O Canada

Trip Start May 31, 2011
Trip End Jun 23, 2011

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Bus Tour

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, June 6, 2011

The absolute best way to see a major city is by going on a tour bus. Their value is always worth it and the Big Bus company 1 day tour was no exception. This tour took us through Downtown Vancouver. We decided to do a lap first then on a second round, get off and explore.

Some notable things we discovered today was Vancouver was originally named Granville, rivers run beneath the city so if the city catch on fire, the fire department can access the under ground water preventing wide-spread damage. Vancouver's highest tempature in Summer don't reach higher than 30 degrees and that is very uncommon. They are usuallybetween 13-23 degrees, but there is no humidity. Today was a beautiful, sunny day. When there was no wind, it was quite a warm day. To us it felt like a spring day, felt like about 22 degrees, but this to locals must be hot as there were heaps of people sunbaking at English Bay Beach and I mean sunbaking in bikins and shorts. Funnily enough, no one was in the water, obviously no one was game enough to enter the ice cold water.

We passed by the Vogue theatre which is a popular theatre house and is the host theatre for the annual Vancouver Film festival. We passed over the Granville bridge with the bay on one side and False Creek. Over this bridge was Granville Island. We got off the bus here to explore a bit. There wasn't too much here, a lot of small businesses and sail boats but it was one those cute, little quaint areas that beats to it's own drum.

Our last tour for the day was the hour long Stanley Park tour. Stanley Park is to the west of downtown. It was beatiful and green and just a great place to read a book or walk the dog, in the case of Vancouver, toy dogs are the most popular. We came across a labrador pup and after chatting with the owner for a few minutes, we discovered her had the pup brought over from Perth!! He wasn't Aussie, so who knows. We have seen many other labs so don't think they would be hard to get. We didn't get around to asking why he would import a dog, but he was cute nonetheless but reminded me of my Meika so made me miss her and home.

We checked out the totem poles in Stanley park which were excellent pieces of work and the Lions Gate bridge which we'll be going over tomorrow when we go see the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.

Last but not least, the best thing we have seen today is the amazing support for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL finals. The Canucks are playing Boston tonight in Boston but the show of team support has been everywhere. Everyone has been wearing the jersey, many cars had flags up. All business had flags, the sports bars were packed and the statues in Stanley Park had jerseys on for the occasion. It was great to see this as it's not like it is at home. This was just for 1 team and I really felt the love for the Canucks. Unfortunately they lost 8-1 for this game. Next game is Friday and in Vancouver, but we'll already be in Banff. Ahhh, always the way..... For photos, go to www.flickr.com/photos/bels_pix 
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mum on

yum yum the crabs ! bring some 4 me

Mel on

Tours are the best way to see a city, you see it through different eyes!! Enjoying your blogs, sounds like such a relaxing and chilled out holiday even though your on the go so much!! Take care as always, especially on the roads. Love ya xxx

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