon, we decided to pay the Vancouver Aquarium a visit…

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A leisurely walk around Sasamat Lake

The weather was really nice today – warm and sunny, so that we picked up Marcus’s parents to show them Sasamat Lake. It is an easy walk around the lake, and we took our time doing so, admiring the different views in between.

Except for the beauty of nature, the wildlife and quiet there, I cannot resist any floatwalk or boardwalk – and yes, Sasamat Lake has a few of those, too. Lucky me!

After our little hike, we sat at one of the many picnic tables – in the sun – and had a wonderful late lunch before heading back to Vancouver / Burnaby.

Time with the harbour porpoises

Although all the animals at the Vancouver Aquarium are fascinating, we love to spend a lot of time with our favourite two harbour porpoises, Jack and Daisy.

Today, Jack was still inspecting – well, biting into – the hydrophone, but he came to the underwater viewing windows a lot, too. He even picked up one of the leaves swimming on the surface and brought it down to us. So cute!

Daisy was quite social, too, and always came to the underwater viewing area to check out our cameras and phones.

We had a fantastic day, and although we had already spent a lot of hours at the Aquarium, we could have stayed longer…

Great photo opportunities

When we went to Penguin Point, we saw Sechelt and Nelson inspecting one of the autumn leaves. Later on all seven African penguins stood closely together for the perfect photo opportunity. A great bunch, eh?

Once inside the building, we saw the zebra shark lying on the ground for the first time. She is usually swimming around quite fast, so I took this chance to get a closer picture of her.

The garden eels were rather cooperative today, too, as they hardly ever stay still.

And we were lucky to see so many seahorses in action. Some of them came so close to the window that we managed to get some decent shots of them.

Even the dwarf cuttlefish were clearly visible today. Those masters of disguise are usually hard to detect, but it must have been our lucky day to spot those cute ones today.

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Play time for Jack and Daisy, nap time for Elfin and the harbour seals

While watching Jack and Daisy from the underwater viewing area, we noticed some divers getting into the habitat, too, who then were playing with the harbour porpoises. Both Jack and Daisy seemed to be very curious and continuously swam to the divers to interact with them.

Contrary to the active harbour porpoises, Elfin and the harbour seals were having a little nap. Although they were giving their visitors a short glance, they went back to their little siestas almost immediately. Cute, eh?

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