Celebration of Light – USA

Although we did not attend the event in Vancouver itself, we had a really good view from our apartment some kilometres away.
Some of the fireworks looked like beautiful flowers somehow.

A fantastic day at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

A rather cloudy day was forecast today – no beach weather really – and so we headed towards North Vancouver to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Of course, we wanted to experience everything there: the Capilano Bridge itself and the Treetops Adventure (which we already knew from previous visits) and the Cliffwalk (which was new for us). And that was exactly what we did – well, not in that order, as we had to start with the Cliffwalk which was pretty amazing!

But we also enjoyed the suspension bridge itself, the Treetops Adventure and the Nature’s Edge boardwalk – I love boardwalks!
As a special bonus, we saw a blue heron standing at one of the little lakes. So beautiful!

We definitely had a magnificent day!

 

Another lovely afternoon at Barnet Marine Park

As Barnet Marine Park is only a few minutes’ drive away from our home, we quite spontaneously decided to go there once again as it is indeed a lovely spot.

We found a nice picnic table near the beach area so that our boys could enjoy a swim in Burrard Inlet which they did!

Later we explored the park a bit and found the remains of the once very prosperous lumber mill: a scrap burner at the shoreline – and a concrete structure of the mill near the picnic area.

We also observed some seagulls, especially a pair that was doing everything together, and watched some Canada geese that were quite curious and came close to our picnic table. They did not get anything from us but we got the opportunity to get some close shots of them.

Once again, we had a great time together.

We went to Alouette Lake

Well, we thought that staying at a lake would be a much better idea than staying in our apartment, especially in this hot weather – and so we set off to Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park.

Once we were there, we found a nice picnic table in the shade with a fabulous view of the lake on one side – and trees on the other. I especially love those moss-covered trees.

Together with our boys, we explored the lake a bit, went swimming in the lake, and saw the Alouette Dam.
We also saw some wildlife: several Canada geese, five Steller’s jays and three chipmunks. Yay!

This day at Alouette Lake was a great one!

We had a great time at the Vancouver Aquarium

During our visit at the Vancouver Aquarium we saw lots and lots of animals, among them turtles, piranhas, frogs, axolotls, sloths, butterflies – and of course, the harbour porpoises.

We definitely had a fantastic time – and will be back soon, probably very soon…

A great time at Barnet Marine Park

On our way home from Sasamat Lake, we quite spontaneously stopped at Barnet Marine Park where we found some benches in the shade from where we enjoyed the view.
Our boys, of course, went into the water again (which was pretty cold – so they said).

Once again, some Canada geese swam by, while others came up to the beach.

A leisurely day at Sasamat Lake

Today we spent a fantastic day at Sasamat Lake, sitting on the beach, swimming in the lake, reading, playing, talking – having lots of fun.

We also saw some Canada geese swimming on the lake and walking along the beach.

So much to see at the Vancouver Aquarium

Today was the first time for our boys to see the expansion of the Vancouver Aquarium, and we had so much fun exploring all the new and already well-known areas.

Among others, we went to the Amazon where we saw a two-toed sloth (quite up close), the two hyacinth macaws, and some scarlet ibises. We also visited the Frogs Forever? gallery and spotted all three axolotls.

And of course, we spent some time with the harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy before heading home where our boys had a great time swimming in the pool.

What a fantastic day!