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  • Day1

    Arrived in Vancouver

    May 18 in Canada

    Easy flight. Great views of Northolt on takeoff, north of Iceland and the Rockies coming in. Electronic border, very smooth. Taxi zipped us to our hotel in time for complementary wine and to watch cruise ship departing.
    We have an anniversary card, chocs and bottle of red too! Enjoying this...
    We’re really in the centre of things in Downtown. We wandered along Robson and decided on Cactus Club Cafe for green salad with chargrilled chicken avocado spiced pecan washed down with local beers: Cactus House ale and Granville Island Summer Ale. The sun had come out and we got a second wind, strolling down to the quayside and Harbour Air seaplane service. Back to base via whole food supermarket for some breakfast supplies. Beautiful, if long, day.Read more

  • Day10

    Exploring Vancouver

    July 17, 2017 in Canada

    Our first week of our 7 week adventure has been full of catching up with family and exploring the wonderful city of Vancouver. We have been lucky enough to stay at Jay's cousins house where you can walk out the door to find some beautiful walking and hiking tracks. We have walked to Buntzen Lake and hiked the Diaz Vista Trail. 👌We are also very excited to have ticked some wildlife off our list to see, a black bear has woken us up in the night trying to get into the garage bin, we also followed a squirrel through a park, and earlier in the week saw a mummy and baby seal. We have also ticked off visiting the city for fresh salmon and biking around Stanley Park. We had a wonderful experience when a local told us about a best kept secret in Stanley Park, leaving the bikes behind and walking off the track and in through the thick bushes was an ancient carving in a big tree stump! Amazing!Read more

  • Day2

    Leisurely start to the day, free bus to Terminal 2 and then a DIY check in, you even stick your own luggage label on these days! We had a very smooth and quick trip through security and had plenty of time to look around the shops and have lunch and the plane departed on time.

    We had some clear and good views of the Western Scottish coast line and then when we flew over the sea between Greenland and Canada it was very clear with blue skies and we had some amazing views of huge sheets of ice on the sky blue water. The camera was in the locker so we didn't get pictures of the best views but did do a few snaps.

    As we flew into Vancouver we could see the mountains, the green forests, islands off the coast, mills with logs floating in the water, all things that we associated from our last visit to Vancouver 36 years ago! We had a delay getting off the plane as paramedics had to come on for one of the passengers but fortunately the passenger seemed to be ok. We caught the skytrain to Waterfront in downtown and checked into our hotel, Skwachays Lodge which is decorated with aboriginal art.

    The long flight started to catch up with us so we grabbed a sandwich at the local 7/11 store and headed to bed at 7.30 pm!!!! However at 3.30 am next day we weren't quite into Pacific time so had a cuppa and write the blog!
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  • Day55


    February 19 in Canada

    Zum Abschluss hat uns Vancouver noch mal herrliches Wetter geschenkt. Sonne und knackte -2 Grad. War ein ganz schöner Schock für die Kids und uns. Aber dennoch eine tolle Stadt vor sagenhafter Kulisse. Und jetzt freuen wir uns aber auch wieder auf zu Hause.

  • Day185

    Vancouver - Dorothy's Apartment

    July 4, 2017 in Canada

    Wir sind dann jetzt ca. 27 Stunden wach und mittlerweile gut und glücklich in Vancouver angekommen. Das erste Mal dieses Jahr wartete jemand am Airport auf uns! Empfangskommitee! Wie gut ist das denn? Lynne (die wir aus Galapagos kennen) und ihr Mann Barry holten uns ab und gaben uns auf der Fahrt unsere erste Stadttour und einige Infos. Das war richtig nett. Die Stadt am Wasser mit Blick auf die Berge präsentiert sich bei angenehmen 25 Grad zur Begrüßung von ihrer allerbesten Seite.

    Wir verabredeten uns für morgen, denn wir werden die nächsten 2 Nächte mit den beiden auf ihrem Boot verbringen. Sie ließen uns dann bei Dorothy raus. Auch sie kennen wir ja von den Galapagos, wo wir eine super Zeit zusammen hatten. Wir werden hier in Vancouver in ihrem Apartment unterkommen, welches ehrlich gesagt einem schicken Hotel entspricht. Jedenfalls sind wir sehr nah am Wasser und nur von Hotels umgeben. Sie ist zur Zeit nicht Zuhause, aber wir werden die Tage berichten. Gerade sitzen wir satt auf dem Balkon und gleich werden wir noch die Gegend erkunden und für die Bootsfahrt Essen einkaufen. Das Leben ist schön.
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  • Day2

    First evening in Vancouver

    April 25 in Canada

    With the sun setting not much before 9pm the twilight time is delightful, especially with the temperature so mild for Vancouver standards [16 degrees] We wandered, or should I say walked, downtown, got some pizza, enjoyed the flowers and the highlight being the TULIPS. WOW!!!

    Noted were the casualness of the dressing, the cross-section of cultures and languages, the large amount of homeless. Then as we got more downtown Vancouver that moved to a normal city CBD. Canada place was iconic, the site of EXPO 86 [two years prior to the Brisbane event] The view across the harbour to North Vancouver and the surrounding mountains was inspiring. Can't wait to drive into the magic mountains and the Rockies!

    Ended up walking into the historical sector of Vancouver, commonly known as Gastown - a photographer's paradise. Loved the experience, especially seeing the famed gas clock and getting to meet 'Gassy Jack'. Let your imagination run wild as to how his name developed!

    Dining at 'The Old Spaghetti Factory' was wonderful and then the long trek back to our unit, via an electric bus. Our first day in Canada has finished.... and we are ready to sleep.
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  • Day2

    Spring flowers

    April 25 in Canada

    Out on an early morning walk and I've been blessed with some awesome colour. It's the close of the cherry blossom festival here in Vancouver, and the third day of sunshine has matured all those early spring flowers. They are just a delight.... and I had to share them with you.


  • Day4

    Imagine the scene - tall buildings in the background and a bridge overhead, an old industrial site has been transformed into a magnificent eclectic array of shops, stalls and artisan expressions.

    Today is overflowing with sunshine. People are sitting and enjoying their food delights, just soaking up the gammas or walking around the many options on display and for sale. It feels like a cold Brisbane winter’s day. In the background sailing boat masts glide past, industrial noises from the existing concrete works remind you if this sites history - 100 years of industry.

    Sheree and I are just people watching. I am writing and, you guessed it, she is now off and wandering around the stalls savouring the details on offer.

    A relaxed afternoon shared together. We are ready to get in our RV and leave the city behind to begin exploring the mountains and countryside and smaller communities.

    Vancouver, you’ve left a wonderful memory in our hearts!
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  • Day69


    July 27, 2016 in Canada

    Nach unserem Hostel Umzug sind wir jetzt endlich in Vancouver Downtown und es ist so viel besser weil man so gut wie alles zu Fuß erledigen kann und nicht immer erst 1 Std mit Bus fahren muss 🖒. Montag haben wir uns Fahrräder ausgeliehen und sind damit im Stanley Park rum gefahren 😊🌳. Das hat mega Spaß gemacht, weil wir richtig coole Fahrräder hatten :D Außerdem waren wir richtig safe weil hier Helmpflicht besteht!😌
    Gestern sind wir dann mit dem Bus nach North Vancouver gefahren und haben noch einen letzten Hike auf den Quarry Rock gemacht was wirklich anstrengend war weil es wieder sehr steil mit vielen Stufe hochging 💪 aber die Aussicht war echt schön 😊. Nach dem Hike sind wir noch zum Lynn Canyon Park gefahren wo eine ziemlich hohe Hängebrücke über einen Fluss führte.
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  • Day3

    Stanley Park Ride

    April 26 in Canada

    Day three started late, finding both of us sitting in bed for over an hour at 1am, not able to sleep. So we slept in and got to breakfast well after 10am. Then given the fact that it was day three of clear skies we decided to hire bikes and tackle the ride around Stanley Park, Vancouver's notable entry point by water.

    Vancouvians were out walking, jogging, blading, skateboarding, cycling, sunbaking... even swimming... anything to soak up the gamma rays missed over their long cold winter. We kept telling them we just brought Brisbane weather with us. It was 22 degrees and like a typical winter's day in the Sunshine State.

    Sheree and I stopped plenty of times, massaged some butt, took plenty of photos and generally enjoyed the moments. We celebrated going under Lion's Gate Bridge, the greeter of many cruise liners over the years.

    These Canadians love the sun. They love being outdoors and love being relaxed and casual. We fit right in. Our muscles, on the other hand, are going to take some time to get over the rude shock of cycling for three hours.

    An afternoon well spent!
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