An incredible sunset

After dinner I wanted to return to my desk when I suddenly saw this beautiful sunset, and my imagination went crazy… Do you also see a bear and her cub?

A beautiful sunset in Burnaby - looks like a bear and her cub
A beautiful sunset in Burnaby – looks like a bear and her cub

A fantastic time with the porpoises

After our visit at VanDusen Botanical Garden, we, surprisingly, had some time left to visit the Vancouver Aquarium where we saw the axolotl (it was hiding), the spiny lumpsuckers (they were too fast to even get a picture), and the harbour porpoises (they came to the underwater viewing windows – yay!).

A short visit at VanDusen Botanical Garden

As we needed one more stamp for the minimum requirements of our Tourism Challenge passports, we headed to the VanDusen Botanical Garden to get the final one there – although it was a rather rainy day. However, during the first few minutes we could explore the garden without a single raindrop, and the air smelled amazing after the rainfall.
It was really good to be back, as we have not been there for ages – or so it felt like. We absolutely want to be back soon.

International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise

The harbour porpoise population in the Baltic Sea is critically endangered.
The International Day of the Baltic Harbour Porpoise hopes to raise awareness of this situation.

This year, a cute little cartoon harbour porpoise, Bubbles, was introduced to act as a spokesporpoise for the about 600 remaining Baltic harbour porpoises.

On this special occasion, we had to visit the local harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy at the Vancouver Aquarium, of course, and tell visitors all about them and their relatives in the Baltic Sea.

The harbour porpoises Daisy and Jack at the Vancouver Aquarium
The harbour porpoises Daisy and Jack at the Vancouver Aquarium

A beaver at Lost Lagoon

When we were walking around Lost Lagoon, we saw a lot of wildlife.
There were squirrels, a red-winged blackbird, a towhee, wood ducks and mallards, mute swans, seagulls, blue herons, Canada geese and their goslings – and a beaver. Never before had we seen a beaver at Lost Lagoon, so that was really exciting. At first we only saw a branch in the water, but it was moving on its own; so that could not be happening, right – and then we saw the beaver dragging the branch along. Amazing, eh?

We had a fantastic evening stroll around Lost Lagoon, and we should definitely spend more time there…

At Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden

The sun was still shining after our short visit at the Vancouver Aquarium, and so we spontaneously decided to stay a bit longer at Stanley Park and walk around Lost Lagoon.
On our way there, we walked through Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden which is always nice, but now that it was in full bloom, it was even more impressive.

Jack, Daisy, Walter

After our little tour through downtown Vancouver, we headed to the Vancouver Aquarium to spend another hour there. Of course, we went to see the harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy, and on our way to the exit we saw Walter having a nap.

Amazing canned food sculptures

While trying to get some stamps for the Tourism Challenge, we suddenly saw these fantastic canned food sculptures and had to take a closer look.
The theme for this year’s Canstruction Vancouver is “Around the World”, and there are some fabulous creations among them, eh?

The most amazing thing, however, is that all the full cans that have been used for constructing the sculptures, 65,000 cans in total, will be donated to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.

Penguins, sea lions, porpoises – and an axolotl

After our cultural tour through some of Vancouver’s museums, we still had some time in the afternoon to visit – well, you will most likely have guessed correctly – the Vancouver Aquarium.

First of all, we went to see the axolotl who was not into hiding too much today. Isn’t he a cute little animal?!
We also had a look at the Steller sea lions – or did they observe us?! – and the seven African penguins before heading towards the harbour porpoise habitat.
Jack came down to the underwater viewing area first, and a bit later Daisy joined him, too.

What a great experience to end this amazing day!

Museum of Vancouver, MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum

Today we wanted to visit three Vancouver attractions to get some more stamps for our Tourism Challenge passport – finally! – and as these here were close by, that was what we did.

The things we liked best were: the 50s gallery at the Museum of Vancouver, the ROV to play with, the R.C.M.P. St. Roch, and a model of an igloo at the Vancouver Maritime Museum.