Vancouver - The Jewel in the BC crown

Trip Start Sep 13, 2008
Trip End Oct 04, 2008

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Monday, September 15, 2008

Another lovely sunny day in Vancouver! Today's plan, to head over to the North shore and visit Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. The simplest way to get to the North Shore is to use Vancouver's Sea Bus. A Daily metro card will cost $8 and allows travel anywhere on the metro system, which includes Buses, Sky Train and the Sea Bus.

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. At the summit there are a number of attractions in addition to the many hiking trails. The highlights of which are the Lumberjack show and the Grizzly Bear refuge. The Grizzly Bear refuge is home to two adolescent male Bears, who had been orphaned at a young age. They now have the freedom to roam their five acre enclosure and are cared for by the staff. The Lumberjack show is a must see! It's dramatised a little but the actors know their stuff and enter into competition against each other at a number of events, such as Axe throwing and tree climbing.

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.
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