Various animals at Whytecliff Park

We spent some very relaxing hours at Whytecliff Park today – and we saw so many animals!

There was this little jewel beetle that landed on Marcus’s pants.
Then we saw all the busy bees and bumblebees, watched cormorants, crows, spotted towhees, white-crowned sparrows, crows, a blue heron, bald eagles, harbour seals…
We never had a dull moment.

Nature also showed us some gorgeous clouds, strong waves, and a beautiful sunset.

Another Whytecliff Park visit

What a great way to start the week – spending some time at Whytecliff Park!

Today we saw a lot of wildlife there – various kinds of birds and marine mammals.
There never was a dull moment, but there never is.

(to be continued…)

Wildlife at Whytecliff Park

We had another lovely afternoon and evening at Whytecliff Park where we are always amazed at how much wildlife there is to see – small and large birds from hummingbirds, sparrows, herons to bald eagles, as well as small and larger marine animals from harbour seals, harbour porpoises to sea lions.

Three dolphins and one porpoise

In the late afternoon we went to Whytecliff Park, our new favourite location to spot harbour porpoises. We invited some friends to come along in the hope to show them some harbour porpoises in the wild.

After some waiting we finally spotted some dorsal fins – but these looked different.
And yes, we saw three Pacific white-sided dolphins swimming by and foraging.
This was the first time we had seen dolphins in that area. Wow!

As a special treat, a single harbour porpoise came swimming along some time later as well which was pretty amazing.

We all had a fantastic time and will come back to spot more porpoises – hopefully.

Capilano – here we come

Together with my in-laws we went to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park where we were greeted with a beautiful pumpkin display.

We then headed over to Kia’palano with its amazing totem poles.

Well, then it was time to walk across the long suspension bridge – and the view from the bridge was so worth it!

And don’t forget the Cliffwalk and the Treetop Adventure which were amazing.

On our little breaks admiring the beautiful rain forest (have I mentioned how much I love the moss covered tress?), we saw a few Douglas squirrels scouting for food and nibbling on some fruit.
Well, there was this one little squirrel nibbling on one of the French fries – not a very healthy choice though.

All in all, we had a really lovely afternoon!

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!

 

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…

Canada Place, Vancouver Lookout, Stanley Park

Together with our boys we visited Canada Place to experience FlyOver Canada – and what an experience it was! FlyOver China was pretty amazing, but FlyOver Canada was breathtakingly beautiful. The flying part definitely felt real.

From there we went to the Vancouver Lookout to have an amazing view of Greater Vancouver.

After that we strolled along Vancouver’s waterfront until we came to Stanley Park where we saw a blue heron wading in the water, and later a squirrel nibbling on something to eat.

We were quite hungry, too, although we had a nice snack and a cool drink in between, so we made our way home to get something delicious for dinner.

Waiting for the sun to set

After having said goodbye to my in-laws, Marcus and I headed towards Stanley Park’s seawall to take some pictures of Lions Gate Bridge in the setting sun.

While waiting for that to happen, we observed several seagulls and a even duck. A bit later a blue heron came by, too, sat on the seawall, and kept us company.

As is became colder and colder, we just kept walking along the seawall, and took some pictures of the girl in a wetsuit statue – with and without the additional seagull on top of it -, and the empress of japan figurehead while watching the sun set. The houses in North Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge had some stunning reflections of the setting sun.

We even waited until it became a bit darker to have an early night picture of Lions Gate Bridge.
I love the bridge day and night, and I try to drive across it whenever possible. It looks especially lovely with its LED lights on.

Anyway, after having spent quite a while at Stanley Park’s seawall, we headed home – via Lions Gate Bridge! – to have a nice hot cup of tea.

… and at the Lost Lagoon

After having spent a fantastic day at the Vancouver Aquarium, our destination was, of course, the Lost Lagoon, where we got married six years ago.

We enjoyed some quiet moments there, watching a blue heron, some ducks and a swan swimming on the lagoon. What a great place to end this special day!