Porpoises and pumpkins

Most of After Hours, however, we spent with Jack and Daisy, the amazing harbour porpoises at the Vancouver Aquarium.

We stood at their habitat for quite a while and just watched them pushing the various pumpkins back and forth.
Daisy, of course, tried to get as many pumpkins as possible into her corner.
Jack even pushed one of the pumpkins from the platform into the water.

Anyway, aren’t these two adorable?

After Hours at the Aquarium

After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium is always amazing. Therefore, we try to attend as often as possible, and this time we could enjoy a Halloween themed After Hours which was really, really nice.
The weather was great, too! No rain at all.

We enjoyed exploring the galleries and seeing the animals in a different light.
Both harbour seals and Steller sea lions were outside and getting ready for the night. Others, like the belugas or harbour porpoises, were busy playing with the pumpkins in their habitats.

There was a beautiful display of carved pumpkins to be admired, too, and it was indeed quite hard to pick one.

(to be continued…)

Belugas and pumpkins

We were a bit early for After Hours and therefore watched the last beluga training of the day.

After their training the trainers put in some pumpkins, and both Qila and Aurora were swimming around them, underneath them, through between them while taking a closer look at those objects in their habitat.
Later on, when no one was looking, they even pushed them around. So funny!

A rainy afternoon at the Aquarium

Together with our boys we spent a great afternoon at the Vancouver Aquarium, exploring once again its various galleries.

We saw so many animals, and in the Amazon we were especially lucky to see one of the sloths really up close.
Then we had to stop at the cute Pacific spiny lumpsuckers in BC Waters, too.

Despite the rain we observed both harbour seals and a Steller sea lion swimming in the water whereas another sea lion was sitting outside on the platform.

But we spent most of the time at one of the underwater viewing areas. Which one? Well, just have a look at the pictures…


Off to Shannon Falls

After our visit at the Britannia Mine Museum, we decided to make a slight detour to the Shannon Falls which are the third highest falls in British Columbia (335 metres high).

Once there, we could already hear the falls while walking along the river which was most beautiful. And then the Shannon Falls came into sight. Simply amazing!

Britannia Mine Museum here we come

It was one of the few days where the weather forecast predicted hardly any rain at all. So we made our way to pay a visit to the Britannia Mine Museum in Squamish.

We we arrived, we first of all put on our hardhats and went onto an underground tour, sitting in a mine train that workers back in 1914 would have used, too. It was pretty dark in the tunnel, and we saw first hand how work was back then. We learned how drills and a mucking machine worked.

After that we went into Mill 3, a really large, industrial building, and we were amazed how tall it was inside. We watched a very interesting live presentation of how minerals were separated.

Our boys and my parents-in-law wanted to pan for gold, and so they already went there – and they were lucky, finding some minerals and even little flakes of gold.
In the mean time, Marcus and I explored the 1908 Machine Stop where we saw so many historic tools and equipment, like an ambulance car.
And I even squeezed into a tiny, I mean, really tiny man car. I could not believe that sixteen men were supposed to sit in that.

Then Marcus and I joined our group, panning for gold. Luckily for us, the water was heated, which made it easier to keep our hands in it. In the end, we found some minerals and two tiny flakes of gold, too. Yay!

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!