Vancouver Aquarium – here we come

Finally we found some time to hop onto the SkyTrain and go to Vancouver where we wanted to visit our favourite animals at the Vancouver Aquarium again.

On the way there along the waterfront we had a short stop at Cardero Park where we admired those huge tulips and all the other beautiful flowers.

Inside the Aquarium we first of all headed to Jack and Daisy but we only found their empty habitat which had to be cleaned. Fortunately, we could still have a look at them as they were swimming in the smaller dolphin habitat (without the dolphins, of course!).
Hana and Helen were quite active, and we were observing them in the underwater exhibit and later during one of their great shows where they showed us a lot of their activities.
By the way, near the dolphin habitat there is this huge native art salmon which looks pretty good.
Of course, we did not forget to visit the penguins with Hope, our favourite one, and went on to see Tanu and Katmai who were rafting together. That was so cute!

On our way home we went through Stanley Park (where we found another geocache – yay!) and then simply had to take the detour to the Lost Lagoon from where we went to see Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden (named after them as they donated so many plants to Stanley Park). And this is such a beautiful place, especially now that the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

At the Coal Harbour Community Centre we saw those huge tulips (most of them still in the sun) – and I had to take some pictures with them, the marina and Vancouver’s waterfront.

Once again, we had a most beautiful and sunny day at Vancouver, and we will be back soon.

At the Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park

Today we chose the scenic route and were walking from Burrard SkyTrain Station to the Vancouver Aquarium – and that’s quite a long way. However, lots of spring plants and flowering trees on our way totally made up for this.

We also walked along the seawall where we had a great view of Coal Harbour before we finally arrived at the Aquarium. There we caught a glimpse at Elfin, saw a seagull trying to blend in with Aurora and Qila and watched Hana and Helen jumping out of the water during one of those very educational shows.

While strolling through Stanley Park we observed some squirrels chasing each other, especially a black squirrel and a grey one seemed to be playing together.

On our way home we passed Firehall N° 6, a historical firehall in service since 1907. And on one of its sides, there was this little inukshuk – and I absolutely love those little stone landmarks.

Well, and to get into the Easter spirit, there was this rather cute Easter chick disguised as the Easter bunny.

Anyway, we had a great day and even greater weather – and will return to Vancouver pretty soon.

We had a fantastic day at the Vancouver Aquarium

Although it was a Tuesday, we saw ourselves leaving our apartment, well, not voluntarily really, but we had to go as there was a planned power shut off in the whole building. And where do we usually go when we have a day to spend somewhere, especially one that promised rain? Yes, of course, we went to the Vancouver Aquarium!

When we arrived at Stanley Park, it still was a bit too early for the Aquarium to be open. Therefore we did some geocaching near the Aquarium and walked around it to keep us warm.  While doing so, we found the polar bear habitat of the former Stanley Park Zoo. Until yesterday I didn’t even know that Vancouver had a zoo – and I had to look it up. Anyway, fortunately for us, the rain held back until we actually went into the Aquarium.

This time we had a much closer look at the frog exhibit and found some amazing species there. Have you ever heard of an axolotl? They look so cute – and doesn’t the darker one look like Toothless from ‘How to Train your Dragon’? We also saw some seahorses and a little shark already moving within its egg case – that was really exciting! When we went to see Hana and Helen from the underwater perspective, Hana came by twice and talked to us – so it seemed – as we heard noises from her. I have never heard her vocalising something except when her trainers ask her to do so – so that was really unbelievable!

Somehow it was the day of wonders. When we went to see Jack and Daisy, Jack wasn’t really interested in coming down to the visitors, something that he does regularly, but Daisy was very active – for the first time, at least for us – and came down to us to pose in front of our cameras. She really liked Marcus’s big camera and always wanted to have her picture taken – so she presented herself in different poses. That was so cute! I alone took nearly 200 pictures of her. As you can imagine, we spent hours there…

That was such an amazing day at the Vancouver Aquarium – and we didn’t even mind the rain when we walked back to our car to get home again.

Vancouver Aquarium and VanDusen Botanical Garden

Our all-time favourites – the Vancouver Aquarium and the VanDusen Botanical Garden – just needed to get a visit from us.

We first headed to the Vancouver Aquarium to have a look at how all the animals were doing there. Jack wasn’t in a playful mood but Helen and Hana were very much so. The penguins all stood close together, Tanu had lunch and Schoona was tired and had a little nap.

After that we explored the VanDusen Botanical Garden in the sunshine! Unfortunately, we were a bit late to really enjoy the beauty of the Indian summer, but there still were some coloured leaves here and there. And those beautyberries, aren’t they – just as the name says – simply beautiful?

 

Vancouver Aquarium, Lost Lagoon and sunset in Burnaby

What a day! We had an amazing morning at the Vancouver Aquarium where we had a look at all the animals living there. There was feeding time for the harbour porpoises Jack and Daisy, the belugas Aurora and Qila were happily swimming, the Pacific white-sided dolphins Helen and Hana were playing, the penguins were enjoying themselves, and so did the sea otters Elfin and Tanu, and Schoona was swimming gracefully. And then there were so many others to be watched, like colourful butterflies and those funny garden eels. We never tire of visiting the animals and could spend hours there! Well, we usually do…

After that we went through Stanley Park where we saw a squirrel eating and Canada geese marching along and finally came to the Lost Lagoon where we spent a lovely afternoon. This is one of our most favourite places in Vancouver – and a special one for us, too. It is always totally relaxing to sit on one of the benches and to watch the wildlife there. We usually spot ducks, Canada geese, swans, blue herons, squirrels, raccoons, seagulls, turtles, fish and various birds. And I always take pictures – I must have a hundred if not even a thousand of that location.

By the way, Have you spotted the blue heron in one of the pictures here?

Back home with a nice cuppa in hand we had the most amazing sunset ever – just have a look at the pictures!

Beaver Lake, Vancouver Aquarium and Lost Lagoon

We decided to do some geocaching in Stanley Park and especially chose everything around Beaver Lake.

On our way to Beaver Lake, there were two squirrels having late breakfast or early lunch. And then, we were finally there and could enjoy the beautiful lake full of water lilies. There even were some ducks – and we saw a blue dragonfly!

We then decided to pay a visit to the Vancouver Aquarium – and we even saw a little squirrel on our way. Once there, we saw Jack, the harbour porpoise, playing with a leaf, Helen and Hana, the Pacific white-sided dolphins, performing in front of an audience and the sea lion swimming endlessly.

Of course, we had to return to the Lost Lagoon (where we saw a blue heron, ducks and a swan) to round up our wonderful day. It’s always so peaceful and quiet there, and we are enjoying each visit there so much.

By the way, we did find some geocaches!