Welcome part two of our trip to Canada and we pick up where we left off, leaving Vancouver island and heading to the mainland. So we left Victoria and headed to Vancouver City or Van City as some like to call it. We took the ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen.
After we arrived we then all squished on a bus to the train station and caught the skyline into the city and then walked to our hotel. The bus ticket in zoned and includes the sky train. We then walked up to our hotel because it said about fifteen minutes, but it was fifteen minutes up hill!!!We stayed at the Listel Hotel on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver, it is dubbed Vancouver’s most art filled hotel as each floor has a different art theme and each room is filled with art work from Canadian and International artisits. We stayed on the Gallery floor had an small exhibition by Cecilia Z Miguez, her sculptures are amazing.
Day 6 – We went to Stanley Park, which by staying downtown was only about a twenty minute walk from out hotel.
We decided to walk up to prospect point and along the way we stopped off at The Aquarium
Which was okay until we got to the whale and dolphin enclosures and I got really sad because the pools were far too small for these magnificent animals, it was the equivalent of me sitting in a kiddies paddling pool and they didn’t look very happy either. I’m all for animal conservation but give them a decent home.
I like Stanley Park, even though it’s right next to the City, when you’re standing in the middle of it you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.
We wandered off the main track and stopped off at Beaver Lake.
We finally made it to Prospect Point and there is restaurant and cafe where you can stop off for a bite to eat, the view is amazing.
The sea walk is popular with bike riders and you can hire these at the beginning of the circuit, you may also need to help up the occasional learner roller blader!
Day 7 – In the morning we went Fauberg for breakfast, they do a lovely selection of macaroons and then we headed across the road Vancouver Art Gallery which is well worth the visit, I really enjoyed the collection curated by Myfanwy MacLeod and ended up learning about murdered playmate Dorothy Stratten and then ended up ordering the book. We made it to one of the Botanical gardens but realized as it was Sunday if we wanted to make it to the Museum of Anthropology we would have to skip the gardens, so after consulting google and negotiating the bus system we finally got there and managed not to get lost on the university campus.
Day 8- Today was a bit of a lazy day as I kept waking up at 4.30 am every morning, so we headed over to The Scotia Theatre to watch the Raid 2 and then did a bit of shopping at the House of Vintage on Granville Street just five minutes walk from our hotel so had to visit. Normally I would have hunted out all the vintage stores in Van City but one, we were short on time and two, we were heading to a vintage festival in Vegas and so had to think about space in my suitcase I ended up only walking out with two dresses for me and Tim’s first vintage shirt for Viva Las Vegas 17.