Vancouver - Stanley Park and MOA
25.05.2015 - 25.05.2015 18 °C
The first of two full days here in Vancouver, unfortunately we slept in a little and dragged our feet. By the time we got ready and went to have a cooked breakfast at a cafe across the street, it was around 11am before we headed off to do any sight seeing.
We started by going into Stanley Park, a massive park on the tip of the CBD here and bordering the harbour. By far the biggest and greenest park I've ever seen, it was huge. We thought we'd go firstly to the aquarium as a few places had suggested that. There was a queue to get in, I guess being a school day there would obviously be bus loads of kids in there. It wasn't a huge aquarium but we spent about three hours wandering around. Certainly some interesting exhibits, we got to see the otters up close, saw the beluga whales performing some tricks, the Amazon rainforest that had birds and sloths uncaged. Despite the crowd of people it was certainly enjoyable to see.
As there is so much to see at Stanley Park, and it stays open until 11pm, we decided to exit the park and drive out to the west side of Vancouver, to the Museum of Anthropology. A friend had recommended we visit here, and we got there fairly late considering the museum closed at 5pm. We only had on hour to walk through the exhibit halls, and the museum is part of the University of British Columbia where the students research and catalogue artefacts that are found and given to the museum. It was interesting without being fantastic, Vicky loved the exhibit room full of antique pottery, some dating back several hundred years.
After the museum we drove back into the city to Stanley Park. We drove around the perimeter stopping at various vantage points to take pictures of the scenery that included the city skyline, the harbour and beyond. By now I was hungry as I hadn't eaten lunch (the cooked breakfast was enough to keep me going), and we found a nice restaurant overlooking the water and the setting sun called The Teahouse. Despite feeling a little undressed, the meal was very nice and enjoyed the view also,
By the end of dinner the sun had set so it was dark, we drove out of Stanley Park and made our way back to our hotel room.