Early morning visit at Whytecliff Park

With the possibility of rain forecast for later in the morning, we went to Whytecliff Park really, and I mean, really early in the morning where we were the only visitors.

It was amazingly quiet and peaceful. Hardly any boats were on the water, and we could enjoy all the wildlife around us.

We saw the usual birds – crows, white-crowned sparrows, hummingbirds – but also a male adult band-tailed pigeon.
And we spotted harbour porpoises and harbour seals, too. One of the seals was so close to shore and kept looking at us all the time.

Never a dull moment at Whytecliff Park

Indeed, whenever we spent some time at this beautiful park in West Vancouver, we are rewarded with so many experiences nature has to offer.

So today we saw a blue heron (no picture of it though), a bald eagle, the usual crows, seagulls, ‘our’ little white-crowned sparrow in addition to harbour seals, sea lions, and so many harbour porpoises which was more than amazing.

A pair of Canada geese swam by with their little goslings – maybe the same two we saw a few days ago, but this time showing off their offspring.

What a special day!

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.

Our wedding anniversary day at Lost Lagoon

Luckily for us, we had gorgeous weather to go to the Lost Lagoon where we got married five years ago – and we celebrated our wedding anniversary with lots of wildlife there. A bumblebee, a blue heron, Canada geese, ducks, a swan and a raccoon all said hi – and those Canada geese even swam in formation. We had such a great time there!

As we were nearby, we simply had to go to the Aquarium as well. Jack said hi, too, and the penguins were enjoying a swim.

It was such an amazing day for our wedding anniversary, especially as we could finally spend it here in Vancouver!

Our second walking tour through Clapham Woods

As this was another great geocaching tour we already did in spring, we decided to take our boys along to give them the fun of finding lots of geocaches on their way – and there were quite a lot to be found. Our boys especially liked the stiles on which they sat to have lunch. Of course, we re-found all geocaches!

An afternoon at Littlehampton’s beach

Together with our boys and my parents-in-law we walked to the seafront and enjoyed a leisurely walk at the beach. We all had a great time there – and worked up an appetite for doughnuts which were waiting for us back home as a special treat.