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!).
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.