Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Highlights of my Vancouver trip

There are lots of places to visit in Vancouver. There are many places that we couldn't go because of time constraints. I would love to make a trip to the Canadian Rockies or a cruise to Alaska but these would take up too many days off the itinerary. We already took a few days for the trip to Niagara Falls on the other side of Canada and another weekend to Vancouver Island. We also joined a tour to whistler Mountain which took up two days. For the remaining days in Vancouver, we managed to see many nice places, too. The view of the Vancouver skyline itself is already so beautiful especially if you go during sunset when the rays of the setting sun are reflected when you look from Stanley Park.

Stanley Park

Lions Gate Bridge from Downtown Vancouver to North Vancouver.
One of the famous tourist attractions is the Capillano Suspension Bridge. I had earlier planned to go but we changed our plans because of the rainy weather and because many tourist complained about the price of the ticket. It would be a waste of money to pay so much to go there in the rain. So instead we took a sea bus ride to North Vancouver and caught a bus to Lynn Valley Canyon which also has a suspension bridge (much smaller one) but the entrance is free. There are nice scenic spots there, too.

The weather the following day was good and we went up to Grouse mountain. The entrance ticket which costs $40 plus includes a free shuttle from Canada Place. At the foothills, we took a ride on the gondola Skyride up to the peak. The ticket is inclusive of the ride and the shows at the peak.

Lumberjack Show

Birds in Motion Show

The University of British Columbia is also a nice place to visit

The Rose Garden at UBC.But the roses were not in bloom

Wreck Beach, a clothing optional beach

The Vancouver Lookout downtown is a place to see Vancouver from above.

From the Vancouver Lookout you can take a stroll to Canada Place, Gastown and Chinatown.

The Steam Clock in Gastown. This must be the most photographed place in Vancouver!

Gastown is named after this Gassy Jack

Sun Yat Sen Garden in Chinatown

One of the most popular places tourists go to in Vancouver is Granville Island Market

You can buy fresh sea food from the fishermen here.

Taking a ride on the False Creek ferry

Go Fish stall, recommended in the internet for nice sea-food burgers

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