Exploring VanDusen

After so many rainy days we headed to the VanDusen Botanical Garden to enjoy some time outdoors and especially to get a glimpse of the remaining autumn leaves there.

We came fully prepared with our rubber boots and rain gear – and we definitely needed the boots, especially while walking around all the maple leaves.

Luckily for us, the sun was out all the time so that we could happily explore the garden and, of course, walk on the boardwalk (did I mention that I love boardwalks?!), admiring the various plants, flowers, trees and their autumn leaves which had such magnificent colours.

Third, Stanley Park

After having said goodbye to my in-laws, Marcus and I went down to Stanley Park’s seawall to enjoy fantastic views in the remaining sunlight on this beautiful day.

The Canada geese were busy picking in the grass whereas the seagulls were having a blast flying above the water and landing on it again while being very noisy.

We could also admire the amazingly coloured autumn leaves that have such luscious colours – even if there is no direct sunlight.

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First, Lynn Canyon Park

Today we took Marcus’s parents to Lynn Canyon Park, a popular destination among locals and tourists. The 101 year old park (it opened in 1912) offers great hiking opportunities along its several trails where you can see a lot of 80 to 100 year old trees.

First of, all we crossed the suspension bridge which is about 50 metres above Lynn Creek and offers fantastic views of the creek and its surrounding nature.
From there we turned left to have a leisurely walk to the 30 foot pool. In summer there will always be people swimming in the water but this time, only a dog had some fun in the cold water. To enjoy the natural beauty there, we sat on the bench overlooking the pool and had a light lunch before making our way back towards the suspension bridge.

Once there, we did not cross the bridge but went straight on towards the Twin Falls bridge to admire the view of the waterfall.
The way back up to the parking lot was quite steep – about 200 steps… Surprisingly enough, it was much easier than in summer.

As it was only early afternoon, we decided to pay the Vancouver Aquarium a visit…

(to be continued…)

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.

Touch Wood Sculpture Exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Garden

Today we finally set out to explore the Touch Wood Sculpture Exhibition at VanDusen Botanical Garden. The weather was perfect for a leisurely stroll through the garden, and we saw a lot of the sculptures, but as you can see in the pictures, four of those were our favourites: Shattered Spheres (made of cedar shards) by Brent Comber, Cedar Ravens (stained with black milk paint) by Paul Burke, Nine Sentinels (broadleaf maple forms, standing in a circle) by Brent Comber and finally, Chickadees (various songbird houses, made of mixed woods) by Nathan Lee and Trevor Coghill.

Naturally, we also admired all the natural beauty there, including those beautiful sunflowers and water plants like water lilies.
Near the Nine Sentinels, with all those coloured maple leaves, it already looked like a bit of autumn. Besides, I also liked those reflections of a tree in the water, amazing, eh?

Anyway, as it was only early afternoon and we were in Vancouver already, we thought why not head over to the Vancouver Aquarium for a short visit? And that was what we did…

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A visit to the VanDusen Botanical Garden

There is always so much to see and to explore in the VanDusen Botanical Garden so that we are always happy to go there – no matter which season we are in.

This time the autumn colours were impressive everywhere. Unfortunately, the sun wasn’t really cooperative that day, but we enjoyed our visit there enormously. Except for the magnificent autumn leaves, we also had a look at those “dead man’s fingers”  that Marcus took pictures of, too. That’s a scary name, but they are indeed edible!

We also saw some ducks swimming in the pond and some nosy squirrels watching us while taking pictures.

All in all a wonderful day – and we will definitely be back soon!

Vancouver Aquarium and Stanley Park

We met Leanne and Susannah at the Vancouver Aquarium to spend some time there – and we mostly stayed inside as it was raining.

At least one of the sea anemones looked like the sun, didn’t it? And we visited all the other animals as well, among them Aurora, Qila and the seals.

Despite the rain, Marcus and I had a short walk through Stanley Park and went to the seafront to have a look at Coal Harbour.