A day in Vancouver

Today we went to Vancouver by SkyTrain and decided to walk along the seafront from Burrard SkyTrain station to the Vancouver Aquarium. We could have taken the bus but where is the joy in that?! Besides, we could try and search for a geocache on our way which we finally did find after having come up empty last summer.

As you can see in the pictures, the sky was quite overcast when we started our day’s outing from home but became gradually better and better so that we had lots of sunshine already once we were near the Vancouver Aquarium. On our way there we saw lots of flowers and trees either starting to bloom or in full bloom – simply beautiful!

Once inside the Aquarium, we were greeted by one of the sharks lying on its favourite spot. We then went to see our all-time favourites Daisy and Jack, the harbour porpoises. As it was really busy we had to wait for a while until Jack came down to the observation window to say hi. He even played peek-a-boo with me! A bit later Daisy came by just to say hi shortly and swam back into her favourite corner.

We also went to see the penguins where we love to spot Hope and observe her. Two of her friends even went into the water and had a nice swim. On we went to see Aurora and Qila, the beluga whales, who always glide so gracefully through the water. Katmai and Tanu, the sea otters, were playing, and it was really great to see that Katmai got along so well with her new surrogate mum Tanu.

On our way to the Lost Lagoon we saw a seagull trying to eat a peanut which originally two squirrels were interested in. And you can always see some Canada geese in Stanley Park. This time we spotted some near the seagull and some others near Stanley Park Causeway, probably watching – and counting? – the cars going to Lions Gate Bridge.

Whenever we are in Vancouver, we have to go to the Lost Lagoon, even if it is only for a short time as this is one of our most favourite places. It is like an oasis where we can simply sit and relax and enjoy nature and its wildlife whenever we are there.

Although it is a much longer route, we chose the seafront for our way back to the SkyTrain station where we saw lots of boats and yachts at Coal Harbour – and shortly before getting to the station at Downtown we got a glimpse of Vancouver’s Olympic Cauldron with North Vancouver in the background.

By the way, all in all our little tour turned out to be a 10 kilometre walk – but we had so much fun being outside! And as a special treat we got to see a most beautiful sunset which we could enjoy from our couch back home again.