“Vancouver is a city unlike any other. Wherever I look, I see water or mountains — or both. And everyone looks so healthy.” – The Daily Telegraph (UK)
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada. It’s one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada, 52% of the residents have a first language other than English. Vancouver’s population is about 631,000. It held the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. 2017 is a special time in Canada, as they are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the nations Confederation. It gives Canadians the opportunity to look back over the span of our history and reflect on the generations before us that built our prosperous nation.
Stanley park is over 1,00 acres of public park which nearly half a million trees, some are which hundreds years old and as tall as 76m. It is home to wild beavers and one of North America’s largest colonies of pacific great blue herons. Within Stanley Park, you can go to Lost Lagoon, Beaver Lake, 18 hole pitch and putt golf course, Horse Drawn Tours, Stanley Park Train, Totem Poles, Aquarium and over 27km of forest trails. In December 2006, there was hurricane force winds which destroyed 10,000 Stanley Park trees and damaging the seawall. There was an award restoration plan which created a stronger more balanced and resilient urban forest in Vancouver’s oldest, largest park.
Vancouver Aquarium has over 50,000 aquatic creatures, with shows daily of dolphins, sharks and sea otters. There is a 4D theatre with sensory effects. While you are there, you will learn about serious conservation issues facing the oceans today. There is a cafe, a child’s play area and a gift shop.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
This is a place where travellers from all over the world visit. It has swaying canyon views, breathtaking lookouts, pure nature. There is a 450 foot span bridge, cliff walks, tree top adventures.
Other Things which I would have loved to do but I just ran out of time;
- Gastown, which is one of Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhoods with cobblestone street charm is named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, a ribald seaman who opened the first saloon here in 1867.
- Grouse Mountain where you will have amazing views of the city, ocean and mountains from the top, 3,700 feet above the city!
- Cypress Mountain.
- Lighthouse Park.
- Hell’s Gate Air Tram.
I would love to go back and visit and spend some more time in Canada. I have loved every minute and definitely more I want to see and do in Vancouver but also other areas of Canada.