Vancouver - The Jewel in the BC crown
Trip Start Sep 13, 2008
15Trip End Oct 04, 2008
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On arrival at the North Shore terminal we caught the number 236 Bus which runs to both the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. We opted to do Grouse Mountain first. The Bus drops you off right outside the Grouse Mountain Cable Car station. The round trip on the cable car costs $36 (inc GST) per person or for those that like a long walk there is a fairly demanding trail called the GRIND that works its way to the top.
Grouse Mountain stands at 1231m (4039ft). The cable car rises steeply providing you with a breathtaking view over Vancouver and the bay in the distance
Next up was the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The bridge stretches 137m (450ft) across the Capilano river canyon at a height of 70m (230ft) and can sway considerably depending on the number of people using the bridge at any given time. The entrance cost was fairly expensive at $26, but well worth the visit.
Following our visit to the North Shore we headed back to Downtown via the Sea Bus. Vancouver has a cycle path running around the sea wall and one of the best ways to see it is by hiring a bike at one of Bike rental places near Stanley Park. We rented two bikes for around $20 each for two hours. The sea wall around Stanley Park is the highlight of the cycle path and runs for 5.5 miles (9km) and provides excellent views of downtown Vancouver and the Lion Gate Bridge.
Following our afternoon of cycling we decided to have dinner at the Rain City Grill over looking English Bay and watched the sunset.