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Day 28 - Tuesday 26th May 2015

Vancouver - Canyons, Rivers and Bridges

sunny 20 °C

We made sure not to sleep in too much today so we wouldn't miss on the places we had planned to visit. Today we had breakfast at a bakery nearby, very popular spot judging by the number of people in there. After we ate we got on the road, first stop was Gastown which is an old style district in the city. Reminded us a little of The Rocks in Sydney, old brick architecture, cobble stoned streets. We wandered up and down Water St, most shops are souvenir stores. The main feature here is an old steam powered clock that sits on the corner. Lots of tourists were admiring it, and every 15 minutes the steam would play a tune on the outlet pipes.

After departing Gastown we headed across the harbour and drove to Lynn Canyon. A friend at work had told me about this place. We parked and walked down to the suspension bridge high over the rushing stream below. We followed the trail downstream to get to the next bridge to cross back over, the trees were amazingly tall and the lush green forest was wonderful to walk through. We made our way back up to our car and headed for our next destination.

We drive a short distance to the base of Grouse Mountain where there is a gondola ride to the top of the mountain however when we got the pre there was still heavy fog and we couldn't even see the top of the gondola ride. Figured it was pointless go up to see nothing, so we headed down the road to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. I thought it was quite pricey just to walk over a bridge but once in there you have so many other things to do. We first did the Cliff Walk, wooden walkway suspended over the side of the cliff so you look down and the bottom. From here we crossed over the suspension bridge, quite an experience being so high and the bridge was swaying a little with the number of people crossing it. Over the other side we did the treetop walk, wooden walking trails suspended between the trees and we followed that route to the end. Then we walked along the nature trail again marvelling at the sheer size of the trees, some over 200 feet tall. We had a quick lunch after all our walking before heading off.

We decided to drive back up to Grouse Mountain to see if the fog had cleared, sadly it hadn't so we missed out taking the gondola ride. We decided to drive back to our hotel and sit in the spa to relax, we'd done a lot of walking already. I booked dinner at a nice restaurant that had been recommended to me, so we got dressed and drove back across the harbour for dinner.

We ate at Salmon House on Hill, with wonderful views over the harbour and the city and also the ocean. Dinner was nice albeit a little expensive but it was our last dinner in Canada so we decided to enjoy it. We were quite full as you imagine after a three course dinner, but it was getting late so headed back to the hotel. We had to drive off from Vancouver in the morning so arranged the suitcases again and headed to bed.

Posted by Ace from Oz 20:46 Archived in Canada Tagged vancouver capilano lynn_canyon

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