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.

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!

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!

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…

(to be continued…)