Day 114 - Vancouver (Canada)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Sunday, July 21, 2013

After a little research and planning last night we have worked out the bus routes from our house to some of the locations we want to visit in Vancouver. Today's journey is about 40 mins from the house on two buses, so easy peasy.

Super speedy out the door today - four pairs of hands make quite a difference. Our first task is to acquire coins for our notes since the buses only accept coins and we have very, very few. Our destination today is Stanley Park, which is is a 1,001-acre urban park bordering downtown Vancouver. What an amazing place. We of course have lovely parks in London but they are not surrounded by the sea.

Our first activity is to hire some bikes for the morning. It's so efficient and we are quickly on our way. Rich has a mountain bike complete with bike trailer for the children. The rest have Cruiser bikes. Taya is a little unsure once we get going but Dylan sings to her in the back, and then a raw carrot to chew on does the trick.

The bike path follows the sea wall around the park for 9km and this is the route we follow. The first stop is at the park's totem poles. These totem poles are pieces of British Colombia's First Nations artistry. They are really impressive and brightly coloured.

The route is beautiful with views over the water to the city. Amazing location. Our next stop other than numerous photo hop offs is for lunch at the very top of the park looking up at Lion Gate Bridge. Grandad has been teasing Dylan all morning that he is going to eat the picnic and Dylan can have the crumbs. Thankfully he shares nicely in the end. Just as we are leaving we see three little otters trying to make their way across the busy cycle path to the sea. They change their minds and run and hide again.

After the picnic we complete the loop, past Third and Second Beaches, a swimming pool, and enough children's play equipment to keep us entertained for months. We also see a big Chinese dragon which is part of a parade today.

We are nearly back at the cycle shop when Rich stops to show us that Dylan and Taya are both fast asleep. Dylan is resting his head down on his sister, so cute. They get lots of comments and looks as we finish the cycle back. We successfully transfer them both to their pram to finish their naps - phew! 

We all walk back to Second Beach for the rest of the afternoon. Grandma and Dylan play at the swings and have a good catch up about nursery. Emma and Grandad find a pew on the sea wall and Rich and Taya wander a bit longer until she wakes up.

Time for a swim in the wonderful pool by the sea. Dylan spends the entire time going down a little seal slide into the water which he absolutely loves. What a fabulous place.

A slightly more complicated journey home as the one way streets threw us for where to pick up the second bus, but we make it back for dinner. All a little weary from lots of cycling, walking and playing, but a fabulous first adventure with the Cheynes in Vancouver.
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Margie Stephen via Liz's extracts on

What fun and games!! You are certainly filling every waking minute.

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